Become a snowboard instructor in Verbier

Work and play on our level 1 and 2 internship in the Swiss Alps

Become a snowboard instructor in Verbier

It’s the mecca of Freeride. The absolute pinnacle when it comes to big mountain riding. 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 and snowboarding 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 / snowboarder or two throughout the day. The fact that so many pro athletes choose for 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 snowboard 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.

 

 

A WINTER IN LES 4 VALLÉES

From the beginning of December and onwards, you will participate in our level 1 and 2, fully English spoken, 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/work in the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Hereafter, in January, we will pick up training for 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 the large amount of training, you will gain valuable experience for shadowing and work during the high season. 

In short, we got your season covered, with a lot of training, a season lift ticket, work and shadowing opportunities, and paid accommodation, so you can shred until the end of April!

THE INSTRUCTOR LIFE

For good reason, Switzerland is one of the most desired snowboard destinations for both new and experienced snowboard instructors. The Swiss Alps offer some of the best snowboarding in the world, both on the slope, and off-piste.

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 snowboard 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 snowboarding this is the place to be.

During the season, you will be accommodated with fellow Snowminders in a shared house with kitchen facilities in Verbier. The house is only 1km from the lift station and is located in the heart of Verbier. Verbier is one of the busiest villages in Switzerland with a great ski and snowboard 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. 

 

WHAT DO YOU GET FROM SNOWMINDS?

We’ve created a holistic winter experience from December to April, where you will become a certified snowboard instructor with the opportunity to work in a local ski school in Verbier. 

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

  • A full winter season in Verbier
  • Shared season accommodation in Verbier from November 24th to April 30st, 2022
  • Snowminds Team leader during the entire season
  • Season lift pass for Les 4 Vallées*
  • First aid course
  • Around 170 hours of level 1 + 2 training program including video analysis and evening sessions
  • Level 1 +2 BASI exam including all fees, materials, and membership
  • Shadow and work opportunities with possible employment at a local ski school during high season**
  • Ski school orientation, preparing you for life as a certified snowboard instructor
  • Avalanche safety training
  • Social team events during the season
  • Pro-deals at Snowminds Store
  • Pre-season fitness program
  • 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


What is not included?

  • Transportation to/from Verbier, Switzerland***
  • Cancellation insurance, travel insurance, potential visa fees and local taxes
  • Equipment, meals and anything else not mentioned above

 

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 1995 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. 

Season Program

Our Verbier 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 snowboarding and take it to the next level in 4 Vallées, some of the best and most varied terrains in the Alps.

  • 24.11.2021 – Arrival, moving in, team building etc. 
  • 25.11.-28.11.2021 – First aid course and Introduction
  • 29.11. – 03.12.2021 Training Block 1
  • 04.12. – 05.12.2021 – Day offs for freeriding
  • 06.12. – 10.12.2021 – Training Block
  • 11.12. – 12.12.2021 – Day offs for freeriding
  • 13.12. – 17.12.2021 – BASI Level 1 Exam Period
  • 18.12. – 19.12.2021 – Day offs for freeriding
  • 20.12. – 02.01.2022 – Possible work/shadowing
  • 03.01. – 07.01.2022 – Training Block 3
  • 08.01. – 09.01.2022 – Day offs for freeriding
  • 10.01. – 14.01.2022 – Training Block 4
  • 15.01. – 16.01.2022 – Day offs for freeriding
  • 17.01. – 21.01.2022 – Training block 5
  • 22.01. – 23.01.2022 – Day offs for freeriding
  • 24.01. – 28.01.2022 – Training block 6
  • 29.01. – 30.01.2022 – Day offs for freeriding
  • 31.01.- 04.02.2022 – BASI Level 2 Exam Period 1
  • 05.02 – 06.02.2022 – Day offs for freeriding
  • 07.02.-11.02.2022 – BASI Level 2 Exam Period 2
  • 12.02 – 13.02.2022 – Day offs for freeriding
  • 14.02. – end of season – Possible work/Shadowing
  • 25.04.2022 – Move out of accommodation

 

The program is approximate based on last season 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.

WHO CAN APPLY ?

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:

  • You feel comfortable snowboarding on red slopes
  • You are positive, outgoing, and adventurous
  • You are serious, responsible, and top motivated
  • You enjoy teaching and love being challenged  
  • You speak English at a conversational level
  • You are 18 years or above
  • Eligible to enter and stay in Switzerland for the duration of program

 

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.

 

"I've done 5 seasons in Les 4 Vallées ski resort and it was absolutely amazing. If you look for amazing skiing, snowboarding and personal development on and off the snow look no further and GO!"

- Thijs Kennis, Snowminds Course Manager

Price

Course Icon Season in Verbier with level 1+2 snowboard instructor course

Course Icon 9125 EUR

Course Icon Next application deadline: September 9th

Course Icon Verbier, Switzerland

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