11 week level 1 + 2 ski instructor course in Saas Fee

Join our 11 week instructor course and get your level 2 certificate in your first season!

11 week instructor course in Saas Fee

Join us for an unforgettable adventure with our 11 week instructor course in Saas Fee! The glacier village of Saas-Fee, fringed by 13 four-thousand-meter peaks, has the descriptive nickname “The Pearl of the Alps” among winter sports enthusiasts in Saas-Fee.

Together with Saas-Grund and Saas-Almagell, the resort forms a ski region that is very snow-sure during the winter months. The slopes are located at an altitude of up to 3,600 meters. A large part of the slopes in the glacier ski area can even be used all year round.

All the more reason for us to be proud to present a unique winter season experience, a fully English spoken level 1 and 2 ski instructor training program in Saas Fee.

NOTE: The same course is also offered for snowboarders.

A winter in Saas Fee

In case you are not necessarily looking at teaching, the short course is a fantastic opportunity to hugely up your ski or snowboard level, without having to commit to a full season!

The course consists of training in both the Technical and Teaching elements required for the Level 1 and Level 2 exam. Alongside these elements, you will also enjoy Off Piste/Mountain Safety training, ski tuning clinics and have the opportunity to visit other resorts around Switzerland with the Magic Pass.

In order to attend and pass the course, you need to be able to perform controlled parallel turns on a difficult red run. From this starting point, both the Level 1 and Level 2 are well within reach.

Please bear in mind that the short courses are a more intensive programme than the season long course, it is ideal if you need a smaller time frame for completing the course as it requires less time commitment.

If you are not an EU passport holder or eligible to stay in Switzerland for long stays, this is the perfect course for you, keeping your stay just under 90 days and still getting the full instructor experience.

The instructor life

Saas Fee has some of Europe’s best training and ski/ride terrain. It is an incredible snow sure resort in the Alps, with a glacier that allows snowsports for 10 months of the year. The village is a stunning, car-free, chocolate box Swiss mountain village. Everything is within walking distance and with a plethora of bars, restaurants and other facilities, there is never a dull moment!

Former Snowminders say it’s the best snow they’ve ever experienced compared to other areas due to the altitude! What is outstanding for our instructors was the genuine charm of the village, its relaxed but fun apres ski and its breathtaking mountain scenery. That’s what makes Saas-Fee a genuine all-round winter wonderland.

Enjoy a cozy fondue evening with your ski school team or experience the sunrise at 3,500 m above sea level, including early morning skiing with the whole bunch! These and many more winter experiences are waiting for you! 

What do you get from Snowminds?

We’ve created a holistic winter experience from either November until February, or February to April, where you will become a certified ski or snowboard instructor. With this course package, you can look forward to the following benefits:

  • A winter in Saas Fee
  • Shared season accommodation in Saas Fee for the duration of the course
  • Snowminds Team leader during the course
  • Magic lift pass (access to over 50 ski resorts across Switzerland)
  • 170 intensive hours level 1+2 training program including video analysis and evening sessions
  • Level 1+2 BASI exams including all fees, materials, and membership
  • Shadowing opportunities
  • Off Piste/Mountain Safety training
  • Ski/ Snowboard tuning clinics
  • Ski school orientation, preparing you for life as a certified ski instructor
  • Social team events during the season
  • Pro-deals at Snowminds Store
  • Pre-season fitness program
  • Kick-off event in September with group team building etc.
  • Preparation guidance and tips regarding packing, insurance, visa, etc., before, during, and after the season
  • Travel protection with Snowminds Money Back Guarantee

 

What is not included?

  • Transportation to/from Saas Fee, Switzerland*
  • Cancellation & travel insurance
  • Any registration fees, health insurance or tourist tax
  • All meals and anything else not mentioned above
  • First aid course**

As a Snowminds trademark, we take care of all the practicalities and coordinate with our professional partners in Switzerland to provide you with a life-long experience!

 

* We are happy to assist with recommendations for booking airline tickets and airport transfers to your final destination. Please reach out to us ANYTIME if you are interested. 

** First Aid certification is not included, however, we are happy to arrange a first aid course for you if are not already First Aid trained. 

Season Planning

There are several options for you to consider. We are running two back-to-back 11 week level 1+2 ski and a snowboard courses simultaneously. You can choose between following dates:

 

1. 26.11.2022 –  02.02.2023

2. 04.02.2023 – 17.04.2023

 

If you are doing the early season course, it gives you an opportunity to get qualified and then go and work in a ski resort from February Half Term onwards. If you are taking the later course, it enables you to get qualified in time for either the Southern Hemisphere winter or gets you ahead of the game for the next winter season!

In case you are not necessarily looking at teaching, the short course is a fantastic opportunity to hugely up your ski or snowboard level, without having to commit to a full season. If you are more interested in work opportunities during the season we would recommend our full-season Level 1+2 course in Saas Fee.

Who can apply?

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 are able to perform controlled parallel turns on a difficult red run
  • 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
  • You are eligible to stay in Switzerland for 90 days

 

When you have sent your application you will receive an invitation for an interview. During the interview, we will evaluate your candidacy while you have the opportunity to get more information about our courses and the experience as a ski instructor in Switzerland. After the interview, we will call you and let you know whether or not we can offer you a spot on our team.  

We have a big interest in 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 send in your application, the greater your chances are of joining the team and getting your dream destination.

Use the application form below, where you will find our prices and dates, or fill out the  application form here.

 

Price

Course Icon 11 week level 1 + 2 ski instructor course in Saas Fee

Course Icon From €7.895

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Course Icon Saas Fee, Switzerland

Course Icon November 26th to February 10th OR February 12th to 29th of April

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