How to become a ski instructor in Europe - in 5 steps
With the world’s largest interconnected ski areas and an après culture to match, it’s no wonder skiing in Europe features some of the most exciting ski resorts in the world.
Countries in Europe also generally have the highest hourly rate of pay for instructors around the world - and although living costs can be higher, working in Europe is a great career opportunity.
So where do you start in working as a ski instructor there? Here is our 5-step guide on how to become a ski instructor in Europe.Read entry
How to become an elite Ski Instructor in France
Becoming a ski instructor in France is tougher than in any other country - and definitely more debatable and confusing. Most instructors aspiring to teach in France’s famous resorts must sacrifice years of their lives to attain the necessary qualifications to teach.
But those who do choose to train over the long haul get to coach in some of the finest resorts in the world when they qualify - and earn a lot more than instructors in most other countries. Our 2016 salary survey revealed France as the country where instructors earn the most money, by far, with fully-qualified instructors earning in excess of $60 per hour.
So here’s SnowSkool’s FAQ on becoming a ski instructor in France.Read entry
How to Take Your Snowboarding to the Next Level: Tips & Tricks
Snowboarding is one of the most exciting winter sports. It's also one of the most frustrating. After learning how to use a chair lift, perform basic turns, and tackle every blue square trail on the mountain, many snowboarders reach a standstill in performance. Here are our tips on how to get great.Read entry
Gear you’ll reach for on and off the mountain
Get the best ski and snowboard gear that will pull double duty. These picks look as good on the mountain as they do out on the town. What's more, double-duty kit will save you packing space and save you money - both key when you're heading aborad and investing in a ski or snowboard instructor training course.Read entry
The kit we love in winter 2020/2021
If you’re about to do an instructor course – or a ski season at all – this ace kit list is full of amazing deals and stuff that will look legit, while lasting you long into the future. Find it in the black Friday sales, or ask Father Christmas nicely!Read entry
Coronavirus: How Méribel is preparing
We’ll endeavour to keep you updated, with the latest information from a wide range of sources in the industry. Please check this page often. (Latest update: October)
Below is what we know so far, about Coronavirus measures in Méribel and The Three Valleys: in airports, on transfers, buses, lifts, in shops, accommodation, restaurants, bars etc.Read entry
The reasons why you should do a ski or snowboard instructor course in New Zealand
The quick and short answer is because New Zealand is the best country in the world.
But that’s not nearly enough for a blog post so here are some longer explanations on why training as a ski or snowboard instructor in New Zealand is the opportunity of a lifetime:Read entry
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