Hi Powderpigs Instructors, one and all!

Well, the summer wildflowers have faded and even the late summer wildflowers have shut down for the season.  The lovely bright fall colors are beginning to show along the tree lines all over the slopes and it is definitely fall up here on your mountain.  It is time to begin to think skiing and snowboarding.  The freezing levels are getting lower and lower and at night it gets pretty nippy.  Exciting!

The good news from the mountain is that there is a new chair lift over at Hyak opening up some fine terrain. 

And, the really good news is in the picture below.  Do any of you recognize what you are looking at? It is where the  ˝ pipe that took over what we old timers called Bonanza was for the last years!  It is all gone and it looks like we just might get one of the best runs back here at Central.  Annelise and some friends were up hiking to the top and discovered this lovely, exciting news.  Here is a  picture of this miracle.  For those of you who have never skied the Face of Bonanza, you may have a real first time treat in store for this winter.  Those of you who remember Bonanza Face with fondness – wheeeee! 

      

The first instructor meeting will be held at the Mercer Island Community Center on Oct. 15.  The meeting will begin at 7 PM and end at 9.  All instructors are welcome and we encourage you to join us.  See below for more details of the schedule. 

We have a number of changes this year and those will be announced and discussed at this meeting.  It will be good to see you all. 

 

INSTRUCTOR REGISTRATION

Instructor registration is now open! Please register online (click the words register online to get to it) as soon as possible.  This, so we know to whom to send instructor messages and the applications for the instructor pass.

 

INSTRUCTOR TRAINING PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Like last year, we will be kicking off the instructor training with a meet & greet get together for everyone on October 15th at the Mercer Island Community Center. 8236 SE 24th St. Mercer Island WA 98024. Old and new instructors, please join us.  We will be serving pizza and pop at this meeting.

 

First and second year instructors will need to participate in both dryland and on-snow instructor clinics. The clinic schedule will be similar to last year in that we will offer the courses twice to try and accommodate everyone’s schedules.  3rd year and beyond instructors are welcome to attend any of our scheduled dryland clinics and are encouraged to participate in on-snow clinics to warm up and share your wisdom with the new crew.

 

 Dryland Clinics – Mercer Island Community Center (8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island, 98040)

Session:

Clinic Date:

Clinic Time:

Clinic Content:

Notes:

n/a

Wed, Oct. 15th

7-8:45pm

Meet & Greet Kickoff

Old & New alike join us!   Powderpigs will provide pizza and pop.

1

Tue, Oct. 21st

7-8:45pm

Dryland 1

 

1

Tue, Oct. 28th

7-8:45pm

Dryland 2

 

1

Tue, Nov 4th

7-8:45pm

Dryland 3

 

2

Wed, Oct. 29th

7-8:45pm

Dryland 1

 

2

Wed, Nov. 12th 

7-8:45pm

Dryland 2

 

2

Wed, Nov. 19th

7-8:45pm

Dryland 3

 

n/a

Wed, Dec. 3rd

7-8:45pm

Risky Safety

Old & New alike please plan on attending.

 

On-Snow Clinics – Powderpigs Ski School (Pigpen), Snoqualmie Pass*

Clinic Date:

Clinic Time:

Notes:

Sat, Dec. 6th

10am-3pm

Bring gear & lunch

Sun, Dec. 7th

10am-3pm

Bring gear & lunch

Sat, Dec. 13th

10am-3pm

Bring gear & lunch

Sun, Dec. 14th

10am-3pm

Bring gear & lunch

Sat, Jan. 3rd

10am-3pm

Bring gear & lunch; class assignments will be given out

Sun, Jan. 4th

10am-3pm

Bring gear & lunch; class assignments will be given out

*On-Snow clinic dates and times are tentative. As we near those dates we will email more information.

 

Note: Lessons are scheduled to begin the weekend of January 9, 10 & 11.

                                                               Midweek lessons begin  Jan. 14, 15, 16.

INSTRUCTORS NEEDED

Every year we ask the same thing- please tell your friends, family & co-workers about teaching at Powderpigs! If they enjoy working with kids, we want to hear from them!  We are seeking full charge ski instructors and also ski assistants for the 2015 season. (Our snowboard program is small, so the number of snowboard instructor positions is very limited, whereas our ski program is large and IS hiring!) Some great ways to help recruit new instructors include:

  • Tell your friends at school, work and in your neighborhood/community!
  • Post an announcement on your social media sites about how excited you are to teach for Powderpigs and that we are still hiring for more instructors and include a link to our website.
  • If you have a neighborhood/community/club newsletter that we might be able to post a blurb on contact Jennifer and she will send you something you can submit.
  • If your school has a leadership class/group, or volunteer requirements let Jennifer know who oversees those, so she can send them a flyer.
  • Teaching ski lessons may help you meet PE waiver requirements, ask your advisor or PE teacher today!
  • Word of mouth truly is our BEST form of advertisement & recruitment- so tell everyone you know!