Becoming a snowboard instructor – Sarah Hunter – Blog 4

4th February 2014

Find out what its like becoming a snowboard instructor in Banff in Sarah Hunter’s third blog update fresh from Mt Norquay in the Canadian Rockies!

So after the warmest January ever, where we were often found teaching on the Bunny Hill in just our fleeces, winter has returned and the temperatures are in the minus twenties again! The extra layers, hand warmers and $1 hot chocolates are back on but hopefully this means we will start to get some more snow as we haven't had much this month.

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I'm still loving life as an instructor, today I had a full day private lesson which included a free lunch which is always good! It's great being able to come home at 3.30pm most days after being out in the fresh air all day- much better than my job back home in the UK. I get plenty of time In the evening to chill out, usually this involves going to the bar in the hostel for a cheap 'happy rum' and a few games of pool with people from all over the world. This evening however I have spent most my time researching new boards as it is definitely time for a new one, there is just too many to chose from! Hopefully I will be able to show you a pic of my brand new board in my next blog. After all, it is an essential for the job!

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This week me and my roomie Rachel decided to get outside of Banff and we ventured to Calgary on the greyhound bus to see our first ever ice hockey match. It was so much fun, I had an even better time than I expected and we both came back as diehard Calgary Flames supporters. It was even better that they managed to beat Chicago Black Hawks 5-4 as they are a really strong team. We spent the night in a hostel next to the stadium and had a girly shopping day the following day... for a minute it felt like I was back in Manchester and it made me realise I definitely prefer being surrounded by snowy mountains as opposed to buildings and roads.

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It's been a good week as we also managed to get ourselves invited to a rehearsal opening night of a new restaurants Banff called 'Boston Pizza' where we enjoyed a three course meal and drinks completely on the house as the new staff needed to practice on people. It's a great new sports bar so we reckon we will be heading there quite a bit- starting tomorrow night to watch the Super Bowl!

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It's also been Australia Day this week and as a lot of our team are Australian we headed out for the night, here is a team photo:

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As you can see January has had a lot going on! In February we have Family Day to look forward to which should see a busy week teaching on the mountain and hopefully some more training to improve our riding skills.

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