FAQ

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About us

Who is team snowminds?

We are a young team consisting of former ski and snowboard instructors from around the world. In our office there is always room, new ideas, laughter and smiles on our faces. We love our job, we love our instructors and we are always ready to invite new people into the Snowminds family! Here at team Snowminds we all work for one thing; to pass forward the same unforgettable experience that we all have had ourselves! We know that the only way you get everything out of your experience, is when you feel safe and don’t have to worry about anything! Therefore it is our privileged responsibility to support you before, during and after your season. With us the most important things are safety, community and memories for life! You can read more about  The Snowminds Team right here.

 

 

Why should I go with snowminds?

From day one, we have had one main purpose with everything we have done; to share our passion and create unique experiences for equal minded ski and snowboard enthusiasts from around the world. In this process we try and prepare our instructors the best way possible to pass the ski or snowboard instructor education and to be able to go through a whole season in an international ski resort.  To support you through this journey we dare to say that you will not find a more competent, experienced and most of all passionate team to help you than the Snowminds team. It’s big words but we guarantee that we will do “whatever it takes” to live up to them!

How does Snowminds ensure peace of mind before, during and after the season?

We will do anything to help you before, during and after your winter season to make sure it will be a memory of a lifetime. With us, you are NOT a number. You are a human being, an instructor and our only goal and wish is to create a unique experience as an instructor that you can look back on with joy for the rest of your life. That, is what Snowminds is about. Passion for riding. Passion for people. Passion for you.

Before departure you will become a part of our Facebook group, receive preparation material, get a personal mentor and be invited to our Kick-Off event, where we will try and prepare you as much as possible for your season.
During your season we arrange team events etc. where everybody gets to meet up with each other again and have fun.  


After your season we make reunions and you will become part of the Snowminds community with a lot of special offers and deals. In short, we got your back the whole way and you are always welcome to contact us either for help or if you just wanna chat 🙂.

 

 

 

What do former instructors say about their season with Snowminds?

You can read all about what our instructors have to say about us and their experiences doing a season on our website stories. Furthermore, you can read our reviews on Trustpilot and on our Snowminds Facebook site. Do you have something specific you wish to know more about? We can always put you in contact with a former instructor who can tell you all about it. Just say the word!

Can I contact you if I have questions?

Should you not have gotten all your questions answered in our FAQ, you are more than welcome to contact us either throughout chat on the website, by the phone numbers below or by email at [email protected]

 

General questions

 

How good should I be on skis/snowboard?

First of all we wanna mention that we have a really high pass rate(Over 90% of our course participants pass their course, depending on course). Should you not pass, this can be caused by your level of skiing/boarding, language skills or that you simply just had a bad day, as we all have once in a while. Our participants range from 2 to 20+ weeks of riding experience, so it is hard to say precisely how much experience you should have. If you have around 3 weeks of experience then we recommend you choosing one of our longer courses, so you will get the ultimate training before your education. We recommend this to people who have 20+ weeks of experience as well, as they will also be able to develop far over their existing level. We always work from the same point of view and strive to teach everybody to “become the best you can be”.  We have also created specially designed ski and snowboard improvement courses to optimize your skills no matter your level, to be completely ready for your Snowminds course.

 

 

 

 

Can you help improve my ski and snowboard skills?

We sure can. We have created special designed instructor courses to optimize your skills on both skis and snowboard. We also have ski and snowboard camps to all ages and levels. We have our 3 week improvement camp in Austria for beginners and slightly experienced that is the perfect way to get a unique start to your “skiing career” or before the beginning of your Snowminds course. For you who have more experience or is already a certified instructor we have created the  Advanced Ski Camp the obvious choice to take in the next step of your development. You can also go from being a beginner to a certified instructor during one of our many instructor courses that you can read about here.

 

 

 

What does job guarantee mean?

The job guarantee is depending on you passing your instructor education, which around 90% of our course participants does. Should you have a bad day and fail your exam even though you did your best, then we will do whatever we can to get you a job anyways so you get the most out of your season experience. The opportunities and consequences of a failed exam depends on what ski school you will be working in and what country it is in. Have you for example done your education in Austria you will be able to do a re-exam in the end of the season, so you can retake the test that you failed. We are proud to be able to say that we have not been in a situation where we were not able to help with a job after the education.


