Here are a couple links to DCSki pages which talk about becoming a ski instructor. The first link is to a message forum thread, the second to an article written by Otto Matheke, an instructor from Liberty Mountain.
1) Without current affiliation, you *can* directly join NSP as an "associate". This is to be distinguished from their "auxiliary" members. The former is usually done by people in the process of becoming patrollers at local areas. See:
www.nsp.org , particularly,
2) The local areas are always looking for patrollers. Often people work their way up the "host", "safety team", "patroller" ladder. See:
Hope this helps,
Tom / PM
I went searching for links and somehow my mind decided he wanted to be an instructor.
This is the article I *meant* to reference:
It was written by Jim Chen, a local patroller, and published on DCSki a couple years ago.
Tom / PM
[This message has been edited by PhysicsMan (edited 01-21-2002).]