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The benefits of joining an instructor training course

 

Instructor training courses are the most fun you'll have learning and qualifying in a new skill. This is because the instructor training programs are designed to combine a winter holiday experience package, which includes accommodation and lift passes, with an extensive training program to prepare participants for their ski and snowboard instructor exams.  

EA Ski & Snowboard's training courses are an ideal way to spend an exciting career break or gap year, kick start a career in snowsports, or just drastically improve your own skiing or snowboarding ability.

Earn ski instructor qualifications whilst taking your own skiing to the next level with the ultimate ski instructor training courses. We combine expert ski coaching in a fun and supportive environment, together with comfortable accommodation and many extras.

Program options 

Our training courses vary between 4 weeks, right through to full season long! 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 inclusions and benefits before speaking with them to ensure that you're both on the same page, understanding what you want to achieve during your epic winter season!

4 - 5 WEEK INSTRUCTOR COURSE
6 WEEK INSTRUCTOR COURSE
10 - 11 WEEK INSTRUCTOR COURSE

INTRO

A 4-week instructor course is perfect if you want to sample your chosen resorts powder, improve your skills and head home with a shiny new instructor qualification in your backpack. You will learn how to ski or ride to an advanced level with our top coaches, enjoy lift line priority and get all the local hookups to maximize your stay.

ARRIVAL ORIENTATION

On arrival to your destination country, you will be met by an EA On Ground Representative. 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 some local sights and organise any required essentials. Then it’s time to head to your training resort!

RESORT ORIENTATION

When you arrive at your training resort you will get some time to settle into your accommodation. Your program manager will run you through the program handbook and orientate you with the town and resort. You will meet resort personal such as Trainers and the Ski & Snowboard School Directors. There will also be a gear information session at a local shop with the opportunity to purchase any required equipment. Before training starts you will normally have a chance to get on snow for a mountain tour and an opportunity to get your legs back into action.

WEEK 1: 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 the core competencies. Training will cover each level of teaching progressions. Indoor sessions will 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.

WEEK 2: INSTRUCTOR SKILLS

During this training block, you’ll continue to develop your personal ski or board skills. Your trainers will step up the tempo this week and get you into some more challenging terrain! You will learn about rotation, edging and cover Core Competencies in more detail. Technical and theory sessions will include ‘Student-Centered Teaching’ and ‘Developing the Guest Experience’. On snow 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!

WEEK 3: EXAM PREP

Your third training block is geared toward getting you ready for the level 1 exam. You’ll also spend time on developing your level 1 demonstrations, teaching progressions and practise group teach scenarios. You also continue to develop your personal ski or board skills on a variety of terrain. Technical and theory sessions will include ‘Bio-Mechanics’ and ‘Children in Snowsports’. On your days off there’ll be an opportunity for you to shadow a Ski & Board School lesson and cover off indoor course materials in study groups including any pre-exam written modules.

WEEK 4: EXAM AND CELEBRATIONS

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!

WEEK 5: NOTES

If you join the 5-week instructor training course your level 1 instructor examination will be on the 5th week of your training course!

INTRO

A 6-week instructor course is perfect if you want to sample some powder, improve your skills and head home with a shiny new instructor qualification in your backpack. In addition to a level 1 certificate, you will also get an Avalanche Safety Certificate, First Aid Certificate and a focused Park & Pipe training. You will improve your skiing or snowboarding with our top coaches, enjoy lift line priority and get all the local hookups to maximize your stay. Ideal for those on an extended winter holiday, or short addition to a gap year or career break.

ARRIVAL ORIENTATION

On arrival to your destination country, you will be met by an EA Program Manager. 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 some local sights and organise any required essentials. Then it’s time to head to your training resort!

RESORT ORIENTATION

Once you are settled into your accommodation it is time to explore your snowy surroundings. Day 1 we’ll run you through the program outline including goals and training objectives. Day 2 we’ll get you orientated with the village area, meet your Ski & Board School Trainers and also collect your Passes. Today we’ll also hold gear information sessions and there’ll be an opportunity to purchase any required equipment. Evening 2 we hold a fun social event. Day 3 will be a full day on the snow including a mountain tour and a chance to get your legs back into action.

WEEK 1: 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 the core competencies. Training will cover each level of teaching progressions. Indoor sessions will 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.

WEEK 2: INSTRUCTOR SKILLS

During this training block, you’ll continue to develop your personal ski or board skills. Your trainers will step up the tempo this week and get you into some more challenging terrain! You will learn about rotation, edging and cover Core Competencies in more detail. Technical and theory sessions will include ‘Student-Centered Teaching’ and ‘Developing the Guest Experience’. On snow 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!

