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Thinking about teaching

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I started talking about this in the Pay Issues thread but this is really a different topic.

I'm in my mid 40's, have been skiing since I was 5 and am a competent all-mountain skier. Recently, I've been thinking about becoming an instructor. Not chuck it all and move to the mountains tomorrow, but maybe start out slow and move to the mountains in 10 years early retirement extra income kind of thing.

In the last few years I've become more and more interested in the mechanics of skiing. Boards like this one increase both my knowledge and my interest. Also, I have enjoyed the feeling of helping a few intermediates improve their skiing.

Any advice on how to become an instructor? How to get certified? What to expect? Or will I be better off driving a shuttle bus to and from the parking lots???


post #2 of 7
Start out next season as a part timer on your local hill. Get experience and at least Level 1, L2 if possible. You should have no problems getting employed full time at the mountain of your choice when you are ready to retire.

One thing though, it's not really the matter of extra income, there really is none. It's the matter of teaching, spending TONS of days on snow, passing the time, partying with fellow instructors, a few gear perks here and there and making enough jing to cover your bar tabs on the weekends and maybe buy some firewood and a new pair of skis [img]smile.gif[/img]

The running joke around here is "I can't meet you guys at the bar tonight...I didn't make any tips today".
post #3 of 7
Where do you ski the most? I started out the same way as you. I joined the Okemo team about 4 season ago. My skiing has changed dramaticaly(sp?). At Okemo you need to put in 25 days per season to be part time. There's free training, a pass, some discount lift tickts but best of all a great group of people.Want to know more? Pm me!

post #4 of 7
crank, being an all around good skier does not really a good instructor make.But don't let that discourage you.

First, after a few clinics you may end up skiing differently than now. You must be receptive to learning before you can be teaching. I have seen many top level skiers who joined the ski school rebell when assigned the first few years to teaching 5 year old never evers and tiny tots. Somehow they expected, just because they could carve RR tracks, that they were going to be assigned higher level classes, but you have to pay yur dues first. Most everyone applying and being accepted for a ski school is a good skier.

If you really enjoy teaching it won't matter who your sutdents are. Just be prepared to learn and teach the correct lower level maneuvers. Instructors are mostly judged by their teaching, not their skiing, though CORRECT skiing is an asset.

post #5 of 7

It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it. Here's a

story of how I got started
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Well, I'm still interested. I guess the only way to find out if I can hack it is to take a clinic and give it a try. I'm going to look into some local areas to start next season.
post #7 of 7
I don't know what mountains are near you since I dno't know where in CT you live. You might want to check each of them and see if they offer an ITC (Instructor Training Course). It's a great way to learn to ski better. You can then decide if you want to get on staff after checking out the scene. I took ITC at Wa just to learn skiing and ended up getting on staff seven years ago.
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