Sky Tavern Jr. Ski Program

America's Oldest and Largest Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Ski and Snowboard Program!
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When a kid "gets it" and goes down the hill on their skis or board with no fear, in control, making great turns, who smiles bigger, instructor or student?

Sky Tavern since 1948


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, Frank Deras. He personifies passion for the sport and Sky Tavern.

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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.

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