There's a lot to know about working as a ski / snowboard instructor.

The info on this page is designed to give you an over view of options that you will have for work after you have completed your SITCo course.

What are my options once I am a qualified ski instructor?

Working as a ski instructor is a possibility in Europe – Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Andorra, Spain, Germany, UK to name just the big names. 

Please note that France is a little bit different and no matter what qualifications you have you will need to consider further qualifications before you can work as a snowboard instructor in France.

North America – USA, Canada

Asia – Japan, Korea, China

Southern Hemisphere – Chile, Argentina, Australia and of course New Zealand

Just remember when you are planning on where you would like to go there is also the issue of work visas and depending on what passport(s) you hold, what age you are etc this might sway you to work in a particular area.

What will ski schools be looking for when i apply?

All employers are looking for different things, but in general they will be looking for:

Qualifications and personal skills are something that we can help you with.

On a SITCo course not only will you immersed in a program that teaches you how to ski well, how to teach skiing, and the technical does and don’t of skiing. You will also be surrounded by, and being coached by some of the worlds leading ski trainers, so you will see how to employ soft skills, how to interact with people in order for them to enjoy their skiing and how to get the best performances from them.

Actual on the job experience is always a tough one, as you “need the experience to get the job” but you “need the job to get the experience”.

To help get around this SITCo is constantly forging links with Snowsports Schools around the world, and for every person taking part in a SITCo course you will have the back up and support of all the contacts and all the knowledge that we have in order to help you get that first job.

Before you know it you will be in a mountain resort getting paid to go skiing….living the dream!

If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to ask, you can send us a message via our contact page or you can email us direct info@sitco.co.nz

Questions others have had.

The answer could be here.

For Skiers - these levels are based on people going forward to sit the NZSIA qualifications.

For the 10 week ski and 8 week ski programs we ask that you can ski a red/black run in control, with confidence.

You don't need to be able to do this with any super style, just as long as you can deal with the terrain.

For the 5 week Intensive L1 & L2 ski course we ask that you can ski all groomed runs with confidence, and that you can take on the challenge of an off trail run, consistently linking your turns in most conditions. A few short turns and the ability to ski in the fall line on varied terrain would be excellent, you will be getting "thrown in at the deep end" quite quickly after you arrive..

For the 5 week L1 only ski course we ask that you can ski parallel on all groomed terrain, with confidence, so skiing green runs, blue runs, red runs and can take on a black run if groomed and easy conditions.

For the 10 week snowboard and the 8 week snowboard programs we ask that you can ride blue runs on and off trail, linking your turns consistently and riding with confidence while enjoying the challenge of the mountain. A willingness to give it a go! with some basic freestyle manoeuvres will be required.

For the 5 week Intensive L1 & L2 snowboard course we ask that you can ride all groomed runs with confidence, and that you can take on the challenge of an off trail run, consistently linking your turns in most conditions. A little background in riding switch and a few freestyle manoeuvres will be required, e.g. riding switch or doing an ollie.

For the 5 week L1 only snowboard course we ask that you can riding on all groomed terrain, with confidence, so riding green runs, blue runs, red runs and can take on a black run if groomed and easy conditions.

During the 10, 8, 5 weeks there is a lot to learn so that we ask that you have this minimum level before you arrive.
If you feel that you are an athletic person that could improve quickly then there is the possibility for you to be below this level, although we would hesitate to recommend it for everyone.
If you are wondering which ski course or snowboard course is the best for you, then we would recommend that you make this decision based on how much time you have available. Just because you feel that you are a better skier/rider, does not mean that the shorter courses are better suited to you. The qualifications are set at a high standard and because of this they are well respected once you have achieved that standard. The very fact that you are considering the course means that you must enjoy your skiing/riding so get down here as early as you can and get the most out of it!

In order to allow for freedom, and to allow people to integrate other great traveling opportunities the cost of travel to and from New Zealand is not included in our price.

The accommodation is self catering, and you will have a full kitchen facility. Because of this we have not included food in order to give you a freedom and flexibility when it come to eating preferences, and dietary choices. However we do offer the SITCo restaurant Card option if you feel that you don't want to self cater every day of the week

We have asked all of our past participants to consider how much they felt was required to live on, and the general consensus is that NZ$ 200 - NZ$250, is a good amount to live on per week. That amount allows you to eat and to have a few drinks and cover some of the little costs, of daily living.
If you are wanting to to enjoy some of the excitement that Queenstown enjoys such as, Bungy Jumping, or Jet Boating, or Skydiving, then those things would definitely require an extra budget.

Most of SITCo´s ski and snowboard courses have a minimum of 3 days a week on snow training. We feel this is the perfect balance. It is enough for you to get good quality training and at the same time it gives you time to free ride and practice with out having someone watching you. It will give you time to take some of the things that you have been working on within your own personal performance and play/work with them in your own time. The 5 week Intensive course will definitely have more than 3 days a week training.
Be aware that we say 3 days a week training but during exams etc there is quite often a lot more on snow training than just 3 days.

Yes you do. You will be required to have your own ski and snowboard equipment.

For Ski-

i.e. boots, skis and bindings and poles. You will also need to bring with you your ski clothing. As a participant in The Instructor Training Co. program you will have the opportunity to purchase skis and boots etc. at discounted prices when in Queenstown. We work with Nordica Ski's, and we also work with Brown's ski shop in Queenstown. We recommend that for skis you are looking to have a good quality pair of on-piste carving skis. You do not need to have race skis, but something with a little bit of a side cut which is performance orientated will be best suited for your training. If you are considering buying new equipment before you come to NZ, then we do advise that you contact us for advice before you buy. The reason that we ask this is because we have found in the past that people have been "ill advised" and on arrival this has caused quite a few problems, with the end result being that another new pair of skis and boots needed to be purchased. Please feel free to ask as many questions as you need to. Remember you are going to be training for a professional qualification; you will need to have "professional" equipment. We have found, from personal experience, that traveling with ski equipment is not a problem.

For Snowboard -

i.e. boots, board and bindings. You will also need to bring with you your snowboard clothing. As a participant in The Instructor Training Co. program you will have the opportunity to purchase snowboard and boots etc. at discounted prices when in Queenstown. Board, binding boot type?

If you are considering buying new equipment before you come to NZ, then we do advise that you contact us for advice before you buy. The reason that we ask this is because we have found in the past that people have been "ill advised" and on arrival this has caused quite a few problems, with the end result being that another new board and boots needed to be purchased. Please feel free to ask as many questions as you need to. Remember you are going to be training for a professional qualification; you will need to have "professional" equipment. We have found, from personal experience, that traveling with snowboard equipment is not a problem.

Do you have any other questions? You can ask these questions by contacting us through our Contact page or by emailing us directly

ski@sitco.co.nz

snowboard@sitco.co.nz