WEEK 3: EXAM PREP

Your third training block is geared toward getting you ready for the level 1 exam. You’ll also spend time on developing your level 1 demonstrations, teaching progressions and practise group teach scenarios. You also continue to develop your personal ski or board skills on a variety of terrain. Technical and theory sessions will include ‘Bio-Mechanics’ and ‘Children in Snowsports’. On your days off there’ll be an opportunity for you to shadow a Ski & Board School lesson and cover off indoor course materials in study groups including any pre-exam written modules.

WEEK 4: 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!

WEEK 5: AVALANCHE SAFETY AND FIRST AID COURSE

In week 5 you will complete an avalanche safety course and first aid 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. The first aid course teaches practical skills about how to manage a range of medical and accident emergencies. Both are excellent courses for those looking to explore the backcountry or going on and working in the ski or snowboard industry.

You will also have some free time this week to give you a chance to build on your skills from the level 1, and/or shadow some ski school lessons!

WEEK 6: 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 the use of half pipes and or quarter pipes. Basic manoeuvres are explored as well as some fundamental tricks. You will also learn how to teach and coach the approach, take off, manoeuvres and landing on all features. At resorts without terrain parks, your training will be focused on big mountain skiing or riding.

INTRO

An 11 Week Instructor Course is the premium way to become a snow instructor with a tonne of new qualifications, including your level 2 if you choose to! Perfect if you are on a gap year, career break or just have a passion to spend most of the winter season immersed in improving your skills and hitting some powder.

CITY ORIENTATION

On arrival to your destination country, you will be met by an EA program manager. 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 some local sights and organise any required essentials. Then it’s time to head to your training resort!

RESORT ORIENTATION

When you arrive at your training resort you will get some time to settle into your accommodation. Your program manager will run you through the Program Handbook and orientate you with the town and resort. You will meet resort personal such as Trainers and the Ski & Snowboard School Directors. There will also be a gear information session at a local shop with the opportunity to purchase any required equipment. Before training starts you will normally have a chance to get on snow for a mountain tour and an opportunity to get your legs back into action.

WEEKS 1 - 3: TRAINING BEGINS

Your first three trainings weeks will be focused around developing your personal ski or board skills and getting you prepared for the level 1 exam module. You’ll learn about the Core Competencies and Stance, Balance, Rotation and Edging. You’ll complete a range of technical and theory sessions including ‘Leadership Training’ and the ‘Children in Snowsports’. On snow analysis will be a chance to identify areas for personal improvement and give you drills and tactics for improvement. Training will also cover level 1 teaching progressions. And your trainer will also take advantage of the snow conditions and get you into some more challenging terrain!

WEEK 4: 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!

WEEK 5: CHILL, SHADOW, EXTRA COURSES!

In week 5 you will complete an avalanche safety course and first aid 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. The first aid course teaches practical skills about how to manage a range of medical and accident emergencies. Both are excellent courses for those looking to explore the backcountry or going on and working in the ski or snowboard industry.

You will also have some free time this week to give you a chance to build on your skills from the level 1, and/or shadow some ski school lessons! You’ll find this week is well needed and well deserved and will set you up for the second part of the course.

WEEK 6: FREERIDE/FREESTYLE 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 manoeuvres are explored as well as some fundamental tricks. You will also learn how to teach and coach the approach, take off, manoeuvres and landing on all features. For those who have a passion for park and pipe, there is the opportunity to take a formal Park Certification course during the season. At resorts without terrain parks, your training will be focused on big mountain skiing or riding.

WEEK 7-11: LEVEL 2

The level 2 training block is focused on taking your skiing or riding to the next level with the goal of passing the level 2 exam module in Week 10. You’ll build on your level 1 skills and focus on taking your personal skiing or riding, demonstrations and teaching progressions to the level 2 standard. In Week 11 you’ll have the chance to sit the level two exam. Technical and theory sessions will include ‘Bio-Mechanics’ and the ‘Forces in Skiing and Snowboarding’.

NOTE

If you join the 10-week instructor training course, your Level 2 instructor examination will be in week 10 of your course. Please note: The above is a general outline - timing and inclusions vary from resort to resort.

KEY FEATURES OF THE COURSE

"Great career move & Winter holiday experience"

People 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. You get more time on snow than anyone else and will enjoy every minute of it! Plus you can leave your winter with a qualification to show for your time there! 

 

Eva's back with a video showcasing her training so far at the EPIC Lake Louise Ski Resort! See what the crew out there have been up to.

Posted by EA Ski & Snowboard on Tuesday, 23 January 2018

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