Certified Ski and Snowboard Instructor

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Certified Ski and Snowboard Instructor

Becoming a ski or snowboard instructor is a dream job for the avid skier or snowboarder. You spend your days doing what you love and teaching others what you know. For those that like to travel, there are opportunities abroad once you achieve the appropriate level of certification.

Being "certified" is not required to secure your first job as a ski or snowboard instructor. Larger ski schools lend career ski instructors to help teach newbie instructors the skills needed to become a better and lucrative instructor. Training takes place regularly at larger ski schools through classroom and on the snow hill. Take every opportunity to train as this will allow you to become not only a better instructor but help prepare you for your certification exam. Certifications make you a desirable asset and provide more work opportunities and higher pay benefits.

The certification process begins with becoming a Registered Member of Professional Ski Instructor of America and the American Association of Snowboarding Instructor (PSIA-AASI). While there is no examination required to become a registered member, instructors do need to be actively teaching in a PSIA authorized ski school and have the recommendation of the Ski School Director. Instructor schools are located across the US. Many locations even offer an intensive training that will earn you a Level I certification. Instructor internships may also be an option that can offer guaranteed employment following internship and assistance with reaching your first level of certification.

There are 3 levels of primary certifications from Professional Ski Instructor of America and the American Association of Snowboarding Instructor (PSIA-AASI) for various disciplines: Adaptive, Alpine, Cross Country, Snowboard and Telemark. Additional certifications are also available for Children's Specialist and Freestyle Specialist once a primary certification is earned. Adaptive instructing gives you the tools to teach those with disabilities.

Each level of certification assesses 3 areas; skiing/riding, teaching and professional knowledge. Instructors are bound to the knowledge and performance guidelines of the level at which they are testing as well as the criteria for all prior levels. Generally, a Level I certification focuses on the ability to teach beginner to novice skiers/riders on more simple terrain. Level II training involves a precise degree of teaching on moderate terrain while a Level III certification will require an expert level of teaching on advanced terrain. Level III certification also meets the International Snowsports Instructors Alliance (ISIA) standards allowing you to teach at a global level at locations across the world. Refer to the PSIA-AASI site for specific details on certification levels as each discipline demands specific expertise in each of the assessed areas.

To prepare for each certification exam, there are many resources available and methods to pursue. It's important to register with PSIA-AASI offers printed materials, prep training classes and online courses are offered to their members. Be sure to attend in person clinics in your area. It's also essential to find a mentor who has gone through the certification process that can provide tips and constructive feedback regarding your skiing or riding technique, knowledge and skills.

Within the US, pay can vary for an instructor based on geographic location, resort and qualification level. Average pay ranges from $15 per hour for a rookie level to $20 for an experienced instructor. Some locations within Colorado pay experienced instructors up to $30 per hour. It's important to note that an instructor relies heavily on tips received from their clients throughout the season. While the single $1,000 tip is rare, top instructors can usually bring in $300 in tips in a day.

If you know how to ski or ride, consider becoming a certified instructor. This could be your chance to have a career doing what you love.