The ski school will determine the conditions of employment which will be stated in your contract and define the extent of your work at the ski school. The conditions of employment, such as working hours, wages, accommodation, lift pass and insurance can vary from ski school to ski school and it will solely be the ski school determining the conditions of employment and not Snowminds.

 

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. We also have people who are older, who never got around to living the ski instructor dream. We openly welcome anyone with good vibes and motivation.

 

Can I travel with a friend or a partner?

As a general rule, yes you can. Every year we have more people who want to do a season with their friends or partner and we do everything we can to make this happen. We value matching the right participants with the right ski schools and in order for people to go together it is necessary for both people to match with the ski school. However this is usually not a problem if you apply early. Please contact us if you wanna go with your friend or partner.

What equipment should I bring?

We recommend you to bring your own equipment both during the training course and the season. Your 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 at work. As a starting point this should only be used for work, which means you should have your own ski clothes for when you are riding outside of work hours. In advance to your departure you will receive a full list of what to pack and recommendations on what kind of equipment to bring along to the season as an instructor. We will also bring you offers on the newest gear for the season that you can buy through Snowminds.

What about insurance?

It is important to be covered by an insurance when you go and explore the big world. Therefore you have to make sure you get a travel insurance that will cover you under your entire stay. While working you will be covered by a work insurance through the ski school. However it is important that you have a travel insurance that will cover you during the course, in your free time and if you want to travel after your season. We recommend you to make sure it covers the following. 1) Your entire stay 2) Home transport and 3) Covers extreme sports such as skiing and offpiste.     

We recommend that you look into whether or not you are already covered by either your own or your family’s insurance and might be able to simply extend an already existing insurance. Please feel free to contact us if you have any doubts about this as it is very important. Furthermore if applicable for your country it is important that you have the national health card.

 

Can I get a job with you if I am already a ski or snowboard instructor?

Can I get a job with you if I am already a ski or snowboard instructor?

We love people who have the same passion for winter sports as us. If you have already completed seasons, you should not let this come in the way of going with us to a new destination. The options for you can be different based on what destination country you want, however here at Snowminds we only see possibilities. You can see your opportunities here and you are more than welcome to contact us either by one of the phone numbers below or at [email protected]

 

 

Can I travel with you even though I already have a job at a ski school?

Yes for sure! Every year, we have instructors that already secured a job at a ski school but wants to travel with us to get the full experience. There are plenty of benefits in taking a course with us, we create the settings for a unique community, safety and lots of amazing experiences. You can read more about the benefits of joining Snowminds right here.

What do I need to bring on my season?

Rule number one; don’t bring too much! Once you think you have figured out how much you “need” then put half of it back in the closet – especially everyday and party clothes. Trust us! Furthermore, remember that you are gonna be living the life of an instructor. What that means? It means that you will spend most of your hours in your uniform and winter clothes This goes for being on the mountain, at afterski, having fun at home or going to town. Therefore, don’t bring to much non winter related clothes. We will send you a full list of what to pack before you leave for your season. 

What destination am I going to and can I choose it myself?

We work with many different destination in all the countries that we send our instructors too. We always choose the ski school and destination based on what we think would fit the individual candidate best. We invest time in finding the perfect place and ski school on the base of our interview, in this interview we focus on language skills, personality, destination and further education wishes. You are welcome to let us know your preferences, but the final decision will be taken on a combination of the above mentioned qualities.


It is possible to make an additional purchase called a destination guarantee, this will guarantee you to get to one of your top 3 desired destinations. Go to www.snowminds.com to read more about all the different destinations we offer in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, South Africa, USA and Austria.


Please contact us if you can not find the destination you are looking for and we will do whatever we can to find a solution.

 

What happens if I do not pass my training course?

Should you not pass your education course, you usually lose your job guarantee. Many factors come to play and it may just happen that you didn’t pass the training course because you had a bad day. We understand. Shit happens. Should this be the case, then we will look at your work effort before and under our course. If you have been well prepared, super motivated and worked seriously and dedicated under the course, then we will do everything we can to secure you a job anyways and make sure that you still get an amazing experience as an instructor. In most cases, you will get the opportunity to retake your tests and pass your education later on in the season.  

Can I meet the other instructors before my departure?

Definitely! We throw Kick off events before departure where you will have the opportunity to meet all the other instructors that will be going on a season too. We create facebook groups where you can write with your future colleagues and friends and thereby already get to know some people before you leave for your course.

