Season and level 1 snowboard instructor course

Get your level 1 in 3 weeks



A season with Snowminds is not only about snow. It’s also about diving deep into a new culture and environment. On that front, Japan delivers. The country’s rich history and culture offers you a world within a world. The equation is simple: Live in a cultural epicenter + Eat world-class cuisine + Shred the finest powder = JaPOW. Tough to resist, right?


That’s why Snowminds is excited to offer you the opportunity to join our snowboard instructor course in Japan and work for a local ski school. With our 3-week snowboard instructor training course as a starting point, you can go from a relative beginner to a competent snowboard instructor with the ability to grow immensely throughout your season. It may seem like a dream, but it is absolutely within your reach!


That’s why Snowminds is excited to offer you the opportunity to become a paid snowboard instructor in Japan with a job guarantee. With our 3 week snowboard instructor course in Japan, you can go from a relative beginner to a competent snowboard instructor with the ability to grow immensely throughout your season. It may seem like a dream, but it is absolutely within your reach!


Over a 3-week instructor training course in Japan (or in Austria) with our most talented and experienced coaches, you will quickly develop your snowboard technique and teaching skills to become a highly-competent snowboard instructor. From day one you will be brought all the way back to basics and practice the very first steps of snowboarding. From here, you will day by day slowly build up your teaching abilities and practice everything from silly games to technical positions and movements. You will get to know different ways of teaching and communicating, enabling you to provide great experiences no matter what.


Throughout the course, your trainer will use video analysis as a part of the training and development. Not only is video analysis a great tool for improving your level, it is also a fun memory to have after your course as you will be able to see your significant development during the 3 weeks.

Theory is also a part of the training, which is important to understand the concepts in the elements you learn on the mountain during the day. This theory will be studied in the evenings together with the other Snowminders and don’t worry, it is not heavy theory taking up every evening. Your Snowminds Team leaders will arrange fun afternoon/evening activities during the course which will combine social activities and your development as an instructor. These different parts combined will prepare you in the best possible way to become a snowboard instructor and work in a ski school.

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"Shredding JaPOW is unreal. Every morning you wake up thinking: Damn, there's no place I'd rather be today."

- August, Snowminds instructor


After passing your Level 1 exam, the journey gets even more exciting as you will immediately begin working as a beginner snowboard instructor at your designated ski school in Japan. Now working as a paid snowboard instructor and shredding powder every day awaits you!

Your daily life as a paid snowboard instructor may not be glamorous, but it’s certainly romantic. Each morning you will wake up to the world’s freshest powder with an average of 16 meters of snow per season. You will also get the chance to immerse yourself in an ancient and sophisticated culture, where everything from the food to the sauna in Japan is of the highest quality. Across the Hokkaido landscape lie several active volcanoes, which stand tall and silently beg you to shred them. Throughout your season as a snowboard instructor, it’s your job to fulfill that sacred mission and shred powder like you never have before.

As a snowboard instructor in Japan, you should expect quality work and living conditions in a truly local Japanese environment. Although your guests will be primarily from Asia, Australia and other English-speaking areas and countries, your day to day life will also give you the opportunity to live and work as the Japanese do. In practise, you will sometimes get the chance to eat Japanese food with your guests, some ski schools has a Japanese canteen and cheap local restaurants will offer a unique experience every time, and then after work getting to enjoy afternoon and night-skiing sessions with your colleagues and friends. It’s a close-knit community and you should expect your Japanese colleagues to warmly welcome you with open arms.

In terms of cultural opportunities, you will get the chance to visit the mainland and explore Tokyo, one of the world’s most modern cities. Get a taste of a culture, where sushi or kobe steak is always an option, and then top-off the meal with a trip to the hot springs, called Onsen. Finish your night in a karaoke bar and sing Barbie Girl at the top of your lungs. It’s hard go wrong. If this adventure interests you, then get in line now. Trust us, it’s worth it.




When you travel with Snowminds help you out with all the practicalities. That way you can pack your bags and good vibes and focus on preparing for your next adventure.


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

  • A winter season in Japan as a snowboard instructor
  • 3-week Level 1 snowboard instructor training course in Japan or Austria
  • 10 days of English-spoken world-class ski training as preparation for the level 1 certification
  • An internationally recognized English-spoken level 1 certification (NZSIA, CASI, BASI, or APSI)
  • A job at a local ski school in Japan with organized season accommodation, a season lift pass, and a uniform*
  • Accommodation for 3 weeks during your training course, with breakfast and dinner included
  • Roundtrip flights to Japan (from a major international airport)**
  • Local transport to your ski school in Japan***
  • Social activities planned during the course & season
  • Snowminds Team Leader to support you during the course
  • Invitation to Kick-off event prior to departure (online attendance possible)
  • Invitation to Snowminds Reunion Party after your season ends
  • A dedicated team to support you before, during, and after the winter season
  • Help with the visa application and all other practicalities to prepare for winter
  • Pro-deals at Snowmindsstore
  • Travel protection with Snowminds Money Back Guarantee and membership of the Danish Travel Guarantee Fund
  • 24-hour emergency phone during the course and season
  • Opportunity for level 2 training/ certification
  • Opportunity to join our Japan round trip or go with us to Hawaii after your season ends
  • A strong community with fellow Snowminders
  • A total experience where all the practicalities are arranged for you


Not included:


  • Travel activity after the season including transport from your destination to the airport
  • Cancellation insurance, travel insurance, and visa fees
  • Housing deposit and rent for the full seasonal accommodation
  • Ski equipment, pocket money and anything not mentioned above


Please note: the details, inclusions, and prices vary from course to course and will be confirmed with you when your application is matched to a ski school. Below you can see the pricing and details for snowboard instructor internships in resorts in Japan.

