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Old 07-16-2015, 11:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Pros and cons of shred instructor

I have been thinking about trying to be a snowboard instructor next season and I'm looking for other people who can share their experience.

Did you enjoy the job? Regret doing it ? What are the pros and cons?

Based on my schedule I think it would work out well, so I'm not doing it for the money, but the free pass, some extra cash and a few other perks.
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Old 07-17-2015, 12:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Personally I couldn't do it. Dealing with the majority of people would drive me nuts. If you do it for the love.of teaching people to ride... Then that's where it's at.

Fuxkit though, try it, you may love it.
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Old 07-17-2015, 12:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, I suck at teaching period. I just don't have the patience for it.

Also, you mention working around your schedule. I don't know if you work full-time, part-time, go to school or whatever but obviously you have a job right now that you don't want to leave. Do you really want to spend a good chunk of your time away from that job/school/whatever not riding, but strapped on a snowboard trying to teach people how to ride while watching other people having a blast? That sounds like a world of suck to me.
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You'll either learn to hate snowboarding or love it so much you'll tell everyone how awesome it is and they'll learn to hate you.
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Originally Posted by BurtonAvenger View Post
You'll either learn to hate snowboarding or love it so much you'll tell everyone how awesome it is and they'll learn to hate you.
hahahah exactly this in a nutshell.
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Old 07-17-2015, 06:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I've friends who have done this for exactly one season and then quit cos it's not worth to miss our rare pow days.

I couldn't do it. Imagine there's a pow day and you're spending it on the bunny hill with a whiny noob, or worse, have to deal with parents with their high expectations into their next superstar kid. But that's also cos I'm not the type for this anyway.

If you're the type who loves to teach, get an emotional reward out of it, and it's no pain for you to have a class on a day when conditions would be a blast - just try it for a year.
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Death would surely be more enjoyable
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Old 07-17-2015, 08:11 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Maybe if you're teaching advance level snowboarding so that you can go ride all over the mountain. If you're teach beginners every time you're going to hate it or at least I would.
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Old 07-17-2015, 12:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
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DO it! And contrary to popular belief you actually will ride more now than if you didn't teach.

I taught for four years (Holiday Valley in NY), was going to college full time and worked part time at a retail shop in a mall as well. I LOVED it! Feel free to ask any questions but here's a couple quick things

Where are you looking at teaching? Out East jobs are easy, skills needed are low and less competition and lots of night skiing. Out west many resorts are much more selective with who gets to teach and unless you have level 2 or 3 certs getting a job isn't always guaranteed and even then you will be stuck with the most basic students. Night skiing is a huge plus if the resort has it, teach night lessons when conditions aren't ideal anyway and you'll love it. There will be glorious powder days where you'll be stuck teaching J turns at the bottom of the bunny hill starring longingly up at all the people having the best day of the year.

That being said, if you are at a fairly easy going resort the job is cake! My favorite was teaching night lessons, often school groups 3 nights a week. We did 3 lineups and traded what levels we taught each time. And on the good nights by the third lineup there weren't even enough students to need all of us to teach so the rest of us would just get to go out and ride.

If you can manage to get groups that aren't 100% beginners and can actually go down a green do the whole lesson riding switch. You're getting paid to perfect something you might otherwise not want to do. And I do mean perfect. I could easily ride switch before I started teaching but after 6 or so hours a week riding exclusively switch you go from what you thought was good to holy cow I sucked before!

Finally for me half the appeal is being outside AT the mountain. It's just pretty and to be cliche a bad day teaching snowboarding is better than a good day at an office! Even if you're teaching a group of beginners you're still out playing in the snow on the mountain and that's heaven for me. And the best part, it forces you to be at the mountain all the time! You'll find yourself getting there early and staying late to ride in your free time. My best year I taught Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights, nights I normally wouldn't have gone out to ride in mediocre conditions. But since I needed to work I'd find myself heading there right after class, riding and having fun until lessons started, and then after lessons ended I'd go ride with the other instructors until the lifts closed, that was an extra like 8 hours a week i otherwise likely wouldn't have ridden. You want to know how to have fun and prorgess, spend hours riding with instructors, it's new homies and free lessons!

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