Snowminds teamleaders

In order to offer you greater comfort during your season, we have partnered up  with our former Snowminds instructors, who can answer all the questions you may have about your destination or season. A lot of our team leaders will be present at the Kick off events and during the instructor course they will be a big help before, under and after your season.

Do I get any preparation material before departure?

You will receive a specially designed Snowminds preparation material before your season. This has all the important information about your whole experience along with advice and tips. With this material you will be prepared for what is to come, how to pass you education and how you make the best out of your season as an instructor. This material is revised year after year with feedback and tips from old instructors, this is why it is specially designed to give you all the relevant information needed.

Application process

What do you look for in candidates?

We don’t look for one particular type of person that we think is the perfect candidate for the job as a ski or snowboard instructor. We believe that a versatile team is the strongest team. We do however look for people that are super motivated, love riding, looking to develop, ready for a challenge and to get an amazing experience with us. Therefore our best advice for you, is to be yourself and don’t be afraid to show who you really are – we really appreciate that!
It is also an advantage if you are good with new languages and have teaching experience however this is not a requirement! In our experience this is something everybody can learn and master as long as they have the right motivation.

How do I apply?

You can apply via our application form on our website. Furthermore you can read about the specific requirements to apply under each course.

How does the recruitment process work?

First step is to send us an application. We will always answer your application and if we find your application interesting, we will invite you for a Skype interview. Before the interview you will have to fill out an intake form, where you have to attach your CV, motivational letter, character, picture etc. This gives us the opportunity to get to know you even better before our interview. Once the interview is over we will get back to you within a week with the result of our interview. Should you be successful in getting a job, then you have officially secured yourself a season as an instructor with Snowminds. In some of our destinations there is one more step. Here it is required to have a Skype interview with the ski school to make sure it is a 100% match for both sides.

Which country should I apply for?

Luckily, that is entirely up to you! You can apply to go almost anywhere in the world with Snowminds. South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, USA and Austria.  Each country is a very different experience with different languages and cultures, but one thing goes for all of them, you will get an amazing experience no matter what you choose! Your choice should also be based on what time of the year you would like to go. Canada, Japan, Austria, USA and Spain is in the northern hemisphere winter where South Africa, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia is in the Southern hemisphere winter.
You can read more about all the destinations at www.snowminds.com or give us a call if you are in doubt.

Which package should I choose?

We have put together different ski and snowboard instructor courses, to give you the flexibility and opportunity to choose the exact right one for you. It is hard to say which course is the best choice for you as this is influenced by different factors. However, we do always recommend taking a longer course to get the most out of your season and your time.  As well as to become the best on your skis or snowboard and to become a big part of the social community. You are always welcome to call us at the numbers below or write us at [email protected] if you want help with your course choice. Whatever package you choose, you can always expect the following at Snowminds:

  • Safety of traveling with an experienced ski and snowboard related travel company. We got your back every step of the way, taking care of all practicalities and preparation before, during and after your training course.
  • Great snowsports expertise, teaching experience and an international renowned and recognized ski and snowboard education.
  • Language training and improvement in either German, English and or Spanish skills
  • A unique international community and an experience for life with new friends.

How much does your courses cost?

We offer many different instructor courses according to your requirements and wishes. All details and prices are available under each individual course page. You can read about becoming a ski or snowboard instructor and find the perfect package and price for you right here.

When is the last application deadline?

There is not a set last application deadline as it is dependent on the seasons.  We have application rounds, where the sooner you apply the bigger the chances are for you to get a spot and go to your dream destination. The spots on our courses gets filled up quickly with good candidates, so our best advice is to apply as soon as possible as this enhances your chances of getting a spot on the team. We usually have most of our team hired before summer. If you have Canada as your destination, we especially recommend applying early due to the limited number of visas for some countries.

How does the payment work?

Within 7 days of confirming your job offer you will receive your first invoice where you will be asked to pay the first installment, a deposit. In this invoice it will state when the remaining of your balance, your second installment must be paid as this is dependent on where you are doing your season. You can find more information about payment under our Terms and Conditions.

Destinations with Snowminds

Argentina

To do a season in Argentina as an instructor, you must already have completed a season elsewhere as a certified instructor beforehand. If you are not a certified instructor you can check out all of our other destinations and courses under “destinations” on www.snowminds.com or read more about the destinations in this section. You can find all the information about becoming a ski instructor in Argentina here.

