Snow Sports Instructors

  • Minimum age is 16 years.

  • Wage range – Minimum Wage and up

  • Click Here for information about our Junior Instructor Development Program

     

Greetings!

Thanks for your interest in becoming part of the Snowsports School at Ski Sundown. Even during the warm months we are thinking about skiing, riding and developing our staff for the next season.

I want to share with you the interview and hiring process that we use for our candidates for employment with the Snowsports School at Ski Sundown.

Step 1 is the interview: Candidates will interview with Snowsports trainers and explore mutual interests and goals.

Step 2 is a group interview. During this 2 hour interview candidates will be split into groups and each group will spend time with one of our trainers who will guide them through a series of activities based on outdoor leadership situations. Trainers will be evaluating candidates on communication, confidence and leadership skill as well as the ability to work as a team and manage an outdoor, education environment. Successful candidates will be offered positions with the Snowsports School pending on-snow performance. Upon completing the 2 hour interview, job offers are finalized and hiring paperwork is completed.

The next step is a 2-day, Basics of Teaching Snowsports course (skiing or snowboarding) for which the candidates will be compensated. Lift tickets are provided and participants continue to be evaluated based on on-snow performance. Most candidates who are asked to attend this 2 day training session will graduate to positions as either alpine or snowboard instructors at Ski Sundown.

An additional 2 days of paid training involving shadowing experienced instructors and additional on-snow exercises are required before instructors are expected to teach on their own. We won’t just throw new instructors out there without proper training.

Initial interviews can be scheduled by contacting the Snowsports School at:  skischool@skisundown.com.  Click here to download an employment application.  

In preparation for the interview process and potentially the job itself we would recommend you visit an informative website by clicking here.  This link and information comes from the American Snowsports Education Association which houses 2 separate associations: Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI).

Commonly referred to as PSIA/AASI this is the education body that gives ski and snowboard instructors their framework. Most Ski and Snowsports Schools at resorts are member schools and train their instructors in a similar fashion. We take the training of our staff seriously at Ski Sundown and focus on the safety of our guest first, with fun being a close second. We encourage all of our staff to become members of PSIA or AASI but do not require it. We offer an in depth continuing education and training program for all of our staff members.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have and please remember to email us to set a day and time for your initial interview.

Think snow,

Jon Chasson

Ski Sundown Snowsports School Director