Originally Posted by Lars
What made you want to be a ski instructor?
The first time, in 1982, I just wanted to teach others how to play in the snow and enjoy it as much as I did. The PSIA didn't accept me!
The second time, in 2003, I was an out-of-work executive looking for any way to pay the mortgage. I got a job teaching at Eldora (through the guidance of Rusty Guy here in Epic) and also got a job as a seating host at the Boulder Cheesecake Factory.
The week after I landed those two jobs, I got another job back in the technology industry that eventually forced me to step away from the work at Eldora, although I did pass my level I and 2/3 of my level II that year. The following year, I moved to Copper and started guiding for the Over the Hill Gang. I did that because I love being with people who love being on the mountain. Plus, I like helping them boost their skills, and it let me do both. And I passed the rest of my level II... I like having goals, so that was nice.
It was a fun run, but it was purely a hobby. I've taken a sabbatical this year due to family and business commitments that have once again limited my ability to get up into the mountains. We'll see if/when I go back... I did write a book that many people seem to enjoy, so that was nice, too...
I maintain a deep respect for those who make it a long-term career like so many here on EpicSki. I know that I cannot make it work for our family, and I'm aware how difficult the revenue is for you to generate! I didn't even make back my gas money any of the years I taught. But, that's not why I did it after that first stint. After that first year, it was purely for the joy of the mountains and those who love them.