Snowboarding Instructor Course in New Zealand

Snowboard instructing in NZ: Cooler than the other side of the pillow

Certain words go pretty well together…”double” and “cheeseburger”, “Swedish” and “au pair”…and our favourites: ”snowboarding” and “New Zealand”. They’re both pretty cool and chilled and laid-back. They’re both pretty secure about who they are and what they are and are none too bothered about what other people think of them. We’re probably thinking that working as a snowboard instructor in New Zealand is about as good as a job can get! And especially in the uber-cool town of Wanaka on New Zealand’s south island.

Join a snowboard instructor course in Wanaka with SnowSkool and you are unlikely to appreciate the value of time as acutely ever again! Eleven weeks of blissful existence but, of course, eleven weeks has to come to an end and unfortunately the SnowSkool course will finish - but you will leave with memories that will last a lifetime, views that will be etched on your mind and a whole bunch of new friends (on AND off Facebook!). Oh and hopefully a SBINZ Level 2 snowboard qualification too!

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
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    • End Date
    • Flights included
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Feedback from past students of the SnowSkool NZ course tells us that snowboarders love the freestyle features at Cardrona. And it’s no surprise, the freestyle parks – all four of them including The Big Bucks Park, the biggest one in the southern hemisphere – are amongst the best in the world and attract international competition in the form of the Burton Open! With tables stretching 85ft to the downward, an Olympic superpipe and all manner of jib features, progression is the name of the game! Less-specifically, Cardies is a great hill at which to host a snowboard instructor course too with plenty of mellow terrain for practicing technique & drills and a whole bunch of terrain to shred; Tulips, Arcadia Chutes and Captain’s Basin will keep you on your toes (metaphorically, not literally!)

Accommodation + Meals

The SnowSkool NZ course in based in the centre of the awesome town of Wanaka and you’ll be staying in the Belvedere Luxury Apartments. All apartments have two-bedrooms and sleep up to four persons. One great thing is the proximity of all apartments ensuring a great sense of community develops among SnowSkoolers.

  • Luxury apartments
  • 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 snowboard instructor course in New Zealand, tuition is provided by snowboard instructors from the Cardrona ITC – Instructor Training Centre. This is more than just a step on from the Snowboard School, these guys & gals are hand-picked out of regular punter lessons and dropped into instructor training for future snowboard pros. It’s like a who’s who of NZ snowboard instructing – 50% of all SBINZ Trainers in New Zealand and 50% of the SBINZ Interski demo team are based at Cardrona. That is an incredible statistic and means that the 20-some other resorts in New Zealand have to share the other 50%!  


SBINZ snowboard instructor qualifications – Snowboard Instructors of New Zealand. Level 1 and Level 2 exams are scheduled into the eleven-week course, giving you the chance to finish the course with qualifications that are not only internationally-recognised but also internationally-respected - it is a tough qualification to get and Snowboard School recruiters know this.

Your SnowSkool Rep

Nowhere is “making the most of your season” more important than in New Zealand. A major driver behind customers booking this course is the off-snow activities available in Wanaka and Queenstown: bungee jumping, sky-diving, jet-boating, hanging out in Queenstown, watching rugby matches and having a total blast!

It is crucial that a dedicated, knowledgeable and friendly rep is on-side to bring it altogether for you. And guess what…that’s right, SnowSkool will be providing one!  

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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