Appi Kogen



Appi Kogen, Japan, is one of Japan’s best kept secrets. Voted Japan’s best ski resort in 2023 at the World Ski Awards. It’s location provides consistent deep powder snow.
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Appi Kogen

Located at the top of the north island in Japan, Appi Kogen has that famous quality dry powder snow and lots of tree runs so it is the perfect location to master your skills. It is a big area with a total of 21 designated courses, and a total piste distance of 43,100m. Appi Kogen is located next to Hachimantai which is famous as Japan’s largest frost-covered tree area at 40 degrees north. The North facing slopes ensure high quality powder snow with low humidity due to the Northerly latitude. The tree skiing zone is substantial with 6 designated areas!

Courses Available At

Appi Kogen

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Ski Internship

Ski Internship

Serious about becoming a ski instructor? Train, qualify & work all in one season. Work in Canada, Japan, Switzerland, New Zealand or the USA.

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  • Guaranteed Paid Job Offer
  • Course Prep & Advice
  • Visa Planning & Support
  • Welcome Pack & Schedule
  • Online login area with live updates and group chat

City Orientation*

  • Airport Meet & Greet
  • Hotel Transfer
  • Sightseeing
  • One / Two Nights Accommodation
  • Bank Accounts, Tax Numbers, Sim Cards, etc.
  • Evening Meal, Breakfast & Social Event

* Please be aware that the City Orientations are an extra cost for the Internships. There is no City Orientation option available for Queenstown (NZ), Imagine Niseko (Japan), Niseko Village (Japan), Niseko GoSnow (Japan) & Rusutsu (Japan).

Arrival - At Resort

  • Meet & Greet
  • Full Season Program Manager
  • Ski Area Orientation
  • Shared Accommodation*
  • Equipment Advice & Deals
  • Social Events


* Accommodation differs from resort to resort, please speak with our team to check on this for your preferred resort. Usually accommodation is covered until the end of the level 1 exam with an option to remain at your own cost for the remainder of the season.

Training - At Resort

  • Level 1 Training
  • Level 1 Exam Fees
  • Digital Training Manuals
  • Association Membership
  • Lift Pass
  • Social Events

Rest Of Season - At Resort

  • Employee Induction
  • Start Work
  • Instructor Uniform
  • Resort Employee Season Pass
  • Additional Benefits
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What it's like working at

What it's like training in

Appi Kogen

Appi Kogen offers a quiet authentic Japanese experience with cheap staff accommodation just a 5 minute walk to the slopes, discounted meals. It is an epic spot to spend you winter in Japan. A large and growing international ski school will become your new extended family through the season. There are also staff training opportunities towards further certifications available.


At Appi Kogen you will be housed in staff accommodation while on your instructor internship with EA. This accommodation is right at the base of the main slope. You couldn’t be closer to work and skiing. You will be in shared dorm style rooms (sharing with 1 or 3 others) with access to shared living rooms. Includes bathrooms and kitchen facilities.

*The above is an indicative based on last season and is subject to change based on availability and updates to pricing

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Certification Overview

Our Ski and Snowboard Instructor Course in Appi Kogen, Japan allows you to obtain a globally recognised qualification with the NZSIA (New Zealand Ski Instructors Alliance).

The NZSIA is a well-established, educational body that is internationally renowned for producing professional, knowledgeable instructors, who have the capability to teach and ski at very high standards. They are internationally recognised as a well-established, professional provider and have a reputation for high-quality and knowledge. This means that NZSIA instructors are able to competently perform and teach on snow in many cultures and conditions. This qualification can truly take you anywhere.

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Japan is fast becoming one of the world's most popular ski destinations. EA Ski and Snowboard Training offers ski and snowboard instructor courses at 9 world-class resorts across Japan.
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Niseko ProPeak
Shiga Kogen
Evergreen Hakuba
Hakuba Snow Sports
Club Med Hokkaido
Canyons Nozawa and Yuzawa
Niseko GoSnow
Niseko Imagine
Niseko Village