One of the most glamorous jobs in a ski resort is that of a ski instructor. This position can be a great amount of fun and comes with a lot of fantastic perks. Ski instructors will be responsible for working with groups of skiers, normally no more than 12 - 15 at a time. You will be responsible for evaluating current ability and helping develop each member of the groups skiing ability over the course of a series of classes.
In most resorts, especially in Europe, you will typically work with the same group for a week and help them improve throughout that time. In some cases you may just be working with a group for a short period to offer a refresher to skiers that have not skied for a little while.
Although working as a ski instructor sounds like a lot of fun, and it certainly is, there are also some things you need to consider. Firstly, to work in this position you must hold the necessary qualifications required for the resort/country that you are hoping to work in. You must also be a competent skier who can ski to an advanced level.
In addition to these couple of things it is also important to remember that you may be working with many groups that are beginner level skiers so you could expect to be off enjoying the mountain but in fact end up stuck on the beginner slopes for a considerable amount of time.
On a positive side, working as a ski instructor generally pays much better that most winter season jobs and you will also get many benefits such as free lift passes, discounts in many resort shops and restaurants and also the opportunity to meet many great people that will become friends for life.
What They Say....
"If you can land a job as a ski instructor then make sure you go for it! Working a season in this role is so much fun and the best way to work in a ski resort. You will work with different groups of skiers with varying skill levels and help them develop throughout the course of a week. It is an extremely rewarding job to see a group of skiers that develop their skills and improve under your instruction."
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