Become a ski instructor in Verbier

Work and play on our level 1 and 2 instructor course in the Swiss Alps

Become a ski instructor in Verbier

It’s the mecca of Freeride. The absolute pinnacle when it comes to big mountain skiing. There is a good reason Verbier has hosted the final of the Freeride World Tour for more than the past decade! It combines some of the best skiing in the world, with a lively village and great nightlife. It’s 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 for Verbier as their home base, speaks for itself!

We are proud to present a unique winter season, where you combine work and play throughout the entire season on our English spoken level 1 and 2 ski instructor training program in Verbier. You will have direct access to the heart of the world-renowned 4 Vallées ski resort, one of Switzerland’s biggest ski resorts offering some of the best and most varied terrains in the world.

NOTE! This course is offered as a Snowboard course too!

 

A WINTER IN LES 4 VALÉES

From the beginning of December and onwards, you will participate in our level 1 and 2, fully English, instructor training program, which is designed to prepare you for work as an instructor in a ski school in Switzerland.

As a part of the course, you will receive a full season lift pass, accommodation for the entire winter, an internationally recognized level 1 exam, around 200 hours of training from top-professional instructors, and work at a local ski school. All this in one of the most acclaimed and famous resorts in Switzerland, if not the World.

You will train towards passing your level 1 before Christmas, so you can work in the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Hereafter, in January, we will pick up training where we left it before the high season period kicks in from mid-February until the beginning of March, and again at Easter. Whilst working you will gain valuable experience that, together with a large amount of training, will set you up for success with the level 2 exam in March, should you decide to pursue that.

In short, we got your season covered, with a lot of training, a season lift ticket, work opportunities, and paid accommodation, so you can shred until the end of April!

THE INSTRUCTOR LIFE

For good reason, Switzerland is one of the most desired ski destinations for both new and experienced ski instructors. The Swiss Alps offer some of the best skiing in the world, both on the slope, and off-piste. This is specifically evident in the 4 Valées ski resort, which is known for its amazing off-piste terrain. It is not a coincidence that it has hosted the Freeride World Tour finals for years! 

As Switzerland is highly sought after and receives a significant amount of wealthy clients it’s one of the best places to learn from experienced instructors and kick start your ski instructor career. As a newly certified instructor, you typically receive between 20-27 CHF an hour, which is significantly higher than elsewhere. If you plan to make a career out of skiing this is the place to be.

During the season, you will be accommodated with fellow Snowminders in a shared apartment with kitchen facilities in Verbier or the surrounding towns. Verbier is one of the busiest villages in Switzerland with a great ski instructor community. 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. 

 

WHAT DO YOU GET FROM SNOWMINDS?

We’ve created a holistic winter experience from December to April, where you will become a certified ski instructor with the ability to work in Verbier. 

With this course package, you can look forward to the following benefits:

  • A full winter season in Verbier
  • Shared season accommodation in the village of Le Chable or Verbier from December 1st to April 25th, 2021 (+800 Eur for Verbier accommodation)*
  • Snowminds Representative during the entire season
  • Season lift pass for Les 4 Vallées (+200 CHF if born 1995 or earlier)**
  • 200 hours of level 1 + 2 training program including video analysis and evening sessions
  • Level 1 BASI (or similar) exam including all fees, materials, and membership
  • Job at a local ski school during the high season
  • 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
  • Online kick-off event prior to departure with team building and more
  • Preparation guidance and tips regarding packing, insurance, visa, etc., before, during, and after the season
  • A Snowminds job interview guaranteed in Canada and Japan in the following season (if desired)
  • Travel protection with Snowminds Money Back Guarantee


What is not included?

  • Transportation to/from Verbier, Switzerland***
  • Optional level 2 exam (around 1.000 Euro)
  • Cancellation insurance, travel insurance, and potential visa fees
  • 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 Switzerland to provide you with a life-long experience that we are known for!

 

* You will be housed in Le Chable or Verbier for the full season. If you are housed in Verbier there is an extra cost of €800,-
** There is a 200 CHF surcharge on the lift ticket for people born 1995 or earlier.
** 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 Verbier 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 4 Vallées, some of the best and most varied terrains in the Alps.

  • 01.12. –02.12. – Arrival, moving in, team building etc. 
  • 03.12.-16.12. – Level 1 on and off snow training
  • 17.12.-23.12. – BASI/ SBINZ Level 1 Exam Period 
  • 24.12.-10.01.- Possible work/shadowing
  • 11.01.-16.01. – Day offs for freeskiing
  • 16.01.- 04.02. – Level 2 on and off snow training
  • 05.02.-06.03.- Possible work/Shadowing
  • 08.03. Level 2 training program
  • 11.03.-19.03- Optional Level 2 exam 
  • 22.03.-12.04- Possible work/Shadowing/Free internal ski school training/Freeskiing
  • 25.04.- Move out of accommodation

The program is approximate and can be subject to changes. Please note that the Level 1 and 2 training programs consist of on-slope days, off-slope days, and off days. The exact planning is made in accordance with the weather conditions during those weeks.

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 feel comfortable skiing* on red slopes
  • 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 and eligible to enter Switzerland at a tourist visa

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 above.

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

"I've done 5 seasons in Les 4 Vallées ski resort and it was absolutely amazing. If you look for amazing skiing and personal development on and off the snow look no further and GO!"

- Thijs Kennis, Snowminds Course Manager

Price

Course Icon Level 1 and 2 ski instructor course in Verbier

Course Icon 20/21 introduction price: € 7.650 - 21/22 price € 7.995

Course Icon New application deadline: February 7th!

Course Icon Verbier, Switzerland

Course Icon December 1st 2020 - April 25th 2021

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