Verbier is the heart of the ski area, and the most well known Swiss resort as a firm favorite amongst the royals and the rich and famous. It is also Switzerland’s liveliest resort with a reputation for its animated après ski and nightlife and renowned for its fantastic range of pistes as well as off-piste skiing.
There is a good reason Verbier has hosted the final of the Freeride World Tour for more than the past decade! Verbier has an international vibe and it is not uncommon to run into a pro skier or two throughout the day. The fact that so many pro skiers choose Verbier as their home base, speaks for itself!
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 Verbier.
NOTE: The same course is also offered for snowboarders. Reach out to us for more information!
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/ snowboard tuning clinics and have the opportunity to visit other resorts around Switzerland.
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!
Our former Snowminders all stated, you must go down the Piste de L’Ours which hosted a number of downhill World Cup championships and if you want to find the perfect spot for a photo then head up to the Mont Fort glacier. Depending on the conditions, it’s either buried under a layer of powdery snow or covered in well-shaped bumps. Those in a more pensive mood can simply enjoy the panorama, or, accompanied by a mountain guide, can tackle one of the Backside Mont-Fort routes on skis.
Due to the proximity and good connection between the neighboring resorts La Tzoumaz and Nendaz, Snowminders can easily visit each other and spend a day on skis together!
During the course, you will be accommodated with a group of fellow Snowminders in a shared house with kitchen facilities. The instructors typically meet up at a few local spots in the resort and on days off there are often a few of them exploring the resort together.
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:
What is not included?
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!
* There is a 200 CHF surcharge on the lift ticket for people born before 1998 and/or who signed up later than November 20th 2022.
** 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.
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. 28.11.2022 – 08.02.2023
2. 10.02.2023 – 23.04.2023
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 Verbier.
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:
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.
11 week level 1 + 2 ski instructor course in Verbier
November 28th - February 8th OR February 10th - April 23rd 2023
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Dec - April