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post #31 of 36
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My school does.  Just curious about other schools across the nation.

post #32 of 36
Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

Well, I started teaching at Breckenridge in March.  There were two days of training, but it was really pretty pathetic.  There was no real discussion of a progression.  There were a few drills and perhaps 10 minutes of MA.  

I had tons of experience from taking a huge number of lessons and I'd already taken my ITC/Level 1.  If I hadn't, I doubt I'd have had a clue.  Oh, and most importantly, I took a half day clinic with Bags on teaching level 1-4 a couple of years ago.

Breckenridge generally gives new hires a week (5 days) of training.  They were so slammed for instructors in March that things got shortened up.


As Mike notes, Breck's "normal" new instructor training includes five days on snow and some shadowing after that before you're turned loose with a class. We had about 100 new instructors not show up last fall because of limited reasonably priced housing for them, so we operated all season with fewer than normal. The spring break crush led to the situation Mike encountered as a new hire then. Breck was trying to find new instructors who lived in the area and didn't need local housing.
post #33 of 36

Kneale, what do you guys do for experienced instructors coming to Breck?

post #34 of 36
Mark, the experienced instructors were trained with the rookies in our March start. Also, we usually have a weeks training for all instructors,at the beginning of the season.

post #35 of 36
Originally Posted by markojp View Post

Kneale, what do you guys do for experienced instructors coming to Breck?

Experienced new instructors get several days of both on-snow and indoor introduction to Breck that includes some basic refresher type training. Mostly it's about class handling and where to go to do what type of lesson. There will be a lesson handling evaluation as the season progresses that, depending upon the result, may lead to additional individual training attention. Each new season, returning instructors are required to complete several hours on on-line training, mostly safety stuff, and a day or so of on-snow clinicing. There is an abundance of additional voluntary training available to the ski and ride school staff, some directed at certification preparation and some at personal skiing improvement. These mostly are six-hour sessions with a PSIA-RM examiner or trainer or PSIA National Team member. There's something like 25 such folks on the staff.

Mike's experience was extraordinary because Breck was still trying to get enough instructors on the snow for our heaviest lesson period. Usually, the normal training procedures would be completed by March except for the returning part-timers who only work that period. The trainers leading the event he participated in were mostly supposed to evaluate participants for skiing and communication abilities. We were hunting for additional help from folks who wouldn't need to find rental housing in order to work a week or three. Hopefully, those who were hired will be among returning instructors next fall.
Edited by Kneale Brownson - 5/12/14 at 6:22am
post #36 of 36
In Japan the new hire training is really extensive, I think it totals 7 days, 4 of those are on snow (off snow is for company procedures, village orientation, team building etc). We go through every progression the instructors are expected to teach (depending on the level of instructor), all mountain procedures and get them to practice teach. Little to no feedback is given on skiing, most new hires are level 1 and 2, the on snow training for level 3 is shorter. My group last season was 8 people I think.

Chile it's a lot more brief as everyone is typically level 3 or higher. Last year I spent an hour and a half showing people around, then some had to teach that afternoon.
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