Ski+board’s Deputy Editor Harriet heads back to ski school for a taste of teaching in Canada.
Teachers rightly bridle at the saying ‘those who can’t do, teach’. A more accurate adage is that if you can’t explain something, then you don’t understand it. So when I enrolled on an instructor programme in Mont Tremblant, in Québec, it was as much to teach myself how to ski better as others.
Gap-year instructor courses often get a bad press for costing a lot and earning students little. But Ski Le Gap is one of the few to offer an intensive course that qualifies you to teach in four weeks.
That’s the theory. But if you qualify mid-season, most jobs at the ski school will have been taken. So I opted for the three-month course, taking the financial hit in exchange for the promise of skiing all day, every day, fully catered accommodation, and extra-curricular activities such as race training, trips to Québec City and ice hockey on the rink outside the Ski Le Gap dormitory.