Ski or snowboard instructing is a dream job for many; being able to train to improve your own skiing or snowboarding as well as teach others a sport you love. For this reason, year on year many people decide to move to the mountains and train as an instructor.
Almost all ski resorts are seasonal, however, operating for only 5 or so months of the year when there is enough snow. As such you may need to be prepared to move during the summer months in order to find work if you plan on working as an instructor year-round.
Many ski instructors also enjoy travelling and exploring new places, so are happy to live this slightly nomadic lifestyle experiencing life in different countries and winter resorts, whereas others choose to base themselves in one place and find other types of employment in the summer season.
Employment for instructors can be incredibly competitive as lots of ski schools will have high numbers of returning staff each year, and so often have very few positions to fill. At Altitude we receive hundreds upon hundreds of applications each year from potential trainees and instructors searching for jobs across our resorts, and filtering through these can be a tough job.