Ski / Snowboard : HOW TO GET STARTED

There are a few different routes to becoming an instructor. You can start with a short or long course from 2 weeks of tuition and exams to long courses that can run up to 12 weeks. Some advanced courses will accredit you for more than one country, and if you know where you want to hang your goggles, you will need to be qualified for that location. But this is where the adventure begins… you can complete your training in Niseko Japan or Banff Canada. So first, pick your powder. If you want to be a lifer, consider alternate hemispheres, working winters in France or Canada and then spending the off-season in the Southern Hemisphere in New Zealand or South Africa.


France has a reputation as the hardest place to gain an instructor status, but it is not impossible. Unlike other regions, you cannot work at different degrees of competency as you become more qualified. In France you are either a trainee/apprentice or you are fully qualified. But you can work as you go, and in some of the most prestigious schools and best race pistes in the world.


Select a region on the left for more information. You can message an employer on Work the Wilds to ask what they would accept. Find an employer HERE.  When you have registered you can post any questions to our Wild Chat Board for personalised feedback.  Register for Free. If you become a Green Flash Member you can spread the net a bit wider by increasing your communication ability and have your profile featured


*Please remember that this is general information. We keep it as up to date as possible, but it's important you do your own research and know all the risks before heading out into the Wilds. If you are an expert in your sport and/or would like to become a contributor for Work the Wilds, please drop us an email at or Contact Us