Friday, September 9, 2011

Want to be a snowboard instructor in Colorado for the 2011-12 ski season?

You are in luck if you are a US Citizen. Most Colorado ski resorts are having a hard time getting H2B visas for their returning certified instructors for the 2011-12 ski season. Many resorts are hiring inexperienced or uncertified snowboard instructors right now.

Want to know who is hiring? Go to the resorts website and look at the bottom of the page. You'll find 'Get a Job', 'Employment', 'Jobs', or just visit the Vail/Beaver Creek Ski & Ride School website. Don't worry, they are all hiring.

Before applying, you'll need a resume, references/letters of recommendation, expect a background check, and have interview answers ready. Some great articles to read before applying are:

The Skills Ski Schools Want when Hiring Inexperienced Ski Instructors in the USA

Where to Find Snowboard Instructor Jobs in the USA

How to Find the Best Ski School Instructor Jobs


Before accepting any position, find out the pay rate, incentives, and if the clients tip at that particular resort. You'll find that tips will dictate whether you can eat and pay rent.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ron LeMaster Ski Technique and Biomechanics Courses for Fall 2011

If you've ever wanted to take a course and learn about ski technique and biomechanics, your ship has come in. Ron LeMaster, advisor to the U.S. Ski Team and Vail Ski School will once again be teaching his wildly popular Ski Technique and Biomechanics Course Series in October 2011 in Boulder, Colorado.

For those who took the Ski Technique and Biomechanics class series in October 2010, Ron will be offering a follow up course with all new material - Ski Technique and Biomechanics II.

As Ron wrote in his course announcement the courses are for "coaches, instructors, and all skiers seeking an in-depth understanding of how skiing works and how the best skiers in the world ski".

At last year's course Ron used video, photographs, and analysis to demonstrate ski technique and the biomechanics of skiing. Course I will again cover ski design and boot setup. Course II will build on last years course.

Ron draws heavily from his book Ultimate Skiing, Master the techniques of great skiing that was published in the Fall of 2010. Ron offered his book for sale at a reduced rate during the class - after which most ski instructors lined up and asked him to autograph their copy.

Both courses are going to be offered through the Boulder Valley Schools Lifelong Learning Program. To register go to http://bouldervalley.augusoft.net/index.cfm?fuseaction=1070. Type "skiing" into the keyword section.

Ski Technique and Biomechanics I will be on Tuesdays Oct 4-18, 6:30-8:30pm. Ski Techniques and Biomechanics II will be on Tuesdays Oct 25, Nov 1, Nov 15, 6:30-8:30 pm.

The cost for the courses is $75 for each course. Educational credit is granted by Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA).

Last year instructors were credited 2 days of education credit. PSIA required a $90 fee along with the education credit form. If you need education credit to meet certification requirements, this is a great place to do it.

Learn more about Ron LeMaster at http://ronlemaster.com/


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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Are You a Certified Instructor Looking for a Position?

If you are a certified ski or snowboard instructor (PSIA, AASI, CASI, BASI...) and are eligible to work in the USA, Winter Park Resort is hiring! Those who currently have a student J1 visa can apply too. Those looking for visa sponsorship or an H2B visa are ineligible.

If you have additional certifications and accred's - all the better. Those increase your starting pay rate.

Winter Park Resort is located in the Grand Valley of Colorado. It has a lower cost of living than comparable size resorts and subsidized employee housing is available. You may still need to work a second part-time job to make ends meet.

If you are thinking about making the move to Colorado and teach, consider Winter Park Resort. Winter Park is currently offering recruiting bonuses for recruiting certified instructors to work for the upcoming 2011-12 ski season. Contact me and let's split that bonus when it is paid out at the end of the season.


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Thursday, April 7, 2011

SkiCarpool.com

I've been taking advantage of this skicarpooling website for the past few years. I hope everyone else in the Front Range of Colorado is using it too. It's a great way to save gas, money, and meet new friends.

Part of their 2008 newsletter email.

Go Big


SkiCarpool had a great season and grew about 50% from last season. That's approximately:

* 1000 new users
* 1500 vehicles taken off the road
* 230,000 lbs CO2 prevented
* $40,000 in gas money

If you haven't responded to our brief survey, there's still time, please take it now , it's only one minute. This season's impact summary is brought to you by our new sponsor REC Solar.

We have a secret


SkiCarpool has one employee, its passionate Executive Director, Glenn, who first came up with the idea, created the website, and has worked on SkiCarpool ever since with help and guidance from our volunteer Board. In order to keep SkiCarpool free we need more support from you, the people who the service was made for. We've saved you $40,000 in gas money this year and what we ask is simple, a $5 donation each time you carpool. That would raise $10,000 for us, just 25% of what we've saved you, so you'll still come out ahead without even considering the other ways SkiCarpool has benefited you(see our home page). Please donate here for the carpools you made this season and know that your contribution really does make a difference.

Have a great off season!

Executive Director,
Glenn Lieberman

SkiCarpool
P.O. Box 605
Boulder, CO 80306


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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sorry for the delay

Life is rather interesting and busy these days. I'll try to start posting here again. I've written a number of informative articles on skiing, snowboarding, and skibiking. We'll see where it all goes. It's all snowsliding.

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