It can be a nerve-wracking and exciting time when planning for a gap year – and occasionally the importance of parents is over-looked. For most parents, it is their child’s first time away from home and we want to make sure you know your kids are in safe hands.

We want our customers to have the time of their life, make dozens of new friends and come home with an array of stories to tell about their winter season, and to ensure a good time is had by all we’ve created an infrastructure behind the scenes for your peace of mind.

Important Information

Putting your mind at rest

Support & Advice

We understand that choosing a course is a big decision. We are happy to discuss options and offer advice with no obligation to book a course. Once you have booked a course with us, we provide full support in the lead-up to departure. We have dedicated client liaisons who can answer any questions you have! They will send out important information and advice on preparing for your course in the lead-up to departure. After-course care is an essential part of our service, and we love to keep in touch with previous customers. Clients are eligible for ongoing advice and support when applying for working visas. We supply references for employment and university applications. After completing a course with us, you can opt-in to exclusive job-alert emails for ski and snowboard instructor vacancies. Once you have participated in a course with Winter Sports, you are always part of the family.

Resort Representatives

Our resort reps are on-hand every day in the resort. They are highly knowledgeable about the resort, qualifications and training. The key job for representatives is to ensure participants have fun in a safe and supportive environment, following the pastoral care policy we have in place. Occasionally we have to deal with accidents, injuries or illnesses. In the event of this, resort representatives are on-hand to support customers seeking medical assistance and liaise with the UK office and next of kin to ensure the best care is taken for the customer.

Insurance

We are not insurance providers and cannot offer advice about insurance packages. However, we can point you in the direction of insurers who cover young people for ski and snowboard instructor courses. If you have an annual family travel insurance policy, it is unlikely to cover a trip longer than 30 days in length, so a dedicated single trip policy will be required. Check out our insurance page for discounts offered by some travel insurers.

Visas

Ski & Snowboard Instructor Course visas: Courses usually require a travel permit, the travel document (visa) required will depend on the participant’s citizenship. For example, a participant from the UK will not require a visa for a course in France or New Zealand but will require an Electronic Travel Authorisation for a course in Canada. We will advise customers individually of the travel visa they will need to obtain to join a course.
Internship Visas: Interns will require a work permit for the country where they will be employed. Most interns obtain a working holiday visa, which must be applied for by the individual. Although applications for working holiday visas can be overwhelming and confusing, we aim to make this process as stress-free as possible. Our experienced staff are on hand to support applicants. See our guide to working holiday visas for more information.

100% Choose Winter Sports Company

“As a parent I would 100% recommend the Winter Sports Company.

Our son signed up for the 18 week course and went to Sun Peaks in Canada with them in November 2021. For health reasons he had to cut short his trip by 4 weeks, but still managed to have an amazing time…he hasn’t stopped talking about his trip since he got back and was gutted he had to return early. From start to finish (and beyond) the support Rik, Emma and Rob have provided us, as his parents, has been second to none and above and beyond just professional courtesy. The support they provided our son, before, during and after his trip has been brilliant. They are reassuring, helpful and nothing is too much trouble. He is currently in the process of applying for a 2 year working visa to return to Canada next season and Rik has come up with ideas and options to help him gain employment and continue with his ski instructor development whilst he’s there.

Ultimately for us though, the most important thing was knowing the company cared about our son and looked out for him whilst he was away from home and during the times he was struggling. I cannot recommend Winter Sports Company highly enough, thank you Rik, Emma and Rob and everyone else in Sun Peaks associated with the company who provided such an amazing experience.”

Panorama 2020

“As a parent unused to supporting your child for this type of adventure, I wouldn’t have known where to start. Rik, Emma and the team provided lots of guidance and support that made the preparation so easy. Always available for a chat on the phone and quickly following up with any actions gave me confidence.

I know that my son felt relaxed and part of a great team for the minute he met up with the rest of the party at the airport. Feedback from him during the season made us very envious of the experience he was having: ‘Loving Life’ was a regular comment he would make. So much so that the prospect of a second year’s deferral for Uni is definitely on the cards – and back to Panorama too!”

Massive thank you to Winter Sports!

“Thank goodness that my daughter chose to do her ski instructors course through Winter Sports. They answered every single question right from the first contact which filled us with confidence in their abilities to not only deliver on the course but also offering great pastoral care.

Life can often throw a curve ball when you least expect it and one week into her 11 week course she had a “life changing” skiing accident. Rik (the director) and Emma were amazing, from making a very difficult telephone call to calming and navigating two distressed parents. Rik was incredible and dropped everything, hired a car and drove to Kelowna Hospital to be by our daughter’s side until I was able to fly out. He supported her through various operations and procedures keeping us updated throughout. Emma navigated the insurance company literature and advised us. Rik was there to collect me from the airport, he had arranged accommodation and even cooked dinner! The care and compassion was unparalleled and genuine.

Even in one week our daughter met some amazing people on her course who kept in touch and pulled her through some dark times in hospital. That initial week had been memorable and fun from the instructors to the friends she made. Rik and Emma continue to check in to see how she is doing. She would like to ski again and would only consider using Winter Sports because whatever happens we all know they will be there through any crisis. We will always be indebted to Rik who looked after our daughter like she was his own until we could be there to take back the reigns.”

FAQ

How do I book onto a course ?

There are a few ways you can book a course! First, we recommend talking to a team member to help ease the process. Click on the Call or Message icons in the orange boxes to get in touch. We are more than happy to help you!

What to expect from the training?

How many days of training? How big are the groups? where ? when ? who ? etc find out all the info by clicking into the individual courses. A detailed training program is included with each course.

Will my child need a visa?

Unless you are from the country where the internship course takes place, you will need some form of travel visa to join a snowboard or ski instructor course. The good news is that visas are often quick and easy to get.

Any other questions ?

Please feel free to get in contact with us if you have any questions, that’s what we are here for!

Please also check out our FAQ page 🙂

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“Arriving by yourself wasn’t a problem considering everyone else was doing the same and there was chances to make friends with a wide range of people. We were all taken very good care of, the hotel was nice and the staff were friendly. I loved the resort so much I now live here.” – Sophie Lane