Ski Instructor Courses and Jobs

Skiing is great fun, but all too soon your boots are off and you are making your way back to the airport to return to the green grass of home. If only there was a way to prolong your stay in the mountains. The most glamorous way to stay all season long is to get a job as a ski instructor.

This page is designed to give you an overview of the types of ski instruction work and training courses, and the level of qualification that you need to successfully find employment. Our listings below are constantly refreshed so bookmark the page and check back for newly posted opportunities.


Ski Instructor / Snowboard Instructor Internship
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Ski Instructor / Snowboard Instructor Internship


Life on a ski or snowboard internships is pretty sweet! Spend 3 weeks training to be a ski or snowboard instructor with some of Canada's top CSIA/CASI trainers, then you'll take the level 1 exam and have a guaranteed job with the sports school for the rest of the winter season. Apply today.
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Whistler Blackcomb Ski Instructor Course and Job
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Whistler Blackcomb Ski Instructor Course and Job


Qualify as a Level 1 ski instructor in the world-class resort of Whistler and then teach for the rest of the season! Spend your days on the mountain, earning money and teaching kids to ski. The CSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor training and exam are included. Book now!
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Instructor Training + guaranteed job
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Instructor Training + guaranteed job


EA Ski & Snowboard is the world's largest provider of ski and snowboard instructor courses. Choose from over 30 resorts in five countries to receive world-class training, gain an internationally recognised qualification, and get a guaranteed paid instructor job offer - all in one winter season.
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Gap Year Snow Jobs
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Gap Year Snow Jobs


Want to get turn your love of skiing or snowboarding into a career? Want to gain an internationally recognised qualification? Want to receive world-class training from the world's top snow sports instructor? Join us on an instructor internship and enjoy the best winter of your life.
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Ski Instructor Course

Ski Instructor Course


Join the Skiforce team for an unforgettable season in the centre of centrally located in Morzine, the largest town of the Portes Du Soleil ski area, one of the largest ski areas in the world.
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Ski and snowboard instructor paid internships

Ski and snowboard instructor paid internships


Snow Trainers has teamed up with Coronet Peak to offer you an amazing opportunity to work and train with their legendary ski school. Based in beautiful Queenstown you'll train for your internationally recognised Level 1 & 2 qualifications while gaining valuable work experience at the same time.
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Ski Instructor Course
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Ski Instructor Course


Choose life in the mountains and make your gap year count by qualifying as a ski instructor. We take care of everything so you can focus of having fun and training. Courses in Canada include accommodation, meals, tuition, level 1 exam and season lift pass, and the option to add flights & transfers
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Brand Ambassador

Brand Ambassador


Become a ski instructor and work as a brand ambassador this season and we'll give you $1,000 towards your flights and a new GO PRO HERO to take with you. We're looking for brand ambassadors to join us on training course in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland and Japan.
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The Best Way To Become a Ski Instructor - EA Paid Internship Program
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The Best Way To Become a Ski Instructor - EA Paid Internship Program


EA Ski & Snowboard are the world's largest provider of ski and snowboard instructor internships programs. 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.
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7 week Level 1 and 2 ski instructor course in Whistler
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7 week Level 1 and 2 ski instructor course in Whistler


Gain your ski instructor qualifications and become a pro in just 7 weeks on our course in Whistler Blackcomb. If you are short on time, this is one of the quickest ways to get your CSIA Level 1 and 2. Exam fees included. This course also includes the Avalanche Skills Level 1 course!
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Whistler Blackcomb Ski Instructor Course and Job
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Whistler Blackcomb Ski Instructor Course and Job


Qualify as a Level 1 ski instructor in the world-class resort of Whistler and then teach for the rest of the season! Spend your days on the mountain, earning money and teaching kids to ski. The CSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor training and exam are included. Book now!
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Ski Patrol Course
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Ski Patrol Course


