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    “Get a Job!”

    BY Tammie Thompson

    Taos Lesson; Photo by Tammie Thompson Is your teen an awesome skier or snowboarder? Are you getting a bit nervous about them just hanging out at the mountain without purpose or supervision? Think about getting them signed up for a Junior or Teen Instructor program. Programs vary by resort, but many offer training camps or sessions with the opportunity for teens to get a winter job at the resort.

    Following are some programs, but be sure to inquire at both the ski school and the race team to see about junior programs. Many race teams need "backdoor" coaches who will follow at the back of the group, picking up the little guys and keeping everyone accounted for. Many ski schools have apprentice program or junior programs that lead to PSIA or AASI certification and a potential full time job in the future.

    There are a few programs that are available in the summer (Europe, New Zealand); but most start late fall. Following is some info that came from each resort’s website. Interested families should contact the resort directly for more information and exact dates of the program.

    Ski Academy Switzerland Company:
    The PSIA Summer Program has been designed for potential ski instructors to train and qualify with Ski Academy Switzerland. Completion of your PSIA course will enable you to work for the winter 2009/10 season as a ski instructor in our partnered Ski Schools across Europe or the USA. Over the 4 week course the SAS coaches will work on your personal skiing, allowing you to gain skills in steeps, bumps and piste performance. We will focus on each individual student covering every aspect of skiing including video analysis, providing a constant personal development ski and teaching program for the duration of the course. During the course we will have various ski school directors from Europe (Verbier, Gstaad, Mount Snow, Killington to name just a few!) and USA conducting informal interviews for possible ski instructor positions within their ski schools. SkiIntructorCourses.net .

    New Zealand – This Summer!
    The Cardrona Instructor Training Centre has enjoyed training aspiring ski and snowboard instructors for over a decade. Located in the Cardrona Valley, just outside of Wanaka, NZ Cardrona Alpine Resort offers some of the best snow in the area and complete versatility with terrain for all. Enjoy developing your teaching skills on terrain perfect for setting you up for success. Explore your limits in our world class terrain park and 20-22 foot half pipes.

    You can choose a ski or snowboard instructor training program to suit your timeframe and budget; either as a gap year option, or as a launchpad into a career in snowsports instruction. CadronaInstructor.com .

    Teen Instructor Program at Stratton (TIPS) :
    Teens interested in becoming Ski or Snowboard Instructors, this program is for you! Teen skiers and riders between the ages of 14 –17 are eligible for qualification to participate in Stratton Ski and Snowboard School's Teen Instructor Training Program. Four weekends in a row, sessions are balanced between classroom settings and on- snow activities. Curriculum is based on written material and methods of the PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) and AASI (American Association of Snowboard Instructors).

    This qualification program includes sessions on teaching children, basic anatomy related to snowsports, class handling skills, how to develop a lesson, and a final exam that includes hands on teaching in the Little Cub Program. Practicing on your peers, this program gives you tools and training to become a ski or snowboard instructor. Upon completion of the four-week program, participants will be qualified to assist instructors and, upon turning 16, to teach at the Stratton Junior Ski and Snowboard School.  While there will be time for personal skill development, the skiing competency level required for the course is level 5: ability to negotiate all blue squares in a parallel and explore black diamonds comfortably.   Note: Participants must have lift access, such as a pass, express card or lift tickets.  Registration fee to PSIA or AASI is not included. TIPS will run four weekends starting in November. 2009 dates and cost not yet available.   Stratton.com .

    Junior Instructor Program at Red Mountain Resort
    Considering a weekend ski instructor job for the future? The Junior Instructor Program prepares young skiers to take the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance Level 1 course. Participants will receive training in all area of the CSIA Level 1 course and assist certified instructors on a volunteer basis during their daily lessons. These volunteer hours will satisfy the volunteer requirements for high school graduation.

    Open to 15-18 year olds; level 4-5 skiers (strong parallel blue and black runs); Saturdays 9:30-3:00. Junior Instructors that have completed 8 weeks of training will receive a $100 discount when registering for a CSIA Level 1 course at Red Mountain. Contact Snowsports for more details. RedResort.com .

    Whistler, Canada: Instructor Training
    CSIA Level 1 is the first level in the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance. This 4-day course covers the basics of current skiing technique and teaching methodology and includes video analysis, skiing and teaching evaluation. Suitable for those looking to improve their skiing skills, starting with the basics, and those preparing to become ski instructors. Skiers must be 15 years of age and able to ski a strong basic parallel turn. Please note that all courses are on Whistler Mountain.

    Call 1.800.766.0449 to book or in person at Ski School Sales. 4 consecutive day courses, as well as weekend courses available. Call Whistler for dates of 2009 programs. WhistlerBlackcomb.com .

