A MEANS to travel the world
Go and give it a quick Google, ‘Places to ski in the world’ you will be surprised! I can hold my hands up and say that I would have never imagined myself shredding the back country of the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan in my wildest dreams if it wasn't for my employment with Niseko Base Snowsports (NBS), a sister company of the larger skijapan.com. After my season I travelled Japan with my parents then settled in Tokyo for a further 6 months on my own teaching English and working in Abercrombie & Fitch, Ginza, Tokyo.
My next countries will be France in January 2018 then Australia in June 2018.
Experience a new culture and meet the locals
Whilst you are out on your season, go and grab a drink with the locals, learn the lingo and try their national dishes. It’s the best way to emerse yourself in their culture. Stay in touch with your clients, take each lesson getting to know them, use it as a networking opportunities and who knows… you might get invited to go and see the northern lights by dog sled for free! Or Heli skiing on weekends! ... Or you might just get a free Vin Chaud 🙂
Long Temporary Holiday
Whether you're looking for a career break or if you are more the type that lives for an adventure, then think of ski instructing as a long holiday. Enjoy everyday as it comes as you can officially call the mountains your ‘office’. Then 5 months later you are off to your next destination. If you are a worthy employee, all schools love to have returners so keep tight with the director and you’ve got a job to go back to. It's comforting to return as you know the slopes, the resort, you’ve got palls in all the bars and shops and some of your instructor friends will return too! But I always move on, there are friends in every town and it takes a week to learn the slopes and resort. The excitement from this job is getting to travel the world, so go and explore as many places as possible whilst getting paid for it!
Friends from Around the World
I haven't decided if this is a plus point yet or not! They are your friends for life but your paths will only cross again on the snow circuit, unless you take time out to visit them which is obviously implicated by limited time between seasons and little funds left over after you pay off your bar tab in the last resort! Though visiting your friends across the world is a great way to see a new city from a locals point of view.
Improve your technique
It’s free, in fact you’re actually getting paid for it! Turn after turn, week after week, month after month - each poor turn or an ‘off’ day is you learning what you are doing wrong and knowing what feels right to be able to improve. You will be skiing the same runs everyday so your confidence will grow too. Most schools provide free rental (Customers take priority so go in the off-peak times) and lessons! You can become a pro snowboarder on your season. Or try something new, perhaps adaptive? Telemarking? Cross-Country? The opportunities are out there, you just need to take them!