You’ve been shredding and carving all winter, you’ve got that all important instructor qualification. Then suddenly, the snow melts away and you’re left thinking; what does a snow-sports instructor do in summer?
Snowboard & Ski Instructor Summer Job Inspiration
For some people, chasing the snow is all they dream of. For others, the perfect life is spending half the year in the snow, half in the sun. We list a few suggestions about gaining employment from season to season.
Follow the snow
- No longer are you bound by the European winter. There are world class resorts that plunge into winter as Europe enters into summer – New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and Chile are just a few to choose from. The season typically starts in mid-June, which means they are looking for instructors as the European/American season finishes.
- Ski resorts are stunning in the summer months, and many reopen once the snow has gone for hill walking, mountain biking and much more. If you can’t bear to leave the resort, you could train to be a mountain guide in the summer or find work within the resort’s shops, hotels and bars.
- Remember, if you’re an EU citizen, you can live and work anywhere in Europe. However, if you fall in love with a resort further afield, you will need to research how to obtain a working visa.
Have the best of both worlds
- There are some fantastic glaciers in the northern hemisphere, and the best part is that during the summer months you can be skiing in the morning and sunbathing in the afternoon. Unfortunately, you won’t get the fresh champagne powder of winter skiing – sorry, you can’t have literally everything! There may be heavy competition for ski/snowboard instructor jobs in glacier resorts, but it could be you that bags the job! Failing that, plenty of hotels, shops, and restaurants will be looking for staff.
- Or, how about Ski Dubai? If you want summer and winter in the same place, you’ll find it here. Outside it is hot, hot, hot (you’ll be looking all tanned and gorgeous), but step into the indoor ski resort, and it will be a nippy -1!
Teach a summer sport
- Sailing, scuba diving, surfing, and kayaking are just a few summer sports that you could train to teach in the summertime. If you teach a sport, you should love that sport, so this is not one to do on a whim! But if you enjoy a summer sport as much as skiing or boarding, why not train to instruct both – if you love what you do, you won’t work a day in your life!
- Plenty of places in the UK relies on seasonal workers – if you want to chase the snow in winter, then seasonal summer work in the UK could be a win-win for you.
- Coastal areas and outdoor pools often recruit lifeguards contracted for the summertime only (you will need a qualification).
- All tourist attractions increase custom in summer, so check out the seasonal work opportunities at your local theme park, country manor, zoo, sea life centre or art gallery.
Check out what some of our previous interns have done after their season finished