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Ski Instructing in Niseko (Course + Placement)

3 months
18 to 30

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Trip overview

Travel, live and study in Niseko all while getting paid as a qualified ski instructor! Take your ski skills to the next level over a 3 week course, gaining a Level One NZSIA certification and then work as an instructor in the powder capital of the world. 

The Ski Instructing in Niseko study trip is ideal for those interested in joining the snowsports industry or simply wanting to kick off a trip to Japan, enjoy some winter sports and earn some coin while you do it.

Our partners in Japan are experts in snowsport training and certification and renowned for their capability to provide coaching and guidance to the very highest level. Not only will you further develop your own skills, knowledgeable trainers will teach you the fundamentals of instructing, skier analysis, lesson planning and presentation, and mountain safety.

After gaining certification, put your new skills into practice as you teach beginner and novice level skiers how it's done, Niseko style!

We offer the complete package for those wanting to accompany their newfound snow skills with a paid real-world, international experience. With the essentials handled for you, like your training schedule, accommodation and even assistance with purchasing equipment (if you don’t wish to bring your own), all you need to do is pack your winter woollies and get ready to carve (and teach) it up in Niseko!


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Ski training (over 80 hours)
NZSIA Level One certification & membership fees
Job opportunity as ski instructor
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Pre-Departure Guide
Ongoing local team support
Trip visa guidance
Personal Travel Concierge
Transfer from Station
Choice of accommodation
Season lift pass
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To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 18-30 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our partners in Japan are experts in snowsports training and certification, and renowned for their capability to provide coaching and guidance at the very highest level. Over the course of 3 weeks take your ski skills to the next level, gaining an NZSIA Level One certification and scoring yourself a paid job as a ski instructor!

Hit the ground running in your studies, knowing everything else is taken care of. The NZSIA Level One certification is an entry-level instructor qualification, giving students the tools and experience necessary to teach beginner and novice ski levels. Knowledgeable trainers will teach you how to safely explore and navigate the mountainous terrain of Niseko, while also educating you on the fundamental teaching models, class handling/safety, student analysis methods, technical information and so much more.

To achieve certification, students must be able to ride all groomed terrain with good form and present effective lessons using the appropriate teaching methodologies. Although extremely rare, if you were to fail the skills test then never fear! Our partner will endeavour to get you a placement in something other than instructing, so you can still create some incredible memories in Niseko. 

Not only are your highly knowledgeable trainers available to give you feedback on your progress, they are also the best people to ask about what to do when your day on the slopes is done! After a day of skiing, you may wish to head to the gym or give your muscles a break with a soak in a warm onsen bath. For those who just can’t get enough of the slopes, then night skiing in Niseko is the way to go, before heading into the village for some Aprés Ski, Japan-style.

At the ski village, you can stock up on supplies at the convenience store or enjoy the nightlife at any of the local bars and restaurants. For convenience, shared accommodation is provided on site with kitchen facilities included. Once you have gained your certification, you will move into the staff quarters on site, which usually comes as an additional subsidised weekly cost, taken out of your wages. 

Embrace this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel, study and work in Japan. Not only will you make new friends and immerse yourself in a new culture, you’ll earn a snowsport certification and a paid job in the powder capital of the world, Niseko! 



You must be eligible for a Japanese Working Holiday Visa. Intermediate ski experience is required, otherwise  pre-course training may be necessary for those who are not confident at this level or have not been on the snow for some time. Typically at LEAST 2 weeks of skiing or riding experience is required to joining a course. Please feel free to reach out if you are unsure of your ability. You may also be required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter this destination at the time of your travel. 

What extra costs will I have? 

Flights, travel insurance, souvenirs, spending money, visa fees & accommodation fees after gaining certification.

Trip itinerary


Today’s the day! Once you’ve touched down at New Chitose Airport (CTS), you will need to get yourself to Kutchan Station, where your included transfer will take you to your accommodation in the ski village at Niseko. If you’ve given yourself a few days between your arrival and the course start (which will incur an additional cost), use this time to get acquainted with your new surroundings and housemates!  On your first day, arrive at the resort and begin an orientation session by 9:30am at the very latest. Typically there is a trip into the main town to help you find your way around and shop for any equipment you may still require. Now we're ready to carve up some slopes!...or more likely take an easy ski on the mountain to find your ski legs and explore a bit. 


Typically training will take place 4-5 days a week, consisting of one training session in the morning (9:30am - 12:00pm) and another in the afternoon (1:30pm - 3:30pm). Students will have a break between classes for lunch or to sneak in some extra practice. Otherwise, the remaining days of your week are yours to explore this beautiful part of the world! If you’d like, ask your instructor about some of the best places to visit while here. Spend hours soaking in a warm onsen bath, head into town for some shopping, even head back out onto the slopes for some free skiing.  After receiving your Level One NZSIA certification, it's time to put your new skills into practice as you start working on-site as a ski instructor! You will be teaching beginners and novice level skiers, showing them the ins and outs of the slopes (and maybe a trick or two!). You’ll be staying in heavily subsidised staff accommodation and get a season ski pass, so you can hit the slopes with your new colleagues and travel buddies! We’ll constantly keep in touch with you throughout your stay. If at any point during your trip you need advice or support, our team will be on hand to answer all your questions. Don’t forget you can jump on our social media pages too or buzz our 24/5 emergency support line for urgent matters.

