What's Needed To Qualify
Qualifying as a Ski Club Leader requires attending and passing the two-week Ski Club Leaders’ course – which will be held in Zermatt in December – which covers areas including mountain safety, technique, leadership and snowcraft.
Being a Leader also involves a variety of personal qualities – Leaders spend most of their time in a group environment so being sociable and having a genuine desire to help others are important. Organisational skills and being able to speak a foreign language are also desirable.
On a practical level, potential Leaders should be aged between 21 and 60, have skied or snowboarded regularly in the past three years and have at least 15 week's skiing or snowboarding experience in total under their belts.
The Leaders’ course offers the opportunity to hone technique but it is important that anyone applying for the course is of a Ski Club purple standard – advanced level both on and off piste – and is fit enough to be on the snow all day.
Two Leader references (or one Leader reference and one from an instructor/mountain guide) are needed to apply for the Leaders’ course, so candidates will need to have skied with a Leader recently and genuinely value the service.
Leading for the Ski Club is a great opportunity to work in time on snow around other commitments however potential Leaders will need to be available for a minimum of three consecutive weeks each season including the season the Ski Club Leaders’ course is taken.
If you feel that you have the right skills, qualities and experience to be a Ski Club Leader then find out more about this season’s course and how to apply.