    • Ski/Snowboard Instructor Winter 2022-23
      Alyeska Resort Anchorage, AK, USA
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    • Ski/Snowboard Instructor
      ARCTARIS SADDLEBACK SKI OPERATIONS LLC Rangeley, ME, USA
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    • Certified Ski or Snowboard Instructor - Starting at $21 Per Hour
      June Mountain Bishop, CA, USA
      June Mountain Ski & Snowboard School is hiring ski industry certified Instructors of all levels for the 2022-2023 winter season! * The June Mountain Ski & Snowboard School is one of the top Ski and ...
    • Certified Ski & Snowboard Instructor Level 3 - Winter Seasonal
      Crested Butte Mountain Resort Crested Butte, CO, USA
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    • Certified Ski or Snowboard Instructor Level 3 - Full & Part Time - Winter Seasonal
      Keystone Resort Keystone, CO, USA
      The Instructor will provide quality ski/snowboard instruction to groups and individuals in a safe and fun manner while upholding all Colorado Skier Safety Act rules/regulations and Company guidelines
    • Ski and Snowboard School - Snowboard Instructor (Certified Level II/III) - Winter Seasonal 22-23
      The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain Wilmington, VT, USA
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    • Certified Ski or Snowboard Instructor - Level 3 - Full & Part Time - Winter Seasonal - Stowe
      Stowe Mountain Resort Stowe, VT, USA
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    • Certified Ski or Snowboard Instructor Level 3
      Hidden Valley Ski Resort Eureka, MO, USA
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    • Certified Ski & Snowboard Instructor Level 3
      Beaver Creek Ski Resort Beaver Creek, CO, USA
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    • Certified Ski or Snowboard Instructor Level 3 - Full & Part Time - Winter Seasonal
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      Kirkwood Mountain Resort Kirkwood, CA, USA
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    • Certified Ski & Snowboard Instructor Level 3 - Winter Seasonal - Heavenly
      Heavenly Mountain Resort South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA
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      Catamount Ski Resort LLC South Egremont, MA, USA
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    • Non-Certified Ski & Snowboard Instructor
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      Instructors will deliver quality ski/snowboard instruction to groups and individuals, providing world class guest service in a safe and fun environment. Full and Part Time positions available. Job ...
    • Non-Certified Ski & Snowboard Instructor
      Snow Creek Ski Area Weston, MO, USA
      Instructors will deliver quality ski/snowboard instruction to groups and individuals, providing world class guest service in a safe and fun environment. Full and Part Time positions available. Job ...
    • Non-Certified Ski or Snowboard Instructor - $20 per hour
      June Mountain Bishop, CA, USA
      A little about this position : * Non-Certified instructors are new to the industry and have no ski industry certification. * Individuals hired in this position will be trained to provide quality ...
    • Non-Certified Snowboard Instructor
      Mammoth Mountain Bakersfield, CA, USA
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    • Snowboard Instructor
      Bear Valley Resort Arnold, CA, USA
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      Hilltop Ski Area Anchorage, AK, USA
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      Liberty Mountain Resort Fairfield, PA, USA
      The Ski and Snowboard School Supervisor is responsible for promoting workplace safety programs ... Instructor scheduling to fairly administer work priority status, while managing labor budgets for ...
    • Ski and Snowboard School - Training Supervisor - Alpine
      The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain Wilmington, VT, USA
      Our Instructor compensation recognizes that every lesson should be taught as if it's a requested ... Provide education, support, guidance, and assistance to the Snowboard Trainers and staff. * Other ...
    • Ski and Snowboard School Manager
      Stevens Pass Mountain Resort Leavenworth, WA, USA
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    • Snowsports Winter 2023-2024 General Interest
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    • Fitness Instructor - $25 per Hour - Winter Seasonal
      Vail Mountain Vail, CO, USA
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      Vail Mountain Vail, CO, USA
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      Park City Mountain Park City, UT, USA
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    • Snowboard Training Supervisor
      Windham Mountain Windham, NY, USA
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      Park City Mountain Park City, UT, USA
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    • Ski School Team Lead - $20 per hour - Full Time - Winter Seasonal
      Mount Sunapee Resort Newbury, NH, USA
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    • Uncertified Snow Sports Instructor
      Windham Mountain Windham, NY, USA
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      The Certified Ski/SB Instructor is primarily responsible for teaching skiing or snowboarding to the guests of Winter Park Resort. This may include group lessons, private lessons and special programs ...
    • Ski & Ride School Senior Manager
      Seven Springs Mountain Resort Champion, PA, USA
      Must have current Ski/ Snowboard Instructor certification * MS Office, including Teams Preferred: * 5 years as a full-time ski/snowboard instructor/supervisor * PSIA/AASI Level 3 The budgeted range ...
    • Ski School Support Staff
      Mount Sunapee Resort Newbury, NH, USA
