Become a ski instructor or snowboard instructor in the "birthplace of skiing"

The Destination

History matters, and Austria is where it all began. We’re talking about skiing here, and it is not by chance that Snowminds hosts many of its instructor training courses in Austrian resorts. Austria rightly has many claims to fame, including being home to the world’s first ski school and many world champs. It’s also hosts the liveliest after ski culture of anywhere on earth. That said, when you are truly the best, you let others do the bragging for you. And they do. Austria is universally beloved.



The Mountains


Alpine peaks, well-groomed slopes and traditional Austrian charm are ever-present in Austria and this is why we love to run Snowminds ski and snowboard instructor courses there. As the home to the most ski areas on earth, the country offers something for everyone. There are more than enough options to choose from to fulfill your priorities in terms of area size, after ski culture and terrain. In Austria, like everywhere else, the excitement builds every year for what the snow gods have in store. However, Austria offers a big advantage: Nearly all destinations have modern snow cannons to ensure a long and more consistent season. It’s a safe bet for your gap year as a ski or snowboard instructor.  


“While waiting for my boss to pick me up in Kaprun after my Snowminds course, I knew this would be one of the coolest experiences in my life. I wasn’t wrong!"

- Martin, Snowminds Instructor

The Instructor Life


A ski season in Austria offers a wealth of adventures on- and off- the mountain. You will have the opportunity to try night skiing, toboggan runs, afterski, hiking, tour skiing, snowkiting, and watch World Cup races. Just as importantly, the experience gives you the chance to make a lot of new friends and be part of the amazing snowminds instructors community. With colleagues from around the world, you basically have no choice but to strengthen your language skills, drastically improve your skiing and snowboarding technique and, of course, have lots of fun doing so.  

The atmosphere surrounding when working as a ski or snowboard instructor in Austria is also special. It’s got a local feel. From the cozy mountain villages and characteristic architecture to family-run restaurants and aprés-ski bars, you should never get bored. Throughout your ski season in Austria you will also have the opportunity to experience the cities of Salzburg and Vienna, which offer shopping, cultural events and much more.



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