I want YOU to Become a Ski or Snowboard Instructor this year!

Posted by Mary on September 30, 2011

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Yes I am talking to you. No, I’m not talking to that other adult in your home or the person next to you in your office, though they may be a great candidate as well. Take a quick minute and read the questions below:

  • Do you love skiing or snowboarding and spending time out in the mountain environment?
  • Would you like the opportunity to improve your skiing/riding skills and meet new friends who have the same desires?  
  • Do you enjoy sharing one of your passions and watching others get excited and developing new skills?
  • Would you like to earn benefits for you and your family and become part of a fun, friendly, diverse world class team of individuals? 
  • Can you make time and devote about 22 days this season from Dec. through April 10th to get started on a life long journey or new goal?

How did you answer? People often say to me when they learn my profession, “I’d love to become an instructor, but I’m not a very good skier/boarder, not good enough to teach.” Sometimes I hear “I always wanted to become an instructor, but now my children are grown up and I may be too mature.” (Are you kidding me? 40 is the new 30, so on and so forth. That’s what I am going with since I have surpassed the 50, now the new 40 era.)

“NONSENSE” is my reply! If you can ski or ride comfortably on most Blue terrain you have the basic skills already, and we want to help you improve your personal skiing/riding ability and teach you how to effectively teach beginners.  

Mature parents, aunts and uncles are already more innately qualified than many candidates who walk through our door. We certainly love the “experienced mountain rippers” as well, but instructors will be teaching a mix of 1st to 5th day skiers or snowboarders, many who can already stop and make a turn.
The largest portion continues to be our Signature 5 participants. These participants are ages 6-14 who are learning to maneuver comfortably on green and blue terrain. We guarantee you will have a wonderful time teaching and getting to know these kids from all over the world, most days including lunch of your choice on the mountain, how fun is that!

If you particularly love working with, or are skilled with the 3 ½ - 5 year age group, we also have a perfect spot for you. Our full or part time Signature 3 program instructors learn how to teach the youngest to become Snowsports enthusiasts for a lifetime.  

Yep, I can’t lie either, you of course will have at least one of those days that provide you with some new challenges. Consider it an educational experience! Utilize one of our experienced supervisory staff to assist you on the spot, and grow from there.

Come on and make some memories, for yourself and others, share your love of Snowsports. What better way to assure future generations of fabulous skiing and riding for yourself as well. Please take a look at our web site at parkcitymountain.com under “new ski or snowboard instructor" for details, or contact me, Snowmama Mary with questions at maryf@pcski.com



Comment posted by Mary Flinn Ware on October 4, 2011 8:43 AM MDT

Thanks Catherine and hope you can make it back someday!

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Comment posted by Catherine G. on October 1, 2011 8:22 AM MDT

Mary is right on target! Three years ago, right after we moved to Park City, I applied to be a snowboard instructor at PCMR on a whim. It was something I'd always wanted to do, and just decided to go for it! I wasn't the greatest snowboarder (I was pretty much self-taught) but the training was fantastic and I learned what is undoubtedly the best approach to teaching beginners; we also received a lot of training to improve our own riding. Classes for "Never-Evers" were pretty much all I taught, which was fine with me; I loved that "a-ha!" moment when a student first linked his or her turns! Sadly, the financial downturn meant I had to get a full-time, year-round job, but if I could I'd do it again in a heartbeat. So yes, go for it -- if not at PCMR, at a mountain near you!

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Comment posted by kim on September 30, 2011 12:10 PM MDT

wow! really? moi?
actually, this post has sold me and if i lived any where near utah, or if you could changed the requirement from "22 days Dec. thru April 10" to some thing like "10 days in January" I TOTALLY WOULD!

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Response posted by Mary Flinn Ware on October 4, 2011 8:41 AM MDT

You totally should when time allows!


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