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*Seasonal accommodation and season lift pass can be conditional on passing education and maintaining subsequent employment. Employment depends on if you are eligible for a Working Holiday Visa. Please note that you will in most cases get an employment contract from December until the end of February, with the possibility of an extension (not guaranteed).

**Return flights are included from a major international airport including London, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam, or Copenhagen. We will happily arrange flights from other areas, such as Edinburgh or Sydney, upon request and likely extra charges. In all cases, please be aware that there may be additional costs depending on the departure airport, flight availabilities, and price increases! We will notify you before final flight bookings are made in such cases. You are also welcome to book your own flights, in which case we provide a 700 euro discount for your trip. If you have any questions please just reach out to us.

***If you participate in a course in Austria you will be charged 200 euro for transport to Austria (from Denmark and the Netherlands) and for the transport from the course resort to the airport. 



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 Japan. 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 English at a conversational level
  • You are 18 years or above  
  • You are eligible for a Working Holiday visa*


When you have sent your application you will receive an invitation for an interview with one in the Snowminds team. 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 Japan.
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 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 your dream destination.

Use the application form below, where you will find our prices and dates, or fill out the application form above.  


*Eligibility for Working Holiday visa depends on different factors such as which passport you hold and your age. Ask us if you are unsure.




Please note: 3 weeks accommodation, 3 week meal plan (which includes 15 dinners + 15 breakfasts), job placement as a ski instructor, return flights and local transport to destination is included as standard on internships unless otherwise stated.

Level 1 Snowboard Instructor Programs


Departure: approx. end-November
Level 1 course: (from €7995)
– NZSIA Level 1 certification


Departure: approx. beginning of November
Level 1 course: (from €7995)
– BASI Level 1 certification


Departure: approx. end-November
Level 1 course: (from €8495)
– CASI Level 1 certification
– AST1 course
– First aid course

Level 1 + 2 Snowboard Instructor Programs


Departure: approx. end-November
Level 1 + 2 course: (from €10,895)
– CASI Level 1 + 2 certification
– AST1 course
– First aid course


The Snowminds job placement and how it works

The job placement means that we will make sure you have a job at the skischool, after you have successfully passed your instructor training. You will already know at which destination you will spend your season at, before departure. 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 retake your certification. With ten 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.


Please note that you will in most cases get an employment contract from December until the end of February, with the possibility of an extension (not guaranteed).


Training Course Housing

During the course you’ll have arranged housing with all the other Snowminds Instructors. You’ll have a fantastic community like feel together with all your future colleagues.

Ski Season Housing

Wherever you go, Snowminds guarantees you arranged housing. The ski schools in Japan are usually just for the instructors and don’t expect 5 star luxury. The living situation differs from resort to resort. Typically you share the accommodation with a handfull of instructors. Be aware the average space per person is often not very big and especially for storing clothing, it is recommended to be creative and e.g. bring foldable shelves from IKEA from home. You will be paying monthly rent which is typically deducted from your salary. Regardless of the solution, we’re absolutely certain that this will quickly become your new home and colleagues your new family. We’re sure that you’ll have a little tear in your eye when the season is at its last chapter and you’re about to move out of your home.



An average salary for a starting instructor in Japan is around 1100-1600 JPY per hour. 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.


Transport To/From Japan

Your tickets to and from Japan are included in the price. As we want you to have as much flexibility as possible the transport to the airport after your season isn’t included. This gives you the opportunity to travel around after your season. Many of our former instructors went to discover Japan’s nature, Tokyo, or went for a longer trip in Asia after their season was done. We have loads of experience when it comes to after season travels, so if that is something you are interested in, you can always bring it up during your interview. If you wish to travel home from a different country, we will be happy to help you with that.

Transport to the Ski School

After your education is complete and the farewell party is over, we will arrange transport to your ski school. The day of arrival is an exciting one, as you will meet your boss for the first time and you’ll get to settle into your new accommodation for the upcoming season. We run courses in many different destinations, so you can be lucky enough to have the course at your destination so you won’t have to take an extra trip down to your destination. You might be doing your instructor course in Austria. If so, your travel calendar obviously looks a little different, as you will then have a long flight to Japan after finishing your instructor course.

Course Price

Course Icon 3 Week Snowboard Instructor Course + Job Placement

Course Icon from €7.995

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Course Icon November - April

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