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    • Ski and Ride School Support Crew Lead - Full Time - Winter Seasonal - Stowe
      Stowe Mountain Resort Stowe, VT, USA
      The Ski and Snowboard School Support Crew Lead is responsible for leading the Ski and Ride School Support Crew and Instructor Aides. This includes scheduling and directing daily activities in support ...
    • Ski & Ride School Location Manager
      Okemo Mountain Resort Ludlow, VT, USA
      Minimum of three years as a full-time instructor for a recognized ski/snowboard school. * Have current professional instructor certification. PSIA/AASI Level 3 strongly recommended. * Must be able to ...
    • Ski School Team Leader
      Seven Springs Mountain Resort Lake Harmony, PA, USA
      Current PSIA/AASI certification required * 2-5 years ski/snowboard instructor experience required * Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, holidays, and weekends * Able to meet the ...
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    • Cross-Country (Skate) Skiing Instructor
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    • Ski & Ride School Training Manager
      Heavenly Mountain Resort South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA
      ... ski and snowboard lessons, 40% retail discounts, the chance to grow through Epic Service - our ... Communicate with newly hired instructors to coordinate their pre-season and early-season ...
    • Ski & Ride School Supervisor
      Okemo Mountain Resort Ludlow, VT, USA
      ... ski and snowboard lessons, 40% retail discounts, the chance to grow through Epic Service - our ... Establish and review mutual seasonal goals and performance objectives with each instructor ...
    • UK Ski Instructors - 2022+23 Season
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      The most important part of being an instructor is your passion and work ethic. Pay for the 2022/23 ... of the Ski & Ride School team and the entire resort staff. • Maintains good, safe physical ...
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      Crested Butte Mountain Resort Crested Butte, CO, USA
      ... ski and snowboard lessons, 40% retail discounts, the chance to grow through Epic Service - our ... Leadership Teams, instructor, summer counselors, rental and SRS support staff, to ensure ...
    • Ski School Support Staff
      Kirkwood Mountain Resort Kirkwood, CA, USA
      Fit guests with ski & snowboard equipment * Assist instructors with facilitation and completion of the lesson * Attend to children's basic personal needs * Other duties as assigned Job Requirements
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      Stevens Pass Mountain Resort Leavenworth, WA, USA
      Mentor, observe, coach and deliver feedback and evaluations to instructors and staff. * Work with ... Minimum 1 year experience in Ski and Snowboard School or closely related field. * Excellent ...
    • Happy Camp Rover - Winter Seasonal - Full/Part Time
      Steamboat Ski Resort Craig, CO, USA
      To assist instructors in caring for children and assisting in skiing/riding with safety and welfare ... Previous ski/snowboard experience, preferred * Maintain positive/patient attitude with parents ...
    • Ski & Ride School Instructor (Ages 14+)
      Jay Peak Resort Jay, VT, USA
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    • ARC Programs Supervisor - $25 per hour
      Afton Alps Afton, MN, USA
      Work with Ski and Snowboard School Manager to set and review seasonal goals and performance objectives with each instructor and provide feedback. * Provide timely program related updates to the ski ...
    • Ski & Ride Instructors
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    • Yoga/Fitness Instructor - Cliff Spa
      Snowbird Resort Sandy, UT, USA
      ... world-renowned ski and summer resort just 6 miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon. Here, winter ... What You'll Do As a Yoga/Fitness Instructor at the Cliff Spa you will plan and leads exercise ...
    • INSTRUCTOR APPRENTICE
      PowderMonarch LLC Salida, CO, USA
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    • WINTER: Development Instructor
      National Winter Activity Center Vernon, NJ, USA
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    • 2023 Boat Driver/Water Sports Instructor
      National Ability Center Park City, UT, USA
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      Middlebury College Middlebury (village), VT, USA
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      National Winter Activity Center Vernon, NJ, USA
      Coaches partner with instructors to implement the day's teaching plan, facilitate games and ... Ski and Snowboard Certification or foreign equivalent preferred * U.S. Ski and Snowboard race ...
    • Climbing Instructor at Steamboat Climbing Collective
      Steamboat Climbing Collective Steamboat Springs, CO, USA
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    • Snowsports School Booking Office
      Hilltop Ski Area Anchorage, AK, USA
      Schedules customers and instructors for ski school lessons/programs. * Performs daily sales input on computerized point of sales program. * Keeps operating records, prepares daily record of sales ...
    • Ambassador Manager - Team Lead - Full Time - Winter Seasonal - Afton Alps
      Afton Alps Afton, MN, USA
      ... ski and snowboard lessons, 40% retail discounts, the chance to grow through Epic Service - our ... Set and review seasonal goals and performance objectives with each instructor and provide feedback
    • Field Director
      Redcliff Ascent Cedar City, UT, USA
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    • RN - Education Coordinator
      Great Falls Clinic Great Falls, MT, USA
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      Martis Camp Truckee, CA, USA
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