New Zealand Ski Instructor Course
It’s well known that spending a winter season in New Zealand is a stunning and amazingly cultural experience, but on top of that there many other reasons to take this very special ski instructor course.
Ski the best off-piste terrain in the southern hemisphere
We’ve chosen Porters ski resort as the base for this course, giving you access to the best off-piste and freeskiing in New Zealand. Porters itself has some excellent cruisey runs that are perfect for training drills and is also the home of two of the longest and steepest in bounds off-piste runs in the Southern Hemisphere. From your base, you’ll also have easy access to the exciting “Club Field” region of New Zealand. You’ll make regular road trips to explore 6 of the Club Fields, all renowned for their challenging ungroomed terrain and quiet slopes. Check out a couple of short video clips taken on this year's course:
Choosing 8 or 12 weeks
8 week option – ideal for the summer break before university
Over 8 weeks you can have an amazing time experiencing the very best of New Zealand. As well as spending a lot of time skiing and working towards your NZSIA Level 1, you’ll take tonnes of day trips all around the South Island. You’ll travel around New Zealand’s beautiful countryside and enjoy its legendary action sports and activities. The dates of this option make it the ideal option for those on a summer break before University.
12 week option – qualify to level 2 and get unrivalled experience
As well as experiencing the best that the stunning South Island of New Zealand has to offer you’ll work towards both NZSIA Levels 1 and 2 over the course of 12 weeks. With an unrivalled amount of work experience this is the ideal option for wannabe instructors of all ages.
First class qualifications, making you highly employable around the world
Those with us for twelve weeks will work towards NZSIA level 1 and 2. These are challenging ski instructor qualifications and, as such, are held in high regard by snow schools directors around the world, putting you in a great position to get your dream job!
Go from winter to winter
Being in the Southern Hemisphere, the course runs between July and October, so if you’re hoping to instruct in the Northern Hemisphere afterwards, you’ll only have a couple of months to wait!
An unrivalled amount of training - five days per week for the entire course
Our course director Jason has been training ski instructors in Porters for 10 years and is known as a technical guru! Over the 12 weeks you’ll work with Jason to refine your technique, so that you can enjoy the challenges of this amazing ski region. Although focused, our training has a personal and fun approach. You’ll train for 5 days per week, mostly in small focused groups with the occasional 1-to-1 sessions. We will fully prepare you for the final exams just by doing what you love every day.
Get tonnes of real work experience with the local ski school
Real work experience. Over your course, you'll work closely with the Porters ski school and get plenty of hands-on work experience. Having real experience such as this will be extremely valuable when you come to apply for ski instructor jobs.
New Zealand is renowned for beauty and adventure - experience the very best of both
Experience New Zealand. Based close to Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand, you’ll have access to the very best of this amazing country. As well as skiing, you’ll have the opportunity to go surfing, hike glaciers, go jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking, tubing, zip-lining and maybe even go to watch the All Blacks!
Extra Activities Available In New Zealand
There's so much adventure to be had in New Zealand, the action sports world is your oyster! Here are only some of the activities that we can line up for you:
- Avalanche Course
- Heli Skiing
- Glacier Hiking
- Jet Boating
- Weekend Trips To Christchurch
- Horse riding
A massive amount included in this action packed program
We’ll organise everything you need, so that you can just sit back and enjoy the experience. You’ll stay at the Springfield Hotel, with a comfortable room, on site pub and evening meals five nights per week. Plus your breakfasts and lunches will be provided seven days per week. So you’ll be fully fuelled for a full-throttle program!
A self-serve continental breakfast is provided seven days a week.
We provide sandwich materials for a packed lunch seven days a week ideal for keeping you fueled on the slopes. Typical ski instructor lunches!
Provided five nights a week.
24 hour staffing
Up to 25 hours/week professional coaching
1-to-1 private coaching sessions
These offer you the chance of individual tuition to iron out any problems you may have. They are a great way to really improve your skiing.
A great tool which we use on a weekly basis.
Season lift pass for Porters Resort and Club Fields passes on course days
Weekday shuttle to resort
Ski maintenance tuition
Work experience in local ski school
We provide the opportunity to do work experience at a local ski school. Doing this will make your CV stand out from the crowd and also allow you to develop your teaching technique - an all round good experience.
Exam fees and instructors manual
Avalanche awareness course
End of season DVD
Instructor career advice
During the there will be plenty of advice on working as a ski instructor covering job applications, work visas and typical hours and wages. In addition you will receive our 40 page advice handbook on "working as a ski instructor" which includes a directory of ski schools around the world.
All transport, hosting, and organisation on away trips
A snow shovel, probe, avalanche transceiver and ski pack are included in the avalanche course however some people choose to buy their own backcountry equipment. It's really a personal choice.
We have arranged discounts at the local ski shop which make buying any new equipment in NZ the obvious choice. You'll also benefit from great service and only having to carry your skis on the return leg of the journey!
Weekend evening meals
Breakfast/lunch/dinner when away on trips
Accommodation and activities on trips away
Want to know more?
Intro, exploring and assessing level
Intro to ski progression & free ski
Mock lessons & fault fixing
Teaching & learning styles
Teaching & learning styles
Rookie Lessons with Ski School
Level 1 exam at Porters & party!
Increase skiing speed & dynamics
Higher level teaching skills
Skier movement analysis & free ski
Exam prep & mock lessons
Level 2 exams at Mt Hutt & party!