Ski

Training Courses

4 - 11 week options

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SKI INSTRUCTOR TRAINING Programs

Get on board a ski instructor training program you will tell your grandkids about! Packages include all the essential winter ingredients - ski instructor training, personal skiing development and internationally recognised certifications. Plus all the extras to give you the winter season you’ve been dreaming of.

What is a ski instructor training program?

Our ski training programs are developed to allow skiers to get qualifications and certification quickly, while developing skiing ability and allowing for loads of time on the slopes. A ski instructor training course with us will open doors to worldwide jobs including visa sponsorship with our partner resorts in following seasons! With 19 world class resorts in 5 different countries to pick from, these are just a selection of the things you get.

  • A choice of 4 - 11 week instructor programs
  • Accommodation at some of the world's best resorts
  • A resort lift pass to ski whenever you want
  • All training, qualifications and exams
  • Loads more benefits & inclusions

Why should i do a ski training program?

There are loads of reasons people do ski instructor training courses, excluding the fact that it is the coolest thing ever. The programs are perfect for people who have a limited time to get certified, those who want to really advance their personal ability as well as learning to teach. If you are poor at budgeting your finances, the ski training program is also a great idea - as it includes almost all your potential outgoings. It also can lead to future opportunities of instructor employment, letting you meet some of the industries most important people.

 

Want to train and work in the same season?

Check out our ski instructor internship courses, a scheme we have developed to combine everything to get you started:

  • Training and exams to get your qualified
  • Guaranteed paid job offer in the same season
  • Top resorts in NZ, Japan, Canada, USA and Europe

 Learn more about internships here

Where Can You Go

  • Canada Canada

  • Japan Japan

  • New Zealand New Zealand

  • Switzerland Switzerland

  • USA USA

PROGRAM OPTIONS

Short or long course - your choice!

We offer a range of ski instructor courses. Our short ski instructor courses are an intensive great value way to get your level 1 certification, improve your skiing skills and have a lot of fun. Our longer courses will give you extra training, courses and events plus the opportunity to get your level 2. Check out more detail and the course run down below

The Coaching
We’ll make you a ripping hot skier in no time! During the course you will be in action four days a week taking part in training and other course components. On training days you’ll be training for 5 to 6 hours per day. At the start of our training program our trainers will do a group split to ensure the dynamics of the group are best for all. This is not solely based on ability level, and your training group and trainers will change during the course.

Small Groups
We work on average group sizes of 7 per group. You’ll be surprised how much personal feedback you’ll get during the training program. While you are in resort you may like to purchase extra 1 on 1 coaching sessions or team up with another trainee to split this cost.

Top Level Trainers
All of our trainers are top level examiners with the associations that you’ll be sitting your examinations in. Becoming a trainer requires seasons of teaching experience and professionalism. You get the opportunity to train with many trainers during the course - and you won’t be disappointed! For more check out our trainers on video here…

 

Check out what’s included

Pre Departure 4 Week 6 week 11 Week
EA Planning Checklist & Program Handbook Yes Yes Yes
STA Travel Deals on Flights and Insurance Yes Yes Yes
Season Preparation - Support & Advice Yes Yes Yes
On Arrival 4 Week 6 week 11 Week
EA ARRIVAL PACK - HOODIE & PRINTED MATERIALS Yes Yes Yes
RESORT ARRIVAL ORIENTATION Yes Yes Yes
SHARED ACCOMMODATION Yes Yes Yes
Ski Level One Coaching Yes Yes Yes
All Terrain Personal Development Yes Yes Yes
On Snow Analysis Yes Yes Yes
Technical & Theory Sessions Yes Yes Yes
Ski Association Membership Yes Yes Yes
Training Manuals & Materials Yes Yes Yes
Level One Exam Fees Yes Yes Yes
Resort Lift Pass Yes Yes Yes
Mountain Transfers (if required) Yes Yes Yes
Advice & Deals on Equipment Yes Yes Yes
EA Program Manager Yes Yes Yes
Social Events Yes Yes Yes
Park & Freeride Training No Yes Yes
Avalanche Safety Course No Yes Yes
First Aid Course No Yes Yes
Ski Level Two Coaching No No Yes
Prices Exclude 4 Week 6 week 11 Week
Flights and Insurance Yes Yes Yes
Meals and Discretionary Items Yes Yes Yes
ARRIVAL CITY ORIENTATION Yes Yes Yes
Level Two Exam Costs Yes Yes Yes
Gear and Equipment Yes Yes Yes

Courses run down

11 Week Course

6 Week Course

4 Week Course

INTRO

An 11 Week Instructor Course is the Mac Daddy way to become a snow demon with a swag of new qualifications, including your level 2 if you choose to! Perfect if you are on a GAP Year, career break or just have a passion to spend most of the winter season immersed in improving your skills and hitting some powder. 

City Orientation

On arrival to your destination country you will be met by an EA On Ground Representative. After transferring to your hotel, evening one kicks off with a social catch up where you will get to meet the other course participants. The next day you get to explore the city, see some local sights and organise any required essentials. Then it’s time to head to your training resort!

