EA intern Joe from Big White gives the low down of what you can expect once you start working as an EA intern.
With the festive season and our training out of the way (for now at least), January saw the focus of the Big White EA Ski and Snowboard Interns switch towards working. Although the Canadians were back in school, the Australian ‘summer’ break meant a steady flow of holidaymakers to the mountain and a steady flow of cricket-loving kids to teach. Work provided an opportunity to truly settle into life as a ski pro and get used to explaining different drills to different age groups of students.
- Troublemakers. These aren’t the big issue that I feared they could be, and aren’t in general too tricky to interest or bring back into line, but every once in a while there’s one who just won’t listen no matter what you do. That makes it kinda hard to teach the other three or four in the group, especially if the ‘brat’ one is trying to lead a mutiny against you on every lift ride!
- Splits. Although most of the time the kids in a group will be of pretty similar ability thanks to Big White’s class categories, every once in a while you end up with one child who’s right at the top end of the group’s range and another at the other end of the scale. Keeping the more able skier interested whilst not pushing the other beyond their ability is a good test of your teaching skills (and often your talking skills too!).
- Temperature. Whilst all other weather factors on the mountain can be overcome with a bit of planning and adjustment (if it’s cloudy day you can ski close to the trees so you can still see a bit, if it’s snowing make sure everyone’s goggles are down etc…), freezing days make it really tough for little faces to stay warm. Cold people can’t concentrate or learn much, and even with today’s advances in clothing there’s sometimes no way around it. On the coldest days every run you take has to end at the Kids Centre for hot chocolate, and that can be frustrating.