Become a ski instructor in Zermatt

Do a season in the most iconic ski resort in Switzerland

Become a ski instructor in Zermatt

If you say Switzerland, there are generally only 3 things you can think of: Chocolate, Swiss cheese, and the most iconic mountain of them all: The Matterhorn in Zermatt. If a single mountain village can define the image of an entire country, you know it’s special.

In the best possible way, Zermatt combines all aspects of a ski resort. With a lively village full of restaurants, nightlife, and off-slope activities, one of the highest ski slopes in the world, a beautiful authentic village, a breathtaking backdrop, and state of the art ski facilities, it is easy to see why this resort might very well be the most iconic and well-known ski village in the entire world.

All the more reason for us to be proud to present a unique winter season experience in Zermatt, where you combine work and play throughout the entire season on our English spoken level 1 and 2 ski instructor training program in Zermatt.




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

We got your season covered with a full season lift pass, accommodation for 5 months, an internationally recognized level 1 exam with the option of a level 2, around 200 hours of training from top-professional instructors, and work at a local ski school in Zermatt.

Before Christmas you will train towards your level 1, so you can work in the busy Christmas and New Year holiday period. In January, we will continue the training towards level 2 until the high season kicks in from mid-February until the beginning of March, and again at Easter. Your training and work will prepare you for 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!


For good reason, Switzerland is one of the most desired ski destinations for both new and experienced ski instructors. If you combine that with the most famous ski resort in Switzerland, you have a winning formula. Zermatt is internationally renowned, which means it in turn has a very international vibe to it. It receives guests from all over the world and you can feel that in daily life in the village. 

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. Zermatt has a fair amount of different ski schools and instructors tend to hang out throughout the season. 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 November to April, where you will become a certified ski instructor with the ability to work in Zermatt. 

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

  • A full winter in Zermatt
  • Shared season accommodation in Zermatt from November 21st to April 15th, 2021 
  • Snowminds Representative during the entire season
  • Season lift pass for the Zermatt ski resort
  • 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 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 group team building etc.
  • 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 Zermatt, 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!

* 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 Planning

Our Zermatt 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 Zermatt, some of the best and most varied terrains in the Alps.

    • 20. – 21.11.2020 – Arrival, moving in, team building, etc. 
    • 22.11 – 7.12.2020 – Level 1 on and off snow training
    • 8. – 12.12.2020 – BASI Level 1 Exam Period 
    • 13. – 19.12 – rest days and ski school-specific training
    • 20.12 – 10.1 2021 – Possible work/shadowing 
    • 11.01.-14.01.2021 – Day offs for free skiing
    • 15.01.- 04.02.2021 – Level 2 on and off snow training
    • 05.02. – 01.03.2021 – Possible work/Shadowing in high season
    • 02. – 09.03.2021 – Optional Level 2 exam
    • 10.03 – 14.04.2021 – Days off and possible work
    • 15.04.- 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 and work schedules.


    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 here.

    "I've done 5 seasons in Les 4 Vallées ski resort and it was aboslutely 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


    Course Icon Level 1 and 2 ski instructor course in Zermatt

    Course Icon 20/21 introduction price: € 7.995 - 21/22 price € 8.495

    Course Icon Next application deadline: May 1st!

    Course Icon Zermatt, Switzerland

    Course Icon November 21st 2020 - April 15th 2021


    Any Questions? Call us!