Originally Posted by markojp
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