Become a ski instructor in Tignes

Learn tons on our level 1 and 2 season course in France


If you say skiing in France, you say skiing in Tignes. Tignes is one of the biggest and most developed ski resorts in France, if not the world. With over 300 km of slopes, amazing freeride terrain, and a lively village it’s a dream destination for anyone passionate for snow.

Our season package in Tignes is a unique opportunity to spend your first season living in the center of one of the best ski resorts in the Alps. It combines an extensive ski instructor training program, with freeride and freestyle training during a season in which you will develop your teaching and on-snow skills more than you could have ever imagined. Oh, and did we mention that Tignes is directly connected to the legendary Val-d’Isère? I don’t think we did but it is, which makes it one of the most diverse resorts in the world.

NOTE! This course is available as a snowboard program too. Please get in touch to sign up.


Spending the entire season in a resort-like Tignes really gives you the opportunity to get an experience of a lifetime. As a part of the course, you will receive a full season lift pass, accommodation for the entire winter in the center of Tignes, around 300 hours of training consisting of video analysis, ski development, freeride training from a former Freeride World Tour competitor, Freestyle training from a former FIS World Cup Freestyle Skier, Race training, the Level 1 and 2 BASI instructor qualifications and much more. In short; with comfort in our highly experienced trainers we guarantee that this will be your life’s most developing ski experience packed with high fives and fun!

The program runs throughout the entire season and combines the training with plenty of time for freeskiing. It is a unique opportunity to improve your skiing and lift it to a level you could only have dreamed of.


In Tignes, you will live right in the center of the village, together with your fellow up and coming ski instructors. The resort offers a broad variety of slopes and off-piste opportunities. This means that you can spend your day focussing on exactly what you like to improve and you have the resort to support you in your quest to improve yourself to the max. 

Tignes Village is lively with a vast selection of bars, restaurants, and activities in the evening. It’s what we would call the perfect skiing village, where you can combine a lively social life with the perfect skiing setup.


We’ve created a full winter experience from December to April, where you will become a certified level 1 and 2 ski instructor. With this course package, you can look forward to the following benefits:


  • A full season in Tignes with full area season lift pass
  • Seasonal accommodation, twin rooms in a hotel in the center of Tignes
  • 50 wholesome and sufficient dinner meals given on vouchers to spend during the season. 
  • A total of 124 breakfast of bread, butter, jam, porridge, tea, coffee. Options for in-resort upgrades.
  • 300 training hours
  • Freestyle Training by e.g. ex FIS World Cup Freestyle Skier.
  • Freeride Training by e.g. ex Salomon Team Skier, and FWT competitor.
  • Race Training by e.g. Eurotest opener, BASI Trainer, ex-team GB member.
  • BASI training by e.g. BASI examiners
  • BASI Level 1 & 2 Exams including membership fees and subs
  • 2 Day first aid course
  • Child Protection Module
  • Snowminds Course Manager during the entire season
  • Pre-season fitness program
  • Guaranteed interview at Austrian, Canadian, Japanese or Swiss ski school for a potential second season
  • Pro-deals at Snowminds Store
  • Social team events during the season
  • Ski school orientation, preparing you for life as a certified ski instructor
  • Shadowing and instructor work experience
  • Kick-off event prior to departure 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 Tignes, France*
  • Cancellation insurance, travel insurance, and potential visa fees
  • Ski, boots, clothing, and other equipment
  • All meals and anything else not mentioned above

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

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

Season Program

Our Tignes level 1 and 2 instructor program is perfectly designed for those looking to take a gap year, a career break/change as well as those wanting professional training to improve their skiing and take it to the next level in some of the best and most varied terrains in the Alps.

  • 7/12 2020: Arrival, check-in, and welcome meeting
  • 8/12/20 – 18/12/20 –  First 2 weeks of training
  • 19/12/20 – 3/1/2021 – Ski School experience and Shadowing
  • 4/1/2021 – 15/1/2021 – Weeks 3 & 4 of training.
  • 18/1/2021 – 22/1/2021 – BASI level 1 exam
  • 25/1/2021 – 5/2/2021 – Weeks 5 & 6 of training
  • 8/2/2021 – 19/2/201 – Ski School experience and Shadowing
  • 19/2/2021 – 19/3/2021 – Weeks 7 – 10
  • 22/3/2021 – 2/4/2021 – BASI level 2 exam.
  • 3/4/2021 – 10/4/2021 – Freeskiing with friends 🙂

NOTE! The Level 1 and 2 training program consist of on-slope days, off-slope days, and off days. The exact planning is made in accordance with the weather conditions and ski school scheduling and can be subject to change.


At Snowminds we pride ourselves in running professional and developing instructor training programs and we are renowned amongst the ski schools for educating competent, energetic, and top motivated instructors.  You do not have to be an expert on the slope when you join (we will teach you!), but we expect the following of you: 

  • You have skied around 3-4 times (more is a bonus!)
  • You are positive, outgoing, and motivated to develop on and off the slope
  • You are respectful to others and prepared to support a professional learning environment
  • You speak English at a conversational level
  • You are minimum 18 years and eligible to enter and stay in France as a tourist during the length of the program


If you can say yes to the above criteria we recommend you sign up, whereafter we will get in touch with you to align expectations and inform you about availability. W generally 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, so the earlier you sign up the higher are your chances to secure a spot.

Please use the application form below, where you will find our prices and dates, or fill out the application form above.

NOTE! This course is offered as a snowboard program too! Please get in touch for more information. 

"When I skied in Tignes for the first time in 2010 I was blown away by the endless on- and off-piste opportunities. It's not for nothing it's a true french skiing Mekka and that some of the world's best instructors come back year after year."

- Christoffer Vorre, founder of Snowminds


Course Icon Level 1 and 2 ski instructor course in Tignes

Course Icon 20/21 introduction price: € 8.295

Course Icon New application deadline: February 7th!

Course Icon Tignes, France

Course Icon December 7th 2020 - April 10th 2021


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