Become a Snowboard Instructor in No Time

The Dream in Austria


Imagine: Every morning you wake up, check the snow report and ask yourself: How many new people am I going to share my passion for skiing with today? Tough life, right? Well, somebody’s gotta do it! 


If you want a short and affordable Level 1 instructor education, then this “bare essentials” course may be right for you. We hold this 2 week snowboard instructor training course in mid-January, which offers you a job guarantee as a paid instructor for the high-season. We will help you crush your Level 1 exam and achieve your dream of becoming a paid snowboard instructor in Austria.


Recommendation: If you want more comprehensive training, check out our 5-week ski and snowboard instructor course or the ultimate 7-week ski and snowboard instructor course, where you will become Austrian-certified in both Level 1 and Level 2 over the course of your very first winter season.




The Training


It’s off to Austria in mid-January! Our 2-week instructor training course Austria is designed to prepare you to effectively crush the Austrian “Anwärter” Level 1 snowboard instructor exam. Our team of coaches will refine your technique in all the core aspects, including carving, short-range training and rhythm shift on the piste.


Throughout your 2 week training course, we also do our best to create the Snowminds spirit we are known for, with a focus on educational events, team building activities, and whatever else our local team thinks is needed to shake people together and create the magic before the winter season kicks into full-force. When your training ends, you will be ready to crush your Level 1 exam and then immediately begin working as a paid snowboard instructor in Austria at your designated ski school. Since 2012, we are proud that 100% of our instructors got a job after completing their training course with Snowminds.


Recommendation: Check out our 5 Star Facebook reviews and learn more about Snowminds from our ski and snowboard instructors! Also, if you want to read more about the two weeks, you can read the full report from the  Snowminds Landes Reunion Camp in April  on the blog.



Whichever course you choose, we guarantee you the “full Snowminds experience” during your winter season as a ski instructor. Our experienced staff, who are all former ski instructors, will follow you from the beginning and join you ALL the way during your skiing training and during the ski season, where we guarantee you a job guarantee at an Austrian top ski school. At the same time, our top professional, Austrian ski trainer team ensures that you get the best imaginable training before the ski instructor exam. It is a training which has taken care that 100% of our instructors have been given jobs after their Snowmind course since we started in 2012!

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 next adventure in Austria.

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


  • Job Guarantee as a snowboard instructor in Austria, Kaprun
  • 2 week Level 1 snowboard instructor training course from mid-January to early February
  • 2 weeks of Accommodation at a hotel with ½ board (includes breakfast and dinner)
  • Lift pass during your training course
  • Internationally recognized training course
  • Training “every day” by a highly experienced Austrian snowboard teacher
  • Local transport to your ski school destination after completing your course
  • Closing Celebration Event after completing your course
  • Team events, evening parties and closing parties during the course
  • Snowminds Reunion Party after the season ends
  • Confidence in a Danish travel company that is a member of the Travel Guarantee Fund
  • A total experience where all the practicalities are arranged for you
  • A strong community with fellow Snowminders     


What is not included?


  • Transport to and from Austria**
  • Any visa application costs
  • Flights and any travel activity after the season ends (including, transport from your destination to the airport)
  • Cancellation and travel insurance
  • 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 avalanche equipment, tourski, etc.
  • Pocket money and anything else not mentioned above


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




Travel period


The dates of the course may vary, but as a starting point:


  • April 10 to April 24, 2020 ***


* The course will end on April 24, but accommodation is included until April 25, 2020.

** After completing the course, you can either choose to go directly to an Austrian ski school, where you will be employed and work the rest of the season in the beautiful Austrian Alps, or travel home 



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 Austria. 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
  • 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 German at conversational level (or excited to learn)* 
  • You are 18 years or above  
  • Hold an EU passport or able to apply for a working holiday visa 


When you have sent your application we will give you a call to discuss your course choice and then invite you to an online 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 Austria. 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 lot of 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.

* Want to learn German before your winter season? We have a tailor-made German course which prepares you step-by-step for a season as ski or snowboard instructor in the Austrian Alps – no matter what you level you are at!



Key Details about the Course 


The Snowminds job guarantee and how it works

We strive to be straight with you. The job guarantee is naturally conditional on your ski and snowboard teacher training, which over 90% of our students successfully pass. Even in the event you do not receive your certification, we still do everything we can to ensure you a job. That way you enjoy your season as an instructor like everyone else and then simply retake your certification in either January or March. With six years of experience to date, we are proud to say we have always been able to find a job for 100% of our instructors after graduation from our training course.


Training Course Housing

You will also live in a 3-star hotel (sometimes better) with Wif 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 a full-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.



An average salary for a starting instructor in Austria is around 800-€1.000 per month. In addition to this there are often opportunities for bonuses, for example a guest may wish to extend their lesson with you as an instructor. The job as an instructor won’t get you rich money wise, but definitely rich with experiences. We recommend bringing pocket money which will allow you to have the freedom to fully enjoy your season. The pay also depends on your own motivation, your working ethics and your previous working experience.


Lift Pass

On arrival you will be handed a 2-week lift pass to give it full gas on the slopes. This lift pass can also be used on your days off, or whenever you wish to spend some extra time on the slopes. When you arrive at your ski school destination, you will also receive a season lift pass for your season there.

If you want a Salzburger Super Ski Season Card, which covers over 2550 km of pistes and which can be used to visit your new friends throughout the season, then we recommend you select our 5-week Dual Ski & Snowboard Course or our 7-Week Dual Ski & Snowboard Instructor Course.


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.


Our 2 week instructor training course consists of a 2-day intensive preparation course that introduces you to the most essential exercises needed to master and subsequently pass the 10-day Austrian Level 1 training course. These two-weeks of training culminate with your Level 1 instructor exam.

Each year, we see our instructors technique evolve quickly and through ongoing personalized feedback. Our number #1 goal is to make sure you are fine-tuned and in tip-top ski shape before the season begins. At the same time, you will also participate in many team activities that are meant to be enjoyed and hopefully create the strong Snowminds team bond we are known for.



Course Price

Course Icon 2 Week Level 2 Snowboard Instructor Course + Job Guarantee

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Course Icon Next application deadline: September 9th

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