join the team
Working with Powderpigs offers an enticing blend of benefits that make it a rewarding experience. Joining our team means becoming part of a vibrant and supportive community, where you'll collaborate with like-minded individuals who share a passion for children and the outdoors. Imagine getting paid to ski or snowboard – a dream for winter sports enthusiasts! The best part? No prior teaching experience or skiing expertise is required. What matters most to us is your enthusiasm for fostering a love for skiing, snowboarding, and the mountain environment among our young learners. So, whether you're a seasoned skier or someone eager to embrace the slopes, Powderpigs welcomes you to embark on an unforgettable journey with us.
Learn how to teach the sport you love! All on-snow training is paid!
Our base pay starts at $22/hr! All hours worked go towards pay bumps!
Discounted Seasons Pass
A deeply discounted seasons pass if available for all instructors!
Gaurentee a spot for your family and get discounted tuition costs!
What does it mean to be an instructor?
The instructors are the backbone of our program. As a Powderpigs instructor you are expected to have a genuine enthusiasm for teaching children to ski and snowboard. The benefits of becoming an instructor are numerous. Besides the satisfaction that comes with working with children, there is lots of skiing and snowboarding, pay, a season pass to The Summit at Snoqualmie and use of our building. You will be involved in a very rewarding experience packed with fun, friends and flexible hours. We offer a complete training program designed to prepare you for your Powderpigs adventure. We also ask you to make all attempts to give us a full 9 week season work commitment for at least 1 day per weekend (Friday Night, Saturday, or Sunday) You can view the season schedule HERE.
Instructor Training Program
The goal of the Instructor Training Program is to provide you, our instructors, with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and develop the insights, skills and strategies necessary to become effective and humane teachers of children.
Our Dryland clinics cover our “Kid Tech” lessons, as well as “Ski/Snowboard Tech.” Our Dryland Clinics are to be completed in an online virtual format. We are using a platform called EdApp.
During the “Kid Tech” portion we cover material on how to successfully teach children to ski. For example, learners and learning styles, hierarchy of needs, how to recognize and fulfill needs, effective acquisition of skills, communication with children, and teaching styles. We also cover safety, risk awareness and risk management as it relates to learners and teachers in our snowy mountain environment.
On Snow Clinics
On Snow Clinics typically start the first weekend of December on the Mountain. You can see that schedule HERE. Clinics generally meet at the Summit West Plaza, with the last weekend of clinics being held at the Powderpigs Lodge. During the On Snow portion we cover material on the technical aspects of skiing and snowboarding. We cover the progression of ski and snowboard maneuvers and the basic skills involved as well as how to use the strategies learned in “Kid Tech” to effectively teach our students. On snow risk awareness and risk management is also an important part of snow tech.
Our On Snow Clinics are meant to build on each other. We try to place you with different instructors throughout the training process, because just as students don’t learn the same way, instructors all teach a little differently. We want to expose you to many different teaching styles! Additionally, as you attend more clinics, you will complete increasing upper level skills and drills. We ask that you attend 4 clinics.