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Ski Jobs in Europe

Ski JobsEuropean skiing is focused on alpine areas of Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and Germany. The season runs from October to March, and resorts and tour operators are busy recruiting staff in September.

There are all kinds of jobs available in ski resorts, from positions as chalet staff to ski or snowboard instructors. Generally to work in a resort you will need to be at least 18. Many employers require you to hold a EU passport, and if you are going for a job as an instructor or guide you will need to have a valid current qualification. Qualifications gained on dry ski slopes will not be sufficient to get a job as an instructor or guide.

How do I get ski qualifications?

Qualifications are awarded by BASI (British Association of Snowsport Instructors), and you need to have a minimum standard of ski skills to begin with. One requirement is that you have completed at least 16 weeks skiing on snow, and another is that you must be 16 years of age or older. The first qualification is as a Trainee Instructor, which takes five days and can be done in various alpine resorts or in Scotland. The courses are not expensive (from around £300 to £600 for most) but they don’t include accommodation or insurance. All skiing courses take place from November to May, depending on their location.

After the Trainee Instructor course has been completed, you are able to teach novice skiers whilst under supervision under certain conditions. The next qualification is that of Ski Instructor, to take this you must have first passed the Trainee Ski Instructor course and have a valid first aid and emergency certificate. You must be at least 18 years old before you can be issued with a ski instructor licence. This course takes ten days, and like the Trainee Instructor qualification, can be taken in a variety of locations. Similar courses exist for those interested in snow- boarding.

After this you can go on to take the Ski Teacher ISIA qualification, and then the International Ski Teacher Diploma.