Instructors realize that it's not just about making people better skiers and riders, but also about helping them have more fun enjoying the exhilaration of being outdoors. This connection between instructors and the guest is what brings people back to the mountains, as well as expand their experiences and skills.
Lifetime of Learning
Being a continual learner has its benefits—both personally and professionally. Keeping up on manuals, instructions guides, the latest news and features in 32 Degrees, and articles from your divisional publications will enhance your knowledge, as will attending regional and national clinics. From an instructor standpoint, as we learn new things about how people learn, it improves how we best teach.
Many boarders and skiers upgrade their mountain gear every couple years as equipment changes or wears out. But how often do you take the step to see if your own skiing or riding could benefit from an equipment update? By keeping current on modern equipment developments, you can see how new designs can make your own riding more effective, and also how they can benefit your students.
Ski and snowboard instructors are as committed to guest safety as they are to providing a fun and engaging lesson. From a safety standpoint, everyone needs to be aware of the outdoor environment that we work and play in. Dressing in layers will help keep you from getting chilled when the wind and snow swirl.
In addition, safety-conscious skiers and riders care as much about that they put on their feet as what they put on their body. It’s important to make sure boots fit properly and that ski or snowboard bindings are in good working order. Take a cue from savvy instructors and have your equipment periodically checked out.
Another important safety element has to do with the environment and guests around you. Be sure to check out Your Responsibility Code, developed by the National Ski Areas Association to promote safe skiing and riding. These "rules of the road" provide some key reminders about navigating the slopes safely (which your instructor will emphasize during the lesson).