Becoming a ski instructor – Craig Tyner – Blog 5

7th January 2014

Craig Tyner is currently living the dream doing a winter season at Cypress, Vancouver. Check out his latest news on the EA Ski instructor course:

To everyone reading this; Happy Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Year’s, and any other holidays I forgot to mention!

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We had a great Christmas, even if almost all 15 of us were working that day, but the nice thing about the scheduling at Cypress, was that if you worked Christmas, they would do their best to give you New Years’ Day off, and vice versa. That evening we had an extremely impromptu PotLuck, where everyone brings a dish to share, and it worked out just great!
New Year’s night was a more organised affair, with just about every ski instructor on the mountain, full-time or not, going to a house party not far from where the EA Interns are staying. Needless to say, good times were had, and some of us are still feeling the effects of it!

Back to the job at hand. The past week, I was one of the instructors involved in the 6 to 12 year old children’s camp, known as the Raven Rider Camp. It can be a once-a-week camp, or Monday-to-Friday, which was the case this time. I was in charge of a class of six girls from 6 to 9 years old, guiding them all over the mountain and using all sorts of games and activities to help them find that ever-elusive parallel skiing. We all had a blast during the time we had together, and I hope they’ll come back to take lessons with me in the future.
Otherwise, I’ve had a couple of adult drop-in classes, a few on-on-one adult lessons, and quite a few hours with the “Scooters” which is the Cypress name for 3 to 6 years old. Its good work, as long as you have the strength to constantly pick up toddlers for a couple of hours a day. Who needs a gym?

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Night-skiing was also a new experience for me, with a fair amount of runs open until 7 o clock at night, thanks to floodlighting. It’s a very different beast to during the day, with the slopes all chopped up from a day of being boarded and carved and snowplowed over and over again. But it’s still fantastic fun and a great challenge for the last few runs of the day.

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