Ready for your gap year?

Dreaming of snow already?

Instead of craving the adrenalin and excitement of your next ski or snowboard adventure, why not make the most of your gap year and enrol on a ski instructor course or a snowboard instructor course this summer!

Spend this July – September with the Winter Sports Company in New Zealand. Complete your ski or snowboard instructor training in just 10 weeks, and you’ll be applying for jobs in the industry in time for the European winter.

On our 10 week course, you receive tuition from a dedicated instructor training centre and take highly respected New Zealand qualifications. When you train and qualify with the Winter Sports Company at Cardrona, you will get priority in the recruitment process to return to work the following year. So you can start your gap year on a course and end it working as an instructor – how many people can boast success like that from a gap year?

A gap year to remember – make the most of every single second

Spend your days training in Cardrona, a mountain resort with the best powder, steeps and moguls in the southern hemisphere. The world class snow parks and Olympic half-pipes have international ski and snowboard teams flocking here for their summer training.

Spend your nights and downtime in the breath-taking Wanaka, a short journey from Cardrona. Wanaka is at the heart of New Zealand’s playground for snow enthusiasts, close to the famous Lake Wanaka, renowned for its spectacular natural beauty and a multitude of outdoor activities. You’ll never be short of things to do in the lively and welcoming town, with plenty of bars, restaurants, shops, and clubs.

Don’t fret about Visas – you do not need one to enrol on a course. However, visas are required if you wish to find work in New Zealand. Young people between 18 and 30 are eligible to apply for a New Zealand holiday working visa.

What next?

Once you’ve completed your training, the Winter Sports Company can help guide you in the direction of your first ski instructor job, or perhaps you’ll want to really make the most of your gap year and enhance your ski or snowboard instructor qualification by enrolling on a Ski Patrol Course in Canada. The world is your oyster!