Ski Jobs in New Zealand

First thing to say is that other than teaching, there aren't all that many jobs at the resorts themselves. The resorts are visited rather than lived in, so you won't find much in the way of chalet work. Skiers do holiday here, but the main influx is from locals, often early in the morning before heading to their day job if the snow conditions are good! So where should you head to to find work in and around the resorts? Arguably, the Southern Alps are the first place to try.


Become a qualified ski instructor - Train, qualify and work all in one season
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Become a qualified ski instructor - Train, qualify and work all in one season


Do you want a career that will take you across the globe? Do you want to live and work in the world's top ski destinations? Become a ski instructor with EA Ski & Snowboard and fast-track your career in the snow industry. Choose from 26 resorts across five countries.
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Become a qualified ski instructor - Train, qualify and work all in one season
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Become a qualified ski instructor - Train, qualify and work all in one season


Do you want a career that will take you across the globe? Do you want to live and work in the world's top ski destinations? Become a ski instructor with EA Ski & Snowboard and fast-track your career in the snow industry. Choose from 26 resorts across five countries.
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Ski Season Job Package  in New Zealand

Ski Season Job Package in New Zealand


We’re looking for ambitious and hardworking individuals who are looking to spend an incredible winter ski season down under in New Zealand! There are a variety of hospitality roles available, of which you will need to be available from at least June-Sept. Perks also include a season ski pass!
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EA Ski & Snowboard are the world's largest provider of ski and snowboard instructor internships. Turn your love of skiing or snowboarding into a career. Receive world-class training, gain an internationally recognised qualification and get a guaranteed paid job offer - all in one season.
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Skiers wanted Become an instructor - training and job included
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Skiers wanted Become an instructor - training and job included


Want to get turn your love of skiing or snowboarding into a career? Become a ski or snowboard instructor in 2019. Receive world-class training, gain internationally recognised qualifications and get a guaranteed paid job offer at the ski resort of your choice.
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Become a qualified ski instructor - Train, qualify and work all in one season
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Become a qualified ski instructor - Train, qualify and work all in one season


Do you want a career that will take you across the globe? Do you want to live and work in the world's top ski destinations? Become a ski instructor with EA Ski & Snowboard and fast-track your career in the snow industry. Choose from 26 resorts across five countries.
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Paid Ski Instructor Courses

Paid Ski Instructor Courses


We are looking for skiers and snowboarders with at least 4 weeks experience to train to become qualified instructors and work the whole length of a winter in a paid instructor job in Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Europe. Think you've got what it takes? Check if you are eligible below!
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Work as a ski instructor around the world - Training and job included


Want to turn your love of skiing or snowboarding into a career? Want to receive world-class training, gain an internationally recognised qualification and get a guaranteed paid job offer at the ski resort of your choice? Fast track your instructor career with EA Ski & Snowboard.
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Ski Chalet Chef

Ski Chalet Chef


Each year we recruit chefs to work in luxury chalets throughout Europe. And our search for qualified and experienced chefs and chalet cooks to work during the 2018/2019 season is now underway.
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Working a ski season in New Zealand

Do you need a visa: Yes, to work in New Zealand, British nationals will need a
working holiday visa. More information can be found on this page:
Ski season visas.

Do you have to learn another language:
It's debatable I suppose, but generally the language they speak in New Zealand is
recognisable English. Certainly easier to understand than a strong regional UK accent.

So you want to work in New Zealand
They have a climate and landscape not too dissimilar to our own, they eat good food and make decent ale, and they almost speak the same language, so starting or continuing your ski career in New Zealand makes perfect sense. Joking aside, a spine of volcanic mountains stretch the full length of this majestic country, offering up superb ski conditions on both the North and South Island. And because they are in the Southern Hemisphere they get snow in Summer, well winter. Our summer. It's something to do with minimum insolation and seasonal lag. Anyway, it means that when the snow melts in Europe and North America, you can head down under and keep yourself active.

So what are the resorts like?
The resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu serves as a base for some of the better catered for ski slopes such as Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Cardrona. If you are after an experience similar to the European Alps then The Remarkables is a Beaut. It's a bit more difficult to get to from Queenstown if that's where you're sleeping, but worth it. The other place to try is Wanaka, or Treble Cone, which are a short drive along State Highway 6. Queenstown and Wanaka both have the usual casual work that you would find in any city, especially Queenstown which is packed with restaurants, but both towns also act as a good starting point to get ski season related positions as this is where the main ski companies base themselves.

On North Island Mt Ruapehu is the biggest pull for snow seekers. The mountain is home to Whakapapa on its northern slope and Turoa ski field on the southern. It's a real playground too, with steep chutes, and perfect terrain for both ski and snowboard. Don't be put off by the fact this is very much an active volcano. One of the biggest in the world. That last erupted just a few years ago, and continues to rumble. To be honest there aren't all that many jobs to be had here - like the southern resorts, there are no staff living permanently on the mountain.

What months of the year can you work?
The New Zealand winter ski season runs from mid June to early October, slightly shorter at lower altitude and most companies will look to get their staff in place as early as February or March. On this page we feature some recruiters who offer training, instruction, qualifications and work placements. If you are thinking about extending your ski season, New Zealand is a great place to consider. There is often plenty of snow, and what doesn't fall is supplemented by the more than capable snow cannon.

Heli Skiing
As previously mentioned, the resorts in New Zealand are not quite like we find in Europe or North America, but they do offer some unique terrain, including fantastic heli skiing peaks. In case you have not come across heli skiing (and heli snowboarding!) before, the idea is to get a lift to the top of a mountain on a helicopter, then blast your way down through untouched snow. It's off piste, which makes it more exciting, but you usually travel down the mountain with an experienced guide. In fact, we currently have a training course in NZ for anyone who would like to become a heli ski guide. It's an awesome three week experience for real back trail enthusiasts looking to take steps towards becoming a professional guide.