Become a Snowboard Instructor in Austria



Our 3 week snowboarding course in Austria is the ultimate training program for those who don’t want to compromise on their season and development. The course is tailored to give you the ultimate experience with 7 days of training from top professional coaches before the Austrian level 1 (Anwärter) training starts!

During the course we will organize team building and activities, including German language training, to prepare you in the best possible way for a season as a snowboard instructor at an Austrian ski school. Before departure, you will be invited to our Kick off event and assigned a ski school, which you will be transported to after the course together with a team of other Snowminders, where you can start the season and life as a snowboard instructor in Austria together!


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 first winter season.




We experience time and time again that a season as a snowboard instructor is far more than just snowboarding in itself. In addition to the delicious freshly groomed slopes and the beautiful freshly fallen snow, you also experience a unique community with your colleagues who all share the same passion as you – snowboarding.

Austria is also home to the coziest mountain towns filled with authentic restaurants serving the best wienerschnitzler you’ve ever tasted! Beyond the food and community, don’t forget Austria for traditions like nagel, schnapps and après-ski, which are undoubtedly the perfect setting to meet new friends from all over the world.


P.S. Check out our 5 Star Facebook reviews and learn more about Snowminds from our ski and snowboard instructors!


What do you get from Snowminds?


Whichever course you choose, we guarantee you the full Snowminds experience on your winter season as a snowboard instructor. Our experienced staff, all of whom are former instructors, will be with you from the very beginning and will be with you every step of the way during your snowboard instructor training and during the season, when we secure you employment at an Austrian ski school. At the same time, our highly professional Austrian snowboard trainer team ensures that you get the best possible training before the snowboard instructor exam. A training that means that 100% of our instructors have gotten a job after their Snowminds course since we started in 2012!


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

  • A winter season as a snowboard instructor with employment at a local ski school*
  • Lift pass during the course**
  • Arranged seasonal accommodation at the ski school during the season (self-payment at the ski school)
  • 3 week snowboard instructor course level 1 (Anwärter) in Austria
  • 3 weeks 1/2-board hotel accommodation during the course
  • Internationally recognized Austrian snowboarding education
  • Preparatory snowboard training with top professional snowboard coaches
  • Invitation to Kick-off event in Denmark before departure
  • Physical preparation training program to be used before departure
  • Preparation material and tips for packing, insurance etc.
  • Snowminds team leader during the course
  • Social team events during the course and the season
  • Invitation to the Snowminds Reunion Party after the season
  • Pro offers at the Snowminds Store
  • The security of a Danish travel agent that is a member of the Travel Guarantee Fund
  • 24 hour emergency hotline throughout the season
  • A unique community of friends for life


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


*As it is a January course, you will arrive at your ski school in February and be introduced to the ski school, after which you will be guaranteed employment during February’s high season periods.

Please note! It is also possible to take the course in March with the possibility of employment at a local ski school the following season!

**In several cases, as a service to you, we can purchase a season lift pass in cooperation with your ski school if you will be working in the same resort as you are being trained. If you are 25 years old or older, there may be an additional charge on the lift pass. If you will be working at a ski school that is not covered by the lift pass from the course, there may be an additional charge for a season lift pass to your destination, which will be settled directly with the ski school.


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 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 (Read more about our German course here)
  • 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.


Key Details about the Course



The Snowminds job guarantee and how it works

A season as a snowboard instructor remains a lifelong dream for most people, but now you have the chance to make that dream come true. At Snowminds we have many years of experience working as snowboard instructors and through our carefully organized courses and large network among the world’s ski schools, we guarantee you a job.

Employment is conditional on you passing your snowboard instructor training, which about 90% of our students do. If you do not pass, but have done your absolute best to take the education seriously, we will do everything we can to help you get a job anyway, so you can have a great season experience and take a re-examination as soon as possible. We are proud to say that we have never been in a situation where we have not been able to help you find a job after graduation!

Salary and expenses during the season

We have top professional partners all over the world and together with them we ensure that you have your lift pass, accommodation and uniform when you arrive at your destination. Please note that there is an extra charge for e.g. seasonal accommodation at several destinations, which varies from destination to destination depending on the ski school’s salary structure.

You will be employed directly by the ski school, which will pay you a salary depending on your performance. Some ski schools pay you a fixed salary, others pay you by the hour. You won’t get rich being a snowboard instructor, but as a rule of thumb you’ll earn around €12 per hour, and around €600-800 per month if you work a full month. A working week is typically up to 6 days a week from Sunday to Friday, but can vary according to high and low season periods.

During the conversation with us, we will assess your motivation, qualifications and wishes for your experience, among other things to assess which ski school and destination can give you the perfect experience. You will know early on in the process and long before departure which ski school you will be working for. Once you have passed your training, you will be transported directly to your ski school and the adventure can begin.

During the season

All our ski school partners are carefully selected and we have a close relationship with all of them. This also means that should any problems arise during the season, you will be able to turn to us at any time. We are here to give you the experience of a lifetime and will do everything we can to help you, should the need arise.


Season kick-off event in Denmark

In September, the Snowminds Kick-off event typically takes place. It’s a great day where we do a lot of team building, talk about the snowboard instructor program and the season, and generally get the opportunity to get answers to all your questions. We also talk about snowboard equipment and you get the opportunity to buy great equipment at super prices. One of the highlights is meeting the other Snowminders that you are going on the season with, as there will always be at least one other Snowminds instructor at your destination, so you have others to share the experience with.

