Jobs for Experienced Instructors in the USA

Ski Internship at Heavenly Resort

The Destination 


As a popular host of the Winter Olympics (4 times, #1 baby), the U.S.A. gives visitors the chance to experience first-rate ski, a friendly and reliably entertaining culture, and a diverse landscape full of grizzly bears, wild bison, Trump supporters and everything in between. That’s why Snowminds is excited to announce the chance to intern as a ski instructor in Lake Tahoe, California. It’s a true sight to behold. 


The Training


We have designed a specialized ski internship for university-enrolled students or recent graduates (within 1 year) interested in pursuing a career in the ski industry. The internship program is custom-built around your university studies and is a good fit for those studying business or tourism-hospitality. It offers a rare chance to gain insight into all aspects of the ski school business and acquire valuable international work experience. At the same time, you will also get to work as a ski instructor and teach guests from around the world.

After the season ends in late April, you will also have the opportunity to travel around the United States with your fellow Snowminders. If you haven’t hit the waves yet, this is your chance. One of the coolest parts of skiing in California, in fact, is the waves in Santa Cruz are only 4 hours away. And if city life is more your style, San Francisco is even closer.

Note: This travel experience is designed for educated ski or snowboard instructors with at least one season of teaching experience behind them. If you are looking for an instructor training course in North America, check out how to become an instructor in Canada.




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 the USA.

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


  • Job Guarantee as a ski instructor in the USA
  • A winter season of approx. 4-5 months in Lake Tahoe, California
  • Salary of approx. 10-15 USD per hour + potential tips 
  • Occupational insurance and at least one off day per week. *
  • Roundtrip flights to the USA.***
  • Kick-Off Event to meet your fellow Snowminders before depature
  • Arrival Orientation with 2 nights at a hostel in San Francisco, CA
  • Local transportation from San Francisco to your ski school
  • Season lift pass and assistance with finding accommodation near your ski school
  • Help with the visa application, opening a bank account and all other practicalities
  • Personalized service and preparation advice (including, tips and tricks for packing, insurance, etc. every step of the way)
  • Access to Snowminds Reunion Party after your season ends
  • Opportunity to travel around the USA after your season
  • Confidence in an established Danish travel company
  • A total experience where all the practicalities are arranged for you
  • A strong community


What is not included?


  • Extra luggage beyond the two (2) bags included with your roundtrip flights
  • Visa application costs (approximately $1200 USD in total)
  • Travel activity after the season ends (including transportation 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)
  • Pocket money and anything else not mentioned above


* There may be some payment required for housing, lift passes and other items related to the employment at the ski school. This varies by ski school and we will communicate this info to you clearly as soon as your employment is finalized.


***Please Note: The price includes roundtrip flights to the USA from your major home destination airport. The price of flights may vary depending on your price origin and destination. Of course, we will let you know of any price variations BEFORE final payment is required.




At Snowminds, we take pride in offering everyone with the right passion and attitude the opportunity to become part of our community of ski and snowboard instructors.  


Basically, we expect you to:


  • Have Level 1 instructor certification (ex. CSIA, Anwärter or similar) and teaching experience*
  • Currently enrolled in university or recently graduated within 12 months
  • Studying business, hospitality, tourism or a similar degree program
  • Outgoing, positive, motivated, and responsible
  • Feel good working with children, young people and adults alike
  • Enjoy teaching and being challenged
  • Speak English at a conversational level
  • At least 18-29 years old


After submitting your application, we will give you a call and review your candidacy. During this conversation you will also have the opportunity to hear more about our other course options and what it’s really like to be a ski or snowboard instructor in the USA. We’ll then get back to you soon with more information on whether we can offer you a place on our team.

There is great interest in this course and therefore available positions fill-up quickly. Generally, we operate on a “first come – first served” principle. That means the earlier you apply, the greater your chances are to join the team. In the United States, it is particularly important that you contact us as soon as possible as there are limited visas available and the process often takes 2-3 months to complete. You can apply here.


Course Price

Course Icon Paid Ski Instructor Intern Job in the USA (Experienced Instructors Only)

Course Icon €2.950

Course Icon Next application deadline: September 9th

Course Icon Deposit: €95


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