After graduating from the University of Birmingham with a Bachelor of Commerce degree Ashley was planning a year out travelling.
Looking through a Lonely Planet gap year book she came across Flying Fish.
Diving? No, skiing!
Ashley writes: Initially I was interested in a dive course but then saw that Flying Fish offers ski course in Canada. I was born in Canada and most of my family still live there. I was also keen to get back into skiing, which I hadn't done since I was at school.
I booked to do the course but at first I wasn't planning on doing the instructor exams as I didn't think my skiing was up to it.
Really I just did the course for self improvement. However after four weeks of skiing I took my first instructor course and passed!
The course was a fantastic experience and one of the best things I did with my gap year. The instructors were brilliant, fantastic! However, it wasn't all hard work. The social scene was just as good - with "après" being an important part of the skiing lifestyle. I met some wonderful people, and made some great contacts.
Shortly after completing the Level 1 instructor course I got offered a full time position teaching with Whistler Kids. This was a fantastic opportunity, and I loved it so much that I decided to return next year to do another season along with my Level 2 ski instructors exam and Level 1 snowboarding instructor.