Become an instructor in GALA

Shred Mainland Japan

The Destination


GALA Yuzawa is one of a kind. It’s the only ski and snowboard resort in Japan that is connected directly to the Shinkansen bullet train network. This means you can literally take a 75 minute, high-speed bullet train from downtown Tokyo and get off in the the ski resort lobby without any stress, making it one of the most easily accessible resorts in the world. GALA consists of 4 main ski areas with a good distribution of terrain: 35% beginner slopes, 45% intermediate slopes and 20% advanced slopes. With a relatively high altitude of 1181 meters, GALA enjoys a long season and  some of the best snow conditions in the region.



The Ski School

Gala Yuzawa Snow School consists of about 30 instructors, a size which helps create a super cozy working environment. The ski and snowboard instructors are divided into various department, with Snowminds instructors working in the English-speaking customers. Despite the labor division, it’s one family. Whether you take our 3 Week Ski Instructor Course or our 3 Week Snowboard Instructor course, you can expect to be in very good hands and fully-integrated within the ski school.


The Ski Instructor Life in Japan


Whether it’s skiing in deep powder, enjoying local hot springs, late-night karaoke, or something completely different, a season in GALA offers you a rich cultural experience. Not to mention the fact that you are located a mere 75 minutes away from Tokyo. This ideal location gives you the very real option of hitting up Tokyo on day off with your mates, or doing other day trips throughout the country, depending on your interest and how adventurous you are feeling. Being a ski instructor in Japan will be the experience of a lifetime.




  • 10-12 meters of annual snowfall per year
  • 11 modern ski lifts
  • 1181 max altitude
  • 75 minute direct bullet train ride from Tokyo
  • One of Japan’s longest ski seasons from mid-December to early May
  • Hot springs and swimming pools for after ski
  • Snowmobile tours
  • Authentic Local Vibes

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