Gab.Mwhen applying they say that its strongly recommended to have had worked at a ski resort before, is it really necessary?
You could go into it without previous experience, it wouldn't make the program any more difficult. But for the sake of knowing what you're getting yourself into, it is a really good idea to know what work at a resort is like prior to taking the course.
You can tell by this thread that there are some mixed reviews from past graduates, this course gives you tons of opportunities to get yourself great connections within the ski community, but the bottom line is, you might just bloody hate working in the ski industry, (or at least the side that the course focuses on like resorts.) Some people prefer making big money in other areas/times of the year, and having the ski season strictly based on skiing. Some people like to have an influence on where the ski industry is going, or how their home mountain is run. Do you really know what you want out of the course, or are you going simply because you like skiing? If you just like skiing, then it would be a really good idea to hold off for a year, and work at a resort.
The program doesn't cost much compared to a couple years at Uni, but if you don't end up liking it, it could feel like a big waste of money.
I'm not trying to bash the program at all, just wanting you to be realistic if you have never worked at a resort before. I went into the program right after high school, but I had worked at my local hill for 4 years prior. I loved the program, but simply being shy, poor at communicating and slightly naive, for those reasons alone I think it could have been more productive if I had postponed one year. Although personally I'd never trade the memories I have for a better grasp of what I was learning.
I'm still working in the ski industry now. Not focusing on an area they covered much, but it was still useful and one of the larger assignments (which they don't do anymore from what I've heard...) inadvertently got me pointed to the path I'm on now.