Snowboard Instructor Internships in Canada & Japan | WE ARE SNO



If you’re looking for an unforgettable winter experience, a snowboard internship in one of the world’s best resorts won’t disappoint. Enjoy an all-inclusive snowboard instructor training package, available across Canada, Japan and New Zealand, and score an accelerated route into the snowsports industry.

The snowboard instructor internships comes with expert instructor training, an internationally recognised certification, ​centrally located ​accommodation, a season-long resort lift pass​​ and a paid instructor job offer for the remainder of the winter plus more.


Some of the benefits you receive when choosing the WE ARE SNO instructor internship programme.


Lift pass


Paid Job offer


Traditionally snowboard instructor internship positions are harder to come by than on the ski side of things. That usually means we have less places available each year and competition is fierce. For those lucky enough to secure a spot, we have carefully selected three, fantastic, snowboard-friendly destinations, that have everything in place to facilitate an incredible winter season. Between them they have the perfect balance of powder, play and performance training in each. Our flagship programme should need no introduction, located in an area famed for it’s abundant snow conditions and superior work levels, Niseko, Japan. Over in North America we have Canada’s, Mount Washington, famed for its unique coastal location (on Vancouver Island) and home to some of the world’s biggest snowfalls. Last, but by no means least there is New Zealand. Queenstown is quickly becoming one of the coolest resort towns on the planet, packed full of international bars and restaurants and in close proximity to three major mountains, a great combination.


Take our 5 question instructor quiz to see if you are eligible for one of our snowboard internship with a guaranteed job offer.
A member of our training team will be in touch to guide you through the process and focus on finding the right course for you.
Travel to your chosen resort at the beginning of winter, meet your course mates and begin training to become a qualified instructor.
As soon as you become a qualified instructor you will start working and earning as a full-time instructor in one of our partner snowboard schools.
Luke Combes
Snowboard Internship - Canada
Tatiana Nguyen
Snowboard Internship - Japan
Ellie Butler
Snowboard Internship - Canada

"The most powder I've ever seen"



A s​nowboard​ instructor internship gets you an internationally recognised instructor qualification provided by an ISIA-sanctioned national associations.*

​We work ​with​ the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI) for our Canadian internships, and Snowboard Instruction New Zealand (SBINZ) for our Japanese and NZ internships. The qualifications you get through these certification providers mean you can legally work as an instructor in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, South America and the USA.

The level 1 snowboard internship programme is perfect if you want to get a season under your belt and a taste of life as an instructor. The combined Level 1 and 2 training programme with freestyle, teaching children and avalanche certification is ideal if you’re considering a career in snowsports.

*ISIA (International Ski Instructors Association) is the world body for professional snowsports instructors. It sets the minimum standard requirements for skiers and snowboarders internationally.

Internship stories

Taylor Ceolin
Snowboard Instructor internship
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Ive always loved snowboarding and this course was an opportunity to do that on a daily basis. Its hard not to enjoy yourself when you put us in one of the most beautiful places in the world with some of greatest snow imaginable. The course is fantastic, I definitely didn’t expect it to be this much fun. Everything has been super easy going and I would 100% recommend it to anyone else.

Paddy Gray
Snowboard instructor internship
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The WE ARE SNO instructor course is an extremely comprehensive and exciting path into the snowsports industry. With extensive, on-snow training from experienced trainers, a guaranteed job offer, round-the-clock support from the course manager and great accommodation. You won’t find a better course for such a good price. If you are interested in teaching snowboarding or skiing, I couldn’t recommend this more.

Max Frost
Snowboard instructor internship
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One of the main reasons I choose We Are Sno was actually the design and ease of use of the website. The customer experience was impressive and any communication answered very promptly. Everything about the course has been fantastic, especially the accommodation, training and quality of snow. The social aspect has also been a big plus, going out for meals and drinks as a group was great for learning about the culture.

Dewansh Basnet
Snowboard Instructor internship
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WE ARE SNO took care of everything. It felt so good to be in the experienced hands of people who know the resorts, the town, snowboarding and skiing. Delivered from the airport to our place of stay and with personal resort transport to get to and from the mountains each day was awesome. The training was progressive and once qualified we were able to transition seamlessly into employment as instructors.

Luka Putarek
Snowboard instructor internship
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Deciding to train with We Are Sno was one of the best decisions of my life. Not only are the trainers extremely experienced and knowledgeable, but what really sets the company apart is the group setting and sense of community before, during and after the course. If you decide to train with We Are Sno you will meet an interesting, motivated and diverse group of people from all over the world.

Your Instructor Job

Not only will a snowboard instructor internship improve your technical ability and knowledge, it’ll give​ you access to​ full-time paid employment. In fact, WE ARE SNO is the only training provider to guarantee an instructor job offer following each one of our courses.

Once you qualify as an​ internationally recognised​ snowboard instructor, our team will ensure you transition easily into paid employment and get the most out of your ​season.

Find out more


Read some common questions about the internships below, or contact our team for more information.

How do I apply for a snowboard internship?
Applying online is straightforward. Start by completing our basic eligibility form which is found on our website and we will confirm if you meet the criteria. Following this, you'll be asked for your contact details (name & email) in return for our snowboard internship brochures. A member of our team will then reach out to you within 24 hours with more information on our snowboard internship programmes.
Each snowboard internship has a slightly different costs dependant on the resort, training and qualification offered. We provide up-to-date course fees on our pricing page which can be found within the resources menu on our website.
You can find a comprehensive inclusions table on each of our individual resort pages. Its important to know exactly what you get in the package when considering any of our snowboard internship programmes. Flights, travel insurance, equipment and daily expenses are not included as part of the snowboard internship packages. We do provide assistance and access to discounts for these elements that are exclusive to our course participants.
We offer a broad range of snowboard qualifications (level 1, 2 or 3) from SBINZ and CASI depending on the resort. Please view the resort you're interested in to find out more about the certifications available.
If you're eligible and accepted onto one of our snowboard courses then an initial deposit payment, usually equal to 10% of the total course fees is required. After this, and depending on the course, we offer a range of flexible payment terms (monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly) in the run up to your course starting.