Working a ski season as an instructor is hands down the closest thing to the perfect job you'll find - or at least we think so. We might be a little bit biased but after you’ve read this we’re pretty confident you’ll agree...
5. Learn transferable skills
In addition to becoming a competent and professional skier or snowboarder (you can literally call yourself a professional if you want to). You will gain valuable skills that will impact your future career.
Leading a ski school lesson for six 'wild' kids on a huge mountain will teach you everything from communication, organisation, class control, creative thinking, riddles, dad jokes and life coaching; and that's just one lesson. It's also going to help you appreciate the little things in life, like a nice cup of tea and a biscuit, or a refreshing pint of alcohol after a long day teaching the rippers of the future.
4. Skiing takes you places - Not just downhill ;)
Chase endless winters around the world trading frozen toes for sandy feet on the annual between-season surf trip to Hawaii.
Ski instructing will take you across hemispheres, from the famous mountains in North America, Europe and Japan to the Southern Hemisphere gems in New Zealand, Chile and Australia.
Spending 11 months in winter isn't everyone's idea of heaven, so why not spend your summers hiking volcanoes, trekking in jungles or volunteering in conservation projects across the world.
3. Meet more snow mad people and make friends for life (hopefully)
One of the best things about doing a season is meeting new people with similar interests to you. One season can quickly turn into 5 as you meet your best mates and get the travel/ski bug.
Thinking about doing a road trip during or after your season? There will always be a group of people desperate to join in no matter how crazy the plan is!
2. Improve your riding
Self-improvement, upskilling and knowledge sharing is at the very heart of life as a snowsports instructor. Snow schools have designated training sessions for staff all season long. These sessions are geared towards a range of objectives such as passing exams, lesson tips and tricks, and above all taking your riding to the next level with specific clinics on bumps, park, racing and freeride – If you can think it, they’ll run a session for it.
‘You get the best training from the best trainers and guess what? It’s free!’
1. You get to ski (or snowboard) a lot
You think getting 21 days on your skis or board last season was good? How about 100+, and still feeling like you wished you’d squeezed a few more days in. That’s the reality of working as an instructor, the sheer amount of time you get to spend on snow is incomparable. More time on snow = better riding + more friends + more steeze and all-round good times - Seriously.