The benefits of joining an instructor internship course

Our instructor internships are our most well-known courses and are designed to set instructors up for a career in this industry with training and an instructor job in the same season. Earn your instructor qualifications, whilst taking your own skiing and snowboarding to the next level with an instructor internship. 

EA’s instructor internship allows skiers and snowboarders to become certified instructors and start working as an instructor in the same season! Upon completion of the training portion of the program, participants accept their paid position as a ski or snowboard instructor at their resort of choice. This is significant as the snowsports industry is highly competitive. Gaining practical, teaching experience is a good way to get a leg up in this industry.

Contact our experienced training consultants to go through your options, or take a look at our instructor internship course options below! 

Program options

We offer three ski instructor course options: Internship, Internship Plus and Dual Internship. Your training consultant will be able to help you choose the right one based on your season goals and skills - but it is good to understand the program run-down before speaking with them to ensure that you understand what you want to achieve during your first winter season!

INTERNSHIP
INTERNSHIP PLUS
DUAL INTERNSHIP

Arrival city orientation

On arrival to your destination country you will be met by an EA On Ground Program Manager. For Canada it is Vancouver or Calgary, United States - San Francisco, New Zealand - Queenstown or Auckland, Switzerland - Geneva and for Japan it’s Tokyo. After transferring to your hotel, evening one kicks off with a social catch up where you will get to meet the other course participants. The next day you get to explore the city, see the local sights and organise any required essentials before a group dinner. Then it’s time to jump on a plane, bus or train and head to your training resort!

Resort arrival orientation

When you arrive at your allocated resort you will get a bit of time to settle into your accommodation. When you first get there we’ll run you through the program outline including goals and training objectives. We’ll take you around for a ski resort orientation where you can check out the scenery. You’ll meet your ski & snowboard school trainers and also collect your season passes. We’ll also hold gear information sessions and there’ll be an opportunity to purchase any required equipment (resort dependent). On one of the evenings we hold a fun social event where you can get to know everyone a little better. Before you start the training we take you for a full day on the snow including a mountain tour and a chance to get your legs back into action

Training begins

Your first training days will be focused around developing your personal ski or board skills both on and off piste. You’ll learn about stance and balance and get an introduction to key movements and the way the ski/snowboard responds, alongside each level of teaching progressions. Indoor sessions can include ‘Leadership Training’ and the ‘Forces in Skiing and Snowboarding’. By the end of this training block you have an understanding of the fundamental skills and the level one course standards. On days off there’ll be an opportunity to practice, consolidate and cover off indoor course materials in study groups.

Instructor skills

During your next block of training days you’ll continue to develop your personal ski or board skills. Your trainers will step up the tempo and get you into some more challenging terrain and hopefully to some local powder stashes, alongside working on key technical aspects and practice teaching. Indoor sessions can include topics like ‘Student Centered Teaching’ and ‘Developing the Guest Experience’. In your video analysis sessions you’ll cover drills and tactics for improvement. During your days off there’ll be an opportunity to relax and consolidate what you’ve learnt on snow in your own time!

Exam prep

Your last block of training days is geared toward getting you ready for the level one exam. You’ll also spend time on developing your level one demonstrations, teaching progressions and practice group teaching scenarios. You also continue to develop your personal ski or board skills on a variety of terrain. Indoor sessions can include topics like ‘Biomechanics’ and ‘Teaching Children’. On your days off there’ll be an opportunity for you to shadow a ski & board school lessons and cover off indoor course materials in study groups including any pre-exam written modules.

Level one exam

The Level One Exam is basically an extension of the training days! The course is fun, informative and a chance to develop your teaching and personal skiing or riding skills even further. The course conductors roll is to assess you, but also to help you reach the level one standard. You’ll get individual and group feedback throughout the exam. At the end of the exam module you should be walking away with a pass result!

Start working

All going well you will start work in time for the busy holiday period. If you are lucky you might get a day or two off after the exam! Your working day will start with attendance at your ski school for ‘lineup’ to teach the morning classes, or full day classes depending on your resort. Then you’re into instructing! Most new instructors teach in the kids ski school, but this is resort dependent. The training you will have received gives you the basic techniques to address different issues and take beginners through their first week on snow. 

End of season wrap-up

You say your goodbyes to your new life-long mates and plan the next adventure. Is it off to University? Or maybe you've gotten the bug and are lining up a season back at the same resort the next winter! Or maybe you can't wait that long and are off to the other hemisphere to chase that winter! Whatever it is, you'll be reflecting on a winter never to forget.

Notes

Note: The above is a general outline - timing, inclusions and training topics vary from country to country and resort to resort.

Introduction

The Ultimate Plus program follows the same format as the Ultimate Program initially. During the season you will complete additional training and courses - these will be scheduled at quieter times throughout the remainder of the season so as not to interfere with work

Additional coaching

The on snow training is focused on taking your skiing or riding to the next level with the goal of passing the level 2 exam later in the season. The level 2 exam is focused around being able to teach intermediate to advanced skiers or snowboarders, so the technical skiing standard is much higher than the level 1. You will train in a variety of conditions such as technical on trail demonstrations, trees, bumps, powder (basically anything you would encounter within a ski resort). You will work on developing your personal ability towards the exam standard alongside learning teaching progressions for intermediate to advanced clients, and developing your visual analysis skills.

