If there is one place that is recognized for its magical mountains and skiing culture, it would be Switzerland. It’s no coincidence that skiers from all over the world have this unique Alp country on the top of their bucket list and now you have the chance to make this your winter-wonderland on a full season in La Tzoumaz!
We are proud to present a unique winter season, where you combine shadowing, potential work and play throughout the entire season on our English spoken level 1 and 2 ski instructor internship in La Tzoumaz. You will have direct access to the heart of the world-renowned 4 Vallées ski resort, one of Switzerland’s biggest ski resorts and you can ski the long piste from La Tzoumaz to Verbier.
La Tzoumaz is well known as a family resort, which creates a great season with a lot of job opportunities and experience after courses. It combines some of the best skiing in the world, with a lively village and great nightlife. It’s an international vibe with great events throughout the whole season!
From the beginning of December and onwards, you will participate in our level 1 and 2, fully English, instructor internship, which is designed to prepare you for work as an instructor in a ski school in Switzerland.
You will get chalet accommodation for 5 months in La Tzoumaz, a seasonal lift pass, 150 hours of on-snow ski training (!) and the international English-language BASI level 1+2 education. Once you have finished and passed the program, you can call yourself an official Level 2 BASI ski instructor. In addition, you will be working with a local ski school, where you get the opportunity to shadow an instructor and work dependent on business levels. Basic language skills in French, German and or Dutch will be very helpful to open more opportunities for work during the high season.
In short, we got your season covered, with many training hours, a season lift ticket, shadow and/ or 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. 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 Vallées ski resort, which is known for its amazing off-piste terrain and sunsets!
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 La Tzoumaz or the surrounding towns. La Tzoumaz is one of most visited 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.
We’ve created a holistic winter experience from December to April, where you will become a certified ski instructor with the ability to work at Ecole Suisse de Ski in La Tzoumaz.
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 that we are known for!
* 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.
** First Aid certification is not included, however, we are happy to arrange a first aid course for you if are not already certified
***Your employment depends on successfully passing your exams, your level of skiing, teaching skills & language skills and business levels.
**** 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.
Our La Tzoumaz 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.
Below is an example of what the program could look like:
The program is approximate and can be subject to changes. The exact planning is made in accordance with the weather conditions and ski school work schedules/buisness levels.
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, we will give you a call to discuss your course choice and hear more about why you want to become an instructor. You will then be invited to an interview where we will evaluate your candidacy. This also give you 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 receive a lot of applications for 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 apply, the greater your chances are of joining the team and getting a spot at your dream destination.
Further information about course dates and prices can be found below, where you can also hit the button to apply now.
- Thijs Kennis, Snowminds Course Manager
Season in La Tzoumaz with level 1+2 ski instructor course
La Tzoumaz, Switzerland
December - April
Sign up deposit €100
Any Questions? Call us!