    Alpine Meadows, CA: Instructor Training Course
    Want to be a Ski or Snowboard Pro? The Alpine Meadows Instructor Training Course is designed to give skiers and snowboarders an introduction to teaching and coaching the sport they love. We will take you through teaching at basic levels, recognizing movement patterns and personal ski and snowboard skill improvement. This course is taught by our highest level trainers and our main goal is to improve every participants skill level, understanding of ski and snowboard technique and teaching concepts. This course will also act as an on-hill interview and jobs will be offered to those who we feel would make a good addition to our programs here at Alpine Meadows. We will be looking to hire full time ski and snowboard instructors teaching children and/or adults. Held at Alpine Meadows Resort in Tahoe in early December. SkiAlpine.com .

    Blue Mountain, PA: Instructor Training Course
    The Blue Mountain Instructor Training Course is held in early December and is designed for anyone interested in becoming a snowsports instructor. ITC participants will be introduced to the world of snowsports instruction by some of Blue Mountain's top pros. The pros will elevate your personal skiing or riding as well as your understanding of the sport. You will be introduced to the Blue Mountain environment, our people, our facilities, terrain and most importantly, how snowsports are taught.

    Small ITC groups ensure plenty of personal attention. Your clinic leader will assess your skiing/riding skills as well as your aptitude for teaching. Ample time will be given for individual feedback and personal improvement. You will be introduced to Blue Mountain's method for teaching beginners and become aquainted with PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) and AASI (American Association of Snowboard Instructors) and their teaching model for both skiers and riders. Open to skiers and riders over 16 who are at least intermediate level, energetic & enthusiastic, and willing to commit to a schedule from December through March. SkiBlueMt.com .

    Wachusett Mountain Instructor Training Course Join one of New England's most successful instructor training programs. Instructor Training Course (ITC) starts in early November and continues each weekend thru mid-December. Attend as many sessions as you can. This is not a certification course but it is a necessary first step if that’s your goal. You will face rewarding challenges and make new friends as you improve your skills and progress from skier/rider to Instructor. We teach the American Teaching System of the Professional Ski and Snowboard Associations of America. Orientation consists of talks, demonstrations and videos of the American Teaching System. Course conductors will be on hand to discuss procedures, class handling, training preparations and general information. Once we have snow, training continues every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We will evaluate you in mid-December. Until that time, your course ID badge will admit you to all training sessions and also serve as an Unlimited Season Pass until evaluation day. The value of this course is more than $800. This is one of the best training values available. Wachusett.com .

     Snowboard Instructor Courses - Whistler Canada
    If you are looking to gain a Canadian snowboard instructor certification which will allow you to teach all across the world then think about Pro Ride. Pro Ride offers snowboarding instructor training courses so that you can prepare and complete the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructor (CASI) exams.

    The entry level course is four weeks in length and focuses on teaching you all the riding skills and teaching tactics required for the CASI Level 1 certification. A certification which qualifies you to teach beginner to intermediate riders. Pro-Ride.com .

    Junior Instructor Windham Mountain
    Interested in becoming a Windham Mountain instructor, as well as a better skier? This 13-week, full-day program is open to intermediate skiers and snowboarders 13 and over. Learn from the pros how to teach all levels, from beginner to expert. The program begins early December. WindhamMountain.com .

    Snow Valley, Canda: Assistant Instructor Training This course is a requirement for teens wishing to become an Assistant Ski/Snowboard Instructor at Snow Valley. You will experience 14 hours of on-hill and classroom instruction. Early December dates. SnowValley.ab.ca .

    Junior Instructor Program: Blue Mountain, PA
    Blue Mountain's Junior Instructor Program is a great way for young men and women ages 14 and 15 to get started teaching snowsports. Junior Instructors are employed in the Explorers (Children’s Specific) department. The program starts with the applicant attending the Blue Mountain Instructor Training Course. Successful candidates will receive further training from the Explorer Department aimed at creating a smooth transition onto our staff. Junior Instructors must be available for work on weekends and all holidays during the ski season including the days of and between December 24th and January 4th  BluSchools.com .

    Afton Alps Instructor Training
    Apprentice Instructors Training: Experience the thrill of taking someone who has never skied or snowboarded to a place they never thought imaginable! Watch as the person you are teaching excels at a new sport! Come join the best Ski and Ride School staff the Midwest has to offer. Come to a two day, two night audition. Our clinicians will evaluate your skiing or riding as well as your teaching. No experience necessary. Upon completion of the four days, a hiring recommendation will be made.

    Junior Apprentice Instructor Training: Are you a Jr. looking for a great way to make some money while you’re in school, or looking for a first job? The Ski and Ride School of Afton Alps hires Jr. Instructors ages 14-17 to teach skiing and snowboarding in our kids programs. The Jr. Instructor Training Program is designed to teach would be Jr. Instructors the fundamentals of teaching, while at the same time help you make progress in your own skiing or riding. This is a four day program which includes ongoing evaluations followed by a hiring recommendation. AftonAlps.com .

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