RESORT ORIENTATION

When you arrive at your training resort you will get some time to settle into your accommodation. Your On Ground Representative will run you through the Program Handbook and orientate you with the town and resort. You will meet resort personal such as Trainers and the Ski & Snowboard School Directors. There will also be a gear information session at a local shop with the opportunity to purchase any required equipment. Before training starts you will normally have a chance to get on snow for a mountain tour and an opportunity to get your legs back into action.

WEEKS 1-3: TRAINING BEGINS

Your first three trainings weeks will be focused around developing your personal ski or board skills and getting you prepared for the level 1 exam module. You’ll learn about the Core Competencies and Stance, Balance, Rotation and Edging. You’ll complete a range of technical and theory sessions including ‘Leadership Training’ and the ‘Children in Snowsports’. On snow analysis will be a chance to identify areas for personal improvement and give you drills and tactics for improvement. Training will also cover level 1 teaching progressions. And your trainer will also take advantage of the snow conditions and get your into some more challenging terrain! 

WEEK 4: EXAM

The Level One Exam is basically an extension of the training days! The course is fun, informative and a chance to develop your teaching and personal skiing or riding skills even further. The course conductors roll is to assess you, but also to help you reach the level one standard. You’ll get individual and group feedback throughout the exam. At the end of the exam module you should be walking away with a pass result!

WEEK 5: CHILL WEEK

Week 5 is a chance to kick back and relax! You’ll be able to get out on the snow and consolidate what you’ve learnt or just let things go. This week there’ll also be an opportunity for you to shadow some Ski & Board School lessons. You may also choose to visit other nearby resorts or head out of town for some time away from the white stuff! You’ll find this week off is well needed and well deserved and will set you up for the second part of the course.

CHOOSE YOUR TRACK....

OPTION 1: WEEK 6-11 TOTAL MOUNTAIN COURSE (TMC)

Our Total Mountain Course (TMC) is focused on making you a hot skier or boarder and confident all over the mountain. Your trainer will take advantage of the conditions and get you into Bumps, Carving, Trees, Steeps, Powder and Park. You’ll also cover teaching and tactical techniques on a variety of terrain. On snow analysis will also be used to give you tactics and drills for improvement. Technical and theory sessions will include ‘Bio-Mechanics’ and the ‘Forces in Skiing and Snowboarding’. In Week 10 you will also complete a First Aid Course and an Avalanche Safety Course. Courses normally conclude with park and pipe training in Week 11.

OPTION 2: WEEK 6-11 LEVEL 2

 The level 2 training block is focused on taking your skiing or riding to the next level with the goal of passing the level 2 exam module in Week 10. You’ll build on your level 1 skills and focus on taking your personal skiing or riding, demonstrations and teaching progressions to the level 2 standard. You’ll also complete a First Aid Certification and Avalanche Safety Course. In Week 10 you’ll have the chance to sit the level two exam. Technical and theory sessions will include ‘Bio-Mechanics’ and the ‘Forces in Skiing and Snowboarding’. Courses normally conclude with park and pipe training in Week 11.

Note

The above is a general outline - timing and inclusions vary from resort to resort.

INTRO

A 6 week instructor course is perfect if you want to sample some powder, improve your skills and head home with a shiny new instructor qualification in your backpack. In addition to a level 1 certificate you will also get an Avalanche Safety Certificate, First Aid Certificate and a focused Park & Pipe training. You will improve your skiing or riding with our top coaches, enjoy lift line priority and get all the local hook ups to maximize your stay. Ideal for those on an extended winter holiday, or short addition to a GAP Year or Career break. 

ARRIVAL ORIENTATION

On arrival to your destination country you will be met by an EA On Ground Representative. After transferring to your hotel, evening one kicks off with a social catch up where you will get to meet the other course participants. The next day you get to explore the city, see some local sights and organise any required essentials. Then it’s time to head to your training resort!

RESORT ORIENTATION

Once you are settled in to your accommodation it is time to explore your snowy surroundings. Day 1 we’ll run you through the program outline including goals and training objectives. Day 2 we’ll get you orientated with the village area, meet your Ski & Board School Trainers and also collect your Passes. Today we’ll also hold gear information sessions and there’ll be an opportunity to purchase any required equipment. Evening 2 we hold a fun social event. Day 3 will be a full day on the snow including a mountain tour and a chance to get your legs back into action.

WEEK 1: TRAINING BEGINS

Your first training days will be focused around developing your personal ski or board skills both on and off piste. You’ll learn about stance and balance and get an introduction to the core competencies. Training will cover each level of teaching progressions. Indoor sessions will include ‘Leadership Training’ and the ‘Forces in Skiing and Snowboarding’. By the end of this training block you have an understanding of the fundamental skills and the level one course standards. On days off there’ll be an opportunity to practice, consolidate and cover off indoor course materials in study groups.

