One of the best ways of improving your skiing or riding is to learn how to teach others. You'll learn how to improve your skills on the snow, learn about customer service and leadership, and improve your communications skills. Oh yes, you'll also get a free season pass and an hourly wage. You'll find opportunities to teach at each of the local ski resorts. Here's a run-down of what we now know:
Welch Village is having hiring clinics on Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8. The clinics run from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m, each day, but you don't have to attend both days.
Afton Alps requires candidates to attend candidates on six different days. The clinics will be held on successive Mondays and Tuesdays, November 18, 19, 25, and 26. These sessions will run from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. each day. Those weekday clinics are followed up by all-day clinics on It also has clinics on Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1. Be sure to register first.
Trollhaugen has two Q&A sessions scheduled, so you can pick one or the other if you'd like a no-commitment overview. They are on Thursday, November 5, and Thursday, November 7. The sessions start either day at 7:00 p.m., and are held on the third level of the chalet.
Each candidate (or to use Troll's term, apprentice) needs to attend at two clinics in the lodge (dryland) and four on the snow. All clinics are two hours long. They're offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6:30 p.m until 8:30 p.m. Dryland clinics are on November 12, 14, 19, and 21, while on-the-snow clinics are December 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, and 14. (There will be some additional clinics offered on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until noon, once the area opens.) Testing will be during the week of December 16 through 21. The experience costs $75.
The Hyland Sports Academy will have workshops on two successive weekends. It all starts out with an informational meeting on Friday, November 15, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. That's followed by two outdoors sessions on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:10 p.m. each day. Finally, there's a training day on Saturday, November 23, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Register by Thursday, November 14 to claim a spot. To do so, go to www.threeriversparkdistrict.org, click on "employment" and search for instructor jobs.
Neither Buck Hill nor Wild Mountain have yet released information about hiring clinics. Buck pays $7 an hour