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As the world’s leading gap-year and "work & travel" company, we pride ourselves on providing a premium service for Global Travellers. Choose from a variety of awesome experiences worldwide, and let us assist you with visas, pre-departure preparations, flights, insurance, and tours. Throughout your journey, our cool tech features will support you every step of the way. As a Global Traveller, gain access to gWorld, our personalised app designed to enhance your travel experience. Keep important documents and trip details handy, and take advantage of exclusive Marketplace deals, a vibrant social network, language learning resources, side trips, meet-ups, and more. It's like having all your favorite travel apps merged into one, but even better! But our support doesn't end there. With four international offices, over 100 dedicated staff members, a 24/5 emergency team, and the backing of over 90,000 Global Travellers who have turned their travel dreams into reality with us, rest assured you're in good hands. We also proudly boast the most and best reviews in the biz, and maintain a massive following on our social channels including Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook. Embark on your next adventure with confidence and ease. Join us and discover the world in a meaningful way!

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While we would love to include flights and insurance in our trip packages, it is not feasible to have a fixed price due to the diverse destinations, trip durations, and individual coverage needs of our travellers from around the globe. However, once you register for the trip, we will assign you a dedicated Travel Concierge. They will work closely with you to arrange the ideal flights and insurance tailored to your specific adventure. Rest assured, our team is here to ensure you have a smooth and hassle-free travel experience from start to finish!

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With so many incredible options, we understand that selecting the perfect study trip can be tricky. That's why we recommend booking your favourite one, and your dedicated Trip Coordinator will guide you through the project details. They will consider your interests, goals, and desired outcome for the trip. If we find another trip that better suits your preferences, we can easily swap you over to ensure you have the ideal study experience. Rest assured, we're here to help you find the right fit!

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Most of our study trips are designed to cater to participants of all abilities and levels of experience. You can confidently join our program without any previous background or expertise. Our courses are structured to provide a valuable and enriching learning experience for everyone, ensuring you can make the most out of your study trip adventure, and go home with a new or developed skill!

What is the typical group size I'll be studying with?

The group sizes for our study trips typically range from 4 to 12 people, with variations depending on the specific trip. Most of our participants are travelling solo and share a common enthusiasm for learning and making new connections. And as our travellers come from various countries worldwide, joining a study trip offers an exceptional opportunity to build a diverse network of friends from all corners of the globe!

Do I get a certificate upon completing the study course?

Absolutely! Upon successfully completing the study course, you will be awarded a certificate to acknowledge your hard work and dedication. This valuable certificate serves as a notable achievement and an impressive addition to your resume. Future employers will recognise your commitment to personal and professional growth, reinforcing your qualifications and enhancing your career prospects. Or, frame it on your wall to show off to family and friends of the epic skill you picked up abroad!

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After the last unexpected disruption to travel caused by the..c word..people are now more eager than ever to venture out and explore the world, determined not to miss out on any experiences. Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12+ months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. As a Global Traveller you’ll get exclusive access to gWorld, our personalised app where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global. This is where you will find exclusive Marketplace Deals, a unique social network to connect you with other like-minded Global Travellers, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages, and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better? Why not give yourself something to look forward to by booking that trip!

Can I travel with a friend or partner?

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together or nearby. Meaning that you can live, work, play & travel together! But wait there's more! Not only can you travel the world with your besties at your side, you can also earn some extra cash towards your own trip just by referring your friends to Global Work & Travel. You can learn more about the great referral rewards program inside your gWorld account once you join. And for those who decide to go-it-solo, we’ve made it easier to meet other Global Travellers in the same region as you. Just like any other social platform, you’ll be able to interact, share, chat and meet with some really cool people who are doing trips just like you!

Can I bring my pet along?

At Global Work & Travel, we share a deep love for animals and fully understand the special bond you have with your pet. We recognise the challenges of embarking on a trip without them. Due to travel restrictions, requirements, and limited pet-friendly accommodations among our host organisations, we regretfully cannot facilitate their inclusion in the journey. However, many of our customers choose to entrust their pets to a family member or friend, embark on their adventure, and return home to wagging tails and furry cuddles.

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We know that life can get in the way of travel, so all our trips come with a great deal of flexibility. In most cases, if you cannot travel on your selected date, you can place your trip on hold to deal with whatever is holding you back, and continue in the future without incurring any penalty. You may also have the option of transferring to an entirely different trip and destination as well, or even transferring your trip to a friend or family member. In the event that you need to outright cancel your trip, if you give us 84* days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Store Credit which you can put toward any other trip that we offer, including tours through third-party providers, as well as holidays through, and is valid for 2 years from date of issue. As international travel can be complex, your options are based on the progress of your trip organisation and our support team can assist you in finding the best solution for your needs.

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