Tell me about Shiga Kogen
EA Ski & Snowboard partner with Shiga International Ski School to run an exciting and excellent ski and snowboard internship course at Shiga Kogen, Japan's largest ski area. Shiga Kogen itself is made up of 19 interconnected ski resorts and Shiga International Ski School is an English speaking, international ski school based out of Okushiga Kogen Ski Resort, located at the north end of Shiga Kogen. Okushiga itself is one of the highest resorts in the area, and due to that, it sees around 12 metres of snow annually.
There is also a terrain park, very few lift lines, few crowds and some of the best off-piste skiing you can find in Japan. Back in 1998, when Japan held the Nagano Olympics, Shiga Kogen was home to the giant slalom and slalom course and this remains there to this day. Because of its size, there are many trails to explore there. The only challenge is whether you can fit every single one in within one season...
Let us help you kick your instructor career off right at this great Japanese resort!
Shiga International Ski School
Shiga Kogen Resort Facts
There are 19 interconnected ski resorts. The best part - you can access all of them on the one season pass. Talk about season pass perks! We think this takes the cake
This is huge because Okushiga Kogen Ski Resort sees over 12 metres of snow a season as is one of the quieter resorts in the area. This means less crowds, smaller lift lines and more time to rip around the mountain!
Okushiga has been described as the most progressive of the Shiga Kogen resorts, offering off-piste and grading it's tree runs. Not only that but, it has two high-speed lifts and a terrain park.
At over 2000 metres of elevation, this area is known for excellent snowfall and providing consistent JA-POW!!
Somewhat a rarity for Japan, Okushiga even has some steeps skiing in it's off-piste areas.
Becoming a ski instructor at Shiga Kogen
We offer our ski instructor internship program at Shiga Kogen which is perfect for getting you on the path to becoming a ski instructor. Check out some of the inclusions and benefits!
- 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
Living & working at Shiga Kogen
On an instructor internship here, program participants train with world-class trainers in and around the Shiga Kogen wider ski area to prepare for the level 1 NZSIA (New Zealand Ski Instructors Association) exam. Accommodation and lift pass, as well as orientation activities, are provided during this time.
After the level 1 exam, you will be working for the Shiga International Ski School who will ensure you receive the necessary staff training and induction processes. This will help establish everyone within the company before the work begins.
Shiga International Ski School is the only operating international, English speaking ski school in Shiga Kogen. The team there at Okushiga are from all around the world and operate closely with each other, with the goal of making sure guests enjoy their time out on the mountain as much as possible (while learning a few skiing tips and tricks along the way). As an employee at Shiga International, you will receive locals discounts on shop items there in Okushiga and free lunch every work day. The level one teaching wage is 2000 yen per hour (subject to increase with further qualifications).
There is the 1,000-year-old hot springs town of Shibu Onsen located next to the Snow Monkey Park and the city of Nagano is not too far away with the very historical Zenkoji Temple. There are great festivals to see nearby as well as many other ski areas to explore.
What about accommodation?
Accommodation during the training portion of this course will be covered for you. You will be housed in staff accommodation so even while you're training, you'll soon get to know not only your fellow EA interns, but also your fellow instructors that will work with you this season.
Once you begin work, your accommodation cost will be automatically taken out of your wage. The cost of this is about 9000 yen per month (Approx. $86 USD).
STAFF ACCOMMODATION DETAILS:
- Double occupancy rooms (Couples rooms available on request)
- Limited single rooms also available
- Fully equipped kitchen and dining room*
- Laundry facilities
- Wax room
- Common area/lounge with views of the ski area
- Sheets and blankets provided
*You can also purchase a bento box (Lunch/Dinner box) for dinner if you don't feel like cooking at (300 yen – US $2.60) per meal from the ski school.
Our Ski and Snowboard Instructor Course in Shiga 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.
EA Ski & Snowboard want you to have the best season possible at Shiga Kogen. 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 Shiga Kogen 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.
Reviews from EA Alumni
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