Become A Certified Ski Snowboard Instructor

Become a certified ski or snowboard instructor. You can get certified at 16!

Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
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Skiing may not be a path to immortality, but exposing it to kids so they have something for their lifetime, might just be. And being a great teacher and an amazing skier is not something to pass on. You can become both at Sky Tavern through the PSIA and AASI programs for instructors. PSIA is the Professional Ski Instructors of America. Likewise AASI is the American Association of Snowboard Instructors. Both are professional accrediting organizations for snow sport instruction. At Sky Tavern an instructor can train for and be tested for certification.  This is a chance to give back to kids at a very high level what they do for you. Make you smile!

A minimum single season process, it involves classroom studies, on snow clinics and teaching students. At the end of the season each candidate is tested for abilities from communication to skiing or riding. Passing puts you is a class of skiers and riders that truly do change the world. Go for it!

Classes start right after Thanksgiving with your nose to the text book and on snow as soon as possible. Taught by Sky Tavern’s own Trainer, Eric Ruud. He personifies passion for the sport and Sky Tavern.

Contact Eric Ruud at for more.

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"I had so much fun instructing. I overcame my fear of teaching in skis, not just boots. As an adult it can be challenging to make new friends but not at sky tavern. I was welcomed with open arms. My in-laws tease that we go to church on the mountain. I also saw unparalleled beauty and kids showing kindness to one another". "Teaching is how I give back to sky tavern. I was a sky tavern kid and I had no idea the teachers were just everyday people volunteering to make skiing accessible to everyone."


US Ski and Snowboard

Did you know?

You can also become a National Ski Patrol Member too.

If you would like to join those that proudly wear the cross on the slopes, Sky Tavern has a program for both young adults and those older for membership, and certification. Medical and on the hill training are both involved and the process takes time and commitment, but is very rewarding. The skills you gain are something you can carry with you the rest of your outdoor time and may lead to a career in medicine for a young adult. Sky Tavern will start ski patrol training at age 15. Space is limited.

More About Becoming A Ski Patrol

Be National Ski Patrol Member Too!

National Ski Patrol Members

Sky Tavern Ski Patrol members include doctors, paramedics, firefighters and a lot of highly trained individuals that are there when you need help.

The Winter

The Winter

The ultimate goal of Sky Tavern is to get kids and families outside together, learning, sharing and enjoying a sport for life.

The Summer

The Summer

In addition to the development of Sky Tavern cycling infrastructure, we are focused on our connector trail to the Tamarack Lake Connector (TLT) from the Sky Tavern base area.

The Lodge

The Lodge

Located on the Mt. Rose Highway, 30 minutes from Reno is the oldest non-profit ski and snowboard training facility in America. Rich with history and charm, since 1948, the lodge is fully functional and able to provide the most memerable experiences.

The Mission

Sky Tavern is a nonprofit regional center providing exceptional summer & winter outdoor sports training, competitions, recreation & events accessible to all.

The Vision

Sky Tavern is a community asset that promotes a child's growth & success through exposure to outdoor sports and recreation, no matter the personal challenges.

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