New Zealand

Turn winter into summer with our Level 1 and 2 snowboard instructor course

Turn Summer into Winter


Is it your dream to become a snowboard instructor in New Zealand for an entire season? Would you like to trade in the summer for a snow-covered, mountainous landscape? If so, you have come to the right place.

We are extremely proud to present this unique opportunity: 10-weeks of summer as a snowboard instructor in Queenstown, New Zealand! Now you have the opportunity to take the Level 1 NZSIA snowboard instructor course “Down Under” with Snowminds. All of this while living in Queenstown, experiencing a season in The Remarkables, New Zealand – the ultimate ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere. The only downside is our limited spots – so be quick and secure yourself one ASAP.


10 weeks in Snowboard Heaven


From the beginning of June and onwards, you will tackle 10-weeks of snowboard training, work, and FUN. You will receive training from top-certified snowboard instructors, work with clients from around the world and have the time of your life. 

The action gets real when you arrive on in Queenstown, New Zealand at the beginning of June. Our super-skilled New Zealand snowboard instructors will begin by teaching basic snowboard techniques while building upon your existing skills on the slopes. The instructors will keep the level of snowboard suitable for the entire group, so you will be set up to pass your Level 1 exam with flying colors. As soon as you have passed your Level 1 exam you will receive a thorough introduction to the ski school together with fellow new- and experienced snowboard instructors. From here on, you will have all the tools necessary to take on your own pupils. The process comes to an end around July 1st, which is when you can expect your first day teaching as a licensed snowboard instructor.

In the following 3 weeks, you will become an integrated part of the ski school in the busy holiday season. When the 3 weeks have passed you will be able to work ad-hoc in the snow school or spend more time riding the slopes and back country of The Remarkables, Coronet Peak or even Mount Hutt. With your 3 Peak Season Pass you will never get bored! If you’re up for it and if your level of snowboarding allows it, you can complete New Zealand’s Level 2 exam at the beginning of August. This means you can achieve your Level 1 & 2 certificates during the Summer season! Something we can most definitely recommend.

Your season, together with your certification is a door opener to future seasons with Snowminds at some of our other unique destinations, e.g Japan or Canada, with a job guarantee. You can also end your Summer season traveling around spectacular New Zealand – the opportunities are endless and entirely up to you!


The Instructor Life


As a certified snowboard instructor in New Zealand, you can expect a season in a country that presumably provides the best snowboarding conditions in the Southern Hemisphere. The people in New Zealand love snowboarding, and furthermore, Queenstown is considered the World’s adventure capital. Each year, Queenstown attracts a huge number of world-class freestyle- and freeriders. Ultimately, this means that you will improve your snowboarding skills while drinking beers with world-famous Olympic freestyle riders.

During the season, you will be accommodated hostel-style with fellow Snowminders in the legendary Queenstown at cozy and quaint Absoloot HostelQueenstown offers a wide variety of tasty restaurants, bars, and exclusive shopping. After the season – which usually runs from mid-June to end-September – you have the opportunity to travel around New Zealand or explore Australia with your new friends. Officially, your training will end mid-August, whereafter you decide whether to stay or travel further.




We’ve created a holistic experience, where you will become a certified Snowboard instructor in New Zealand and work as a snowboard instructor at The Remarkable. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to experience other parts of New Zealand – such as its beautiful scenery and unique laid-back culture. Once your season has ended, you have the opportunity to travel on your own, with fellow instructors, or with others, you’ve met during your time in New Zealand. It is also possible to plan hiking tours, skydiving and much more. In Queenstown, the World’s adventure capital, the possibilities are endless!


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


  • 10 weeks snowboard instructor course, combined with a job as a snowboard instructor at The Remarkables, New Zealand
  • Accommodation in Queenstown for 10 weeks (June 5th to August 16th, 2020)
  • Snowminds Team Leader during the entire season
  • Season lift pass for The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, and Mount Hutt ski resorts
  • 12 days Level 1 training
  • 5 days SBINZ Level 1 Snowboard instructor course, including membership, course fees, and manuals
  • Ski bus pass for the entire season
  • 3 weeks job guarantee in July after you passed your Level 1 exam
  • 12 days level 2 training
  • Assistance with visa applications and other practicalities
  • Ski school orientation, preparing you for life as a certified ski instructor
  • Preparation guidance and tips regarding packing, insurance etc., before, during and after the season
  • A Snowminds job guarantee in Canada and Japan if desired


What is not included?


  • Transportation to/from Queenstown, New Zealand*
  • Cancellation insurance, travel insurance, and visa fees
  • Pocket money and anything else not mentioned above 


As always, we take care of all the practicalities and coordinate with our skilled partners in New Zealand. We promise you will always be surrounded by our partners, therefore ensuring that you experience the safety and security we are known for!


* We are happy to assist with the booking of airline tickets, including airport transfers to your final destination. Please reach out to us ANYTIME if you are interested. 



For community and security, we think it’s always best to travel together. Therefore, we have created the following travel program, which gives you the option to travel with fellow instructors.


Travel Program*:

    • June 5th: Latest arrival in Queenstown, New Zealand
    • June 6th: Course start and first day on the snow
    • June 7th – 17th: Snowboard preparation training for the Level 1 exam
    • June 18th – 22nd: SBINZ Level 1 snowboard instructor exam
    • June 23rd – 28th: Introduction to the ski school and job interview
    • June 29th –  July 18th: Work at the ski school
    • July 19th – August 14th: Potential contract extension, riding, level 2 opportunity
    • August 15th: Last day at the accommodation. Possibility to extend stay, return home or travel around New Zealand


    *The Travel Program is approximate and can be subject to changes




    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 ski- and snowboard instructors. You don’t have to be an expert on the snow, and no matter what your level is – we have a course that is tailor-made just for you. We will make sure you receive the necessary training before your exam so you’re ensured to live out your winter dream as an instructor in New Zealand. 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 have snowboarded a minimum of 3-4 weeks, ideally more
    • You are positive, outgoing and adventurous
    • You are serious, responsible and top motivated
    • You are good with kids, teens, and adults
    • You enjoy teaching and love being challenged  
    • You speak English at a conversational level
    • You are 18 years or above and eligible to a Working Holiday Visa

    When you have sent your application you will receive an invitation for a Skype interview. During the interview will evaluate your candidacy while you have the opportunity to get more information about our courses and the experience as an instructor in New Zealand.

    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.  



    Course Icon 10 week level 1+ 2 snowboard instructor course in New Zealand

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