Canada

To do a season in Canada as an instructor, you must go through one of our Snowminds courses and become a certified ski and/or snowboard instructor. You can find all the information about our courses in Canada right here.  During our courses in Canada you will be trained to pass the Canadian level 1 instructor education. During the last 3 days of the course you will become a certified instructor through the Canadian ski association CSIA. For snowboarders it is the last 4 days of the course that you will become a certified snowboard instructor through the Canadian snowboard association CASI.  Here they will assess you ski and snowboard abilities and your teaching abilities, that you will have trained for during your whole course. Should the examiners find both sections passed, then you will be able to say you are a certified level 1 ski or snowboard instructor.
If you are already an experienced instructor, we can also get you on a season with us. You can read more about the options for you right here.

Japan

If you are dreaming of a season in Japan’s amazing powder, we have a unique partnership with the New Zealand Snowsport industry and the ski schools in Japan which makes this possible. Take the New Zealand ski or snowboard education in Niseko, Rusutsu or Yusawa. Once you have completed your education you will go to the destination that you will be working in. (Granted it is not one of the course destinations). The New Zealand education is completely in English so you don’t have to worry about speaking Japanese!  😉 The New Zealand education is world recognized which gives you the opportunity to work around the world after your season in Japan! Read all about the education in Japan and the experience as an instructor in Japan right here.

If you are already an experienced instructor, we can also get you on a season with us. You can read more about the options for you right here.

New Zealand

If you want to do a season in New Zealand you can get a summer of 10 weeks as a ski and snowboard teacher in Queenstown where you will also be living. You can read about all the adventures right here. Take the New Zealand level 1 and level 2 instructor course and get a season in The Remarkables, one of the southern hemisphere’s absolute best ski areas. We have a very few spots left so you have to hurry! The course also gives access to several seasons at all destinations we offer.

When you are already an experienced instructor, we can also help you out. Here you can read more about that.

 

Spain

In order to come to spain as an instructor, you must already have done a season or be a certified instructor. If you are not a certified instructor or have not done a season yet, you can check out our other destinations and courses under ‘destinations’. Or read more about our destinations in this section of the FAQ. You can find all information about becoming an instructor in Spain here.

USA

If you want to do a season in the USA, you already have to be a certified instructor or have done a season before. If this is not the case, you can check out our other locations and courses under ‘destinations’ on www.snowminds.com or read more about our destinations in this section of the FAQ. You can find all information about becoming an instructor in the USA here. Incidentally, you must currently be enrolled in a university or recently graduated within 12 months in order to come to the USA for a season.

South Africa

To do a season in South Africa as an instructor, you must already have completed a season elsewhere as a certified instructor beforehand. If you are not a certified instructor you can check out all of our other destinations and courses under “destinations” on www.snowminds.com or read more about the destinations in this section. You can find all the information about becoming a ski instructor in South Africa here.

Australia

In order to be able to come to Australia as an instructor, one must already have had a season or be a trained ski or snowboard instructor. If you are not a certified instructor, you can check out our other destinations and courses under ‘destinations’ on www.snowminds.com or read more about our destinations in this section of the FAQ. You can find all information about becoming an instructor in Australia here.

Austria

To get in a season as an instructor in Austria, you have to go through one of our many Snowminds courses. You can find all information about the Snowminds courses in Austria here. The instructor training is recognised worldwide. You therefore also have the opportunity to go on several seasons elsewhere in the world. You will be a trained ski and/or snowboard instructor in either November or January with the possibility to do a full season or work in the high season. The course is in german. But don’t worry. We will help you with your german and we even have a special designed, 10-week Snowminds german course. This will make you completely ready for your adventure in the Alps.

If you are already an experienced instructor, we can also get you on a season with us. You can read more about the options for you right here.

 

After the season

Can you help me if I wanna do another season?

Of course we can! Many of our instructors end up doing more than one season. We will be there to help you find a job again and do our best to meet your wishes about ski school and destination. All you have to do is read about your opportunities here.

Is it possible to help out in your office?

You are welcome to give us a call or write us if you would like to help out at the office. You are also welcome to let us know if you have any ideas that you feel like our new instructors shouldn’t be without. We hire interns all year around – maybe you will become our new colleague? 🙂