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Why Jacopo traded ski school life for independent life

Jacopo grew up skiing in the Italian Alps but moved to France about four years ago to work for a ski school. A couple of summers ago, Jacopo got in touch with us to see how Maison Sport could help him make the transition into becoming an independent instructor. Read why he wanted to make the move and why you should too!

MS: How long have you been a ski instructor?

Jacopo: 8 years

MS: What’s your resort of choice?

Jacopo: I started in Val Thorens and then moved to Chamonix in 2018, I used Maison Sport as an independent in both resorts.

MS: You decided to leave your ski school and use Maison Sport instead, why was that?

Jacopo: It’s been my biggest dream over the past few years and Maison Sport just made it real. I wanted to reduce the quantity of my lessons in a season and increase the quality, it makes me very happy because I am a passionate freeskier and I NEED to go skiing and keep learning. A very important part of it is that I can finally wear what I like, I don’t need a uniform to get people’s trust.

MS: Did you have any concerns about using Maison Sport before you signed up?

Jacopo: Yes, to be honest.

MS: Do you still have those concerns?

Jacopo: Not anymore, Maison Sport is great man!

MS: How do you find the booking process on Maison Sport?

Jacopo: I find it very easy, Nick (from Maison Sport) helped me a lot and I’m constantly learning new things, but it is fast, sure and efficient. 

MS: What is the best thing for you so far about Maison Sport?

Jacopo: You’re giving me freedom guys, I’ll finally have time to make friends, land tricks, live moments, share passions and still earn some money!

MS: Is there any advice you would give another instructor thinking of going independent?

Jacopo: Do it now because it will change your life. If you’re a passionate rider just like me or you want to make sure your lessons are excellent, have great kit, you’re fluent in a few languages and you have good communication skills, then go for it. Learn how to promote and sell yourself and you’ll get even more lessons. Then smile to people, be humble and have a good time.

We believe ski and snowboard instructors should be able to choose how much they earn, when they work and who they teach.

To find out more about how Maison Sport is helping instructors make the move from working for ski schools to working independently you can email us at [email protected]