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04-27-2014 05:13 AM
kwillo
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Originally Posted by sledger View Post
Hey,

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.

Snowboard Instructor Jobs & Internship Whistler | ALLTRACKS

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 !
I did the Alltracks 5 week level 1 course. I costs a fortune but after completing it I can see the value. Instructors are seriously good, all level 4s and a level 4 evaluator, accomm is real nice and close to the lifts.
Not even sure I want to be an instructor but I absolutely loved the 4 weeks of instruction and my riding improved ten fold.
Another thing to consider is whistler blackcomb ski school runs heaps of weekly clinics and lessons for its employees so when you have days off you can top notch instruction.
It's alot of money but you do step into (albeit basic) position on one of the best resorts on the planet.
04-25-2014 02:21 PM
lab49232 Ya you can instruct with that experience but it will literally be teaching j-turns all day and never getting on a lift. You may get a lot of hot coco though if you get really young kids which is nice. But ya Teaching almost costs you money when you look at the time, gas if you don't live on hill, etc. It's common knowledge among instructors you do it purely to be on the mountain and for the free lift pass. If it's your only source of income you need to be an expert teaching private high level lessons, which no offense, but at 6 weeks you're about 4 or 5 years from even considering attempting that.

And paying for a job is insane! I took a free 3 day training course at my hill (more to prove the applicant could ride and go over some basic "how to explain what your doing" chats) and then it was off to the races for the next few years. Never pay for learning to teach unless it's to get your level 2 or 3 cert and even then get an instructing job first and your mountain will pay for those usually too.
04-25-2014 01:19 PM
Deacon
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Originally Posted by sledger View Post
Yeah true, i think i may just take the money i would have spent on that course and rent a room in an awesome chalet for the season and just get a part time job to support myself, would rather have more time on the mountain tbh
04-25-2014 10:40 AM
sledger Yeah true, i think i may just take the money i would have spent on that course and rent a room in an awesome chalet for the season and just get a part time job to support myself, would rather have more time on the mountain tbh
04-23-2014 03:12 AM
wrathfuldeity 6 weeks...you will get the old folks, the middle schoolers and the screamers (day care).
04-22-2014 05:18 PM
Cotners 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.
04-22-2014 01:07 PM
neni 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).
04-22-2014 12:27 PM
sledger
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Originally Posted by Jason913 View Post
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
04-22-2014 12:17 PM
Jason913 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.
04-22-2014 11:49 AM
sledger 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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