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
Payments, money and budgeting FAQs
Saving for, and spending on, a ski instructor course or ski season can be a little confusing and stressful. Here’s everything you need to know about paying for your course and budgeting for once you’re out there.
We'll cover: paying in installments, how much money to bring, saving for a course, credit cards, ATMs and more...Read entry
How hard are instructor exams?
No one likes exams, however, the snowboard/ski instructor exams will help you on your way to your qualification and life as an instructor! We’ve been running ski and snowboard instructor courses (ft. exams) for over 10 years, so are confident we know how to help you pass.
Want to know the average pass rate for each SnowSkool course...?
And what about written work...?Read entry
Rooming and accommodation FAQs
Your fellow ski/snowboard course mates will be who you’ll live with and spend a lot of time with. Unsurprisingly, you want to know how accommodation and rooming works, to get the most out of your experience. We've answered your accommodation FAQs and even written some top tips, on how to be a great roomie! The SnowSkool accommodation varies in each of our resorts; you should also check out our individual resort pages, for specific details.Read entry
Getting to a SnowSkool course
Working out how to travel to your instructor course? We answer your travel-related questions, such as:
Are flights included in a SnowSkool course?
Can I book onto a Canada course without flights?
Can I drive out to the Three Valleys course... is there somewhere to park?Read entry
Which SnowSkool course is right for me?
How to choose a SnowSkool instructor course or internship? It’s different strokes for different folks! The SnowSkool courses have been created to appeal to different people in terms of what they want from their course, their future plans, their age and/ or their experience level.
We’ve put together a full guide, so you can compare and contrast courses in the five locations we currently offer, and get a feel of what to expect. You’ll find details on: the towns, the resorts, the terrain, the accommodation, the SnowSkool course, the qualifications and the people!Read entry
How much experience and fitness do I need to do an instructor course?
Your level of experience and fitness are both important things to consider when thinking about booking a ski instructor course/ snowboard instructor course. You don’t want to find yourself with jelly legs by 11 o’clock, or out of control down a steep run on day one. A little embarrassing!
However, your fitness and experience will skyrocket on your journey to become a snowboard or ski instructor – they’re both things that the course will help rapidly improve.Read entry
What to pack for a snowboard/ski instructor course?
After booking with SnowSkool, we’ll send you a full packing list in the run up to your course. Apart from recommending some kit to keep your skis/board in good condition – there’s nothing outrageous that you wouldn’t normally pack on a ski trip. A second ‘pub’ jacket is useful if you don’t want to take your high-tech ski jacket out and about, some clothes for chilling, some sportier stuff for activities etc.Read entry
What skis or board do I need for an instructor course?
Skis and snowboards, the tools of the trade, literally! Don’t panic, you don’t need anything super-specialised or specific for your ski instructor course, ski internship or snowboard instructor course, however you don’t want to be held back by the quality of your gear. The choice of what ski/board you use for the SnowSkool course is ultimately yours, but we will provide you with a Guide to Buying Skis and Snowboards to educate you on the ins & outs of what to look for.Read entry
A Guide to Freestyle Terrain - Three Valleys
If you are heading to France in the New Year to join the SnowSkool snowboard instructor course, your lift pass will cover you for a whopping 600km of piste that, together, form the Three Valleys – the world’s largest ski area. As well as the world-class riding on offer, there is also some world-class freestyle terrain and this is not only a bunch of fun but essential terrain for learning to become a snowboard instructor. It’s not all about falling leaf turns and carving groomers…you need to master every riding skill for success on a snowboard instructor course.Read entry