Snowboard Instructor Internship

Check Eligibility

Snowboard internships

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.


Explore some of the inclusions you receive when choosing the WE ARE SNO snowboard instructor internship programme.

Season Lift Pass

A season lift pass which allows you full mountain access to the resort.


Accommodation is included for the entire duration of the course or until you start employment.

Expert training

Extensive on-snow training delivered by senior instructors and examiners with decades of experience.


Internationally recognised and interchangeable qualifications which enable you to teach globally.

Paid Employment

All instructor internships come with a job offer guarantee for instructor employment the same season.

Regular social events

Experience the best of our resort areas with group meals and inclusive social activities.

Programme Manager

A dedicated member of our team based in resort to ensure your winter is a success.

Visa & Travel Advice

Personalised, step-by-step visa guidance and travel planning.

Loads more inclusions

From exclusive discounts to career guidance and ongoing support - we've got you covered.

Snowboard Destinations

Traditionally snowboard instructor internship positions are fewer in number and 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. Our Japanese programmes are located in an area famed for abundant snow conditions, Niseko and Furano are both on the northern island of Hokkaido. Over in North America we have Canada’s Mount Washington and Le Massif, both set in breathtaking locations with quality terrain and abundant snowfall. Lastly we have Wanaka in New Zealand. This cosmopolitan ski town is packed full of diversity, with a lake as its focal point and in close proximity to two major mountains.

New Zealand

How it works

Check your eligibility

Take our four question instructor quiz to see if you are eligible for one of our snowboard internship with a guaranteed job offer.

Choose a resort

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.

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 in one of our partner snowboard schools.


"The most powder I've ever seen"

Max Frost - Snowboard Instructor Intern

Instructor Qualifications

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.

Instructor Employment

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.


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

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.