WSSV L1, L2 & L3 (pt.1)
Course Duration
11 Weeks
FROM €8.980

The SIA Ski Instructor Gap Course in Austria is one of our most popular courses, and for good reason!

Kaprun – Zell Am See is our Austrian Basecamp and HQ, part of the magnificent SkiCircus Area. Boasting over 400km of perfectly prepared piste and reaching over 3000m into the ski heavens, this snowy playground is yours to explore during your awesome Gap season.

Our eleven-week Austrian Ski Instructor Gap Course is the peak of all instructor programs.

Our flagship, all-mountain program is unrivalled in both quality and excitement. Packed full of expert ski coaching to maximise your time on the slopes our 11-week Gap Course includes level 1, level 2 and level 3 (part 1) training. You will become a master of the whole mountain as we shred glorious corduroy, pound the perfect powder and beast some bumps! Throw in some race coaching, avalanche awareness, biomechanics and strength and conditioning sessions and you are well on your way to becoming a ski guru.

Spanning over a huge 400km+ of pistes the SkiCircus the largest ski area in the Austria and has the most breathtaking views sitting above the clouds, you could almost reach up and touch ski heaven.

Off the slopes you are guaranteed a life changing experience meeting your new best friends, hitting the après ski and experiencing Austrian culture to the fullest. Exclusive SIA themed parties, cinema nights, ice hockey trips, SIA casino nights and the occasional city trip will keep you entertained during your time with us in Austria.

Contact us today to find out more about this course or our wide range of snowsports courses.

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Price: 8,980.00
Jan 04, 2025 - Mar 22, 2025

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Whats Included

Ski Instructor Academy offers the very best value, fully comprehensive and quality filled programmes on the market. Take a look at what’s included in your course fees;

Return Airport Transfers (Salzburg)
11 Weeks Accommodation
Breakfast 7 Days per Week
Evening Meals 5 Days per Week
Full Season Area Ski Pass (400+ km)
Practical Training From Highly Qualified Coaches
Level 1 Coaching
Level 1 Ski Instructor Exam Entry
Level 2 Coaching
Level 2 Ski Instructor Exam Entry
Level 3 (pt 1) Coaching
Level 3 (pt 1) Ski Instructor Exam Entry (Optional)
Video Movement Analysis
Sports Science / Biomechanics Session
Theory Lessons And Preparation Material For Your Exams
Avalanche Safety Module
Intro to Ski Touring
Pre Course Online Strength, Conditioning & Fitness Guide
Pre-Course Online Material And Assistance
Visa and Equipment Guides
SIA Pro Deals with SIA Partner Programme
SIA Recruitment Service
Free SIA Apparel
Discounts on Travel and Insurance
SIA Price Promise

The Training

SIA has one of the finest coaching teams in the world. An international collection of the highest qualified trainers and examiners with decades of experience in the industry… Legends of the slopes!

On this course you will train towards the Alpine Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 (part 1) ski qualifications of Austria, the home of skiing.

This truly all-mountain program provides an unparalleled combination of on-hill coaching including on-piste, off-piste, powder, bumps, gates and an intro to racing, combined with some awesome off-hill extras such as avalanche awareness, sports science and biomechanics.

Accommodation and Meals

For our 11-week ski instructor course in Austria, you will be based from our very sociable Pension Abendruh with awesome view. The perfect central location allows you to get up into the mountains, hit the après scene or enjoy everything the area has to offer all within a few minutes walk. SIA takes control of the pension for the winter for our Gap Programs making it the perfect location to call home.

If you are worried about having to cook for yourself or put up with basic meals, think again!

Included as standard in your course fees are breakfast each day and evening meals 5-days per week to ensure you have the energy for the days training head.


The Dual Course was awesome. I made some great friends, great memories and had the best winter ever. I earned a fantastic qualification which I used all season teaching skiing and snowboarding in Austria and I have used it to teach in California too! The ski schools really do value the teaching skills and training you receive from Ski Instructor Academy

Gustaf, Sweden

In my opinion SIA is your only choice to become a ski instructor. For me, it was difficult to chose between all the different schools but I have never regretted the decision to choose SIA. The course was very well planned, organised and worth every dollar I paid for it.

- Svetlana, USA

I loved every second of it! Fantastic coaches for skiing and boarding, would definitely recommend Ski Instructor Academy to anyone thinking of becoming an instructor or furthering their instructor qualifications.

Charlotte, Jersey

Minus the time I fought and defeated the Amazonian gorilla king this is definitely the best thing I’ve ever done!”

