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Ski Internships in Japan

If you’re dreaming of a winter adventure on the slopes of Japan, our popular ski instructor internship is hard to beat. Based on the northern island of Hokkaido, ​Niseko​ is​​ Japan’s number one resort – ​a true powder paradise​ w​​here​ average seasonal snowfall​s​ exceed​ 15​+​ metres.

Join a ski instructor internship in Japan and you’ll get expert training from one of the region’s most established ski schools and a guaranteed job offer to work as a ski instructor in the very same season. A ski internship in Japan also comes with epic resort accommodation, a season lift pass across four mountains​ (Niseko United)​ and a qualification that’s internationally recognised.

Internship Dates



Course type: Instructor Internship

Qualification: NZSIA Level 1 (Level 2 Optional)

Course dates: November - March



Course type: Instructor Internship

Qualification: NZSIA Level 1 & 2

Course dates: November - March


Jake Bower - Ski instructor Internship

How it works

Check your eligibility

Complete our four question ski instructor eligibility quiz to see if you are eligible for a ski instructor internships in Japan.

Choose a resort

A member of our training team will be in touch to guide you through the process and help on finding the right internship for you.

Train and qualify

Travel to your chosen resort at the beginning of winter, meet your course mates and begin training to become a qualified instructor.

Begin instructing

As soon as you become a qualified instructor you will start working and earning as a full-time instructor with our Japanese partner ski school.

Qualifications in Japan

Your ski instructor internship in Japan will set you up with an internationally recognised instructor qualification provided by the New Zealand Snowsports Instructors Alliance (NZSIA). Governed by the International Ski Instructors Association (ISIA), NZSIA sets the minimum standard requirements for ski instructors internationally.

This ISIA affiliation opens up all sorts of opportunities as you get to work as an instructor in your pick of countries around the globe. The following ski instructor internships are available in Japan: NZSIA Level 1, NZSIA Level 2, NZSIA Teaching Children Certification. Talk to our team to learn more about ski internship qualifications.

Your Instructor Job

Once you’ve ticked off your ​NZSIA Level 1 ski instructors’ exam, you’ll be offered employment in the same resort you trained in. Senior members of the snowsports school and your WE ARE SNO internship programme manager will be by your side every step of the way, making sure your transition into your new instructor role is smooth.

Our partner school for employment is Niseko Village Ski School (NVSS), busy ​and vibrant, their standard of work is high and wages are very competitive. The internship set up enables you to ​plan your season ​in advance​ and maximise your time on the slopes in Japan.

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