The answer to this is not easy, as It all depends on your employment status and which country you’re working in.
In many countries, you must work for a snow school to legally work as a snowboard instructor. In Canada this is the case, and it’s still possible to earn a good living.
In other countries it’s possible to set up as an independent contractor as long as you have the right certifications.
SnowboardTeacher supports doing things legally and ethically so that the profession of snowboard instructing can be held in high regard. Check the legal requirements of where you’re planning to work!
Some resorts in Canada offer up to $50 an hour, depending on your certifications and seniority, and some resorts offer minimum wage.
Regardless of your hourly rate, if you have the right mindset and approach your snowboarding career as a business, you can actually do pretty well financially. Keep notes and keep in contact with your clients.
Most resorts will offer some sort of bonus if you have returning clients. So work hard and schedule your season the way you want by bringing your clients back. Especially if they tip well!