What is a ski instructor course like?
To pass the exams, and achieve qualifications, you’ll want to train with professional trainers and examiners. To do this, you’ll probably need to spend an extended period of time in a ski resort. While you’re there, you’ll have to take care of yourself by sorting accommodation, transport, food, a season lift pass, training schedule and book the exams. Luckily, organised instructor courses do all the leg-work for you!Read entry
The best and worst things about an outdoor job
Jobs that require you to spend lots of time outside vary widely – from construction and farming, to work as a ranger, an instructor or guide, even as a football referee!
Spending time outdoors, and being active, are definitely some of the main attractions of becoming a ski instructor or snowboard instructor. Not only are these things enjoyable, they’re good for us too. But it can't all be good, right?!Read entry
Meet the instructors: Three Valleys
If you’re looking forward to your ski or snowboard instructor course with SnowSkool in France – or you’re just curious about who instructs the instructors – we’re happy to introduce two of the trainers who deliver the training course to help SnowSkoolers achieve BASI levels 1 & 2 in France.Read entry
Where are they now? Life post-SnowSkool course
Perhaps the best testament to our courses, is the success ex-SnowSkoolers have after they qualify. We spoke to past participants, about what they did next, where are they now and what advice they have to offer. Plenty became ski instructors or snowboard instructors, but a few have set up ski wear brands, work for snowboarding websites, and even working for SnowSkool!Read entry
A new chalet for our instructor courses in France
We have a new chalet for our instructor courses in France and it’s amazing!!!
One of the best things about doing a snowboard or ski instructor course in Europe, is the lovely, chalet-style accommodation. We make a huge effort to ensure our France accommodation is extra special. All our chalets in Méribel are located just a short walk from all the shops, bars and restaurants and all bedrooms have en-suites. Chalets' communal living-spaces are great for relaxing but also help to quickly bond the group.Read entry
The best things to do in New Zealand after an instructor course
Not only is an instructor course in New Zeland incredible in iteself, but all the other activities on offer in Cardrona, Wanaka, Queenstown and beyond, are what make an instructor course in New Zealand next level. For this reason, it’s a great idea to tack-on a bit of travelling and adventure to your ski-season in NZ.Read entry
Ski seasons and mental health: the good, the bad and the ugly
Spending months-on-end in a ski resort, either working or on a training course is an amazing opportunity to some of us, and a dream to many. You get to spend time in incredible natural environments; you get to ski or ride all the time; you meet like-minded people; you get fit and learn new things all the time; and you spend your time doing more of the things you love, and less of the things you don’t.Read entry
Our big, off-piste directory!
Over the years, we’ve put together multiple guides that will help you ride and ski better off piste. Putting them all in one place, this is our ‘off-piste directory’; we've also added in some amazingly comprehensive guides, from elsewhere on the internet. We’re certain there will be advice, reminders and top tips for everyone here.Read entry
What’s the difference between ski resorts in Europe and North America?
The two areas are different in many ways, and their ski resort cuture is no different! So, what's the difference between ski resorts in Europe and in North America??Read entry
Where can you ski in summer?
Summer skiing is more appealing than ever this year, as many of us missed out on a winter trip. To clarity what we mean by ‘summer’ skiing: the majority of the world’s most popular ski resorts are in the northern hemisphere. This means their winter (and ski-able season) falls between December-ish and April-ish. Some resorts at higher altitudes (often with glaciers) will have extended seasons... These seasons often reach into June/July (and beyond!), and that’s what we’re really excited about! This list is our pick of the most fun, summer skiing spots in Europe and the northern hemisphere.Read entry