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Desk Jobs are Overrated: How to Work on Snow this Winter

The Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) says it has the tools and education to help people get started working as a ski or snowboard instructor, and if working on the slopes sounds like a dream job, duh, visit PSIA-AASI’s Score a Job on the Slopes site to learn more about what it takes.

“We’re stoked that so many people want to learn more about teaching snowsports,” says Nick Herrin, PSIA-AASI CEO. “For those individuals that also want to join the PSIA-AASI community, they’ll be able to train with and learn from the best skiers and snowboards in the country.”

After entering contact information on the Score a Job on the Slopes site, you’ll visit a landing page and receive an email with links to several features that have more information about what it’s like to work as a ski or snowboard instructor. The Trail Map is a general guide and overview about working as an instructor, with several videos that show how to improve on current skiing and snowboarding skills.

There is also a link to PSIA-AASI’s new E-Learning Course for New Instructors to learn even more about the instructor lifestyle, teaching principals, and guest interaction. Visit the snowpros.org to get started, and after creating an account, you can take the E-Learning Course for New Instructors for free. Once you know a job on the slopes in right for you, access the Job Board to help locate jobs teaching skiing or snowboarding across the country.

“If you rock your goggle tan deep into the summer, always catch the last chairlift, or daydream of bottomless powder all year long, the course will help you determine if teaching skiing and snowboarding is the right fit for you” says Aleisha Padilla Seubert, PSIA-AASI education specialist. “After taking the course, you have the option to send a certificate of completion to the ski school hiring manager at the schools you’re applying to, and you can stay a step ahead of the competition.”

PSIA-AASI is a nonprofit education association with a membership of more than 32,000 men and women dedicated to promoting snowsports through instruction. The association establishes certification standards for ski and snowboard instructors and develops education materials to be used as the core components of most ski and snowboard school training. The PSIA-AASI Team is a hand-selected team of 30 individuals that are the “best of the best” ski and snowboard instructors and help promote the organization’s educational programs.

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