WEEK 2: INSTRUCTOR SKILLS

During this training block you’ll continue to develop your personal ski or board skills. Your trainers will step up the tempo this week and get your into some more challenging terrain! You will learn about rotation, edging and cover Core Competencies in more detail. Technical and theory sessions will include ‘Student Centered Teaching’ and ‘Developing the Guest Experience’. On snow analysis sessions you’ll cover drills and tactics for improvement. During your days off there’ll be an opportunity to relax and consolidate what you’ve learnt on snow in your own time!

WEEK 3: EXAM PREP

Your third training block is geared toward getting you ready for the level 1 exam. You’ll also spend time on developing your level 1 demonstrations, teaching progressions and practise group teach scenarios. You also continue to develop your personal ski or board skills on a variety of terrain. Technical and theory sessions will include ‘Bio-Mechanics’ and ‘Children in Snowsports’. On your days off there’ll be an opportunity for you to shadow a Ski & Board School lesson and cover off indoor course materials in study groups including any pre exam written modules.

WEEK 4: EXAM

The Level One Exam is basically an extension of the training days! The course is fun, informative and a chance to develop your teaching and personal skiing or riding skills even further. The course conductors roll is to assess you, but also to help you reach the level one standard. You’ll get individual and group feedback throughout the exam. At the end of the exam module you should be walking away with a pass result!

WEEK 5: AVALANCHE SAFETY AND FIRST AID COURSE

In week 5 you will complete an avalanche safety course and first aid course. The avalanche safety course provides an invaluable two day introduction to safety in the backcountry. It is designed to give you a basic understanding of avalanche formation and to develop your observation skills. The first aid course teaches practical skills about how to manage a range of medical and accident emergencies. Both are excellent courses for those looking to explore the backcountry or going on and working in the ski or snowboard industry.

WEEK 6: PARK & FREERIDE TRAINING

At resorts with terrain parks and features there will be dedicated training in the park and pipe. Training will cover rails, boxes and terrain features including jumps along with use of half pipes and or quarter pipes. Basic manoeuvres are explored as well as some fundamental tricks. You will also learn how to teach and coach the approach, take off, manoeuvres and landing on all features. For those who have a passion for park and pipe there is the opportunity to take a formal Park Certification course. At resorts without terrain parks your training will be focused on big mountain skiing or riding.

INTRO

A 4 week instructor course is perfect if you want to sample Canadian powder, improve your skills and head home with a shiny new instructor qualification in your backpack. You will learn how to ski or ride powder with our top coaches, enjoy lift line priority and get all the local hook ups to maximize your stay.

ARRIVAL ORIENTATION

On arrival to your destination country you will be met by an EA On Ground Representative. After transferring to your hotel, evening one kicks off with a social catch up where you will get to meet the other course participants. The next day you get to explore the city, see some local sights and organise any required essentials. Then it’s time to head to your training resort!

RESORT ORIENTATION

When you arrive at your training resort you will get some time to settle into your accommodation. Your On Ground Representative will run you through the Program Handbook and orientate you with the town and resort. You will meet resort personal such as Trainers and the Ski & Snowboard School Directors. There will also be a gear information session at a local shop with the opportunity to purchase any required equipment. Before training starts you will normally have a chance to get on snow for a mountain tour and an opportunity to get your legs back into action.

WEEK 1: TRAINING BEGINS

Your first training days will be focused around developing your personal ski or board skills both on and off piste. You’ll learn about stance and balance and get an introduction to the core competencies. Training will cover each level of teaching progressions. Indoor sessions will include ‘Leadership Training’ and the ‘Forces in Skiing and Snowboarding’. By the end of this training block you have an understanding of the fundamental skills and the level one course standards. On days off there’ll be an opportunity to practice, consolidate and cover off indoor course materials in study groups.

WEEK 2: INSTRUCTOR SKILLS

During this training block you’ll continue to develop your personal ski or board skills. Your trainers will step up the tempo this week and get your into some more challenging terrain! You will learn about rotation, edging and cover Core Competencies in more detail. Technical and theory sessions will include ‘Student Centered Teaching’ and ‘Developing the Guest Experience’. On snow analysis sessions you’ll cover drills and tactics for improvement. During your days off there’ll be an opportunity to relax and consolidate what you’ve learnt on snow in your own time!

WEEK 3: EXAM PREP

Your third training block is geared toward getting you ready for the level 1 exam. You’ll also spend time on developing your level 1 demonstrations, teaching progressions and practise group teach scenarios. You also continue to develop your personal ski or board skills on a variety of terrain. Technical and theory sessions will include ‘Bio-Mechanics’ and ‘Children in Snowsports’. On your days off there’ll be an opportunity for you to shadow a Ski & Board School lesson and cover off indoor course materials in study groups including any pre exam written modules.

WEEK 4: EXAM AND PARTY!

The Level One Exam is basically an extension of the training days! The course is fun, informative and a chance to develop your teaching and personal skiing or riding skills even further. The course conductors roll is to assess you, but also to help you reach the level one standard. You’ll get individual and group feedback throughout the exam. At the end of the exam module you should be walking away with a pass result!