Embark on a winter gap year to Japan with the security of a guaranteed job offer one you pass your level 1 certification
Choose from one of our resort partners in Japan from Niseko resort in Hokkaido to Hakuba Ski School in the heart of the Japanese Alps
The cold weather systems that move across from Siberia to Japan are responsible for the deep, dry powder this country receives
If you haven’t heard of this term before, it’s because you haven’t skied or snowboarded in Japan. It is the term used to describe the blindness experienced by a skier or a snowboarder after making a turn in dry, deep powder. The photo to the left show’s it perfectly!
When you join an instructor course in Japan you receive a NZSIA instructing certification which is valid and recognised globally.
Japan's has a unique and multi-faceted culture. Living and working within this great country means that you are given the chance to experience this in a different way than if you were to just travel there on a holiday
How to become a ski instructor in Japan
For over 10 years EA Ski & Snowboard have been running ski instructor courses in Japan with a selection of resorts from Niseko to Club Med and Hakuba. Over that time, we have been able to create and develop courses that offer the whole package to support skiers start their career as an instructor. Each of the EA programs available in Japan are designed to suit those looking to head away on a gap year and those who want to begin their career in the snowsports industry. All of our 8 Japanese resorts have been hand-picked to offer you three things. Firstly, the best instructor training to get you qualified, secondly, the best variety of terrain to enjoy, shred and explore and thirdly, the best employment opportunities to earn money.
Japan is known around the world for offering amazing powder skiing, great back-country, freestyle skiing and there is plenty of fluffy, Japanese snow to go around. Not only does this entire country boast amazing snowfall statistics, there are over 600+ ski resorts in Japan to ski!
Why choose Japan?
You would choose Japan to ski some of the best powder in the world! On average, every ski resort in Japan is looking at about 10 to 18 metres of snow per season. It is absolutely up there on any keen skiers bucket list for powder, culture and untracked runs. A lot of Japanese ski resorts aren't as well known as some in Canada or Switzerland for example - this means that they are less crowded and there's more snow to go around. Plus due to events such as 'the bubble era (look it up) and also the winter Olympics in 1998, Japanese ski resorts are known for being friendly and hospitable, having great food and top-of-the-line facilities. We have resorts available on Honshu (Japan's main island) and also on Hokkaido.
With some of the best snowfall, amazing culture and unforgettable season experiences on offer, our Japan ski instructor courses are loved year after year. Take a look through our Japanese ski resorts below to learn more about where you could be skiing this winter!
WHERE CAN YOU GO IN JAPAN?
Click the resort names or dots to learn more about each resort
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.
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!
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.
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.
Club Med can be simply summed up by saying, great powder and luxury accommodation in an English speaking environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Reviews from EA Alumni
Japan's the one place I've always wanted to go to anyway. Being out here, I came with very few expectations knowing that it was going to be completely different. ...see more
We stayed in a town called Minakami for about three weeks and that basically consisted of three weeks of full-on ski training. ...see more
I want to talk to you about the VISA. Before you go to the embassy in London, here are the things you will need... ...see more
It's a great town to live in, it's very Japanese, very, very Japanese which is really fun actually! ...see more
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