It’s about this time of year my instructor friends are starting to squeeze way too much into their ski and board bags.
When you teach snowboarding for a living, most days are pretty great. But some days are not. Some days it is raining. You are wet and freezing. You’re trying to keep track of 12 kids, half of which are crying.
As a snowboard instructor I’ve bought a lot of gear over the years. I’ve figured out what you really need and what is a waste of money that will make you freeze your ass off.
Before we get into it, you must be wondering: What’s an intermediate snowboarder? In Snow Sports Schools we generally consider intermediates to be a level 3 or 4 – someone who is linking turns from heels to toes and mostly cruises on green and easy blue runs.
For those skiers and snowboarders who do back to back winter seasons, coming home can be both the best and worst part of our year.
I’ll let you in on a secret. I hate getting up before the sun rises. My alarm goes off. It’s pitch black, cold and I really, really don’t want to get out of my warm blankets. But I do, semi-regularly, to go on sunrise adventures.
If there’s one thing you don’t want to see when you’re on a double black diamond run, it’s another snowboarder hurtling towards you.
Believe it or not, being a ski or snowboard instructor isn’t all powder days and partying. Welcome to the secret world of instructing where we work hard, are frequently poor and have to deal with way too many bodily fluids.
My first trip to Canada has begun and I’ll be spending 7 months in this mountainous and maple-loving country.