Banff Canada Ski Instructor course blog - Jess
Jess's second Ski Instructor course blog update fresh from Banff - Instructor training course, parties, hangovers, shotskis, Turkey at the Christmas work do, starting work as an insturctor. Living the dream?
"Tomorrow is my first official day teaching... Oh and the new office is still looking awesome!"
Loads has happened since my last update! The second week of training went well, and after a much-needed day off we embarked upon the four-day CSIA Level One course. The first two days focused on ski improvement, and the last two helped us develop our teaching technique. We all had to be on top form, and by the end I think everyone was suffering from alcohol withdrawal symptoms. It was worth it, though, when the whole group passed! We’re now all officially qualified ski instructors!
To celebrate, we held a small civilised gathering at our house. Highlights include an intense beer pong tournament and overuse of our newly acquired “shot ski”. Everyone was in high spirits and loads of the Norquay ski school staff came along to help us celebrate.
The following few days were spent catching up on sleep and recovering from our epic hangovers.
Excitingly, we had our first powder day of the season this week! I arrived home at about 2am on Saturday evening to heavy rain, but by the morning there was almost a foot of fresh snow in town! Needless to say, we all headed straight up to the mountain and shredded the soft stuff all day. The atmosphere was amazing; everyone was in a great mood and the skiing was incredible.
Work-wise, in the run up to Christmas the ski school has been super busy. This coincided nicely with our first days shadowing lessons; the demand was so high that some lucky new instructors jumped straight into teaching! I spent my day shadowing a four-hour “Disco”, a discovery lesson for someone who has never tried skiing before. It was a private lesson for a four-year-old boy, so I spent most of the day playing hide and seek, with a bit of skiing thrown in.
Today is Christmas Eve, and it’s been quiet as we’re recovering from the epic staff party at Norquay yesterday. All the staff from the entire mountain were invited for a turkey dinner and drinks in the day lodge, and afterwards we had a choice of house parties to go to!
Tomorrow is my first official day teaching, so it’s going to be a strange Christmas but definitely a great one. Oh and the new office is still looking awesome. (see photo above)