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|06-08-2012 12:11 PM|
x2 on most of what snowolf said.
I taught full time for a winter about 7 years ago at Snowshoe WV. I got back into it working part time for the last 2 years at Wisp MD.
Its selfish, but my biggest reason to get into teaching was to improve my personal riding. I was self taught and that I was a pretty decent rider. Riding with and learning from people who had been in the industry for quite some time was an eye opening and extremely positive experience. I realized I knew little to nothing about proficient snowboarding.
There are a lot of positives to teaching. Girls dig snowboard instructors, you will have an amazing opportunity to learn how to snowboard well, you will get a lot of snowboarding days in, you will make money being active doing something you love, you will get to share something you love with other people, you will probably meet a lot of interesting people.
There are negatives as well. When I started I had the idea that I would be on black diamonds everyday. That wont be the case. Starting out you will not have choice on lessons and you will most likely be stuck dealing with kids. Kids can be challenging to teach. You will probably only get beginner lessons, unless you are a very gifted rider. As Snowolf said it can be very frustrating dealing with unfit people in a lesson. Its tough when people get frustrated.
From my personal experience I think working part time is the way to go if you want to instruct. Make decent money during the week so you don't have to be stressed about making ends meet from teaching. I think each resort is differnet, but at my current mountain - the pay is nice. I probably averaged 20 bucks an hour not counting tips for the hours I worked. I find it to be a very rewarding job. I genuinely enjoy sharing my passion for snowboarding with others. Its really cool to see someone pick up a concept and be excited about progressing. Maybe its different out west, but I feel that AASI is a great organization. I only have my level 1 but plan on going for the 2 this year. Both resorts I have worked for refund your dues/exam fees at the end of the season. If it doesn't cost anything why not do AASI events and learn from the best riders in the country? You also get nice proform deals on gear.
|06-05-2012 12:38 PM|
Originally Posted by BurtonAvenger View Post
|06-05-2012 10:40 AM|
|BurtonAvenger||CMC 4 year college in Breck but oh yeah we're all bro's in this town and a bunch of degenerates. I forgot the people that hate on Breck are the ones that can't snowboard our parks or think the mountain is flat. Go ride Keystone.|
|06-05-2012 08:58 AM|
Originally Posted by Matt166 View Post
|06-05-2012 08:43 AM|
Originally Posted by bkozzz View Post
|06-05-2012 08:38 AM|
Appreciate the responses people, to be honest I just want to get the fuck outta Michigan, 90% of the people here are potheads going nowhere in life. Even though I'll miss some of em, theres really not much motivating me to stay. And yeah I still wanna get my degree (probably CS), so I would still wanna be taking classes if I do this.
|06-05-2012 06:52 AM|
I refer to my original statement.
Originally Posted by Matt166 View Post
FYI, I spend 75% of my teaching time riding the mountain, and I think Breckenfridge is the arsehole of Colorado.
Bottom line, if you are a bro or a snow carnie, take heed to BA's post, it will probably be very useful.
If you are a respectable human being and have had at least 1 decent job in your life, don't move to breck.
|06-05-2012 02:50 AM|
Originally Posted by BurtonAvenger View Post
|06-05-2012 02:38 AM|
^ These are all wrong decisions. College will always be there youth won't we're all gonna die some time might as well bang it out now before you're an old crusty bastard in a ski town getting drunk at 3 in the afternoon talking about the good ole days.
The fabled myth of ride all day, party all night in a ski town is a joke if you fall sucker to the pitfalls of being a snow carnie. Yes instructors are snow carnies and should always be noted as that. And for the record I have no respect for instructors and view them only slightly higher than mountain safety but somewhere below cafeteria dish washer.
Breck is a great town I love it, you love it, and the tourists love it. Remember this about any job here, you are here solely to serve the tourists your job is dependent on their money. Regardless of what you think you will not be a local until you get to the point that you don't even care that you live here or that you have banged every girl at least 4 times and contracted no less than seven STD's. Only then will you officially be a local. Losing bodily organs can be substituted for STD's.
