MSS Instructor Training Camp (ITC)

2015 - 2016 Winter Season

Date: November 29-December 1, 2015
Location: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
ITC Registration: JHMR E-store ITC Registration

The Instructor Training Camp is designed as a training program for anyone interested in improving teaching and skiing/riding skills. At the end of the three day program we will be offering employment to selected applicants who are committed to working a full season at the Jackson Hole Mountain Sports School.

The camp is also open to participants who are not seeking employment.

We invite all instructor candidates to attend our Instructor Training Camp to be held November 29-December 1, 2015 at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. There will be a registration/orientation meeting the afternoon of Nov 28, 2015.

The cost of the camp is $175 ($100 if you have current Level 1 PSIA/AASI* or foreign equivalent certification).

Job offers will be extended to selected participants upon completion of the Instructor Training Camp. This program counts as a PSIA/AASI* Entry Level clinic. Any candidate successful in gaining employment with the JHMSS and completing the PSIA/AASI* Level 1 Certification during the 2015-2016 season will be reimbursed for one-half of their certification costs.

If you wish to be considered for employment, please complete either the ski or snowboard instructor online application, and register for the ITC online (links below):

ITC registration is required by November 27, 2015.

Please also include your resume and two letters of recommendation, preferably from within the service industry.

You may substitute a copy of your last instructor evaluation from your most recent ski and snowboard school for one letter of recommendation if you have prior instructor experience.

New Hire Selection Process

To qualify for selection as a Jackson Hole Mountain Sports School instructor, candidates must excel in the following areas:

  • Professionalism - appearance, punctuality, attitude and conduct
  • Communication - presentation, articulation and feedback
  • Skiing/Riding Level - versatility, control and technique
  • Adaptability - willingness and ability to learn
  • Participation - enthusiasm, interaction, attentiveness
  • Safety - personal and group safety

Positions will be offered based on all of these criteria and not just a candidate's skiing/riding ability.

The number of positions available will depend on our 2015-2016 staffing needs. These numbers may not be finalized until December 1, 2015.

Training Course Activities

  • On Hill - a presentation of the American Teaching System and a guided exploration of how we teach students to ski/snowboard (children and adults) at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
  • Practice Teaching - an opportunity to teach in front of the group
  • Personal Skiing/Riding Improvement
  • Interview

Employment Commitment and Availability

If selected for employment you will be required to attend a paperwork session on December 2, 2015 from 1 - 4 pm, paid on-snow training December 6-9, 2015 and be ready to work the peak holiday rush December 19, 2015-January 3, 2016. You will also be required to complete our winter season (which ends April 3, 2016) and work other peak periods over Martin Luther King weekend, Presidents' week and Spring break in addition to your regular schedule.

We will not offer employment to any candidate who cannot make this commitment.

For specific questions about the ITC please contact Lexey Wauters.

Lexey Wauters
Mountain Sports School
Assistant Director


* Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA)/American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) or foreign equivalent.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Candidates must try-out in one discipline only. If hired, cross training is available to become qualified in alternate disciplines.
  2. Instructor base wages start at $9.50 per hour and increase based on certification and experience. In addition, incentives are paid at $1.75 per hour per student for classes, $5.00 per hour for assigned private lessons and $10.00 per hour for requested private lessons.
  3. Hours per week can vary depending on whether it is peak or regular season. Most new hires will average working 3 days per week in the 2015-2016 season.
  4. We offer training throughout the season for all of the instructors at Jackson Hole Mountain Sports School (JHMSS).
  5. Full time employees receive a season's lift pass and a uniform at no charge.