FAQ

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ABOUT US

TEAM SNOWMINDS

We are a young team consisting almost entirely of former ski and snowboard instructors. For us the work is personal. We love to serve our fellow instructors and welcome new people into the Snowminds family.

 

At the end of the day, we strive to create the same unforgettable experiences we had abroad to you and our other future instructors. From our experiences, we learned it’s easier to enjoy an adventure when all the practicalities and logistics are handled for you. So that’s what we do. We got your back. If you want to learn more about us, you can read about our Snowminds team here.

WHY SHOULD I TRAVEL WITH SNOWMINDS?

Because we’ll do whatever it takes to help you. Really. That’s our motto and we strive to live up to it.

HOW DOES SNOWMINDS ENSURE PEACE OF MIND BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE SEASON?

With us, you are NOT a number. You are a human being. As part of our community, we got your back.

Alright, alright. But what does that really mean?

Before you leave, you will be invited to become part of our Facebook group, receive preparation material, get a personal mentor and be invited to our Kick-Off event, where you will get the chance to meet your future colleagues and we’ll tell you some good stuff to know for your future season.

During the season, our team will arrange Team Events so you can hang out with your new friends and simply enjoy yourself. After the season, we also hold a Reunion Party to celebrate another season in the history books. In short, we got your back and strive to deliver for you every step of the way.

 

WHAT DO OUR FORMER INSTRUCTORS SAY ABOUT THEIR SEASON WITH SNOWMINDS?

Fair question. We’re cool with our instructors sharing their stories and keeping it real. You can read all about what our former instructors think and experienced with us here. We also recommend you check out our reviews on Trustpilot and on our Snowminds Facebook page. Otherwise, we can always put you in contact with a former instructor if you have any specific questions you want answered.

 

CAN I CONTACT YOU IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

No. Absolutely not. Just kidding. You are welcome to contact us anytime either by email or phone. Our office is open every weekday from 9-17 at +45 28 99 35 99. Otherwise, send us an email at [email protected]

GENERAL QUESTIONS

HOW GOOD SHOULD I BE SKIING / SNOWBOARDING?

Showing up with a good attitude is 80% of life. The same applies here. Our pass rate is very high, over 90% of course participants become certified instructors on their first attempt. And if it doesn’t work out – either because you had a bad day, or didn’t feel prepared enough – it’s no problem. We do everything we can to make things right.

 

Generally, we say if you have skied for 3 weeks or less, we recommend you choose one of our training longer courses (add links). That you can get more comprehensive training before your season begins. In fact, even if you have skied or snowboarded for 20+ weeks, we find that nearly everyone benefits from more training, which refines your technique and gets your body ready for a long season.

 

 

WHAT DOES JOB GUARANTEE MEAN?

We like to be straight with you. The Job Guarantee is conditional on completing your instructor training, which approx. 90% of our students successfully pass. If you had a bad day for some reason but otherwise did your best, then we’ll do everything we can to ensure you get a job anyway.

 

The consequences of a failed exam depend a lot on the country and your destination ski school. If you are trained in Austria, for example, there will be an opportunity to do a retake at the end of the season. Overall, we are proud to say that we have found 100% of our instructors a job after graduation – so when there’s a will, there’s a way.

For more specific job terms, your ski school will decide the final terms of employment in a contract, where they define the extent of work at the ski school. Employment conditions, such as working hours, remuneration, housing, lift passes and insurance coverage vary from ski school to ski school.

HOW OLD SHOULD I BE?

You must be at least 18 years to attend one of our courses. Most of our participants are 18-26 years old. But that’s just the average. We also have people who are older, who never got around to living the ski instructor dream. Generally, we warmly welcome any adult with good vibes and motivation.

 

CAN I TRAVEL WITH MY FRIEND OR BOYFRIEND?

Yes, definitely. Every year we have more people who want to do a winter season with either their friends or their partner. We’re happy to make that happen. Because each person and ski school is unique, it naturally requires a good match for us to send you to the same destination. However, this is usually not a problem if you apply early and let us know your priorities.

 

WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT SHOULD I HAVE?

We recommend you have your own equipment both during the training course and the season. Your ski boots will be your new best friends so they are worth investing in. The ski school will provide you with a uniform that you can use while on work. As a starting point, this must only be used for work, which means you will also need a private kit for free ski with your friends.

 

Before your departure, we will give you a full package list and advise you on what equipment we recommend for your season as an instructor. You will also be offered to buy the coming winter’s latest gear at a steep discount through Snowminds. If you want more info, just ask.

