Not everyone is cut out for a standard 9-5. If you’re looking to pursue a less well-trodden path, travel the world, and ski or snowboard for a living, we’re here to help.
Read through our guide to landing a job as an instructor, and discover current opportunities for graduates of our courses.
Before embarking on a career as an instructor, you first need to be qualified by a recognised body. You’ll want to qualify with a body that is part of the ISIA (International Ski Instructors Association), allowing you to instruct across the globe. Organisations such as the CSIA, BASI and NZSIA are extremely well-regarded worldwide.
There are usually four levels of certification and to teach around the world you’ll normally need a level 2. As you gain experience, you can work towards the higher levels, as well as specialise in certain disciplines.
For budding instructors, the most straightforward way to achieve instructor status is by completing a ski instructor course or snowboard instructor course. Check out our guide on how to become an instructor for more detail.
Where to work
As an instructor you can teach all over the world, but before settling on somewhere you must consider:
With an internationally-recognised qualification and visa eligibility, chances are you’ll be able to instruct almost anywhere. Popular destinations for ski and snowboard instructors include:
How to find a job
Landing a job as a ski or snowboard instructor can sometimes be challenging, especially when you’re starting out as a rookie. But with the right attitude, you’ll have no trouble securing your dream position. Here are a few tips:
Are you a rookie?
As a rookie instructor without experience, it can be challenging to secure work at big-name resorts. Snow schools at such resorts will be inundated with applications, probably from more experienced pros with higher level qualifications.
When you’re breaking into the industry, it can play to your favour to work at smaller ski hills, where you’ll receive lots of work and gain experience quickly. With a season’s instructing under your belt, more doors will open and you’ll have many more options.
When to apply
When to apply will vary from resort to resort. To be certain you should look at the website of the resort you are interested in applying to. If in doubt, it is always better to be slightly early rather than too late.
For the northern hemisphere, you should start looking at end of June / beginning of July.
For the southern hemisphere, you can start applying to some resorts in January but some don’t take applications until February or March.
What to consider
You won’t always have the luxury of choosing where you work. You may send out many applications but only hear back from a few. However, as you gain experience and ascend the instructor levels, you’ll have many more options. If you do, it’s a good idea to take your time selecting a resort and employer that will suit your goals.
Factors you may want to consider include:
Every year we’re approached by snow schools from around the world seeking ski and snowboard instructors to join their teams.
Resort: Hakuba, Japan
Employer: Hakuba Ski Concierge
Start date: Dec 2018
Application closing date: 31 Sep 2018
Description: Hakuba Ski Concierge is hiring ski instructors for the 2018/19 season. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a small team for a memorable winter in one of the world’s snowiest places.
Remuneration + perks: Competitive pay, season pass and access to a vehicle
How to apply: Please send a CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to speaking with you.