What qualifications do you need to be a ski instructor?
Thinking of doing a ski instructor course? Here's the info on how to get started, the qualifications you'll gain and how to get work.
To become a ski instructor, the first qualification you will need is a Level 1 ski instructor qualification. Once you have the qualification, you are slightly limited with where you can teach, but it is the first step on the route to becoming an internationally-recognised snowsports teacher. The course aims to provide you with the information and skills that will enable you to instruct other skiers to a basic level on dry ski slopes and at indoor ski slopes...Read entry
Life as a Ski or Snowboard Instructor
Most of you will have whiled away the two-hour flight home from Geneva, Chambery or Innsbruck asking yourself why on earth you are not living in the mountains, skiing or snowboarding every day... It is just the way it should be for you.
Yeah you’d be happy to wash pots, shovel snow or help people on and off lifts, just to be out there, but we all know that the Kings & Queens of the hill are the instructors.Read entry
How not to be a Punter on the slopes - 5 Tips
A beginner should not expect to be laughed at for asking Jean-Baptiste, the tanned demi-God ski instructor, if there is a right ski and a left ski before setting off downhill. But, should he ask which way the skis should point or indeed clip into skis with the tips at the tail and the tails at the tip, he should absolutely expect to be laughed off the slopes and taken in a taxi to the nearest airport. For a PUNTER he most certainly is… Here’s SnowSkool’s guide on to how not to be one this season…Read entry
Snowboard Instructor Salaries - How much do Instructors earn?
How much does a snowboard instructor actually earn? This is a really common question we get asked, before people embark on one of our snowboard instructor courses.
There are tons of factors that can influence earnings, from qualification levels, experience, country and resort. We’ve spoken to ex-SnowSkoolers, working across the globe, to get you the salary figures.Read entry
Skiing vs snowboarding - which is faster?
It’s a question that’s been around as long as both snowsports have: which is faster - skiing or snowboarding?
With both sports relying heavily on gravity, to get from top to bottom of a mountain, perhaps it’s not as simple as you think? (We actually think it is...)
But let’s look at the detail...Read entry
A ski instructor course on your gap year: 5 reasons you should do one
If you are looking to ski on your gap year, or you’re taking some time off between jobs and want to ski in the gap, you have a few options.
These range between full-time ski bum, and getting qualified as an international ski or board instructor with global job prospects...Read entry
Three Valleys Instructor Course 2020 - Week 1
The thought of starting SnowSkool brings with it the same questions that accompany the first week of a new term at school/university. Questions such as, where do we get food and how often? What time are our classes? Will they be hard? What will my classmates be like? However, unlike school, with SnowSkool, instead of being inundated with homework and getting lost, we were introduced to our lovely hosts and rep who had all the answers to our questions upon arrival! Even better was that we were on the slopes within less than 24h of arrival!Read entry
Banff Instructor Course 2020 - Week 1
With all things running smoothly toward commencing the Banff 2020 SnowSkool course, the week began with the students departing to Calgary from not only Gatwick, but also places like the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Australia, America and Taiwan. With a diversity of different people already mingling before even leaving the airport, the bus ride flew by as the students began getting to know one another. To welcome the students to their new home at the HI Banff Alpine Centre, the Food and Beverage staff catered for the post-flight appetites with a burger and beer night hosted in the hostel bar. With the students sharing stories of their pasts and excitement for near futures in one of Canada’s most epic locations in the Rocky Mountains, energy was high and the night was not without pleasantries and badinage.Read entry
What is the training like on an instructor course?
Want to get a feel for what your instructor training will be like? We’ve broken down a few ‘need to knows’ – similar applies for both our snowboard instructor courses and our ski instructor courses:
How do you decide the training groups on a SnowSkool course?Read entry
How many trainees are there per trainer or group?
What are the training hours and intensity on a SnowSkool course?
Can I miss any training on the course?
What is life like on an instructor course (when you’re not skiing or riding?)
We often get asked what life is like on an instructor course. Obviously, skiing and riding are the main parts of your snowboard/ski instructor course, but the off-mountain downtime is also an important part of the experience… did someone say après?! The following are our most frequently asked questions, regarding everything that comes with an instructor course when you're off the slopes.Read entry