Mt Ruapehu



New Zealand


Mt Ruahapeu EA ski snowboard courses




Mt Ruapehu is home to the best natural skiing terrain in New Zealand, big bowls, loads of cliff drops, and epic powder stashes for the avid powder hunters. Mt Ruapehu is situated in the centre of the North Island, New Zealand in the beautiful Tongariro National Park. Instructor Interns are supplied accommodation in the National Park Village, 92Km's away from the popular Lake Taupo and a short train ride Ohakune, home of the famous New Zealand Mardi Gras! 



Where Doing Course Start End Price
Internship Ultimate
Mt Ruapehu Ski Internship Ultimate 13 Jun 18 30 Sep 18 USD $6475 Enquire
Mt Ruapehu Snowboard Internship Ultimate 13 Jun 18 30 Sep 18 USD $7475 Enquire


EA Ski & Snowboard offer a Ski or Snowboard instructor internship at Mt Ruapehu starting in June and running until October. An EA internship provides skiers and snowboarders with an internationally recognised qualification, a guaranteed job offer at Whakapapa resort and a long season enjoying working as a ski instructor at New Zealand's largest winter playground!

Quick Stats: 

  • Mount Ruapehu is an active stratovolcano! 
  • Whakapapa has 30 groomed trails 
  • Ruapehu has the largest lift-accessed terrain and highest lift in New Zealand 
  • Massive 722m of Vertical descent
  • 24 Black diamond runs! 

    Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa resort map

Living and working at Mt Ruapehu

Mt Ruapehu has two world-class ski field areas, Whakapapa and Turoa. On the EA Mt Ruapehu Internship, you will train and work at Whakapapa, a 25-minute bus trip from your accommodation in National Park Village. The season starts as early as June and can run all the way to late October. Teach in one of the biggest beginner areas in New Zealand and play in one of the biggest terrains in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Once you arrive in the National Park you will meet your EA Program Manager who will help you settle into your new hometown, introduce you to your colleagues at Whakapapa and show you around the National Park Village. Week 1 starts with 5 days enjoying level 1 training and working with top trainers from around the globe. During your second week, your management team will take you through a two-day company induction and 3 days of shadowing lessons.  If you are feeling confident you can start working as an instructor teaching beginner lessons on the Happy Valley slopes. After 3 weeks teaching, you will have 1 more week of Level 1 training, preparing you for your level 1 examination! 

All going well you will have a shiny new certificate to show all your mates on facebook #getpaidtoski.  


Accommodation will be provided for the length of the Level 1 training (4-weeks) at Pukenui Lodge - home to one of the best views of Whakapapa ski resort in the National Park. 

There will be 3 people to a 4-bed dorm room. Pukenui Lodge itself is centrally located, close to Nat Park Village where there is a gym, shops and a couple of local bars (Hobbit sightings very real possibility). As Mt. Ruapehu is located within the Tongariro National Park, Nat Park Village itself is not large, but there is a very tight-knit community there that will make you feel very welcome. Plus the manager is an ‘ex-fastest skier in the whole of NZ’, so he's bound to have a few tips for you.

Accommodation facilities:

  • Waxing and tuning set up and drying room. 
  • Large common lounge
  • Communal kitchen
  • Views of Mordor
  • Linen-included
  • Shuttle up the mountain each day.

There is flexibility to continue your stay at the end of the training period for the remainder of the program and beyond.

Ruapehu accommodation

want to work at this awesome location? 

New Zealand Ski Instructor jobs are really competitive and we only have a limited number each season, don't miss out. Click the see if you qualify button above to be contacted by one of our training consultants or enquire today about getting your instructing job offer at Mt Ruapehu.