I know this was from a few years ago. Just curious how the experience went and wondering if you have any firsthand advice you could offer.
I am a PSIA Level 1 instructor in the children's ski school at Taos in New Mexico. I will be starting my second season as an instructor this November and I'm hoping to obtain a job in the southern hemisphere next year. Ideally, I would like to work as an instructor at one of the resorts near Wanaka.
This upcoming season I plan to get my Level 2, as well as one or two additional certifications. I will definitely be getting my PSIA Park 1 cert (and hopefully my Park 2 if the timing works out; I believe you need your PSIA Level 2 before you can take your Park 2). I may also work on a Child Specialist cert or an Adaptive cert.
I know that most of the ski schools near Wanaka begin taking applications at the beginning of February. But, I don't think that I will have completed all of my certs by the time I need to apply. I suppose my question then is, am I in a position to work as an instructor in NZ? If not, are there other jobs at resorts that I should consider applying for (ideally something that comes with a season pass)? I have experience working in ticket sales, tubing, and building maintenance.
Any advice, preferably from those with actual experience instructing in NZ, would be greatly appreciated.
It will be very difficult for you to get a job there.....but anything is possible.