10 Brexit-proof Gap Year Ski Instructor Courses

So… Brexit happened. Whether you voted FOR or AGAINST, it is now a thing of the past and has affected UK travellers and gap year experiences for all of our British SIA friends and family.

In real-world terms, it now means that anyone with a British Passport will now need a visa or permit to work in Europe as they already do for most other countries around the world and have restrictions as to how long you can spend in a certain country. This could include ski instructor courses in Austria, Canada and Japan.

In essence, applying for work in other countries is a very similar process wherever you wish to ply your trade. For the short term, and with the current climate, it may prove difficult for Brits to gain a permit to work in Europe until nations agree on new rules for seasonal workers.

Fear not, though, Britons! This doesn’t mean you can’t do a snow sports course or winter season; we just need to box-clever and remember that your glass is HALF FULL! Because of this we are advising our friends from the UK to stop thinking about what you can’t do and concentrate on the amazing opportunities you still can do! Focus on courses that guarantee that your season plans won’t be affected by Brexit visa worries and offer a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Here are our top 10 most popular Brexit-Proof ski instructor courses to give you complete security and ample choices to maximise your winter on the slopes!

1. Banff Ski Instructor Course

An unforgettable winter in North America’s most beautiful ski resort. 7,748 acres of skiable terrain spread across 3 awesome resorts. Our L1&2 Instructor Course in Banff is the best value Canadian ski instructor course on the market, offering more course for less money to maximise your winter season. 11 weeks of powder heaven and the best days ever! Can be upgraded to 13 weeks and include your L1 in Snowboard too!

2. Banff Snowboard Instructor Course

Twin Planks not your bag? No worries—we have an equally amazing course for our tray-loving powder hounds. Our CASI 1&2 course, based in Canada’s Best Resort of Lake Louise in Banff, is your go-to program for a winter adventure in Canada. It is 11 weeks of pure bliss. Can be upgraded to 13 weeks and include your L1 in Skiing too!

3. Austria Gap Ski Course & 4. Austria Gap Snowboard Course

Austria is our home, but also the home of skiing and ski instructor courses too. It’s in the water, in the culture and in the blood of the locals! Our jam-packed 11-week ski instructor course in Austria includes L1 & 2 and training towards your L3 too. Your slope skills will improve more than you could possibly dream, your après skills will reach new peaks, and you will get to do it all with new lifelong friends in the Austrian Alps. Perfect for those who want to spend a season in paradise.

5. France Gap Ski Course

If France is your preferred playground, then we have the right treat for you. This 11-week BASI L1&2 Ski Instructor course in Portes du Soleil, France, will allow you to spend a season in the world’s largest cross-border ski area, spanning a whopping 660km of runs over 12 resorts spread across France and Switzerland. From Morzine to Avoriaz, you get to enjoy a winter of skiing and Après in one of the world’s premier ski destinations.

6. 2-in-1 Ski Instructor Course in Austria

We have tweaked the program of one of our most popular Austrian training courses to allow our British students to continue enjoying the challenge of this L1, L2 and L3 (part 1) ski instructor course. A full-blooded, all-mountain course designed to tackle and challenge all aspects of your skiing, raising your technical skills and knowledge to new heights.

7. Dual Ski & Snowboard Instructor Course in Austria

For those who love skiing AND snowboarding in equal measures or just want to be an all-round snow guru, our 11-week Dual Instructor Course will take you through your Level 1& 2 instructor qualifications in both disciplines. Based in our hometown of Kaprun-Zell am See in Austria.

8. Austria Ski Course + Japan Ski Internship

Our Japan Internship is completely unaffected by Brexit and is proving to be more popular than ever. Combined with a Japan Working Holiday Visa, you could spend 6-weeks pre-season in Austria to train and qualify, followed by a season working as a ski instructor in Japan with the chance to travel and explore this Asian cultural gem.

9. Argentina Ski Course + Japan Ski Internship

Identical to our Japan ski Internship but with the added highlight of completing the 6-week training program in the jaw-dropping Andes Mountains surrounded by the beautiful peaks and lakes around Bariloche in Argentina. Experience South America and the Far East on a once-in-a-lifetime trip on this Japan ski instructor course, which will stay with you forever.

10. Banff, Canada Ski Instructor Internship Program

Last but certainly not least is our 22-week Banff Internship Program, available to skiers and boarders alike. Our Banff Internship differs from other Canadian Internships on the market in that we include accommodation for the full season. In addition to the standard L1 training and exams offered by most, we also include Level 2 coaching as part of your program to allow you to take your L2 exams when you are ready and finish your season as a L2 ski instructor in Canada.


If you have any questions about our ski instructor courses in Austria, Canada, France and Japan, please get in touch! Discuss your options with the team and we can help plan the adventure of a lifetime!