Become a level 3 ski instructor in New Zealand

Turn summer into winter!

Elevate your skills with our Level 3 ski instructor course in Queenstown

Is it your dream to work and develop your skills as a ski instructor in New Zealand? Would you like to trade in the summer for a snow-covered, mountainous landscape? If so,we are proud to present this unique opportunity: a work and training experience combined on our level 3 ski instructor course in New Zealand!

Now you have the opportunity to train towards your Level 3 exam “Down Under” with Snowminds. All of this while living in Queenstown, experiencing a season in Coronet Peaks and The Remarkables – some of the best ski resorts in the Southern Hemisphere. The only downside is our limited spots – so be quick and secure yourself one ASAP.

Please note: this program is for experienced instructors that already have a level 2 ski instructor certificate. If you are looking to do your first season, check out our 10 week level 1+2 ski instructor course in New Zealand.

Experience Life as a ski instructor in Queenstown

Discover the thrill of becoming a certified ski instructor in New Zealand, where Queenstown boasts some of the best skiing conditions in the Southern Hemisphere. With a strong skiing culture, Queenstown is known as the World’s Adventure Capital, attracting top freestyle and freeride athletes every year. This provides an ideal environment for skill improvement and networking with Olympic freestyle riders.

Queenstown also offers a plethora of dining options, bars, and exclusive shops to explore. After the season, typically running from mid-June to late September, you can travel around New Zealand or head to Australia with your new friends. Training officially ends in late August, giving you the freedom to decide whether to stay or continue your journey elsewhere.

Season planning – level 3 ski instructor program

Experience the ultimate blend of ski training, work, and adventure with our Level 3 work and train program in Queenstown, New Zealand. Designed for experienced instructors seeking to elevate their skills against the backdrop of Queenstown’s stunning landscape, this program offers a comprehensive approach to professional development.

Your season kicks off around the 20th of June* with hands-on experience at the local ski school, providing valuable work experience and steady hours for your instructing career. Engage with an international clientele during peak season weeks, fostering personal and professional growth through unique interactions with individuals from around the world.

The training component begins end of July*, with sessions scheduled three days a week for four weeks. Guided by top-certified trainers, the 12-day training program spans from late July – late August, featuring morning and afternoon sessions on weekdays, 3 days a week, and post-skiing activities such as fitness sessions and game nights. Weekends offer a well-deserved break for free-skiing or relaxation.

The program strategically schedules training during off-peak weeks to maximize learning opportunities in a focused environment. This curated experience promises not only skill enhancement but also a holistic summer season where participants can savor the thrill of skiing, gain valuable work insights, and enjoy the best that the resort and program have to offer.

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Please note: The precise schedule is subject to change depending on business levels and weather conditions.

*Season dependent.


We’ve created a holistic experience, where you will work and train towards your level 3 ski instructor certificate in New Zealand and work as an instructor at Coronet Peaks and The Remarkables. 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:

  • A winter season in Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Season lift pass for The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Mount Hutt
  • 12 days Level 3 NZSKI training
  • Employment with a part-time contract with our ski school partners
  • Assistance with visa applications and other practicalities
  • Ski school orientation, preparing you for life as a ski instructor
  • 10 weeks shared accommodation
  • Online Kick-Off Event before departure
  • Pre-season fitness program
  • Social team events during the season
  • Preparation guidance and tips regarding packing, insurance etc., before, during and after the season
  • Pro-deals at Snowminds Store
  • Travel protection with Snowminds Money Back Guarantee


What is not included?

  • Transportation to/from Queenstown, New Zealand*
  • Transportation to/from the mountain during the season**
  • Potential NZSIA Level 3 exam fees***
  • Cancellation insurance, travel insurance, visa fees and anything else not mentioned above


*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. 

**There is a possibility to go with the ski bus for a discounted price of 20 NZD per return trip (per day).

****The price of Level 3 modules and exam is approximately 1850 NZD and will be booked directly with the NZSIA.


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 highly motivated instructors. We will make sure you receive the necessary training before your exam so you’re set up 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 obtained your level 2 or higher qualification in any organisation
  • You are positive, outgoing and adventurous
  • You are serious, responsible and top motivated
  • You are driven to become a higher qualified instructor
  • You enjoy teaching and love being challenged  
  • You speak English at a conversational level
  • You are 18 years or above and eligible for a Working Holiday Visa
  • Participation is contingent on successful passed recruitment interview with NZSKI

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

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Travel dates

The dates for the 2024 season are the following:

  • Fixed work between the 24th of June – 21st of July.
  • Training starts 22nd of July – 15 of August (3 days/ week over 4 weeks).
  • Optional Level 3 exam September 10th – 13th.


Please note: The precise schedule is subject to change depending on business levels and weather conditions.


You will be staying in a hostel style accommodation. It may involve sharing a room with other participants.

Optional Level 3 Exam

For those seeking an extra challenge, an opportunity awaits to undertake the Level 3 exam in mid-September, pushing your capabilities to achieve a higher level of certification. If you choose to undertake the Level 3 exam, please note that you will also need to attend 2 workshops of 3 days each (skiing and teaching) before you do the 4 day exam*. Other than that, to receive your full level 3 you also need to complete two of the following; Childrens Level One, Freeski Level One, Race One, a second discipline level one qualification (i.e., snowboard/telemark/adaptive/cross country), or foreign equivalent. Please note, only one second discipline is counted toward the qualification.

*The price of Level 3 modules and exam is approximately 1850 NZD and will be booked directly with the NZSIA.


Course Icon Level 3 ski instructor course in New Zealand

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