Tell me about Queenstown 

As adventure capital of New Zealand, of course, Queenstown is our most popular 
LOGO Queenstown New Zealand 1ski instructor course location on offer! Queenstown is located on the shores of
Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by glacier-carved mountains, this bustling town offers everything you could possibly need for a great winter season, from impressive resort areas, fun bars, restaurants and cafes, to awesome accommodation overlooking the lake, and practical shops so you can get set up.

The Remarkables Resort offers more than just an impressive view, providing great terrain, first class learners facilities, and a brand new base building complete with modern conveniences. Coronet Peak is just a few km's from town and if you can't get enough during the day, night skiing is definitely a must do! 

Queenstown Resort Facts

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Queenstown region has 4 ski resorts to choose from

Choose to ski at either Coronet Peak, The Remarkable, Cardrona or Treble cone mountain! When you join an instructor course with EA you will train and work at either Coronet or the Remarkables mountains. 

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The Remarkables ski resort is tucked in the Remarkables mountain range which steep peaks run true north to south, with over 357 metres of elevation on resort.  

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The best local events are hosted in Queenstown

From the big air comp to drag running races in the centre of the resort town, Queenstown is home to some of the biggest winter events such as the Queenstown winter festival, LUMA light festival and the Winter Games! 

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It's a short 20min drive from the village to the lifts!

Jump on the staff supplied bus and in only 20 minutes from the centre of town you can be carving up those first tracks while you watch the sun rise over the Remarkables. 

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So many instructor courses to choose from!

EA Ski & Snowboard can offer intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders the chance to train and qualify for their level 1, 2 and 3! If you are a qualified ski instructor and looking to take your career to the next level, check out our Level 3 Internship program! 

How to become a Ski or Snowboard Instructor Queenstown

We offer three ways to become an instructor in Queenstown: a ski instructor internship, a snowboard instructor internship and instructor training course. A ski instructor internship provides you with training, certification with NZSIA or SBINZ and a guaranteed instructing job offer, an instructor course can offer you training and your instructing certification, which will improve your riding ability and allow you to spend more time on snow!  You don't have to worry too much about these now, our team can help you choose the right one based on your season goals and skills - but check out some of the inclusions and benefits of our courses!

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SKI INTERNSHIP PLUS


INTERNSHIP PLUS 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

  • First aid certificate
  • Advanced technical and theory training
  • Level 2 instructor training
  • On-snow analysis 
  • Avalanche safety course

STARTING AT

$10975

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SNOWBOARD INTERNSHIP PLUS

INTERNSHIP PLUS 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

  • First aid certificate
  • Advanced technical and theory training
  • Level 2 instructor training
  • On-snow analysis 
  • Avalanche safety course

STARTING AT

$12475

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TRAINING COURSE


TRAINING COURSE INCLUSIONS:

  • Accommodation included for course duration (5 - week program)
  • Avalanche training and first aid certificate 
  • Full season lift pass
  • Level 1 training 
  • Level 1 exam costs
  • Association membership
  • Mountain transfers
  • Program managers at each location
  • Training webinars 
  • Special deals on flights and insurance

STARTING AT

$6475

Living and working in Queenstown 

Queenstown is epic. The drinks are cheap and there are hundreds of backpackers year-round to meet and explore the region with. Many people travel here for a week or two and wind up staying for years. It’s a welcoming, friendly place that you can't help falling in love with! Everything is within walking distance in town – the supermarket, bars with their NZ$5 pints & $10 meals. An abundance of public walkways, cycle-ways and tracks to explore. The town buzzes in the daytime with tourists and goes off at night with a huge number of bars and music venues. To rest your weary legs, sit by an open fire and recap the powder days!


Ski & Snowboard Instructor Internship

Training on the Queenstown program will take place initially at Coronet Peak. Successful interns will then be chosen to work at either Remarkables or Coronet Peak during the Australasian School holidays. Your season pass will give you full access to both mountains in Queenstown. The internship program offered in Queenstown is an Ultimate Plus Internship and includes Level 1 training and Level 1 exam costs as well as level 2 specific training. Level 2 exam costs are not included, as this requires a pass on the level 1 to qualify. The level 2 NZSIA exam is a step up but with the practical teaching experience you gain through the internship you will be at an advantage over others if this is your goal. 

 

Ski & Snowboard Instructor Training Course 

We have two program options, available in both ski and snowboard for Queenstown. Training for both programs initially takes place at Coronet Peak and you will have access to both ski areas on your days off. Our 5-week program focuses on successfully completing the level 1 exam, and the 10-week program offers additional training towards the level 2, plus other supplementary courses such as first aid and avalanche safety courses.

Later in the winter, there is the opportunity to explore New Zealand and experience all this amazing country has to offer!

 


Don't just take our word for it, check out this awesome video on skiing in Queenstown.  



What about accommodation? 

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Accommodation will be provided for the length of the Level 1 training and exam period at Aspen Lodge. Rooms are 3-6 share in a homely environment right in central Queenstown. The communal living & kitchen areas offer a great space with a friendly atmosphere to relax in, and the location is unbeatable. Finding seasonal accommodation in Queenstown is extremely difficult, and with Aspen Lodge, you will have an enjoyable, sociable experience in the heart of town, with the flexibility to continue your stay at the end of the training/exam period for the remainder of the program and beyond. The perfect flexible option for your season in Queenstown!

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Accommodation is also provided at the Aspen Lodge, for the length of your chosen program!
Facilities at Aspen Lodge include: 

  • BBQ area
  • Log fire
  • Free off-street parking
  • Free luggage storage
  • Ski and Snowboard storage/drying room
  • Beds made up in all rooms and towels provided on request.
  • Laundry facilities
  • Friendliest staff in town!

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Certification Overview 

Our Ski and Snowboard Instructor Course in Queenstown, New Zealand 

allows you to obtain a globally recognised qualification with the NZSIA NZSIA Logo Ski Outside Colour(New Zealand Ski Instructors Alliance) and SBINZ ( Snowboard Instruction New Zealand). The NZSIA and the SBINZ are a well-established, educational body that is 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 Logo SBINZ Snowboard Outside ColourThis 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. 

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

 

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