Written by Jon Ahlsén – New Generation Verbier ISTD coach, BASI ISTD, Swiss Patente, NZSIA Demo team member.
Until five years ago, I was a pretty successful M&A/corporate lawyer. Here’s a before/after shot, both taken at work:
I have just finished ten back-to-back winters. I have colleagues in Treble Cone, New Zealand, who are into their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s of back-to-back winters, including Jas Bruce at New Generation Val D’Isere, so ten is not that much. But it feels like a milestone to me. I’m back in Sweden, house and dog sitting for my parents and it’s a good time to reflect. Here is a video and the first ten thoughts that leapt to mind.
Video: – For the HD Version (which looks way better)
- Skiing is still so much fun. My brother Ola always asks if it doesn’t get boring going left-right-left-right day in day out. It does not.
- I really love powder skiing. A day out with good friends in deep and quiet snow is hard to beat, but a ski instructor spends most days on groomers. I am so happy that I truly love piste skiing. If I didn’t, I’m not sure how long a career this would be for me.
- My least favorite part of skiing is bumps. I wish I liked them more. I just can’t figure out what people like about them.
- It is possible to survive financially as a ski instructor, but it’s not a bad idea to have some skills allowing you to supplement your income off the slopes. I translate legal and corporate documents for extra cash.
- You meet great people in the ski instructing world. I’ve met some people I hope will be friends for life.
- You’d be hard pressed to find more beautiful places in which to work. It’s hard to choose a picture. The one below is after a heliskiing day in New Zealand with four colleagues.
- Sometimes gratification is delayed. You have to work for it. Sometimes that work is hard, sometimes even scary. But the rewards can be oh so sweet.
- I don’t see my family much nowadays, which is a shame. They’re pretty cool.
- I miss summer, but spring can be pretty nice too.
- Worth it!