 

WHAT ABOUT INSURANCE?

You want to be covered when you go out and explore the big world. That’s why we make sure you have signed a travel insurance that covers you throughout your stay. While at work you are covered by a work insurance provided through the ski school. However, it is important you also have a travel insurance that covers you during the training course, your free time and if you want to travel around afterwards. We recommend to make sure it: 1) covers you throughout your entire stay, 2) covers home transport and 3) covers extreme sports, such as skiing and off-piste.

We recommend that you first investigate whether you may already be covered by your personal or family insurance. It may also be possible to extend travel insurance on top of your existing coverage. Please contact us if you in any doubt about this issue.

CAN I GET A JOB WITH YOU EVEN IF I'M ALREADY A SKI OR SNOWBOARD INSTRUCTOR?

We want people who have the same passion for skiing and snowboarding as us. If you already have a season in the bag, no problem. We’re happy to bring you with us on your next adventure. Get in touch with us either by phone + 45 28 99 35 99 or at [email protected]

 

CAN I TRAVEL WITH YOU EVEN THOUGH I ALREADY A JOB WITH A SKI SCHOOL?

Yes for sure! Every year, we have instructors who have already secured a job at a ski school and then travel with us to get the full community experience. The benefits of taking a course with us are many, much more than just a job guarantee. You can read more about the benefits of joining us here .

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING FOR MY SEASON?

Rule one: Pack smart and light. Once you think you have figured out how much you “need”, put half of it back in the closet. The reality is that you are going to live a simple life as a ski instructor. You don’t need 6 party shirts, 8 sweaters, and 5 pairs of pants. Keep it simple. To help you out, we will send you a full package list of necessities, which we have perfected over many years of experience.

 

CAN I CHOOSE MY SKI SCHOOL DESTINATION?

As a general rule, no. We select a ski school we think fits best for each individual candidate. We invest a lot of time to strike the right balance between what the ski school wants – for example, on the basis of desired language skills, experience level, personality types – and what our instructors prefer. Of course, you are welcome to come up with specific wishes but our final determination will be made through the process described above. If you are dead set on a few particular destinations, then it’s possible to purchase a “destination guarantee”, which will ensure you get one of your top 3 choices.  Africa, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Japan og Austria.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT PASS MY TRAINING COURSE?

If you do not pass your education course, you usually lose your job guarantee. It may happen that you do not pass the training course because you have a bad day. We understand. Shit happens. We will look at your work before and during our course and make a careful determination. If you have been well-prepared, and motivated throughout the course, then we will do everything possible to secure you a job anyway. To end things on a good note, you will also have another opportunity to retake the tests and pass your education at some point during the season.

 

CAN I MEET OTHER INSTRUCTORS BEFORE MY DEPARTURE?

Definitely. We hold a Kick-Off event before departure precisely to give you the opportunity to meet your fellow instructors you will go on season with. We also create a Facebook group by each ski school destination, where you can share info and get to know your future colleagues.

WHO IS MY SNOWMINDS MENTOR?

In order to offer you greater comfort during your season, we partner with our former Snowminds instructors, who can answer all the questions you may have about your specific destination. Many of our mentors will join the Kick-Off event, participate in your instructor course, and will be available over email to answer your questions promptly.

DO I GET ANY PREPARATION BEFORE DEPARTURE?

You will receive Snowminds legendary preparation material before your season with all the important information about your next adventure. With the material you will know what’s going on, how to complete your training in the strongest fashion, and how to make the most of your season as a ski or snowboard instructor. This material is revised year after year with feedback and tips from old instructors. That’s why we call it “legendary” – it’s the work of many Snowminds legends.

APPLICATION PROCESS

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN CANDIDATES?

Motivation and good vibes. That’s the most important for us. While we are not looking for one particular type of person, we we want to see your love for skiing or snowboarding. We want hear about your eagerness to develop yourself and willingness to take on a new challenge.  

Our best advice is to just be yourself and not be afraid to show who you are – we appreciate it! Fluency with languages and instructor experience are clearly advantages, but not a requirement.

 

HOW DO I APPLY?

You can apply via our application form on our website.

 


HOW DOES THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS TAKE PLACE?