Key jobs for letting you ride all the time. Dishwasher, food delivery, server, bar tender, night auditor, night stocker, snowboard shop, off mountain rental shop, anything with a split shift or afternoon shift, man slut, backseat skier, cougar tamer. In Breck high end waiting jobs are coveted but you can find ones at some of the more touristy places that have high turn over. Do not bother applying to Downstairs at Erics unless you have a vagina. Get here right at the start of September to secure a good job/housing.
Housing is another key important factor if you do not have a car you will be on the bus system which is awesome although always 5 to 15 minutes late at any given time. Remember this it's Summit County time. If you have a car parking sucks and you will need to learn how to become a fucking ninja of stealing parking spots or just take the fucking bus. But back to housing it's a lot like joining the army in terms of roommates, you'll meet people from all walks of life and most of them will seem stupid to you. Do not adopt a dog because you think you're cool, chances are it's one of the same 7 dogs that gets adopted then ends up back at the shelter at the end of the season. Do not live with women and if I have to go into detail about this you are already a lost cause and should proceed to smoke meth now while driving drunk and getting a suck off from some poor dude from Keystone. Blue River is not Breckenridge, no matter how close to town they tell you it is. Peak 7 is the fucking boondocks and you could die waiting for a search party to find you out there. If potential new roommate tells you, "I have some friends crashing on the couch they're chipping in on rent" read this as they will freeload off you and your rent will never decrease all while having your shit abused more than one of the 10 lifty chicks that lives in staff housings vagina.
Contrary to popular belief Breckenridge is not Amsterdam as much as people believe weed is legal here. We do have a few dispensaries and town law states that it's officers discretion on whether or not to prosecute if you have an ounce or less on you. County law supercedes town law and state law supercedes that followed by federal. It's decriminalized not legal, don't be stupid.
If you do work for the mountain make the right choices in terms of jobs. Lifty's do not ride, instructors are day care, food service means you're a slave, shuttle drivers are fat and cranky, day cleaners don't speak English, park crew is coveted, cat driver means you drink a lot, which means night jobs are the best bet i.e. night cleaning.
If you're not working for the mountain buy your pass. Regardless of if one of the jobs in town offers you it as an incentive buy it yourself. Then if you want to play hooky and go shred they can't call the pass office and have it turned off on you. Yes this does happen if you let it. Do not ever give an employer a chance to be your dark overlord masters.
Since you are 19 you can not get into any of the bars legally, get a good fake ID. Tip well, don't be a douche, and if a girl tells you she's 21 assume she's 18. If she tells you she's a 20 something figure she's a cougar and her vagina is more busted than the Delorean at the end of Back to the Future 3. If house parties are you thing do not party with the high school sluts from Summit High they are trouble and you will get one pregnant. You think I'm joking but those bitches are in heat.
Keystone has herpes it's the rumor year after year and it's true that is all you need to know about that.
This is how you live in summit county.
|06-04-2012 09:40 PM|
I usually find people who hate on instructor lifestyles either teach at the wrong mountain, or aren't instructors.
My 2p, if you really are serious about teaching.
Start off in kids school, they aren't paying the bills, so less pressure and a better environment for you to hone your teaching techniques.
Take all the free training you can get.
Get as many certs at you can afford quickly. I hate the fact that AASI has such a huge part to play in our lives, but it is what it is, if you ever want to earn money out of teaching or actually ride, you need to be qualified.
When you have a couple of years under your belt, have a mountain in mind that has high end clientele, and work adults - they ARE paying the bills, which means if you do a good job, they will probably tip you depending on the mountain.
I work at a pretty decent mountain, I normally come out of the season about 5-6k in profit. It wasn't always this way, this season will be my 7th teaching and the early years were defo a struggle, especially when I worked in the east.
Some things to consider:
To earn good money it helps to have the following characteristics - you need to look good, be professional, be easy to get on with, connect with all types of people, be extremely nice, be willing to tie a few bootlaces/carry boards/stop old ladies from falling over.
If i were you kid, i would go to college first, the mountain will always be there and if you go near a mountain town you can teach in your time off. One day you might decide you want kids, you'll need that degree.
Good luck buddy, if you can swing it, and swing it well, lifes good.
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