Working as a ski instructor or snowboard instructor is a fantastic way for students to spend a gap year in 2023, 2024, 2025 & beyond!

Why Working A Ski Season Is A Great Gap Year Option For Students

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Last updated on
May 10, 2023

Working as a ski instructor or snowboard instructor is a fantastic way for students to spend a year out.

By working a ski season, you get to travel to spectacular resorts, learn new skills, have fun and meet new like-minded people.

Skills & Qualities For Your CV

As well as having great adventures, unique experiences and seeing new parts of the planet, you’ll also be gaining some great features to add to your CV. Here are just a few examples:

Teaching and coaching skills

As an instructor, you'll learn how to teach people of all ages and abilities how to ski or snowboard. You'll develop skills in coaching, instruction and assessment, which can be useful if you're thinking of going into teaching, coaching or sports training.

Interpersonal skills

Ski instructing requires you to work closely with other instructors, resort staff and resort visitors. You'll develop strong interpersonal skills like communication which can be beneficial in any job that requires you to work with others.

Leadership skills

If you work as a senior instructor or supervisor, you'll develop leadership skills such as delegation and decision-making.

Time management skills

Ski instructing involves managing your time effectively to ensure that you're able to provide quality instruction whilst also sticking to a schedule. You'll develop strong time management skills like planning and prioritization.


The ski industry is constantly evolving. New technologies, techniques and trends pop up every year. As a ski instructor, you'll learn how to adapt to new situations, environments and challenges.

Customer service skills

Ski instructing is a customer-facing role, which means you'll develop good customer service skills. These skills are useful in any future job which requires you to interact with customers or clients.

Overall, a gap year as a ski instructor can provide you with valuable skills and experiences that can be beneficial in a wide range of careers, but most notably in the fields of teaching, coaching, hospitality and tourism.

However, after a gap year as a ski or snowboarding instructor you might not want to move into a different career. You could even end up going on to make a full time and lengthy career out of skiing or snowboarding itself!

Izzy and Liv spend their Gap Year becoming a ski instructor in Canada.

How To Take A Year Out At A Ski Resort

If you already have some experience of skiing or snowboarding then you can find internships and training courses with us at EA Ski and Snowboard. We will take care of everything and provide you with the training you need to become an instructor.

We work at ski resorts in the USA; Canada, New Zealand, Japan and Switzerland and offer internships and training courses in both skiing and snowboarding.

We have recently published an article about the latest batch of ski and snowboard instructors which qualified with them last season. We’d encourage you to take a look at the whole article

Here are also a couple of videos from our latest interns that have done a course with us. EA Ski instructor course helped Izzy and Liv turn their passion into their career: Watch the short film here

Allison has done a snowboard instructor internship at Mount Hutt, New Zealand. The course has opened her eyes into how fun a career in snowboard instruction is. Watch her video here

How to find out more

If you are considering a career in the snow industry or looking for an educational gap year you should download our Snow Careers Pack

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