The first step is to send us an application. We will always give you an answer. We usually first arrange for a call or conversation over skype to get to know you better. Before the call, we ask you to fill in a form with CV, a motivational statement, grades, picture etc. That way we have something to work with and steer the conversation around. You will always receive a response back within one week after your interview. If you’re lucky to get a job,  then you’re guaranteed a season as an instructor with Snowminds. In Japan and Canada there is one additional step, where you also need to do a skype conversation with the ski school to make sure 100% it’s a good match for both parties.

 

WHICH COUNTRY SHOULD I APPLY FOR?

Come on, that’s up to you. We offer course options in Africa, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Japan and Austria. All countries offer something unique in terms of language ​​and culture, we’re confident you will have a great experience no matter what you choose. If you’re in doubt, we recommend you give us a call and we can discuss your priorities and help you find a good match.

WHICH PACKAGE SHOULD I CHOOSE?

We have put together our ski and snowboard instructor courses to give you the flexibility to choose the right one for you. It’s hard to say which course is the best deal for you, since that depends on many different factors. However, we always recommend taking a longer course to get the most out of your season and give you the time to become a greater part of the social community. You are welcome to call us at +45 28 99 35 99 or write to us at [email protected] if you want help with your choice of course. Whatever package you choose, you can always expect the following at Snowminds:

  • Safety of traveling with a Danish company. We got your back every step of the way, taking care of all practicalities and preparation before, during and after your training course.
  • Travel Guarantee Fund – Only available when traveling with a Danish travel company.
  • Expertise. We know and trust our ski and snowboard coaches. They have many years of teaching experience and are internationally recognized ski and snowboard professionals.
  • Language training and improvement of German and / or English skills
  • A strong international community of people passionate about snow.

HOW MUCH DO YOUR COURSES COST?

We offer many different instructor courses according to your needs and wishes. All details and prices are available on our individual course pages, where you can read about becoming a ski or snowboard instructor and find the price for your ideal package. Any questions? Just ask.

WHEN IS THE FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE?

There is no fixed final application deadline, since everything is dependent on the season and availability. We hold application rounds where you have the best opportunity to get your preferred destination. Our spots are fill-up more quickly with skilled candidates every season, so our advice is to send us an application as soon as possible to improve your chances. If you wish to come to Canada, we especially recommend applying early due to the limited number of visas.

HOW DOES PAYMENT WORK?

Immediately after you receive information about the job offer, you will receive the first invoice for payment of your first installment, a deposit. Your remaining balance must be paid by an agreed upon date (which varies by course and destination). You can find more information about payment under our Terms and Conditions.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS BY DESTINATION

AFRICA

To do a season in Africa as an instructor, you must already have completed a season as an instructor. Check out Canada, Japan or Austria to learn how to become a new instructor. You can find all the information about becoming a ski instructor in Africa here.

ARGENTINA

To do a season in Argentina as an instructor, you must already have completed a season as an instructor. Check out Canada, Japan or Austria to learn how to become a new instructor. You can find all the information about becoming a ski instructor in Africa here.

AUSTRALIA

To do a season in Argentina as an instructor, you must already have completed a season as an instructor. Check out Canada, Japan or Austria to learn how to become a new instructor. You can find all the information about becoming a ski instructor in Africa here.

JAPAN

To do a season in Japan, we have formed a special collaboration with the Austrian Ski Association and several ski schools in Japan. This will allow you to be trained and certified in Austria (which offers you first-class, internationally-recognized training) and then travel to Japan afterwards for your winter season. If you don’t speak German, no worries. We have created an Austrian training course in English to spare you the trouble. Learn more about the education in Austria and working as a ski instructor in Japan here.

AUSTRIA

To do a season in Austria as an instructor, select one of our many courses at Snowminds. Learn more here.

CANADA

To do a season in Canada as an instructor, go through one of our courses at Snowminds and become a certified ski or snowboard teacher. Click here to learn more.

AFTER THE SEASON

CAN YOU HELP ME DO ANOTHER SEASON?

Of course! Many of our instructors do another season after getting a taste of the instructor life.  Our experienced team will help you find a job basically anywhere in the world. Just contact us either by phone +45 28 99 35 99 or send us an email at [email protected]

 

DO YOU HOLD EVENTS FOR ALL INSTRUCTORS IN REUNION?

Yes! Each year we organize an annual reunion festival in early summer for all our former instructors. For us it’s a great excuse to catch up with friends and celebrate the start of summer.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO ASSIST IN YOUR OFFICE?

We are always looking for good people.  Feel free to call or write to us if you want to help out in our office headquarters.

 

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