Last season I started teaching at the Summit at Snoqualmie in Washington. Now that my kids are old enough to ski, I started instructing to help me improve my skills so I could keep up with them. Working as an instructor has not only helped me accomplish my goal, but also given me a new community.
The training and educational resources available are my favorite PSIA-AASI benefit. Summit at Snoqualmie’s training clinics changed the way I ski and made me a much more effective instructor. The Alpine Level III instructors provided me with tools, games, and problem-solving ideas, and also helped me anticipate lesson scenarios so I felt confident teaching my first classes. The online learning resources are also awesome. I completed the E-Learning Course for New Instructors and it helped by showing me what to expect when working as an instructor.
By far the best thing about being an instructor is the community you get to join. When I tore my ACL mid-season, Shaun Wolden – my trainer and coach at Snoqualmie West – was the first to call and encourage me through a devastating injury. After my surgery, the love and uplifting support from my fellow PSIA-AASI members has helped motivate me in my recovery so I could return to snow this season!
In addition to the snow pro community, my favorite part of working as an instructor is the chance to welcome new skiers and riders and introduce them to sports they can enjoy for a lifetime!
Emily Guadamuz is a registered PSIA-AASI member in Northwest Division.
This article originally appeared in the Winter 2019 issue of 32 Degrees. Log in now to the online version to access other great content that will up your instructor game.
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