Team events during the season

After the course, we at Snowminds will quickly miss you and you will, hopefully, also miss us and each other. Therefore, we organize a big Snowminds Team Event during the season. Here we gather the entire Snowminds team in a secret place in Austria to have an experience out of the ordinary and see everyone again. For example, we have been to Kitzbühel in January to watch the World Cup skiing at the legendary Hahnenkamm Rennen and experience the iconic town.

Snowminds Reunion Party in Denmark after the season

Our Snowminds Reunion Party is typically in May/June, when the last people have come home, and before many join us further out in the world to New Zealand, among other places.

The Snowminds Reunion Party is voluntary and costs a small amount, but is a great opportunity to meet up with old friends and talk stories from a great season.

Snowminds Social

Since 2012, we at Snowminds have trained hundreds of skilled Danish instructors. All are part of the network “Snowminds Social”, which we have founded to offer all our instructors more unique experiences, networks and benefits with Snowminds, as well as networking across years. In this way, you can get sparring and help with everything from questions about the season, study choices, career, equipment choices and much more from more experienced instructors. Snowminds Social is your access to Denmark’s largest network of young ski and snowboard enthusiasts.

Security, community and experiences for life

From your first meeting with us to the interview in Denmark, you will be followed, supported and guided by our experienced team, all of whom have been former instructors with us. This way, you will always be able to get help and sparring, whether you need advice on packing before departure, a good advice on how to develop your snowboarding during our course, sparring on German words in the program or a comforting shoulder during the season. In short, whatever you need, we are there for you ALL THE WAY!

Before departure, you will be invited to our Facebook group, where you can put a face to all the other instructors you will be spending the winter with. We prepare Danish preparation for the program, so you can come well prepared and at the same time you have the opportunity to book a German course, so your German can sit right in the closet.

During the training, we are there to help with everything from learning material, the language, the exercises and not least to answer all the questions you may have about snowboard technique, as well as your exams. This also means that you are not always dependent on getting things answered by your instructor or in the group. You can always catch a member of the Snowminds team.

At the same time, we make an extreme effort to put together teams that can work and that consist of wonderful, happy and motivated snowboard enthusiasts. Thus, you will undeniably form close bonds with your roommates, snowboarders in your group on the slopes and of course your colleagues at destinations. All of which is something that our former snowboard instructors often cite as unique to the experience. This community is not only important from a social point of view, but worth its weight in gold during the training and exams, where the support of your friends can be just that extra something that carries you through and gives you a snowboard instructor certificate in hand.

With us, you are not a number, but a human being, a snowboard instructor, and our only goal and hope is to give you a unique experience as a snowboard instructor that you can look back on with joy and longing for the rest of your life. These are big words, but they come from the heart; and that’s what Snowminds is all about.



3 weeks in a hotel with 1/2 board

“We take care of our own” and during an intensive snowboard instructor course you have to eat and live well! In all our hotels there will be WiFi and you will be accommodated in 2-6 person rooms or apartments where you will stay with the other Snowminders. Our hotels are located with easy access to the ski bus or the slopes.

We take pride in ensuring quality throughout the experience, which is also why we work with hotels that provide good, filling and nutritious breakfasts and dinners. Breakfast typically consists of a nutritious buffet and dinner of either 3 courses or a buffet with soup, salad, main course and dessert.


A Second Chance

If you happen to fail your exam or some parts of it, there’s no need to worry. We have you covered with a second opportunity if you have completed your Anwärter exams in Salzburgerland (Altenmarkt & Kaprun) in November or December. You’ll have the chance to join a 3-day Wiederholungscamp from December 18th – 20th, 2023. The third day will be the “Prüfungs”-day (test day).

The camp costs 275 euros and includes training only. You will be responsible for arranging transportation, lift tickets, hotel accommodations, and other expenses. However, this unique opportunity allows you to retake your exams shortly after a previous failure, ensuring you have the chance to start working as soon as possible.


3 week snowboard instructor course

During the first two weeks of your stay in Austria, our preparation course will provide you with top-quality snowboarding training and thus give you the most necessary preparation for the 9-day intensive snowboard instructor training.

In the evenings we will organize fun events, activities and presentations, all of which will make your experience unique.

The culmination of the 3 weeks is the exam in the program, after which we hold a big closing party. After this, your season will start as an Austrian trained snowboard instructor at a ski school in Austria.

With Snowmind’s 3 week course in January, the exam ends just before the Austrian high season, so your snowboarding adventure starts at full speed when you arrive at your destination.

3 week lift pass during the snowboard instructor course

Upon arrival, you will receive a lift pass so that you can give it full throttle on the slopes for the next 3 weeks. This lift pass can of course also be used on your days off, i.e. when there are no lessons, if you want to go up and give it gas on the snowboard on your own.

The internationally recognized Austrian level 1 snowboard instructor certification

To ensure that all our instructors receive the highest quality training, we work with the Salzburger Berufskilehrer & Snowboardlehrer Verband, one of the world’s most recognized ski and snowboard instructor associations.

For the last 9 days of your course, their trainers will take you through the Anwärter training, which is level 1 of their training system. Here you will be trained to teach beginners and intermediates how to snowboard, and upon graduation you will be ready to start working for your employer.

The program is one of the most recognized in the world and will not only look great on your CV, but can also be used at many of Snowmind’s other destinations around the world afterwards.
The snowboard instructor exam consists of three elements. A written, theoretical test, where the topics are e.g. first aid, snowboard technique and teaching. In addition, you have to demonstrate your skills on the snowboard in 6 different turns on a flat slope. The third exam is an oral teaching test in German, where you show your “censor” what you have learned during the course. You will be fully prepared for all of this during the preparation days and training!

Course Price

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