Make summer the winter of your life in New Zealand's adventure capitol

A summer in New Zealand

Do you dream of becoming a ski instructor and spending a full season in New Zealand? Want to skip the summer in exchange for a snowy, mountainous landscape? If so, you’re in good company.

We are super excited to introduce you to a unique opportunity: a 10-week summer as a ski instructor in Queenstown, New Zealand! For the first time ever, you can now take your Level 1 and 2 ski instructor training “down under” with Snowminds. You will stay in Queenstown and have a season in The Remarkables, New Zealand, which is one of the Southern Hemisphere’s absolute best ski areas. The only downside is that we only have room for 16 lucky instructors, so hurry and book your place.


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10 weeks in ski heaven

From the end of June and for 10 weeks to follow, you’ll be trained by New Zealand’s best instructors and have the opportunity to pass the New Zealand Ski Instructor Association (NZSIA) Level 1 and 2 qualifications. Our experienced coaches in The Remarkables and Coronet Peak will start from scratch with the basics of skiing, building on your technique and ski level to help you pass your Level 1 exam after the first month.

You will then have a further 12 training days with the opportunity to go on beautiful day trips or enjoy The Remarkables’ delicious powder bowls on days off, before finishing the course on top with the NZSIA level 2 qualification, which you can use to go on season in places like Canada, Japan or Switzerland, or go back and work in New Zealand the following year!



What is included?

We’ve created a complete experience where you get your New Zealand Level 1 and 2 ski instructor training and have the opportunity to experience other parts of New Zealand, such as the beautiful nature and the unique New Zealand laid-back culture. At the same time, after your stay in the ski area you will have the opportunity to travel around on your own, either with the other ski instructors or others you meet during your time in New Zealand. If it’s required, we are available to assist with planning hiking trips, tours, skydives and more. The possibilities are endless in the world’s adventure capitol!


The following is included:

  • +10 weeks level 1+2 ski instructor course in Queenstown, New Zealand
  • +10 weeks accommodation in Queenstown from the end of June to the start of September
  • Season lift passes to The Remarkables and Coronet Peak
  • A total of 24 days of technical ski training in preparation for NZSIA level 1 and 2
  • NZSIA level 1 + 2 ski instructor certifications, including course fees and materials
  • Online assistance with New Zealand visa application, and all other practical formalities
  • Snowminds Teamleader throughout your stay
  • Preparations with support, advice, tips, and tricks for packing, insurance etc. before, during, and after the trip
  • Possibility get our help to look for work e.g. Canada, Japan or Switzerland after the season


This is not included:

  • Flight ticket to Queenstown, New Zealand*
  • Cancellation insurance, travel insurance, and visa costs
  • Transport from Queenstown to the ski resorts (ski bus available)
  • Food, money, and other items that aren’t mentioned above


With the above, we take care of all the practicalities and coordinate with our skilled partners in New Zealand. You’ll always be surrounded by our partners, ensuring you experience exactly the peace of mind and security we’re known for!


Travel period for 2023:

  • 23 June to 5 September 2023


*We will be happy to assist you with offers for flights, possibly with round trip, as well as airport transfers, if desired.




At Snowminds we pride ourselves in selecting the right people for our team of ski- and snowboard instructors. We are renowned amongst the ski schools for educating competent, energetic, and top motivated instructors.  The most important thing for you is to be positive, outgoing, adventurous, and ready to work hard to get the memory of a lifetime as a part of the Snowminds team.


What we expect from you:

  • You feel comfortable skiing on red slopes
  • You are positive, outgoing, and adventurous
  • You are serious, responsible, and top motivated
  • You enjoy teaching and love being challenged  
  • You speak English at a conversational level
  • You are 18 years or above


When you have sent your application, we will give you a call to discuss your course choice and hear more about why you want to become an instructor. You will then be invited to an interview where we will evaluate your candidacy. This also gives you the opportunity to get more information about our courses and your experience as a ski instructor. After the interview, we will call you and let you know whether or not we can offer you a spot on our team.

We receive a lot of applications for our courses and the spots fill up quickly. Therefore we have a “first come, first serve” principle with an application deadline each month. This means that the earlier you apply, the greater your chances are of joining the team and getting a spot at your dream destination.

Further information about course dates and prices can be found below, where you can also hit the button to apply now.



Course Icon 10 week level 1+2 ski instructor course in Queenstown

Course Icon From €9395

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Course Icon Queenstown, New Zealand

Course Icon June-September

Course Icon Sign up deposit €100


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