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.
PUTTING YOUR MIND AT REST
We understand that choosing a course is a big decision, and are happy to discuss options and offer advice with no-obligation to book a course. Once you have booked a course with us, we offer full support in the lead up to departure. We have dedicated client-liaisons who can answer any questions you have and will send out important information and advice on how to prepare for your course in the lead up to departure. After-course care is an important part of the service we offer, and we love to keep in touch with previous customers. Clients are eligible for ongoing advice and support when applying for working visas and 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 on a course with Winter Sports, you are always part of the family
Our resort reps and are on-hand every day in resort and are extremely knowledgeable about the resort, qualifications and training. The key job for reps is to ensure participants have fun in a safe and supportive environment, following the pastoral care policy we have in place. Occasionally we do have to deal with accidents, injury or illness and in the event of this resort representatives are on-hand to support customers seek medical assistance, and liaise with the UK office and next of kin to ensure the best care possible is taken for the customer.
We are not insurance providers and cannot offer advice in relation to 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.
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 in which they will be employed. Most interns obtain a working holiday visa, which must be applied for by the individual. Applications for working holiday visas can be overwhelming and confusing, we aim to make this process as stress-free as possible and our experienced staff are on hand to support applicants. See our guide to working holiday visas for more information.
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.
I’ve just returned from the 2018/19 season with Winter Sports & it was amazing, I was all sad to leave! The best part though was the people. We all got on so well & the instructors were incredible, they completely changed our skiing! We had a great rep on hand 24/7 as well so for us it couldn’t have been better. Thanks for a great season Winter Sports!
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.
Karen and Steve were very helpful before I went and while I was in resort. It is their own business, they do really care about their clients and it shows. Especially with the younger guys and girls on the course, who maybe are away from home for the first time.