SITCo is the original ski & snowboard training company in Queenstown.

Since 2002 hundreds of keen skiers and snowboarders have enjoyed their Queenstown experience with SITCo becoming qualified ski and snowboard instructors.

Become a Ski and Snowboard Instructor with SITCo.

Have a life changing experience. Take your skiing or snowboarding to the next level and open up opportunities to work in the snowsports industry with our ski and snowboard programs.

You will be based in Queenstown, New Zealand enjoying the lifestyle, friendly hospitality and unrivalled Kiwi attitude of this world-famous location.New Zealand is known as the ultimate “off season” (June – October) winter sports destination, with some of the world’s best skiers and snowboarders heading south each year for some of the best “summer/winter” skiing and riding on the planet!

New Zealand is a fantastic place, with diverse landscapes and cultures. Mountains and lakes, palm trees and penguins. New Zealand has a very active outdoor culture, so sports and recreation are very much the norm. Whether you are playing rugby, sailing or in NZ to ski and snowboard you will love your time here.

Be trained by the best

SITCo’s hand-picked ski and snowboard trainers will train you towards achieving the NZSIA Levels 1 and 2 (skiing) and the SBINZ Levels 1 and 2 (snowboarding). All your training will be with current and qualified NZSIA and SBINZ Examiners, and you will have access to contacts from Snowsports Schools around the world.

The SITCo program is designed not only to develop your own personal skiing or snowboarding, but also to provide you with the necessary ski or snowboarding teaching and analytical skills to become a qualified instructor. Our well-rounded program also includes freestyle, freeride and racing, and an incredible Heli-Ski or Heli-Board day trip.

sitco founder gavin

Gavin McAuliffe​

Owner and Director of SITCo

Gavin has been an NZSIA Ski examiner since 2000, and has a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management. As well as working NZ winters Gavin worked in the US ski resorts for many years. Gavin now works full time in Queenstown and is based here during winter and summer. Gavin represented NZSIA at Interski 2011 and is the author of the current NZSIA Ski Manual.

Colin Tanner

Owner and Director of SITCo

Colin has been an NZSIA Ski examiner since 2000 and was also a BASI (British Association of Snowsport Instructors) trainer and examiner until 2018. Colin works out of Queenstown and spends a lot of time in Val d’Isere, France. In France, Colin runs his own specialised ski school, the development centre, www.tdcski.com.
Colin represented NZSIA at the Interski Congress in Bulgaria 2019.

Have a life changing experience.

Queenstown, New Zealand enjoying the lifestyle, friendly hospitality and unrivalled Kiwi attitude of this world-famous location.

SITCo´s program is based in Queenstown

We will do most of our skiing at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. Nevertheless it is good to know that there is a lot of other skiing in New Zealand.

Skiing and snowboarding In New Zealand is as good as it gets.

Full of possibilities!

Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak is one of the oldest and most established ski areas in New Zealand. It has been a popular playground for skiers and snowboarders since 1947.

In recent years there has been multi-million dollar developments going taking Coronet Peak to new levels.

With millions of dollars being invested into new facilities, access, and the most advanced snowmaking system in the Southern Hemisphere if not the world. What we now have is a ski resort of world class standing.

Coronet Peak Is A Ski And Snowboard Resort Of World Class Standing. The view from Coronet Peak, looking across to The Remarkables and over Lake Wakatipu gives you a unique sense of the very special nature of Coronet Peak.

The skiing and riding is great for all levels, from beginners through to advanced off piste riders. Coronet Peak is famous for its undulating terrain that creates a natural alpine playground to be enjoyed by all.

Coronet Peak has been over the years consistently developing and updating its chairlift system, so that now all chairlifts are high speed express chairs. This means that in a day of skiing and riding at Coronet you can cover a lot of ground and log up a lot of vertical meters. If fact the new lift ticket system allows you to come home after a great day on the mountain and you can go online and check out have many vertical meters you have done that day, that week and for the whole season.

The Remarkables

The Remarkables is so called because from the town of Queenstown, when you look up at the magnificent snow covered ridge line glowing in the pink hue of an evenings alpine glow the first words that come to mind are “that is remarkable”. In the 1980’s it was in behind this stunning and aptly name ridge line that The Remarkables ski area was developed. The fantastic potential of terrain was seen and the resort was created.

There are still big plans in the pipeline for The Remarkables ski area, so watch this space!

The Remarkables is a fantastic ski area that can be enjoyed by all. There are some fantastic beginners areas that really allow people to gain in confidence and build up their skills and at the same time there is a wealth of unrivaled park and off piste skiing. For the experienced skier and boarder The Remarks allows you to ski and snowboard runs that are some of the best in NZ.

From long open powder fields to steep and and challenging chutes The Remarkables has some fantastic terrain to explore.

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Experienced NZSIA trainers

Gavin McAuliffe and Colin Tanner, two of New Zealands top ski trainers, established SITCo in 2002. This is a unique opportunity to ski with the people that train the trainers. Their skills, knowledge and attention to detail, on and off snow, will make your SITCo experience something you will never forget.

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SITCo the Original Queenstown Ski Snowboard Training Co

Since 2002 hundreds of keen skiers and snowboarders have enjoyed their NZ experience with SITCo becoming qualified ski and snowboard instructors.