Tell me about Canyons

Canyons LogoFrom the annual fire festival to the vast quantity of snow that falls each year, Canyons is perfect for anyone seeking an authentic Japanese winter experience.

There is a tremendous amount of snowfall each season and being a smaller resort; there are fewer people to snake your fresh lines! Canyons staff are renown for their friendliness. It's not uncommon for people to end up staying longer than they intended.

EA’s Ski and Snowboard Instructor Internships at Canyons Snowsports School start with training and an exam based at Kagura Resort. Trainers are English speakers predominantly certified through the NZSIA. Kagura is one of the earliest ski resorts to open in Japan as it is high in elevation and has snow-making. Canyons Snowsports School have agreements to provide ski and snowboard lessons for many of the resorts in the local area

Facts about Canyons

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The whole area is famous for it's onsens!

Nozawa Onsen, Yuzawa and Minakami are all 'hot spring towns', with a lot of public hot springs to explore.

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The Yuzawa area is Japan's original 'Snow Country'

Gala Yuzawa offers skiing from 1,181m down to 358m and translates as 'Hot Spring Valley'. It is the most easily accessible ski area from Tokyo. There are more than 10 resorts with 20 minutes drive of the main station in town!

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Nozawa Onsen is an ancient hot spring town!

Founded in the 700s!.. Nozawa has been a hot spring destination for a long time. In town there are a total of 13 public hot-spring baths known as “Sotoyu” which are a common asset of the village and managed by local on a volunteer base. It has recently been popular destination for Australians and has been a little more westernized to accommodate their needs.

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Minakami is a role model outdoor town

On the list, and a must-see is the Takaragawa Onsen (hot spring), voted the No.1 hot spring in Japan by international travelers, and there's a further 17 hot springs in the local area. Canyons is based here and there are a lot of summer activities on offer (rafting, canyoning, bungee etc).

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It's a medium sized, professional team

Canyons run small to medium sized instructor team (30 - 50 instructors), which could work to your advantage as first step to get some instructor experience under your belt!

Becoming a ski or snowboard instructor at Canyons

We offer our ski and snowboard instructor internship course at Canyons. Our team can help you decide whether this program aligns with your season goals and skills - but for now, check out some of the inclusions and benefits!

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SKI INTERNSHIP


INTERNSHIP INCLUSIONS:

  • Accommodation during training
  • Guaranteed job offer
  • Full season lift pass 
  • Level 1 training
  • Level 1 exam costs
  • Association membership
  • Mountain transfers
  • Future job opportunities with our network of 30+ resort partners around the globe 
  • Program managers at each location
  • Training webinars 
  • Special deals on flights and insurance

STARTING AT

$7,975 USD

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SNOWBOARD INTERNSHIP


INTERNSHIP INCLUSIONS:

  • Accommodation during training
  • Guaranteed job offer
  • Full season lift pass 
  • Level 1 training
  • Level 1 exam costs
  • Association membership
  • Mountain transfers
  • Future job opportunities with our network of 30+ resort partners around the globe 
  • Program managers at each location
  • Training webinars 
  • Special deals on flights and insurance

STARTING AT

$9,975 USD

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Living and working at Canyons

Our Canyons program is unique. You will train and sit your exam at Kagura Resort. However, as Canyons Snow Sports School have instructing agreements with many resorts in the local area, our interns find themselves working at locations such as Gala Yuzawa, Nozawa Onsen Resort and also Hodaigi Resort (Minakami).

After completing your Level One exam, you will either head to Yuzawa, Nozawa or stay in Minakami.

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Canyons Snow Sports School


Canyons is a leading snow school in Japan. Canyons Ski and Snowboard School operate out of two central locations at Gala Yuzawa and Nozawa Onsen. 

The price of food and drink in this area of Japan is very reasonable. An authentic Japanese meal of meat, rice and vegetables at a local restaurant will cost around 800 Yen. Depending on the resort you work for, you may have access to discounted or free food. You will also get all the benefits of being an employee such as staff parties, discounted gear, and other opportunities.

After completing training and successfully passing your Level One exam, you will start work for a ski school. You will teach lessons in English in 2-hour blocks and your pay rates as a first-year instructor for Canyons Snowsports School will be approximately 2,000 JPY per hour. The work contract runs initially to late February, and contract extensions are available for those who perform well during the initial months of employment.

Resort profile: Nozawa Onsen 

Our interns live in Nozawa Onsen, a village in Nagano built in the image of an Austrian mountain town. It's twinned with St Anton, is famous for it's natural, free onsens and the annual fire festival. The resort experiences massive snowfalls and boasts some of the best terrains for free-riding in Japan.

Nozawa is popular with Australian holidaymakers and has a lot of bars and restaurants for after work; the town has a real resort town feel once the winter gets into full swing.

