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Whether you’re planning an exciting gap year or looking for a career change, WE ARE SNO has a snowboard instructor course for you. Join a close-knit group of like-minded snowboarders for the trip of a lifetime, and your choice of world-class resort destinations in Canada, Japan, Switzerland or New Zealand. Our snowboard instructor courses allow you to spend an extended time in the mountains, while you train towards an internationally recognised qualification. Choose our snowboard instructor internship to start your next career, or our snowboard instructor training programme for a stress-free winter experience.


Deep powder snow, great off-piste areas, quality terrain parks, and extensive teaching facilities, are all important factors for us to consider when choosing a resort partner. Across our snowboard instructor courses we have a mix of resorts in Canada, Japan, Switzerland and New Zealand which are set up perfectly for snowboard instructor training and development. If you’re seeking culture, cuisine, and deep powder, Niseko, Japan would be a great pick. For chilled community vibes, quality snow and diverse terrain, Canada offers something special. For big mountains, traditional villages and popular apres vibes, Switzerland has you covered. And for a far-away course in the southern hemisphere look no further than beautiful New Zealand. 


The core component of our snowboard instructor courses is the on-snow training package. This is delivered by hand-picked trainers with a wealth of industry experience. The trainers we work with are also qualified examiners, who have successfully guided hundreds of prospective instructors through certification courses.

Snowboard instructor training is divided into two elements, riding and teaching. Firstly your riding technique is assessed, broken down and improved upon. You will learn how to use the terrain to your advantage and get comfortable with all areas of the mountain. Secondly, you will be introduced to teaching practices, the methodology involved and the progressions needed to teach others.

"One of the best decisions of my life"

Luka Putarek - Snowboard Instructor Internship


Each of our snowboard instructor courses lead to industry qualifications and certifications that are internationally recognised and interchangeable. They will allow you to work as a snowboard instructor in multiple countries around the world. In Canada we work with the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI),  while in Japan and New Zealand we train towards the Snowboard Instruction New Zealand (SBINZ) qualifications.

For snowboarders looking to enhance their snowsports education, we provide an advanced package option. Further training and certification courses can include, level 2, teaching children and avalanche safety. We aim to give you all of the necessary tools to kick start a rewarding career as a snowboard instructor. 


A snowboard instructor course is the perfect opportunity to improve your riding skills, train towards an international certification and embark on a new career. It’s also a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is not just focussed around life on the slopes. With the help of our experienced resort teams, made up of programme managers and resort reps, we are able to cultivate a unique environment for the groups from day one. Not only do we provide guidance and support throughout the course, we also organise social events, local trips, meals and activities for all. 

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