Snowsports 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 

If 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 be 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. Below is an overview of the hiring process.  

Step 1  is the application and interview.  Candidates will complete an application and 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 held the weekend after the Job Fair. During this 2 hour session, candidates will be split into groups, and spend time with 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. Successful candidates will be offered positions with the Snowsports School pending on-snow performance and schedule availability. 

Step 3 is a 3 hour in-house New Hire Orientation, where hiring paperwork is completed, employment guidelines are covered, and schedules are finalized. Participants will be compensated for their time spent in this session. 

The last step is a 2-day on-snow Basics of Teaching Snowsports course. These sessions are typically conducted in early December, and are weather-dependent.  Participants will be compensated for their time spent in this session. Lift tickets are provided and participants continue to be evaluated based on on-snow performance. If required, additional paid training  involving shadowing experienced instructors and additional on-snow exercises are offered 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:  skischool@skisundown.com.  Click here to download an employment application.  

In preparation for the interview process, we would recommend you visit the American Snowsports Education Association by clicking here.  This link reaches the Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors, commonly known as PSIA/AASI. PSIA/AASI is an educational body that gives ski and snowboard instructors their framework. 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 and, of course, learning!  We encourage our staff to become members of PSIA/AASI but do not require it. 

Please contact us with any questions you might have, and to inquire about setting up an interview by emailing us at skischool@skisundown.com.  Thank you!