Frequently Asked Questions

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General

  • How do I apply?

    The first step is to complete the eligibility form on our website. You will initially be asked to answer four basic questions by selecting from a drop-down menu, you will then be asked for your contact details (name, phone & email). Once received a member of our team will be in touch within 24 hours to introduce themselves and discuss our awesome products in more detail.

  • How much does a course cost?

    All of our up-to-date prices are listed in our course brochure which will be sent out after you complete our eligibility form. If you are eligible and accepted onto one of our courses then an initial deposit payment equal to 10% of the total course fees is required. We try to be as flexible as possible when it comes to payments and work with a bespoke payment plan to suit each individual.  Once the deposit is received the remaining course fees are broken down into further instalment payments.

  • What is included?

    One of the most important questions you should be asking is what is included in your package and how is it broken down. We have a dedicated section on each of our courses pages to let you know exactly where your money is going. 

  • Are there any age restrictions?

    Depending on which course you choose there are some restrictions on age. To be considered for our internship product you must be eligible for a working holiday visa. This application process is usually only open to people between the ages of 18-30. However, our short instructor courses have no upper age limit and are open to everyone aged 17 and upwards.

  • What qualifications are available?

    All of the qualifications offered are internationally recognised and vary depending on the country location of your course. Detailed information can be found in the qualifications section of our website under the ‘MORE‘ dropdown on the main menu.

  • What is the duration of a course?

    Our internship product runs for the duration of a winter season. The courses start towards the back end of November and usually finish in late March.
    Our short course, training program product runs for a duration of 5 weeks. The courses start early-mid January and finish mid February.

  • What ability level is required?

    We require participants to be able to comfortably link turns (under control) down an intermediate pitched slope. If you are unsure about your ability level then please get in touch, our team will be happy to discuss your options.

  • How do I find out more specific information on the courses?

    Option 1 – You can click any of the ‘CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY’ boxes that are located on each page of our website and leave your details. One of our team will receive your request and get in touch with you within 24 hours.

    Option 2 – You can head on over to the contact section our website and leave your details. One of our team will receive your request and get in touch with you within 24 hours.

  • What is a short course instructor training program?

    A training program is an all-inclusive, shorter instructor course. It allows participants with limited time and resources a fast-track route into the snowsports industry and gives them the best opportunity to succeed. Expect world-class, professional tuition and internationally recognised qualifications. This is topped off with instructor shadowing, work experience and an avalanche and backcountry course.

  • What is an instructor internship program?

    An internship program is an all-inclusive, season-long instructor course. It allows participants a fast-track route into the snowsports industry and gives them the best opportunity to succeed. Expect world-class, professional tuition coupled with internationally recognised qualifications. This is topped off with a PAID instructor job offer. This means you could be trained, qualified, and working in a reputable snowsports school within weeks of arriving into resort.

JAPAN

  • What qualification will I work towards?

    We choose to work with the New Zealand ski and snowboard governing body (NZSIA/SBINZ) in Japan. These certifications are highly regarded and recognised internationally. They will allow you to work as an instructor in countries such as Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, USA and Canada.

  • Why haven’t I heard of skiing in Japan?

    Skiing in Japan is MASSIVE with thousands of winter enthusiasts heading there each winter. Whilst not the most obvious destination, more and more Europeans are now traveling to Japan. The appeal of reliable powder snow, an authentic travel experience and the promise of delicious cuisine is more than tempting.

  • I can’t speak Japanese, is this a problem?

    Absolutely not, our partners in Japan run international ski schools with English speaking lessons. The award-winning resorts where we operate have a huge demand for English-speaking instructors. Each season thousands of Australian, Kiwi and North American guests arrive in Japan, so there is no need to worry about language and culture.

  • Who goes on courses in Japan?

    The majority of our courses are filled with people from the UK, Australia, New Zealand or Canada. We tend to find most people are between the age of 18 and 28, but sometimes we get applicants slightly older.

  • How much does a visa cost?

    The visa itself doesn’t cost very much at all (under £20). You will, however, need to travel in person to the Japanese embassy to submit your application.

We've got some bad news!


Unfortunately it appears that you don't currently have enough ski or snowboard experience. We require a minimum of 2 weeks on-snow experience for all of our instructor courses. We hope to hear from you again in the near future.

Kind regards,
The WE ARE SNO Team

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Thanks for requesting a brochure, it looks like you've enquired with us before! We've noted that you're still interested and we'll be in touch.

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The WE ARE SNO Team

We've got some bad news!


Unfortunately your nationality does't meet the visa requirements for a course. If you have a secondary nationality/citizenship please try our eligibly check again.

Thanks for your interest,
The WE ARE SNO Team

We've got some bad news!


Unfortunately it appears you are too old for our instructor courses. If we have made a mistake and you are aged 30 or below please try our eligibly check again.

Thanks for your interest,
The WE ARE SNO Team