NZSIA 1 & 2 Ski Instructor Course

The King of the North

18th July 2020 - 26th September 2020 Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand Catered

Course Overview

Qualify as a ski instructor in time for the Northern Hemisphere winter on the beautiful North Island of New Zealand.

Train in the awesome ski fields of Turoa, an active volcano and an incredible location. Skiing on the North Island of New Zealand is a surreal experience unlike almost anything else on earth. We have created the best possible course out there to ensure you have an epic time and the best chance to achieve your NZSIA 1 & 2.

What to Expect

The course is fully inclusive - we want to make sure you benefit from the best mountain experience possible, which includes the highest level of coaching available, and also an action-packed off-mountain course ensuring that you have the best 10 weeks of your life!

  • 20 hours' coaching per week
  • 2 qualifications - NZSIA Level 1 & 2
  • Top quality instruction in New Zealand
  • Piste performance coaching
  • Video analysis
  • Teaching theory coaching
  • Exam preparation
  • Breakfast 7 days a week and filling home cooked meals 5 nights a week
  • Twin share accommodation
  • Basecamp jacket

You should fly into Auckland before the start of the course, or on the course start date. A Basecamp representative will be at Auckland airport all day on Friday 12th July. We will provide accommodation overnight on Friday in Auckland as the transfer to Ohakune leaves at 9:00 the following morning. You will arrive in Ohakune to get settled into your accommodation around 15:00 on Saturday 13th July.

On departure, there will be a transfer from Ohakune back to Auckland provided for those who need it, but you will need to book your return flights at a sensible time either late on Saturday 21st September (you will get back to Auckland around 8pm-ish), or on Sunday 22nd September. If you need to stay overnight in Auckland then we recommend the BASE backpackers in central Auckland as it is close to the bus stop, but you will need to book this yourself. You could also get a bus down to Wellington and continue travelling around this beautiful country!

Course Timeline

Here you'll find a week by week breakdown of your course.

  • Course Intro and Training

    3 Weeks

    Focused Level 1 Training, get used to the New Zealand alpine way of life, and work on your mountain fitness

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  • Level 1 Exam

    1 Week

    Take the first qualification on offer.

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  • Level 2 training and Personal Development

    5 Weeks

    Here the level of training increases! You'll go through some focussed Level 2 Training and Extended Personal Development. Experience a variety of different riding conditions, on and off-piste to develop skills in all areas. 

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  • Level 2 Exam

    1 Week

    The final week of the course is spent taking your Level 2 exam and talking through your options with the Ski School Director for the following season. We'll also discuss the options available to those looking for work in Canada in the coming winter season.

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Got a question about this course? Here's the best place to start. If you don't find your answer here, you can request a callback or get in touch using our contact page.

As well as gaining a worldwide recognised qualification you will also have the time of your life! The places you'll see, the people you'll meet, and the good times you have will change you and your life forever. You simply won't look at things in the same light again! We have been running Basecamp Instructor courses since 2002 so we do know a thing or two about how to create the perfect mountain experience. We didn't gain our widespread industry reputation as market leaders overnight!

We generally get a range of people from all over the world, primarily from the UK but we also get as a good number of local New Zealanders and Aussies.

You will need to fly into Auckland international Airport.

It is recognised worldwide, so is a great one to take to other countries.

Mt Ruapehu is split into two resorts, Lake Turoa and Whakapapa. On the course you get season pass, which includes both resorts.

Generally it's not possible to work in the same season that you qualify, but a lot of people will do the course in anticipation of working in the following season, and with our guaranteed job interview you are in an excellent position to do this. The benefit of this qualifying in New Zealand in the summer is that you can work the winter season the same year in another resort.

You will not need a working visa to take the course, if you are coming from the UK you can simply get a visitors permit upon arrival. If you want to work there, then the working holiday visa scheme in New Zealand is easy! Applications should be made directly through the NZ immigration department rather that dealing with a visa organization, and you can apply for a 12 or 23 month visa.

The accommodation is 17 km/s from the base of the lift, it?s about 20 minutes drive on a good weather day. Transport will leave from the lodge.

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We ask that you are a Level 3 or above on our ability scale. Generally having 4-5 weeks on snow prior to the course is enough, and the most important thing is a good attitude to improving and learning new skills. We can split groups into ability levels in Meribel. If you are unsure as to whether you are at the right level then ask one of our course advisors.