Snowboard Instructor Internships in Japan, Niseko | WE ARE SNO



The snowboard instructor internship in Japan is our most popular programme and it’s no surprise why. Based out of the award-winning resort of Niseko (on the northern island of Hokkaido), people flock here because of the 15+ metres of powder snow that falls each season. ​

Choose a snowboard instructor internship in Japan and you can expect premium snowboard tuition from some of the most progressive pros in Japan. Your riding will improve beyond measure as you train towards an internationally recognised qualification. Once you’re done, you’ll receive a guaranteed job offer to work as a snowboard instructor for the rest of the winter.


Some of the benefits you receive when choosing the WE ARE SNO snowboard internship programme in Japan.


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Niseko, JapanView details
Type: Ski & snowboard instructor internship
Qualifications: NZSIA/SBINZ
Start date: November 2023
End date: March 2024

"I didn't expect it to be this much fun "



Take our 5 question instructor eligibility quiz to see if you are eligible for one of our snowboard instructor internships.
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 snowboard instructor.
As soon as you become a qualified instructor you will start working and earning as a full-time instructor in our partner snowboard school.


Sign up for a snowboard instructor internship in Japan and you’ll come out the other end with an internationally recognised qualification provided by Snowboard Instruction New Zealand (SBINZ). This national association for snowboarders is governed by the International Ski Instructors Association (ISIA) which sets the minimum standard requirements for ski and snowboard instructors internationally.

This gives you the flexibility to work as a snowboard instructor in all sorts of exciting spots around the world. Choose from the following qualifications: SBINZ Level 1, SBINZ Level 2 , SBINZ Teaching Children Certification.

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

WE ARE SNO is one of the most established instructor training providers in Japan. As a result, we’re able to offer a paid instructor job offer with every single snowboard internship. You’ll move into full-time, paid employment as soon as you pass your SBINZ Level 1 certification, under the guidance and support of your programme manager.

The Japanese school we work with is busy, bustling and full of fun. The standard of work is exceptional and wages are very competitive. The employment phase of the internship will run the majority of the peak season, allowing you to ​plan ​in advance​ and maximise your time in resort.

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