This weekend 55 enthusiastic skiers and boarders participated in the Snowsports Hiring Clinic in the hope of joining the Hotham Snowsports Instructors’ Team for winter 2011. With high retention rates from the 2010 season, competition was fierce and standards were high amongst the hopefuls vying for the limited number of positions available.
Snowfalls during the week provided a good skiable base allowing clinic attendees to show off their best turns, brush up on their skiing and boarding skills plus pick up lots of handy tips from some of Hotham’s most experienced ski and snowboard instructors.
The clinic took all participants right back to basics, fine-tuning the skills necessary to teach future guests. Caitlin Richardson, a local from Bright, was surprised by what she had learnt, saying that, for her, going back to basics in the clinic was “strange” but had pointed out areas and skills she took for granted.
Carla Golden from Melbourne agreed, adding that the clinic gave “a really good breakdown of basic skills” and that standards were high and competition was “pretty fierce”. Everyone seemed to agree that the bluebird skies on Saturday made the testing process a lot more enjoyable. Even those not selected to become instructors for this season will take away new knowledge and skills from the program. All clinic attendees will also receive an APSI (Australian Professional Snowsports Instructors) certificate noting their attendance.
With expectations of a snowy season ahead, the successful candidates are hopeful they will soon be out on the slopes in a red Hotham instructors’ uniform. We look forward to seeing them out on the mountain.
Image - Caitlin Richardson, Carla Golden, Harry Wellerman & Lizzie Hayward pick up some tips at the Hiring Clinic.
26 June 2011