A great opportunity to boost your instructing experience during the Southern Hemisphere winter, Australia welcomes hoards of new instructors each year. Winters can be unpredictable but, when the snow’s good, conditions can be excellent. Ready for a winter Down Under after completing your ski instructor course? We’ve got you covered with everything you need to know.
Australia has ten resorts to choose from, including two in Tasmania. With up to 100km of runs, the largest are in located in New South Wales and Victoria. Most resorts are a drive away from Sydney and Melbourne, which means that weekends can get busy with city folk.
Australia has stacks of snowmaking facilities to cope with unpredictable winters. You can expect everything from groomers and moguls to natural hits, powder bowls and steeps. Many resorts also have world-class snow parks that attract professional international riders.
Season: A typical Australian ski season runs from early-June to early-October.
Recruiting period: Most resorts start the instructor recruiting process in February or March.
How to work here
To work as an instructor in Australia, you need:
Some snow schools ask snowboard instructors to be dual-certified – you may be allowed to obtain your ski qualification while in resort, so it’s worth asking first.
Pay + perks
Hourly pay varies between resorts. Here’s a rough guide to the pay structure:
Bonus schemes can increase your earning potential. Some resorts use a progressive payment system that rewards staff for teaching more hours – the more you teach, the higher your hourly rate. Other resorts offer a $10 pay increase for every private lesson request. Tips can also top-up your earnings – these are most common with private lesson bookings.
Busy instructors work up to six days a week, with one day off. The number of hours you’re given can vary, depending on your qualifications and experience – a rookie instructor may be offered 200 teaching hours in their first season, while more experienced instructors can teach more than 100 hours a month.
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