The Season Workers Guide: Ski Technician Courses
Ski technicians are employed in ski resorts by ski shops, hotels, chalet operators and any other companies that own a stock of rental equipment. It is possible to get ski tech jobs without any experience or qualifications but a course will not only give you an advantage but also make sure that you are to speed with the latest technology and techniques. Some ski and snowboard courses include a ski tech course element which is a handy bonus even if its to save you a few quid by servicing your own gear.
Basic Ski Technician Courses
An entry level course should cover routine tuning, maintenance, fitting and basic repair work. This will set you up with the required knowledge to find your way around the workshop, be useful on changeover days and assist with the routine stuff that’s associated with rental ski’s, boots and boards. Typical topis will include fitting and setting up (how to adjust the most common types of bindings, boots and base plates); Waxing and sharpening; filling superficial scratches and gouges and tool selection and maintenance.
More Advanced Ski Tech Courses
Once you are proficient (by working as a ski tech for a bit), if you have enjoyed it you may want to extend your skill base. If this is not available as ‘on the job’ training, which tends to be the best way to learn a practical skill, then you could take an advanced ski technician course. The basics above should still be covered but extend to include more difficult jobs like edge replacement and major patching work. Advanced techniques also include the use of dangerous machinery and a range of solvents and materials which should be addressed.
Boot fitting and maintenance is generally covered by separate courses because it is a surprisingly complex area of expertise.
There are also many courses operated by manufacturers of equipment and specialist tools, such as moulding inner boots with heat.
As with all courses, check that plenty of practice and practical tuition is included and get the FULL course specification in order to compare costs properly. Courses are available in the UK, as part of ski season training with some ski operators and also with in-resort trainers.
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