Becoming a Teaching Assistant

Our youth development program, “Teaching Assistant” (TA) continues to be the perfect way for skiers and snowboarders to:

-  Improve technically;

- Develop solid communication and interpersonal skills;

- Gain hands-on experience;

- Prepare to become a certified ski/snowboarding professional;

 The benefits of becoming a TA:

 -  Ski and ride with a discounted season pass;

 - Assistants are considered ‘volunteers’ not ‘workers’ they will receive weekly on-snow training at no cost, discounts in our cafeteria and retail shop and will be remunerated at the end of the season.

 Eligibility to become a TA:

  • Must be 12+

  • Outgoing

  • Novice + skier/boarder

  • Likes children

  • Punctual, Responsible, and dependable;

  • Register for the mandatory “Youth Instructor & Teaching Assistant Program”

$132.00( first year rate/3 days) or $82.00 (2 yr +/ 2 days) – Dec 21-23, 2019

  • Attend entire on-snow & in-class training

  • Complete and submit homework assignments

  • Complete and submit TA commitment forms

  • Ability to commit to a minimum of 1 day per weekend

 At the end of the TA Course, TA’s will be evaluated. Those who meet the TA requirements will be required to participate in the 10-hour apprentice training program. The TA will track his/her hours throughout the season; this is easily done with our TA journals & sign-in/out sheets.


Teaching Assistant Commitment

Commitment forms will be handed out during the TA Course and need be filled out and returned ASAP. TA’s must commit to at least one day (Saturday or Sunday) for every week of the 10 week program beginning Jan 05/06th.  TA’s will assist instructors for the morning (10:30 & 11:30 am) and afternoon programs (2:00 pm) as well as Discover Skiing and Snowboarding Packages.  TA must always be under the supervision of a certified Instructor.

TA’s must show up the first day they committed to. Upon arrival, TA’s will check-in at the Bear Den room to sign in with the TA Supervisor and sign out their TA Jacket for the day.  They will be issued their TA Journal, where they will enter their hours throughout the season.  After checking-in, TA’s must meet at the Blue Snow School Sign for 10:25am “ready to go” where they will be assigned to an instructor by the TA supervisor.  At the completion of the day, TA’s will return to the Bear Den to sign out, have their journals signed by the TA supervisor, and return their jackets.

The Bear Den is available all day for TA’s to check-in, store their gear, and have lunch or warm-up.

The Snow School tries to have consistent TA assignment to an instructor/class.  However, decisions are always made based on need and there will be occasions when TA’s are moved to another class to assist.  Check with the TA supervisor at the end of the day to see if it is a temporary or permanent move.

Please notify the Snow School of any absence.  Planned absence should be given 2 weeks in advance (i.e. family commitment, school activity).  For illness, please leave a message at one of the numbers below. 


Included in the TA program is the opportunity to “session” with our Snow School certified ski and snowboard instructors.  “Sessioning” is instructor teaching/skills improvement training and takes place every weekend throughout the season at 9:30am.  TAs are highly encouraged to participate in this sessioning, as it will continue to develop their technical and teaching skills.

If you have any other questions please contact:

Carrie McCallum                                                     

Snow School Director                                                                                

Mount Pakenham                                                               

613.624.5290 x259