Resort profile: Gala Yuzawa

Yuzawa is a mountain town in the Niigata prefecture of central Japan famous for massive snowfalls, hot springs and sake. Rather than one big resort, Yuzawa sits in a valley with ten smaller resorts nearby. Interns work for a ski school that predominantly runs lessons at Gala Yuzawa.

The snow sports school here works closely with the resort, and there is a lot of opportunities to meet Japanese people, learn the language and experience the culture; this is your opportunity to go full Japan.

 

What about accommodation?

During the training and examination period, you will live at the Canyons Alpine Lodge in Minakami. At the lodge, there is ample ski and snowboard storage, kitchen and bathroom facilities, a communal living area, pool table, TV room, and sleeping in shared dorms. As the kitchen is small, there is a compulsory breakfast and dinner meal plan with a subsidised cost for Interns. There is also a small damage deposit payable on arrival in case of damage.  

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After the training period, once you've transferred to your home for the remainder of the season, you will stay in staff accommodation. You will be in shared rooms within walking distance to the lifts and local facilities. Kitchen and bathrooms are communal, and vehicles are available to travel to shops if required.

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Staff accommodation in Yuzawa consists of self-contained four or six person apartments ten minutes' walk from Gala. Each apartment has it's own bathroom and kitchen, although most staff take advantage of a meal plan which is available through Gala. A supermarket and hardware store are a short walk from the accommodation, and the town has a chemist and a convenience store amongst other things.

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Certification Overview

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Our Ski and Snowboard Instructor Course in Queenstown, New Zealand allows you to obtain a globally recognised qualification with the NZSIA (New Zealand Ski Instructors Alliance) or SBINZ (Snowboard Instruction New Zealand). The NZSIA and the SBINZ are well-established, educational bodies that are internationally renowned for producing professional, knowledgeable instructors, with the capabilities to teach and ride at very high standards. They are both internationally recognised as a well-established, professional provider and has a reputation for high-quality and knowledge. NZSIA and SBINZ instructors can competently perform and teach on snow in many cultures and conditions. This qualification can take you anywhere.

 

Level Two Training

Although not an Internship Plus course, there are opportunities for those on the ski side to work towards and complete the Level Two exam during the season. Level Two training is organised directly by the team at Canyons and is an excellent option during the quieter low season weeks in January. This involves roughly 12-16 training days in January, with an exam at the start of February, and can also include a rent reduction during the period. Approximate cost is $1,750-$2,250USD depending on inclusions and numbers.

 

EA Ski & Snowboard Program Manager

EA Ski & Snowboard want you to have the best season possible at Canyons. We have Rich on the ground, who is easily contacted and there to offer advice and support at all times. Not only is he familiar with Canyons itself, but he is also an ex-EA intern who now works for the ski school and will be a familiar face to make your gap year and first winter season that much easier.

Hear from our program manager, Rich about EA's instructor internship at Canyons and where it can take you.

 

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Niseko Village Ski Resort, famous in Japan and around the world as Japan's premium snow resort. Located in Hokkaido and towered over by the giant Mt. Yotei, this ski resort is renowned for its consistent snowfall and dry, light powder.

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Experience the authentic culture of Japan at this epic Japanese resort! Get ready to explore the local onsens, big powder skiing, sushi and ramen and fun nightlife in the centre of Hokkaido!

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Culture, fun and an immeasurable amount of yearly snowfall. If you are up for a steamy combination of authentic Japanese culture, deep fluffy powder and great people then this is for you.

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A dream resort with expansive ski areas and long seasons. EA is proud to offer ski and snowboard instructor training at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort. Nozawa is a snow paradise and renown as one of Japan’s most superb and expansive winter sports areas.

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Hakuba Snow Sports

Hakuba Snow Sports School is a privately owned business catering to holiday-makers skiing and snowboarding in Hakuba Japan. Based at the Iimori Ski Resort, it has the best teaching terrain in Hakuba as well as steeps, powder, trees and the biggest terrain park in the valley.

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Evergreen Hakuba

Hakuba is famous in Japan and across the world for great skiing and boasts some of the best ski resorts and snowfall in the country. For more than 70 years, Hakuba has been providing skiers, snowboarders and outdoor enthusiasts the ideal conditions for an epic winter experience.

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Rusutsu

Rusutsu Resort is located in the village of Rusutsu, Hokkaido. Famous for consistent annual snowfall and some of the deepest and lightest powder snow in the world. The winter resort is blanketed in snow that transforms into a world class ski resort with the largest skiable area of any single resort in Hokkaido.

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Shiga Kogen

Welcome to Japan's largest interconnected resort area. EA partner with Shiga International Ski School, in Shiga Kogan where there are 19 ski resorts, all interconnected on one ski pass, Shiga Kogan is no laughing matter!

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