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Would you give up a solid day job to become a full time instructor?

this question is really more for those established 9-5 slaves but ive been toying with the idea of how cool it would be to be a full time instructor during the winter.
yes i realize the downsides and obvious pay cuts but its just a pipe dream thats fun to think about.
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Imo, as being a night shifter...find a night shift or evening job, get a season pass...rip pow then go to sleep or the job and repeat.


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this question is really more for those established 9-5 slaves but ive been toying with the idea of how cool it would be to be a full time instructor during the winter.
yes i realize the downsides and obvious pay cuts but its just a pipe dream thats fun to think about.
What would you do in the summer?

Would depend on pay diff, would have to clear a minimum 500$(after taxes) per week and include quality health insurance and retirement package.

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How much can you make as an instructor where you are? In Canada you wouldn't be making a great deal of money.

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I wouldn't want to be an instructor, always having to teach beginners and spending days sitting on the snow teaching people to sideslip on the bunnyhill.
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I know people at my local resort who run businesses in the summer months and effectively shut down so they can instruct full time in the winter. If I could swing it, I probably would.
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I wouldn't want to be an instructor, always having to teach beginners and spending days sitting on the snow teaching people to sideslip on the bunnyhill.
If you are a damn good rider, and can articulate yourself with out bro-ing out too much, you will be valued as a high level instructor and get the more advanced lessons, better tips, and more money in general. Everyone has to do beginner lessons every once and awhile, but there are likely other instructors that don't ride as well and beginners are all they can teach. Full timers also get priority over part timers, so if you don't want to teach a beginning lesson, you can pawn it off on someone else.

I've said this before and I'll say it again, who doesn't want to get paid to take out an advanced lesson and show them the mountain? You get to shred glades, steeps, pow and park... and GET PAID!!

I taught mostly upper level lessons, but there is a rewarding feeling associated with getting someone to make turns in only an hour or two!

But yes... If you can't handle not doing exactly whatever you want whenever you want on the mountain, then it's not for you.
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No. People piss me off. I see plenty of entitled douchebags in the ski/ride school classes who I'd probably punch in the fucking face if I was the instructor. Just because you paid a few bucks to take a class doesn't mean you're going to magically become Travis Rice or Bode Miller. Some of these assholes seem to think that's the case.
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Imo, as being a night shifter...find a night shift or evening job, get a season pass...rip pow then go to sleep or the job and repeat.
This is what I do too... Ride 830-1 or 2 with my son then work 3-11... In summer we play basketball, soccer, mtn bike, hike or hit the skate parks in the morning....

I preet much feel the same as linville about the people in lessons.....
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Have you guys ever actually instructed? Maybe that happens near more populated areas???? Where I was, up in west bumfuck Maine at Sugarloaf, I taught every day for 3.5 months and never came across anyone like that. I could imagine some more richie rich entitled folks near bigger cities though...
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