So you’ve qualified with a Level 1, Level 2 or even a Level 3 ski instructor qualification… now what? Alltracks Academy is here to talk you through getting a job as a ski instructor.
Is my qualification suitable?
Alltracks Academy’s ski instructor courses are based exclusively at Whistler Blackcomb, Canada, meaning that the qualification you’ve gained (CSIA) is granted by the official national body responsible for governing snow-sports instruction in Canada.
Membership of both this body and the International Ski Instructors’ Association (ISIA) helps to show that you are a true professional. The qualification that you have gained is recognised globally, meaning you can seek ski instructor vacancies in such countries as Canada, Japan, the USA, some European countries, New Zealand and Australia. However, please be aware that it is difficult to gain employment outside Canada with only the Level 1.
Where should I apply for a ski instructor job?
You may have yearned to work in a specific resort, perhaps one that you have visited before or that was recommended to you. Although you think about applying for a job there, it is unwise to limit yourself to this particular resort. Instead, why not apply to as many resorts as you can in as many different locations as you can?
The industry is growing ever-more competitive, so you should make yourself known to as many resorts as possible. It is important to remember that you are a qualified instructor, but you are one with no experience. As a result, you need to be prepared to follow the work. However, once you’ve secured your first job as a ski instructor, it becomes far easier to find more work. You’ll have gained work experience, a reference from this employer and some very useful contacts in the snow-sport industry.
How to stand out from the crowd
While it is important to have a Level 1 or 2 ski instructor qualification and the right attitude, there are unfortunately many people who will have more than these qualifications. Resorts receive a huge amount of job applications from people who have differing qualifications, skills and experience. You therefore need to ensure you stand out as much as possible.
One of the ways you can do this is by gaining experience in coaching other sports or activities. Even if you do not have a recognised qualification in this, some experience teaching in other fields (even if on a voluntary basis) is very useful. It demonstrates an interest in coaching and shows that you have the confidence to take a lesson. There are lots of similarities in teaching other skills.
You will also make yourself more employable across potentially a range of countries if you learn another language. Although a large percentage of ski resorts across the world hire English-speaking instructors, having additional languages that you can communicate in will truly set you apart from your competition.
How do I apply for ski instructor jobs at a resort?
There is no substantive difference between applying for a ski instructor job and a job within any other industry. It’s basically just a case of finding the vacancy and applying!
Do your research and be sure to contact as many resorts as possible. Make sure your CV is up to scratch and presents your experience in the best possible light. It is important to build contacts, too. You should never underestimate the importance of listening to the advice of your ski instructors and finding out how they got into their positions.
Do I need a work visa?
Yes! You will always need to apply for a work visa/permit unless you already have the right to work in the country of your choice.
If you’d like to gain qualifications & become a ski instructor, see our range of courses here.
If you would like 1:1 guidance on ski instructor employment, please get in touch.