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Im looking at doing my first season within the next year, i have looked at multiple options of jobs, bar work, chalet work etc but have come across courses offering training to become a snowboard instructor with a guaranteed job at the end of the course for the whole of the season.

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I know it appears a little pricey for a course so im just wondering if anyone has been on this course or something similar and whether it is worth the money, could i plan and do this myself and get a job instructing without forking out thousands of pounds?

Any advice is appreciated !
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Ha should of clarified that, yeah ive had about 6 weeks in the alps so i would say im at an intermediate level.
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I have no experience but from what I've heard I think from a purely $$$ based ROI, instructing would probably be the worst option behind serving and bar tending. I reckon you would definitely make more in a restaurant from tips etc. and also have free time to ride during the day depending on your hours. Being an instructor might be more fun and you'd have more responsibility, but you can't ride to your level and improve when you are trying to teach others which might get old fast.
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sounds like fun. I don't see how you could get a job as an instructor with only 6 weeks under your belt and no previous experience. it's one thing to be able to ride, and another to be able to spot, understand and communicate all the little subtleties that make a world of difference. I guess that's what the course is for, so I would say yes, you probably do need it. also, you need to be able to ride with only one foot strapped in for obvious reasons.

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Yeah my thinking around it is i know i most probably would earn more working say in a bar but ive heard that jobs like that in whistler are hard to come by whereas menial low paying jobs are plenty which is why instructing appeals to me as i think i would find it entertaining and interesting and an average wage, with the instructor qualification im thinking that if i put in enough effort i could gain my level 2 by the end of the season and more options would be open to me if i wanted to do another season. But obviously at the moment its all speculation.
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most of the instructors I've had here in colorado do it because they love to teach on the mountain, not because of the money lol. There isn't a lot of money in instruction. You'd be better off bartending/serving for sure.
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most of the instructors I've had here in colorado do it because they love to teach on the mountain, not because of the money lol. There isn't a lot of money in instruction. You'd be better off bartending/serving for sure.
For me its not about the money but the experience, just not sure if I would have a better first season behind a bar or on a mountain instructing
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Other thing to consider: The guy doing afternoon/evening/night restaurant/bar shift rides the fresh in the morning while the instructor is stuck on the bunny hill (at least here parents like to put their kids in classes in the mornings to have some time off).

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I instruct part time as a volunteer because I really like to teach. It can be pretty rewarding. Do it as a passion, not a job.
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