Tell me about Niseko Village 

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Niseko is the perfect pick for a ski internship because it is the well-known hub for skiing in Japan, and rightly so. It is famous for it's dry, light powder, consistent snowfall and a great variety of terrain including glades, off-piste, bowls and even a bit of gated skiing for those experienced in backcountry and avalanche safety. 

There are four resorts on Mt. Niseko-Annupuri that make up the wider Niseko ski resort. These are Grand-Hirafu, Hanazono, Annupuri Ski Area and Niseko Village. Each resort has plenty to offer and your season pass will give you access to all four of these fantastic resorts. Plus, if you're looking for new resort's to explore on your days off, Rusutsu, Niseko Moiwa, Kiroro and other awesome Japanese ski resorts are also only a stone's throw away for your day's off.

Emily Milward

FACTS ABOUT NISEKO

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Enjoy some of the world's best skiing on offer

Ski at the 4 combined resorts of Niseko: Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village and Annupuri… these resorts offer some of the premier skiing in the World. 

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Live in Grand Hirafu, Japan's perfect ski town

Accommodation is based in central Hirafu a close walk to onsens, restaurants and lift access 

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Plenty of Japanese culture to soak in

Get a great taste of Japanese culture in an English speaking environment! The English language is prominent in Niseko, making for an easy transition to Japan life. All the while, enjoy traditional and fun Japanese activities and cuisine such as 'all-you-can-drink Karaoke, sushi, sake, ramen and okonomiyaki!!

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Our Niseko program is based upon the NZ system

Get an internationally recognised qualification in English with the NZSIA (World leading ski instruction certification) 

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SNOW, SNOW, SNOW

Niseko offers some of the lightest, dryest, fluffiest powder in the WORLD. Look it up - we're not kidding!! 

Becoming a ski instructor in Niseko Village 

We offer our ski instructor internship and ski internship plus program at Niseko Village. 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

$9475

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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

$10475

Living & working in Niseko

100kms from Sapporo, Niseko's main village is called Hirafu which sits at the base of the Grand-Hirafu ski resort. Hirafu is home to many hotels, restaurants, onsens, bars and is our EA intern's accommodation location for the training period. There is plenty going on here and there is a great mix of traditional Japanese culture and great western comforts you'll recognise from back home. 

EA Ski & Snowboard training are Japan experts with more Japanese locations than any other provider. The long-standing relationships with trainers, resorts and certification bodies make EA the best introduction to the snow industry. With over 10 years’ experience operating instructor internship programs and placing new instructors into employment, you will be introduced to industry experts and joining a community of passionate skiers and snowboarders.

 

Niseko Village work placement

After completing your training and level 1 exam you will move to Niseko Village staff accommodation, which is outside of Hirafu in a quieter area servicing the Niseko Village ski area. Staff accommodation is very communal and tightly knit, so you’ll make plenty of friends and never be short a riding buddy – you can also have cheap meals provided at approximately 300JPY (US $2.75) a time!

With a team of around 80 instructors, you’ll have a fantastic opportunity to work in an experienced, international team. There are plenty of work opportunities and the chance to learn from more experienced team members. Work and training is in English, and there are opportunities for development training around your working hours. You can find opportunities to teach a mix of clients and the combination of competitive pay rates alongside strong working hours make this a great place to work. 

Accommodation while training - Hirafu 

Accommodation is included for the training/exam portion of the program and is provided at Hirafu Lodge. This is a friendly, centrally located hostel boasting:

- 3-4 share rooms
- Full kitchen facilities
- Lounge & fireplace
- Breakfast included
- Internet
- Ample ski and boot storage
- Towels/linen provided
- 50m from the nearest shuttle stop
- Ski in/out

ACCOMMODATION Niseko

 

Accommodation while working 

After the level 1 exam, you will transfer into staff accommodation with your chosen ski school. See an example of Niseko Village staff accommodation below.

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Niseko is well known as the hub of Japanese skiing, the mix of culture, incredible skiing and amazing people make the resort town a must see destination for skiers from across the globe. Japan snow seasons can last well into April, so you can decide to stay for longer and make the most of your season pass. 

 

Certification overview

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Our Ski and Snowboard Instructor Course in Niseko, Japan 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. This means that NZSIA and SBINZ instructors are able to competently perform and teach on snow in many cultures and conditions. This qualification can truly take you anywhere.

 

Program manager

EA Ski & Snowboard want you to have the best season possible at Niseko. This means that we have a program manager on the ground, who is easily contacted and there to offer advice and support at all times. Not are they familiar with Niseko itself, they will also be a familiar face to make your gap year and first winter season that much easier.

Disclaimer: The above information should be used as a guide and is subject to change  

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WHERE CAN YOU GO IN JAPAN?

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Niseko Village

Niseko Village Ski Resort, famous in Japan and around the world as Japan's #1 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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Niseko ISS

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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Niseko Go Snow

Niseko is well known as the hub of Japanese skiing, the mix of culture, incredible skiing, and amazing people make the resort town a must-see destination for skiers from across the globe.

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Canyons Nozawa/Yuzawa

Culture, fun and an immeasurable amount of yearly snowfall! If you are up for a steamy combination of authentic Japanese culture, deep fluffy powder, great people and a chance to teach skiing in an English speaking ski school then this is for you.

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Club Med Hokkaido

Club Med can be simply summed up by saying, great powder and luxury accommodation in an English speaking environment.

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Nozawa Onsen

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 true snow paradise and is renowned 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 snow resort (part of Goryu & Hakuba 47), it has the best teaching terrain in Hakuba as well as steeps, powder, trees & the biggest terrain park in the valley.

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Evergreen Hakuba

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

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Mt Naeba

Naeba is one of Japan’s most visited resorts since it is the closest big mountain to Tokyo. It gets around 10m of snowfall per year putting it on the top ten list for big mountain snowfall in Japan.

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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 Ski & Snowboard 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! Yet, go here and you'll find yourself grin & hollering from top to bottom!

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