Volunteers & Instructors


 Scroll down and click months to see our training schedule for Winter 2021/2022

May 1 - Sept. 30: Email Only (checked bimonthly)

Oct. 1- Nov. 30 - Phone and Email Correspondence Daily

Dec 1 and after:  Open Daily 9am-5pm

December 10th, 2021 - Tentative Alyeska Resort Opening Day

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“The years I’ve had with Challenge Alaska have been some of the most enriching experiences of my life. To help people face their fears, and overcome them is the closest thing to magic I’ve seen. We can get nearly anyone on the mountain and put wind in their face. I’ve seen this change lives.”

Quote from longtime instructor Tracy Golly; Feb. 08’


Volunteer Instructor Qualifications & Training


Challenge Alaska offers many training clinics to help develop your teaching skills for both snowboarding and skiing. We use the Professional Ski and Snowboard Instructors of America (PSIA) teaching model, and training is provided by PSIA certified clinicians. We are a PSIA and DS/USA member school. Give us a call or stop by the Girdwood building to get started.

Season: November 20th - April 30th Annually

Through a combination of clinics and shadowing (assisting an experienced instructor during a lesson), volunteers develop teaching skills that allow them to move from a shadow position to teaching lessons on their own. The time it takes to move from a shadow to an instructor depends on the person. The great thing about your training at Challenge Alaska Ski and Snowboard School is that you can progress at a pace that you are comfortable with, and that is compatible with your schedule. The more you are here the quicker you will gain skills and feel comfortable teaching.


Volunteer Perks



Visiting Instructor Program


Challenge Alaska Adaptive Ski and Snowboard School, Mt. Alyeska is continuing our successful Instructor Exchange Program. It is our goal to provide the opportunity for adaptive ski instructors across the country to experience teaching in Alaska. Here at Challenge Alaska we hope to enhance our adaptive program by sharing knowledge from other programs involved in this exchange. This is a great opportunity to experience Alaska skiing and learn from a program other than your own. Challenge Alaska will also benefit from the knowledge and experience you can bring to us. Your only cost will be airfare and food.

Here is what we will provide:

What we require for the Exchange Program:

If this program interests you we recommend that you call or e-mail us to discuss the details. We look forward to talking with you and answering any questions you may have. Feel free to check out our ski area website: Alyeska Resort: http://www.alyeskaresort.com

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