Easiest way to become a ski instructor – Moana Meyer – final blog...
Moana Meyer has been loving her winter season at Cypress Mountain as an EA Ski Instructor. Check out her final blog post from the snowy slopes before heading back to University....
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Finally got to ski Whistler! The runs are fantastically long and there's so much terrain. It was the first time I'd ever seen proper powder; we were skiing in knee-deep snow! I was there for a Canadian Ski Instructors' Alliance (CSIA) level 2 course and assessment. Skiing with the other instructors at Whistler was fun and I learnt a lot. For most of the time we stuck to the Whistler side so I could get to know it better, but we also did a trip across the gondola to Blackcomb. The standard of skiing on the course was very high; I knew I wouldn't pass the skiing assessment, but luckily I passed the teaching.
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Cypress had 1m of snow to welcome me home. Skiing in fresh powder again was sweet, and skiing on new runs was even better. The new snowfall meant that Raven Chair finally opened, as well as a whole bunch of runs on the other chairs. With so much new terrain it was almost like skiing on a new mountain! I couldn't resist staying up for night skiing to explore, even though we had a storm. The mountain was pelted with 85 kmh-1 winds and constant snow. We had fresh tracks every lap, and some first tracks as more runs opened too.
Unfortunately that was my last day at Cypress. The next day started with a goodbye brunch at De Dutch Pannekoek Haus with EA interns Craig, Gerry and Joe. It's a Dutch pancake house which makes big crepe-style pancakes. Surprisingly, it was the first time I'd tried maple syrup. YUM! I don't know why I left it that long; I would have had much more!!
That evening I started my 33 hour journey home. I'm now back in summer, a little unreal after Canada. Seeing my friends and family again has been amazing; the first place we went was the beach. Uni starts again tomorrow and I'm already missing my old job. Ski instructing was all about fun and Cypress was an amazing place to work. Thanks EA for making this extraordinary experience possible!