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 Verbier as their home base, speaks for itself!
On our season-long program, you can combine training, shadowing and work opportunities throughout the entire season on our English spoken level 1 and 2 ski instructor internship 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.
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, internationally recognized level 1+2 exams, around 170 hours of training from top-professional instructors, and work/ shadow opportunities 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 shadow and/ or work in the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Hereafter, in January, we will pick up training towards the level 2 exam in February, before the high season period kicks in from mid-February until the beginning of March, and again at Easter. With that large amount of training, you will gain valuable experience for shadowing and work during the high season. At the beginning of March you will have another training block where you get introduced to GS race training, freestyle, touring and avalanche training including prevention, conditions and rescue scenarios.
In short, we’ve got your season covered, with a lot of training, a season lift ticket, work and shadow 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. 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 a group of fellow Snowminders in a shared house with kitchen facilities in either Verbier or Le Châble which is only one gondola ride away. These resorts are some of the busiest villages in Switzerland with a great international 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 end of November to April, where you will become a certified ski instructor with the opportunity to work in a local ski school in Verbier. Each group will consist of up to 9 people.
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 525 CHF surcharge for living in the centre of Verbier instead of Le Châble
** There is a 200 CHF surcharge on the lift ticket for people born 1996 or earlier.
***Employment depends on successfully passing your exams, performance during training, language skills and is based on business levels and demands from ski school.
**** 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 Verbier level 1 and 2 instructor internship 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.
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.
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 Verbier with level 1+2 ski instructor course
from €9.125 (€8.575 in Le Châble)
Any Questions? Call us!