Meet the team: The Three Valleys’ Course Leader
We’re delighted to introduce Claudia – our Course Leader/Rep in France’s Three Valleys this season. Claudia got the gig (potentially one of the best season jobs in the mountains!?) because of her big love for the Alps and as someone who can ski hard and après hard... AKA, keep up with the SnowSkoolersRead entry
Meet the team: Banff’s Course Leaders
For the best instructor course, we reckon you need: a buzzing resort, solid snowfall, plentiful powderfields, fun accommodation, tonnes of decent grub, elite trainers who know their stuff – oh and a mega-organised, team of legends running the whole thing!
We’re delighted to introduce Ben and Ed – our Course Leaders/Reps in Banff this season. Ben and Ed got the gig (potentially one of the best season jobs in the mountains we reckon) because of their enthusiasm for skiing and riding, alongside a cool head suited to wrangling 60+ SnowSkoolers let loose in Banff!Read entry
COVID travel rules: How to get to a ski or snowboard instructor course in France
The COVID travel rules are confusing, we know! Hopefully, this guide helps you navigate the current COVID travel rules, and travel easily from the UK to France. We’ll update these instructions as often as we can; these are the latest regulations at the time of writing.
Here's how to get to a ski or snowboard instructor course in France, from the UK...Read entry
How good do you need to be at skiing or snowboarding, to be an instructor?
How good do you need to be, to be an instructor? The short answer is: very!
The more helpful answer is: it varies. And, there are things you do to meet these levels. The best way to meet these levels of skills is to undertake some training. So, the question you should be asking, isn’t “how good do I need to be to be an instructor?”, it’s “how good do I need to be to do an instructor course?” Again, the answer is: it varies. Our ski instructor courses and snowboard instructor courses demand different levels of existing skills which you can learn more about here.Read entry
Eight reasons why an instructor course looks good on your CV
One of the bonus reasons for doing an instructor course is how good it looks on your CV. Future employers will look positively on a SnowSkool course, even if they’re outside of the snowsports industry. Here’s why: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
How to be a great ski instructor
When deciding if you want to become a ski instructor, or snowboard instructor, it’s important to consider if you’re suited to the job. Of course, we can help you improve your skills and get the best instructor qualification… but there are certain qualities that will set you apart from the rest.Read entry
Where can you ski in the southern hemisphere?
There are a few well-known places you can ski in the southern hemisphere: New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and Chile, for example. Yet, unbelievably, you can also ski in places like Lesotho, South Africa, Bolivia and Ecuador!Read entry
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