Becoming a ski instructor - Craig Tyner - Blog 2
Craig Tyner is one our lucky interns based at Cypress Mountain, Vancouver. Check out where he is at with his EA ski instructor course below:
Well it’s only been a week at the course at Cypress but so much has happened!
We all met up at the Empire Landmark Hotel in Downtown Vancouver and had a great first night out in the local. We mixed and mingled with all the other interns heading to some of the bigger snow resorts such as Revelstoke and Big White.
The breakfasts in the hotel were pretty amazing, despite taking place at 6 in the morning, since the restaurant was on the 42nd floor, allowing us to take in the full beauty of Vancouver at sunrise! (not pictured, obviously. I’m not exactly the most clear-thinking “morning person”).
After spending a day getting bank accounts, phones and social insurance numbers set up, we headed off to out North Vancouver accommodation. We’re staying in a lovely block of apartments very close to the bus stop we need to take up the mountain every morning, and equally close to a ferry ride to the heart of downtown.
At this stage, Cypress only has one lift and three or four runs open, due to the lack of low temperatures (curse you global warming!!!) but we’re hopeful of a good dumping of snow at the weekend! The temperatures are forecasted to drop through the floor too, so the snow machines can do their thing.
Co-Intern Hugh, and in the background you can actually see the sea in one of the region’s many inlets
Our skiing training is going really well, we've been busy running drills, discussing teaching methods, and perfecting our techniques. We’ve been up and down the Black Mountain pretty much non-stop since the start of the course, and no one in the group of 15 is showing any signs of slowing down.
Also there’s a pub called “The Rusty Gull” very close to the apartments. A small but very important detail.