Ski Instructor Courses in Japan

Japan most recently hosted the Winter Olympics back in 1998 at Nagano, so the country's commitment to skiing and the quality of Japanese resorts is not in doubt. The northern part of Honshu island is mountainous and feeds the passionate skiers of Tokyo and nearby cities, while perhaps the best place to ski in Japan is the northern island of Hokkaido where snow is more reliable and the season slightly longer. Japan boasts dozens of good quality ski resorts but you'll find the best places to head for to complete a ski instructor course by clicking into the detail of the courses listed below. The outstanding resort of Niseko is a popular choice and regarded as one of the best in Japan, with a couple of thousand acres and more than 60 runs.


Paid Ski Instructor Courses

Paid Ski Instructor Courses


We are looking for skiers and snowboarders with at least 1-2 weeks experience to train to become qualified instructors and work the whole length of a winter in a paid instructor job in Canada, Japan and Europe. Think you've got what it takes? Check if you are eligible below!
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Gap Year Winter Work - Get paid and get a qualification
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Gap Year Winter Work - Get paid and get a qualification


Want to get paid to ski or snowboard all day? Want to receive world-class training and a guaranteed paid job offer at the ski resort of your choice? Choose from over 30 resorts in five countries to learn, earn and play!
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Paid Ski Instructor Courses

Paid Ski Instructor Courses


We are looking for skiers and snowboarders with at least 1-2 weeks experience to train to become qualified instructors and work the whole length of a winter in a paid instructor job in Canada, Japan and Europe. Think you've got what it takes? Check if you are eligible below!
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Paid Ski Instructor Courses

Paid Ski Instructor Courses


We are looking for skiers and snowboarders with at least 1-2 weeks experience to train to become qualified instructors and work the whole length of a winter in a paid instructor job in Canada, Japan and Europe. Think you've got what it takes? Check if you are eligible below!
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Paid Ski Instructor Courses

Paid Ski Instructor Courses


We are looking for skiers and snowboarders with at least 1-2 weeks experience to train to become qualified instructors and work the whole length of a winter in a paid instructor job in Canada, Japan and Europe. Think you've got what it takes? Check if you are eligible below!
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Brand Ambassador

Brand Ambassador


Become an EA Brand Ambassador this season and get a new GoPro Hero 6 and $1000 towards your flights We're looking for six talented brand ambassadors to join us in Japan, Switzerland and Canada this winter. If you're outgoing, social media savvy and have a passion for skiing, this role is for you.
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Snowboard Instructor Courses

Snowboard Instructor Courses


Snow Trainers offers some of the best courses in the industry with a team of experienced and qualified staff, we are sure to make your adventure with us the best experience it can be.
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Paid Ski Instructor Courses

Paid Ski Instructor Courses


We are looking for skiers and snowboarders with at least 1-2 weeks experience to train to become qualified instructors and work the whole length of a winter in a paid instructor job in Canada, Japan and Europe. Think you've got what it takes? Check if you are eligible below!
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Ski Instructor Course

Ski Instructor Course


Snow Trainers offers some of the best courses in the industry with a team of experienced and qualified staff, we are sure to make your adventure with us the best experience it can be.
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Ski Chalet Chef

Ski Chalet Chef


If you are looking for work this season then we would love to hear from you. Whether you are a Chef, Couple, Host, Bar worker or Manager we will definitely have an opportunity for you this ski season. We work with amazing companies in amazing locations. APPLY TODAY
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Living and Training in Japan

Japanese resorts are growing fast, thanks to English speaking Australians and New Zealanders making Japan their northern hemisphere destination of choice. With courses lasting anywhere from a few weeks to several months, there are plenty of great opportunities to spend a good chunk of a season in Japan, learning how to coach skiing and snowboarding, while soaking up plenty of the incredible local culture. Obviously there is less space than the European Alps, but the resorts are great quality and Japan is a unique and exciting place to learn the teaching ropes. You are likely to be taking the NZSIA qualification, or SBINZ if you are a snowboarder, though you may need to take the SAJ Japanese qualification if you want to stay over there and teach for a local ski school – have a chat with your chosen course provider for the best advice.

Do you need a visa: Assuming you are British, to work in Japan you will need to apply for a Japanese Working Holiday Visa. Other countries also require this visa, so for full details and eligibility, please speak to your course provider.

Do you have to learn another language: If you have the time and commitment, picking up a smattering of Japanese will be appreciated, and as with visiting any country, you will certainly get more from your experience. However, English is widely spoken in ski resorts as English speaking tourists from NZ and Aus visit in big numbers. Don't worry; your course will be taught in English!

So what are Japanese ski resorts like to live in? Expensive! Well, it can be. You'll soon get the hang of where to go to get the best deals on everything from equipment to food. At most resorts there is some separation between the town or village and the ski runs but the atmosphere is still very good, with busy nightlife and good transport links. Language will not be a problem as the main resorts are quite Westernised, as already mentioned. Be prepared for extreme weather and a tonne of powder and you'll enjoy the experience immensely!

Can't say we blame you. Switzerland and skiing go together like toast and jam. Looking at a terrain map of the country you cannot fail to notice that half of the territory is a giant snow paradise, any sensible country would build lots of world class ski resorts, and this is precisely what Switzerland has done.