If you love snowboarding or skiing, one of the best things you can do is become an instructor. You’ll become a better rider or skier, plus you’ll probably learn a few things about yourself. Ski and snowboard areas in the Twin Cities are actively looking for candidates. Here’s some information on teaching at three local ski areas.
The program at Buck Hill starts on Monday, November 5, and is followed by five Tuesdays evening sessions after that. Each night’s session runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The first two sessions, both indoors, include an overview, classroom training, and interview. The third session is an on-the-snow skills interview. The third and fourth meetings involve training on the snow. Everything wraps up on Tuesday, December 11, with prospective instructors being evaluated on the snow.
Hyland Hills offers the Hyland Snowsports Academy, which is a four-day training workshops for prospective instructors. The academy runs from Friday, November 9, through Monday, November 12. The Friday and Monday sessions are held in the evening (6 p.m. through 8 p.m., and 6 p.m. through 9:15 p.m., respectively). Weekend sessions, which include classroom and on-the-hill work, will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 4:10 p.m.
Walk-ins are accepted on a space-available basis, but it’s best that you register online beforehand. Go to www.threeriverspark.org, click on “employment,” and go from there to fill out an application. Fred Seymour, senior director of alpine services, says that the parks district, which runs Hyland Hills, typically hires 40-60 new instructors a season, to bring their staff up to 325.
Trollhaugen has apprentice clinics that are 14 hours long. At the clinics, would-be instructors are shown how to teach and then practice teaching before experienced instructors. The clinics end with prospective teachers giving a lesson. Contact snowsports director Steve Kinzer at 715-755-2955 x226 for more.