Skiing Instructor Course in New Zealand

Cool sport, cool town, cool country

New Zealand is a special country and Wanaka is a special town within this special country. Join a ski instructor course with SnowSkool in Wanaka and we'll wager that it will instantly become your favourite place on earth. And the south-facing slopes of Cardrona offer the world's best skiing - between the months of June and October that is, when the southern hemisphere is in the grip of winter! The trainers assigned to the SnowSkool programme are super well-qualified, some are local lads & lasses from NZ, others are hand-picked from the northern hemipshere whilst it beds down for Summer.

But no trip to NZ should be about just one thing, even if that one thing is skiing...our favourite thing! It is a "choice" country and the off-snow activities are as exciting as the skiing. The scenery in New Zealand too is awesome and the people are lovely - noticeably more friendly than anywhere else in the world. And so we always advise clients on SnowSkool NZ to “go native”. This means that if someone turns round to talk to you in the supermarket queue, don’t look at them as if they are going to relieve you of your mobile or wallet, take a chance and talk to them. You might just enjoy it!

Who chooses this course?

Age profile

Average Age
  • 17-20
  • 21-24
  • 25-35
  • 35+

Recommended minimum experience

  • 2 weeks
  • 4 weeks
  • 6 weeks
  • 8 weeks

Gender profile

  • Male
  • Female



Course Dates

    • Duration
      11 weeks
    • Start Date
    • End Date
    • Flights included
  • Price
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The first thing you notice when you stand at the top of Captain’s Quad (at 1860m the highest lift-served skiing at the resort) is the stunning view down to South Lake Valley. Reach out and you can almost touch it! Cardrona offers the perfect location for a ski instructor course – plenty of mellow terrain that is ideal for nailing your drills and, for those looking for a little more gnar, areas such as Captain’s Basin, Arcadia Chutes and Tulips offer some nice natural features, steeps and moguls to allow you to work on ski technique. One of Cardies stand-out features is its range of freestyle terrain parks; four parks including the biggest one in the southern hemisphere…with kickers up to 85ft, an Olympic Superpipe, a skier-cross circuit and a whole range of jib features. 

Accommodation + Meals

The SnowSkool course in New Zealand is based close to the centre of Wanaka. We have a series of two-bedroomed luxury apartments that sleep up to four persons. All apartments neighbour or are opposite each other which allows a great sense of community to exist amongst SnowSkoolers.  What our apartments offer ...

  • Modern luxury
  • Twin rooms
  • Close to the centre of Wanaka
  • Cable TV
  • DVD & Stereo
  • Free DVD library
  • Sauna (in the block)
  • Ski & snowboard lockers
  • Seating area with fireplace
  • Wireless internet

Standard rooms are twin-share
There is the option to upgrade to a private double room
Evening meals are provided 5-days per week in a restaurant close to the SnowSkool apartments

Cardrona Instructor Course 2016 - Week 10

It's the end of the road in Cardrona for 2016 / 2017. What an amazing season. We've had a great pass rate this year: 100% of the skiers and snowboarders passed their L1 exams and more than 80% of skiers and snowboarders passed their L2. But rather than waffling on about how the course went, here's something a bit more visual to tell you how it all went.
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On the SnowSkool New Zealand course, tuition is provided five days per week by instructors from the Cardrona ITC – Instructor Training Centre. More training than any other course in New Zealand. It’s more than a Ski School, the trainers employed in the ITC have been hand-picked for their experience and their ability to train future instructors. It’s like a who’s who of NZ ski instructing – 50% of all NZSIA Trainers in New Zealand and 50% of the NZSIA Interski demo team are based at Cardrona. This means that the 20-some other resorts in New Zealand have to share the other 50%!  


NZSIA is the national ski instructor qualification. Those on the 11-week course will sit the Level 1 & Level 2 ski instructor exams of the New Zealand Ski Instructors’ Alliance. NZSIA Level 2 is very well-regarded throughout the world. SnowSkool can also offer a Park & Pipe exam. 

Your SnowSkool Rep

Your SnowSkool rep will spend a great deal of time making sure that you maximise your season in New Zealand because this is an opportunity not to be missed. As well as skiing your little legs off five or six days per week, you’ll be bungee jumping, sky-diving, jet-boating, hanging out in Queenstown, watching rugby matches and just generally having a total blast!

This all takes a lot of organisation!

What’s Included?

5 days per week
Lift Pass
Hill Transfers
5 days per week
Level 1 Tuition
5 days per week
Level 1 Exam Fee
Level 2 Tuition
5 days per week
Membership Fees
Instructor Shadowing
Regular Individual Feedback
Video Analysis
First Aid Course
Avalanche Awareness Course
SnowSkool Recruitment Service
SnowSkool Repping Service

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