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Ski Instructor Internships: the ultimate way to do your first season? Qualify as an instructor and have a guaranteed job offer.




Doing something you love is the job.

Leaving the stress behind and becoming a ski or snowboard instructor is perhaps the dream life.

Carving down a freshly pisted run, squeezing in a quick one before work; bouncing on powder and living right there to never miss fresh fall and making tracks; no space for stress or worry here, eh?

Convinced enough to quit whatever you're doing right now to relocate and requalify?

Well you might not be the only person to have the whack idea of turning skiing or riding into a job. And in the past getting work post-qualifying has been a challenge for some, especially in the most desirable resorts...

But WE ARE SNO - an instructor training company working out of Canada, Europe and Japan - has taken the last bit of worry out of ski instructor life.

Guaranteed paid work and a job offer in amazing resorts, big or small, means there's even less reason not to do this...

'The daily commute''The daily commute'














This promise extends across WE ARE SNO's three instructor course options.

Whether you are taking a gap year, are considering a career break or thinking of going down the ski internship route you'll have the support and comfort of knowing you'll be able to work once qualified.

So, what are the benefits of doing an organised ski instructor training course?

WE ARE SNO organises its courses to start very early on in the season so you can be earning within four weeks.

You can be working during peak season, so Christmas and the school holidays.

Moving to a new place, though part of the fun, can be a little lonely at the start.

>By doing a course, you'll be surrounded by like-minded skiers and riders in the same position as you.













Doing a course with these guys also means you can relax and not worry about finding accommodation, often a tough one in busy resorts, as nearly everything you need is included in the base cost of a WE ARE SNO course.

Hear more from a previous WE ARE SNO trainee out in Japan:

Your instructor qualification will be recognised across NZ, AU, Japan, Canada and many parts of Europe - this'll set you up well for a lifetime of winters and locations.

Now, one myth to be busted is the idea that you already have to be a sh*t-hot skier to become an instructor.

For many, this can be off putting (not to mention confusing, as how are you meant to have had the time to become an experienced rider without the chance to work on or in the mountains!?)...

This isn't the case.

Of course you have to have the love for teaching, people and - yes - skiing or snowboarding, but WE ARE SNO suggests a month of snow time before signing up to a course.

And if you're reading this we'll assume you will have the commitment to life on the slopes.











We here at PlanetSKI are particularly interested in the internship offered by WE ARE SNO.

What is a ski instructor internship?

This is a course that takes in the key elements of a winter season as an instructor.

  • Instructor Training in your chosen resort
  • Accommodation whilst training
  • Examination process to become certified
  • A paid instructor job offer on qualifying

In the long-term view, working for your qualification through the internship scheme will mean you not only gain invalauable first hand experience as you learn, but you'll be in an environment (and working with a company) where you can meet people for potential work down the line.

WE ARE SNO works with some of the best ski and board schools through the mountains and its contacts mean there's are great opportunities to get you where you want to go.

(And with the golden aid in job seeking - a professional work reference - as you'll have already been doing the job.)

Do you picture yourself in those resorts on your ski bucket list, living like a local and working along the way? This might be the way to start it all off...

The course packages are pretty much all-inclusive.

Accommodation, a lift pass, transfers and social events are all included in the base price, as well as that job offer, don't forget.

Breezy, now you've just got to get up there, ski, train and learn hard.

Hear from English Tom, based in Niseko, Japan:

Oh, you have one more responsibility... Canada? Europe? Japan?

Yeah, that pretty much takes in the hottest ski spots on Planet Earth.

WE ARE SNO partners with resorts and schools in most resorts in these countries you could name.

Time to start looking?

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For those of you still wondering, take a look at the website's blog page.

We got ourselves lost in here for a good hour, and there's some great advice and wisdom shared for those researching a season:

Check out the website for everything else, take the eligibility test and find out where you can train, how much courses cost and which course is for you.

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What exactly is included in the WE ARE SNO courses?


  • Course Prep & Advice
  • Visa Planning & Support
  • Welcome Pack & Schedule
  • WE ARE SNO Merchandise
  • Airport Meet & Greet
  • Resort Transfer
During training:
  • Resort Induction
  • Ski Area Orientation
  • Shared Accommodation
  • Expert Tuition
  • Level 1 Exam & Associated Costs
  • Training Manual
For the rest of the season:
  • Paid Job Offer
  • Full Season Lift Pass
  • Full-Time Resort Manager
  • Regular Social Events
  • Level 2 & Additional Exams (Optional)
  • Avalanche Awareness (Optional)

And, what you have to come up with:

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Ski equipment
  • Visa fees
  • Meals
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