Snow Sports Instructors
Minimum age is 16 years.
Wage range – Minimum Wage and up
Click Here for information about our Junior Instructor Development Program
"I can't describe to you how much my time at Ski Sundown as an instructor means to me. I have learned so much about people, skiing, and feel I truly did grow as a person, surrounded by so many who I could look up to. It truly is a magical place..." -Kelly S., Ski Sundown Snowsports Instructor
You’re interested in becoming part of the Snowsports School at Ski Sundown but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! There are a couple of important things to know about working as a Ski Sundown snowsports instructor. While we take our job seriously, we enjoy what we do. It is imperative that this position is more than just a job, as we are searching for talented, enthusiastic individuals who love to meet new people and share their passion for winter sports with our guests. We hire instructors with these objectives in mind to ensure that we are a match for you,and vice-versa. Below is an overview of the hiring process.
is the interview. Candidates will interview with Snowsports trainers and get to know one another. The interview process can start as early as September, or attend our job fair
in October and get an on-the-spot interview.
Step 2 is a group interview, typically scheduled in November. During this 2 hour dialogue, 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 skills, as well as the ability to work as a team and manage an outdoor education environment. Upon completing the 2 hour interview, job offers are finalized and hiring paperwork is completed. Successful candidates will be offered positions with the Snowsports School pending on-snow performance.
The next step is a 2-day Basics of Teaching Snowsports course (skiing or snowboarding) for which the candidates will be compensated. These sessions are typically conducted in early December. 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. It is our mission to turn out professional Snowsports Instructors to our guests.
Initial interviews can be scheduled by contacting the Snowsports School at: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 guests 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 contact us with any questions you might have,and to inquire about setting up an interview. We’re always thinking about sliding around on snow, no matter the time of year. Drop us a line!
Ski Sundown Snowsports School Director