There a few ways to become a ski instructor – like most things the option you choose will depend on the time you have to train and how much you can afford to spend.
Ski Instructor Course
This is the most popular way to become a ski instructor – and is usually the quickest way to achieve level 1 and 2 in one season.
A ski instructor course is an extended holiday where you will live in hotel or chalet accommodation and take ski lessons designed to train you to instructor standard. On a typical level 1 and 2 training course you can expect to train for 3 weeks, then take the level 1 exam, then train for 6 weeks and take the level 2 exam.
Ski Instructor Internship
Popular among 18-30 year olds, an internship is a great way to become an instructor if you are eligible for a Canadian or New Zealand working holiday visa. Interns tend to achieve level 1 and 2 in one season.
A ski instructor internship is often a cheaper option than a course, but unlike a course, following the initial level 1 training the intern moves into staff accommodation and is responsible for their own living costs.
It is possible to become a ski instructor via a do-it-yourself method. This usually takes longer than doing a course or internship, but upfront costs can be lower. This option is generally taken by individuals who already live in a resort, as if you aim to become a ski instructor via this method you need to live close to the slopes so you can practice. If you choose the DIY route, it is worthwhile budgeting for regular ski lessons with a top-level instructor who can point you in the right direction.