Join the mountain emergency service. This unique training programme provides you with the modules and certifications required to become a ski patroller in resorts across the world. Ski Patrol isn't just for skiers - snowboarders make great patrollers too!
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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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Ski Instructor / Snowboard Instructor Internship
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Ski Instructor / Snowboard Instructor Internship


Life on a ski or snowboard internships is pretty sweet! Spend 3 weeks training to be a ski or snowboard instructor with some of Canada's top CSIA/CASI trainers, then you'll take the level 1 exam and have a guaranteed job with the sports school for the rest of the winter season. Apply today.
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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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BASI Ski Instructor Course Level 1 & 2
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BASI Ski Instructor Course Level 1 & 2


A comprehensive level 1 & 2 BASI ski instructor course in the greatest resort in the French Alps. With a huge ski area, in the most snow sure area in Europe, there is no greater place to train for your BASI ski instructor qualification.
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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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Work as a Ski Instructor in Canada!
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Work as a Ski Instructor in Canada!


Become a qualified ski instructor in Canada this winter with EA Ski & Snowboard. Choose from seven world-class resorts across Canada. Receive world-class training, gain an internationally recognised qualification and get a guaranteed paid job offer at your resort of choice!
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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 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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Heli-Guide Course

Heli-Guide 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 and Snowboard Instructors

Ski and Snowboard Instructors


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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Teaching people to ski is a rewarding job. Not only do you get to help other people to enjoy our amazing sport, but you get to spend a whole season on the piste, getting paid! First you need a qualification. Take a look at the best value courses currently available!

You will be put in charge of a small group of people who could range from complete beginners, to competent skiers, depending upon your own level of expertise. You will need professional qualifications in order to teach people, but along with the hard work come a wide range of benefits which could include free or cheap lift passes, subsidized meals and accommodation, discounts on clothing and equipment hire, not to mention the best office environment you could ever imagine. If you want to know more about how teaching people stacks up against other types of ski jobs, take a look at our comparison table by clicking here.

Ski Instructor Salary

The amount you can expect to earn will vary by ski resort. It will also depend upon your level of qualification and who you are instructing. We heard a story of someone who was instructing a small group of wealthy Canadians. At the end of their holiday the tip was more than the instructor’s actual salary! Probably best not to count on anything like that though. A quick look back at our most recently advertised ski instructor jobs shows a range between $10 an hour to £16,000 a year. Of course it depends whether the job is in a known location for a known length of time, or whether the company is hiring you on a temporary contract basis, to work between a group of resorts where the pay can vary from place to place. Often the jobs advertised don’t specify a salary because it depends where you end up working. As we are often asked how much you money an instructor can command, we wrote an article describing how to increase the amount you can earn. We have not included anything unattainable, just good honest industry advice: five useful tips.

Which qualification?

Deciding which type of qualification you wish to gain is the first question you need to ask yourself. It’s a sweeping generalization to say that the more basic the qualification, the shorter the training period, the shorter the exam period, the cheaper the course and the greater the number of jobs on offer at the end. You also have to take into account the fact that there will be far greater competition for this type of job as more people will be qualified to this basic level, plus the salary you can expect will be lower than for the higher qualifications. The International Ski Instructors Association recognize a range of ski instructor qualifications, yet there is no international standard. The obvious choice for us here in Britain is the British standard, known as BASI (British Association of Snowsport Instructors), however other options may suit you just as well or better. For more detailed information about which professional teaching qualifications are available, take a look at our instructor guide.

Training Courses

If you plan to take a course, make sure you read the minimum requirements in terms of your skiing ability. They usually want you to be competent on a red run before they will think about turning you into a next generation coach. The courses themselves are anything from a few weeks to a couple of months, depending on what speed you want to go at, and how much material they cover. Basically, what each course involves, all depends upon the type of qualification you choose, and with whom. Each country's system is slightly different, but most follow a similar format. If we take the BASI course as an example, you need to pass BASI Level 1 before you can take Level 2. Some ski instructor training courses combine the two qualifications as the Level 1 is very much an entry point and only allows you to teach at a very basic level. With so much competition for employment, you really want to get to the second level as a minimum.