It’s the fifth blog! I am glad we’ve come this far already. In the last few blogs we have talked about what’s the best way to travel to your destination, Resorts you had probably never heard of before, and in the previous one we talked about off-piste skiing. This week I want to take it all a step further. If you have been a ski-enthusiast to such extend to have followed these posts week by week, we should talk about you becoming a ski-instructor. What’s better to transfer your passion to other people, and teach them how to ride the snow best?
First of all, it’s possible for anyone to be an instructor. I say anyone, because I have heard of people who have become one whom had never even been on skis themselves. Now it is way more fun to have experience, for the people I mentioned in the previous sentence where not allowed more than put 2- 4 year olds on the rubber lift back to the top of the baby-slope. If you do have more experience, you can get to teach people from all ages, and people who are already advanced.
First, you need to decide for yourself in what kind of area you’d like to start working. Do you want a small or big area? Very much or very little après ski possibilities? Many funparks? There are many questions like these, and you need to pick an area that suits your preferences best for an optimal experience. Once you have thought of a place, start looking for ski schools in this area. At the beginning of the winter season, many of these schools are looking for new staff, so this is not the hardest part.
If you want to work in a place in Austria, some schools I know are:
Try to find one in the ‘Bundesland’ (province) where you are planning on working. The first contact with a skiing school is usually not all too extended, but firstly introduce yourself for a little bit and mention any connections you have with that school, if you have any. It’ll help!
To be an instructor, you need to get an ‘Anwärter’- license, so mention whether or not you already have it, or are planning on getting it. Mention your most relevant work/ ski-experience a bit and if you’re able to come and work there.
After you own your anwärter, and all contact with your skiing school went ok, you can start working as an instructor. Getting your anwärter involves you getting lessons as well; it doesn’t matter if you know how to conquer a black-rated slope with parallel skis, when try to get your anwärter you’ll start at level 0 again and go down the blue slopes in the famous pizza-shape, because you need to know how to teach other people these techniques, and you need to teach it correctly.
Now, you’re set and done. You can now enjoy the good life of being an instructor, which revolves around you being on the slopes nearly every day teaching a passion of yours, using a seasons-pass for all lifts in the area which is often provided by your ski-school (so it’s free for you), many discounts in the après ski, having sort of a ‘status’ which helps you attract any female in the neighborhood (hey, big plus for me personally), and making many new friends.
Roof and a seasons-pass are very often, if not always, provided for you. On top of that you get many discounts in shops and bars if you are an instructor, so it’s overall just an amazing experience.
A quick recap:
- Decide what you want for a work area
- Search for a ski school in that area
- Contact the ski school
- Get your anwärter
- Profit and enjoy life
By the way, did you hear about all that snowfall in France lately? In Argentière there’s about 3 meters of snow on top of the mountains and 18cm in the valley, same goes for Chamonix! I swear if tomorrow wasn’t the start of another workweek I’d be there right now, and I have to encourage you to go there. Make the best of your time!
Let me know in the comments if week’s blog helped you out today, and if you’re heading for snow this week. See you later friends!