Park & freeride training

At resorts with terrain parks and features there will be dedicated training in the park and pipe. Training will cover rails, boxes and terrain features including jumps along with use of half pipes and or quarter pipes. Basic maneuvers are explored as well as some fundamental tricks. You will also learn how to teach and coach the approach, take off, maneuvers and landing on all features. For those who have a passion for park and pipe there can be the opportunity to take a formal Park Certification course. At resorts without terrain parks your training will be focused on big mountain skiing or riding.

Avalanche safety course

The avalanche safety course provides an invaluable two-day introduction to safety in the backcountry. It is designed to give you a basic understanding of avalanche formation and to develop your observation skills. Half of the time is focused on theory in the classroom and the other half is based on snow. You will learn how to recognise potential avalanche conditions, how differing snowpack conditions affect avalanche danger and how to choose safe routes in the backcountry. You will also learn rescue techniques and how to use various rescue tools such as beacons and probes.

First aid course

The first aid course teaches practical skills about how to manage a range of medical and accident emergencies. The course provides an excellent assessment standard that ensures you feel confident about providing first aid when needed. The course will teach you about scene assessment, safety, identifying hazards in the workplace, medical conditions and ways to manage a range of possible emergencies including burns, poisoning, soft tissue injuries, head and spinal injuries, eye injuries, chest injuries, chest pain (such as heart attacks) and major incidents. This is an invaluable tool for those working in the ski or snowboard industry.

Level 2 exam

The Level Two Exam focuses on the skills and knowledge required to teach intermediate and advanced level skiers or snowboarders. The exam format varies depending on country but will include a teaching module along with a skiing or snowboarding module. The practical experience gained from working throughout the season makes completing this exam very achievable. Before enrolling in the level 2 exam please discuss your ability level and compare it against the required standard with your trainers to establish what other requirements must also be completed. (Level 2 Exam Costs not Included)

Notes

Note: the above is a general outline - timing and inclusions vary from resort to resort.

Intro

The Dual Certification Program follows the same format as the Ultimate Program initially. During the season you will complete training in an alternative discipline and other courses - these will be scheduled at quieter times throughout the remainder season so as not to interfere with work. 

Alternative discipline coaching

This coaching gives you the opportunity to get your level one certification in an alternative discipline. The training will be very similar in nature and format to the level one training in the first part of your internship program. There is a degree of cross over on the teaching side e.g. class handling and terrain use, so training will be more focused towards developing your own skiing or riding skills. Later in the season you will sit the level one exam so you have the opportunity to finish your season being able to teach both skiing and snowboarding!

Park & freeride training

At resorts with terrain parks and features there will be dedicated training in the park and pipe. Training will cover rails, boxes and terrain features including jumps along with use of half pipes and or quarter pipes. Basic maneuvers are explored as well as some fundamental tricks. You will also learn how to teach and coach the approach, take off, maneuvers and landing on all features. For those who have a passion for park and pipe there can be the opportunity to take a formal Park Certification Course. At resorts without terrain parks your training will be focused on Big Mountain Skiing or Riding.

Avalanche safety course

The avalanche safety course provides an invaluable two-day introduction to safety in the backcountry. It is designed to give you a basic understanding of avalanche formation and to develop your observation skills. Half of the time is focused on theory in the classroom and the other half is based on snow. You will learn how to recognise potential avalanche conditions, how differing snowpack conditions affect avalanche danger and how to choose safe routes in the backcountry. You will also learn rescue techniques and how to use various rescue tools such as beacons and probes.

Avalanche safety course

The avalanche safety course provides an invaluable two-day introduction to safety in the backcountry. It is designed to give you a basic understanding of avalanche formation and to develop your observation skills. Half of the time is focused on theory in the classroom and the other half is based on snow. You will learn how to recognise potential avalanche conditions, how differing snowpack conditions affect avalanche danger and how to choose safe routes in the backcountry. You will also learn rescue techniques and how to use various rescue tools such as beacons and probes.

First aid course

The first aid course teaches practical skills about how to manage a range of medical and accident emergencies. The course provides an excellent assessment standard that ensures you feel confident about providing first aid when needed. The course will teach you about scene assessment, safety, identifying hazards in the workplace, medical conditions and ways to manage a range of possible emergencies including burns, poisoning, soft tissue injuries, head and spinal injuries, eye injuries, chest injuries, chest pain (such as heart attacks) and major incidents. This is an invaluable tool for those working in the ski or snowboard industry.

KEY FEATURES OF THE COURSE

"Great career move & winter gap year experience"

Offering training in the British (BASI), Canadian (CSIA/ CASI), New Zealand (NZSIA/ SBNIZ), Australian (APSI) and American (PSIA-AASI) systems, we only use the highest qualified trainers, and have a huge number of EA Alumni, now working all over the globe! Having run instructor courses for over 10 years EA Ski & Snowboard Training has a fantastic reputation across the ski industry.

People can become ski & snowboard instructors for a season or for a lifetime. It is a fantastic career option as there are constantly opportunities in resorts to up-skill, gain further qualifications and also increase your clientele over the seasons as customers begin to know you, and request you for lessons.

It can also be a great gap year option if you're looking to do a winter season. Not only does it pay the bills but you get more time on snow than most! Plus you can leave your winter with a qualification to show for your time there! 

 

What to expect from your course
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150 Hours of Coaching from high-level trainers

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Video Analysis and Weekly Feedback Sessions

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Exam Fees Included

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Incredible Après Ski and Nightlife

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Social Events Throughout the Season

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Exam Preparation

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