You ought to be ashamed! I'm as ugly as they come and Chris Easton hired me. Every morning there is less hair on my head. If it would only all fall out in one place!
Laertes....good advice from Ant. I think the desire to work hard and to provide customer service is the key. Contact a few of the smaller resorts and plan on working hard on PSIA certification. You will start with kids. Plan on lots of Kleenex due to runny noses. No matter how many times you ask......you'll get them all dressed after lunch, out on the magic carpet, and one will have to use the john! It is still a blast. I'm the proud pappa of a nine year old, and am forever indebted to the folks who took my daughter four years ago, and transitioned her from a crying ball of mush, into a pretty darn good skier in one season.
I just got a recruiting letter yesterday from Ski Apache. I don't know for certain whether they do a hiring clinic, however, they say the cost of living nearby is reasonable.
We do a hiring clinic and the paperwork is online at:www.eldora.com
I would suggest living in the Boulder area is far from cheap, however, it can be done.
I have taught full time for three years. Can you "make a living"?
A few folks do. Are instructors paid a fair wage? It's a matter of raging debate.
Plan on making a about eight to ten dollars an hour your first year. You may get a little extra for "head count" and a few tips. You will have to work seven days a week in god-awful weather. Level III certs make between $15.00 and $20.00 per hour and that is a good basis to budget. I recently saw someone post here a stat saying it takes on average four years to obtain a level III cert. If you study hard, clinic all you can, and are a strong teacher/skier it's possible to get your level III in two or three years.
Remember, if you are clinicing and working on your skiing/teaching with a mentor you aren't making money!
Hope this helps. I love teaching and encourage anyone who loves the sport to give it a try.