Becoming a snowboard instructor – Sarah Hunter – final blog!

2nd April 2014

Sarah Hunter is wrapping up her winter season as an EA Snowboard instructor at Mt Norquay in Canada. Check out Sarah's season wrap-up below...

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It's coming towards the end of the season and I now only have 2 more shifts left at Mount Norquay- I can't believe how fast 4 months have gone! I've really enjoyed the whole time here, it's been great working for a smaller resort as you can get to know everyone a lot better. There is something for every rider at Norquay from the easier green and blue runs to the double black diamonds with moguls bigger than me all the way down them- there's enough different terrain to keep you progressing. This combined with the terrain park and tube town means that there is so much to do there.

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I have taught everyone from beginners to intermediates, from 5 year olds to 60-something year olds, private lessons and group lessons and even school groups so I have been able to gain a broad experience of snowboard instructing. It has been a good challenge and something that I could never have really imagined myself doing before finding out about EA. If someone had told me this time last year this is what I would be doing I definitely wouldn't have believed them!

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I'm enjoying the spring snowboarding at the moment, we have had the most snowfall that we have had all season and it is nice not having to put 7 layers on each time I go outside. It makes everything look so much better when it is covered in a layer of fresh snow.

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Since my last blog I have brought a new board and love it! I think it's helped me to improve as it's a lot more technical than my old board. We had an end of season awards event in the lodge the other day and I was given the 'most improved snowboarder' which I'm not sure is exactly true but I'm happy with that anyway!

Outside of ski school, there has been some good staff events organised for us. We went to a local Canmore hockey match and also had a night out curling which was a lot more fun than I expected it to be! I also have my ticket for the Calgary flames' last match of the season next week so I can't wait for that.

I have had the best winter of my life in Banff, and don't really ever want the season to end! I like the town so much that I have decided to stay on for summer with a few of the other people that I have met through EA and reschedule my flight home from May to September. It will be good to see Banff in the warmer season and get to try some different sports out. If you are thinking of booking onto a Snowboard Instructor course, stop thinking about it and just do it- it was one of the best decisions I've made.

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If you are ready to have the season of a lifetime you're in the right place. Check out the internship Sarah was on and many more here. Or email the team at EA to answer any questions you might have!