Hello new life!

Right. Just over a week ago I came to Whistler. All I can say is. I am impressed. At first I was more overwhelmed. This mountain is huge! The amount  of staff working here is crazy. I keep looking at the ski instructor uniform on the coat rack and have to remind myself that it…

Off to ‘the other mountain’

It took me a whole season, but I’ve got it! The photo with the view… Working at Coronet Peak, it’s just so convenient to just leave my skis up there and enjoy the mountain on my days off. Taking my skis down to go to a different mountain seems like just a task. And thus…

The day I became a ski instructor

It has been a beautiful, sunny, exhausting, social, exciting, nerve-wracking, fantastic, physical, meaningful, fun and jam-packed week full of learning experiences. As I walk towards the final meeting in a hotel in Queenstown, I think about just turning around. It’s been a great week, an exam week, but a great one. What if I just…

Challenging myself and my stamina

“I am Dennis, I’ve skied for about 50 years.” “Hi! I’m Alice and when I was little I was on the race team.” “Hey, my name is George. I started skiing when I was four.” “I’m Andrea. I started skiing two years ago…” My confidence just dropped dramatically. I was already the baby of the…

The heart of a skier

Skiing isn’t just a sport. It’s a lifestyle. I’m a rookie in this world. Studying for my instructor level 1 exam is finding out about all the things I don’t know. Where other people cruise down the mountain, I am thinking about lateral movement, if I’m supposed to feel this or that muscle and how…

The beginner’s guide to skiing down under

People don’t usually associate the southern hemisphere with skiing. A lot of people come to Australia or New Zealand for a holiday, but only few come to go skiing. Although different from Europe, Canada or America, Oceania offers some excellent skiing. If you happen to be here in winter, why not make a detour to…

Could you be a ski bum too?

You’re looking on the internet for ski work, googling ski school after ski school and reading the gazillion blogs you find about working in the snow. And yet, you’re not sure you’re cut out for this or where to begin. A few years ago I was like this, thinking I didn’t want to go to…