Tell me about Northstar
Northstar is home to the world's best parks and pipes, including one of only three Burton Stash Parks in the World! Northstar's training staff are led by Mike Hafer, who is a member of the PSIA Western Demonstration Team. This resort is also the training ground for Shaun White, two-time Olympic champion in halfpipe.
Northstar Ski Resort Facts
Annual Average Snowfall: 350 inches (29 feet!!)
Snowmaking Coverage: 50%
7 Terrain Parks including Burton Progression Park and one of the only Burton ‘Stash’ Parks in the World! Plus, 1 Superpipe & 1 Halfpipe!
On mountain village including 9,000 square foot ice skating rink, outdoor bars and restaurants
Terrain: 73 trails – 25% Beginner / 50% Intermediate / 25% Advanced + total no. Lifts: 19 including 7 express chairs and two gondolas
- Accommodation is included until after the level 1 exam
- Guaranteed job offer
- World-class training
- Internationally recognised qualification
- Employee season pass
- Level one exam costs
- Association membership
- Transport to resort for training if applicable
- Future job opportunities with our network of 27+ resort partners around the globe
- Program managers at each location
- Preseason preparation webinars
- Assistance with flights+insurance through our partner, STA Travel
Living and working at Lake Tahoe
At Lake Tahoe, you will quickly become one of the locals. People are often keen to know how much it costs to buy food so here’s our shopping list rundown:
- A bowl of chicken wings from Jason's Bar & Grill (a local favourite) USD 6
- A cold apres ski beer from Rubicon Northstar Village USD 5
- A Burrito big enough for the whole family from Big Wave Dave’s USD 8.50
- A pack of five bagels from the Safeway Supermarket USD 4
What about accommodation?
Training accommodation while training is at Kingswood Condominiums. Kingswood is in the heart of North Lake Tahoe, conveniently situated close to Kings Beach and Northstar Resort. Condos are cozy three and four bedroom units that accommodate between five to eight trainees. EA will help trainees find group accommodation before commencing work.
- Twin or triple share rooms
- Large living area
- Fully equipped kitchens
- Laundry and linen provided
- Walking distance to restaurants and supermarkets
Our ski instructor course at Northstar, Lake Tahoe allows you to obtain a globally recognised qualification with The Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI).
PSIA-AASI is at governing ski and snowboard instruction body in the United States that provides resources and qualifications to enhance individuals success as an instructor and inspire excitement about skiing and snowboarding. PSIA-AASI is a member of the International Ski Instructors Association (ISIA) so the qualification you gain through this program will be recognised worldwide.
EA Ski & Snowboard want you to have the best season possible at Northstar, Lake Tahoe. We have two program managers who oversee the running of our Ski and Snowboard courses in Northstar who are easily contactable and there to offer advice and support at all times. Not only are they familiar with Northstar itself, but they also work for the ski school and will be a familiar face to make your gap year and first winter season that much easier.
REVIEWS FROM EA ALUMNI
Getting paid to snowboard is so amazing...I do not want to go back to my other job! Everyone who has a passion for the sport should at least try this out for a season! ...see more
I chose to do the ultimate plus programme because it would give me the best chance at getting an instructing job in the future... Being able to ski every day if you wanted was the dream. ...see more
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Where can you go?
Choose from more than 30 ski resorts across five countries to learn, earn and play
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Fast becoming the biggest and best ski resort in Canada, Revelstoke is a powder paradise. If you're looking for big snowfall, big vertical and big terrain, look no further than Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
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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.
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 has the largest skiable area of any single resort in Hokkaido.