Work and play the winter away on this ultimate season experience

Live the instructor life in Austria


If you ask an experienced instructor what their ideal season would look like, it would without a doubt be a combination of high-level training, teaching, and having a ton of fun together with the other instructors. That is exactly what our 12-week dual instructor course in Austria offers. 

With this program, Snowminds offers you the opportunity to combine training and working in one season, whilst having the opportunity to take both your Level 1 (Anwärter) and Level 2 (Landes 1) certification during your first winter season. This means that you would get a level 1 dual certificate, so you can teach both skiing and snowboarding. For your level 2, you get to choose if you would like to be higher certified in either skiing or snowboarding. How cool is that? You will enjoy training from our highly experienced coaches, working step by step on improving your own technique and teaching skills. Combine that with the opportunity of a minimum of 5 weeks of shadow and work, and you have what we would call the perfect first winter season!


NOTE! This program is offered as a ski or snowboard program too! Please get in touch for more information.


The Season Program


You will effectively train and improve from the moment you touch ground in Austria until you leave. You will start out with 3 weeks of intensive training in January that will set you up for success at the Austrian Anwärter (Level 1) exam on both ski and snowboard!

After successfully completing your level 1 exams, you will spend 6 weeks at a ski school where you will gather real working experience under the guidance of experienced instructors. It’s the ideal way to put what you have learned during the course into practice. During this teaching and shadow period, you will not only for the first time put what you have learned to use, but you will also gather the necessary experience to continue with the Landes (level 2) training. 

After the 6 weeks at the ski school, you will continue the program with an intensive training program to prepare you for the official Austrian Landes course. We can guarantee that you’ll take your development to the next level and got you covered with a bed and a season lift ticket for almost 2800 km of slopes to explore. You are welcome!


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What is included?


When you travel with Snowminds we take care of all the practicalities. That way you can pack your bags and good vibes and focus on preparing for your adventure.


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

  • A total of 3 months of training (12 weeks) and working experience in Austria
  • 3-week Anwärter (level 1) training and exam including all materials (excluding optional membership)
  • 3-week Landes (level 2) training and exam including all materials (excluding optional membership)
  • 6-week shadow and/or work internship in a local Austrian ski school in February
  • Salzburger Super Ski Season Ski Pass (covers 2.750 km of slopes!)*
  • Optional work in Easter after the course
  • 6 weeks of hotel accommodation including breakfast and dinner during training
  • 6 weeks of organized ski school accommodation (cost not included)**
  • Team events with Snowminds during and after the season
  • Snowminds Representative during the entire season
  • Pre-season fitness program
  • Ski school orientation, preparing you for life as a certified ski instructor
  • Pro-deals at Snowminds Store
  • 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
  • Travel protection with Snowminds Money Back Guarantee
  • A Snowminds job interview guaranteed in e.g. Austria, Canada or Japan in the following season (if desired)


What is not included?

  • Transport to and from Austria***
  • Travel activity after the season ends (including transport from your destination to the airport)
  • Cancellation insurance, travel insurance, and any visa application costs
  • Possible expenses for accommodation, lift pass, and uniform during the season (this varies from ski school to ski school)
  • Equipment for the season, such as ski equipment, avalanche equipment, etc.
  • Pocket money and anything else not mentioned above


* The Salzburger Super Ski season lift pass is purchased as a service for you in cooperation with your ski school. If you work outside the Salzburger Super Ski area, or in the Ski Alpin area, we will purchase a lift pass for Kaprun instead. If you are 25 years or older, there is an additional fee of 120 euros on the Salzburger Super Ski lift pass and 81 euros on the Ski Alpin lift pass.

** The 6 weeks of accommodation during your shadow/work period at the ski school is not included, varies in price, and will be paid directly to the ski school.

*** We are happy to assist with booking flight tickets and airport transfer recommendations. Please reach out to us anytime if you are interested. 



    Who can apply? 


    At Snowminds we pride ourselves in running professional and developing instructor training programs and are renowned amongst the ski schools for educating competent, energetic, and top motivated instructors. 


    You do not have to be an expert on the slope when you join (we will teach you!), but we expect the following of you: 

    • You have skied/ snowboarded around 3-4 times (more is welcomed to!)
    • You are positive, outgoing, and motivated to develop on and off the slope
    • You are respectful to others and prepared to support a professional learning environment
    • You speak English at a conversational level and ideally german
    • You are minimum 18 years and eligible to enter and stay in Austria as a tourist during the length of the program


    If you can say yes to the above criteria we recommend you sign up, whereafter we will get in touch with you to align expectations and inform you about availability. We generally 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, so the earlier you sign up the higher are your chances to secure a spot.


    Please use the application form below, where you will find our prices and dates, or fill out the application form above.




    Training Course Housing

    You will live in a hotel with Wifi and all the basic necessities. You can expect to live with 2-5 people per room or apartment. While this may not sound fancy, that’s “mountain luxury” for you.  

    At Snowminds, “we take care of our own”. That’s why we specifically only work with hotels that make healthy and nutritious food. Breakfast typically consists of a large, nutritious buffet. Dinner will either be a 3-course meal or a buffet with soup, salad, main course and dessert. 


    Ski Season Housing

    Wherever you go, Snowminds guarantees you arranged housing at your local ski school for your season. The precise details of your housing vary quite a bit, ski school to ski school and country to country. That’s because everybody does things differently. Regardless, you can expect to either live in ski school housing or affordable housing arranged by Snowminds, which is easily accessible to a nearby lift.


    Instructor Certification

    To offer a high-quality education, we work together with the Salzburger Berufskilehrer & Snowboardlehrer Verband, one of the world’s most recognized instructor schools. This will not only look good on the CV, but is also very useful if you decide to return with Snowminds for our other destinations around the world. For the final 16 days of your course, your coaches will take you through a challenging instructor training program, which is Level 1 within their education system. Here you will be trained to teach both beginners and more experienced skiers and snowboarders, and become a competent instructor ready to teach anywhere in Austria.

    Course Price

    Course Icon 12 week dual instructor program in Austria

    Course Icon from €7.995

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    Course Icon January to April

    Course Icon Sign up deposit €100


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