Sam, The Amazon (previously UK)

Expert knowledge

Our training team consists of highly qualified and experienced coaches. They will become your mentor, adviser and friend.

Quality Service Assured

We will bend over backwards to make sure you have the very best time with us on and off the slopes. Our in-resort team will be on hand to ensure you have the best experience so you’ll be counting down the days until your next SIA experience.


Your course will be packed full of training from start to finish with the highest quality, professional coaching. Intimate group sizes will offer you the personal attention you need to improve your skills and motivate you to push yourself further.

SIA Price Promise

Our course offer the very best value, fully comprehensive and quality filled programmes on the market. We pride ourselves on the fact that like-for-like we will not be beaten. If you find a better value course anywhere, we’ll match it and give you €100!


You will earn your Austrian Level 1 & Level 2 (Anwärter) Instructor Licence, plus train for your Level 3 (Landes – pt 1) Licence these are internationally respected instructor qualifications which you can use to teach in most countries around the world.

This program is designed for those who want to maximise their time training and perfecting their technical abilities.

The opportunity to work afterwards is still possible subject to the usual visa / permit conditions. The SIA Recruitment Service is available to all of our graduates to assist them to work in ski schools around the world.

If working as an instructor is really important to you, then perhaps check out our Anwärter Ski Course in Austria.


During these strange times we want you to feel safe and secure when it comes to your course fees and your booking.

Our Covid Confident Money Back Guarantee gives you complete peace of mind and flexibility when it comes to your booking with us.

This means that if your course is cancelled by SIA prior to your arrival date, for whatever reason, you can choose one of the following options:

  • Switch your instructor course free of charge to a later date or destination 
  • Receive a full refund of your fees 

Our guarantee applies to all travellers whether you have already booked your instructor course, or are considering booking. Meaning, you can book with confidence and look forward to an amazing season with SIA.

Read more about the Covid Confident Money Back Guarantee here…

2021/22 was the first season post-Brexit and added some red tape to what would historically have been a normal season for students from the UK. To work anywhere in the world now, incl. Europe, Brits will need a visa or permit to work. The Authorities here in Austria have said that they plan to have a ‘seasonnaire permit’ in place at some point in the future to allow workers short-term access to the employment market during the winter season.

Whilst this is potentially great news, there has still – 3 years on – been no further news on this ‘seasonaire permit’ and so it will be highly unlikely that anything will be in place anytime soon, which does still leaves uncertainty on what will be required from UK nationals working in Austria in the future.

As of yet there is still no further news or update on the Austrian ‘seasonnaire permit’ or any other pathway to enable Brits to work in Austria or any other EU country via any independently accessible work visa or any alternative method. (latest update: 1st February 2023)

You must be a minimum of 16 years old before you arrive into resort on our Austrian Courses.

You must be a minimum of 18 years old before you arrive in resort for our Canadian or  Argentinian Courses (unless parental consent is obtained).

You must be a minimum of 18 years old to join any of our courses or internships which rely on a working holiday visa or work permit.

Although SIA courses are amongst the largest in the World, we generally manage to maintain very intimate training groups of between 4:1 and 8:1, but with absolutely no more than 10:1 students per trainer in Austria, Argentina, Canada, France and NZ. This allows us to match similar ability levels per group and means no student should ever feel as if they are falling behind, or being held back because of the group they are in.

We have various options for accommodation on our courses, all of which are very comfortable. We use a combination of shared apartments, houses and chalets. There are options to to include a single room, half board meals or both! (subject to availability and supplement). See our Accommodation page for more details on your options.

YES! As an employed instructor, ski schools will offer you subsidised staff housing as part of your employment contract. This is generally basic living, but a fun and very social environment with your fellow instructors and not to mention a very cheap way of living in a ski resort, with most ski schools only charging between €4 and €10 per day.

Note: If your course does not include a Job Guarantee or you do not wish to take up your position then accommodation will only be included during your course dates.

Sure! We love it when friends come together and share this amazing experience – after all sharing is caring! We can make sure you live together and also work in the same ski school together too so you can enjoy the time and make memories forever… just be sure to let us know who you’re travelling with.

We are so confident that we offer the very best value courses in the industry that we have our SIA Price Promise. We pride ourselves that we offer more training, higher quality coaching, better off-hill programs and more fun aprés events than any other course.

That’s why if you find a better value comparable course anywhere, not only will we match the course cost, but we will also give you an additional €100 off your course fees for good measure!

Get in touch to find out more about our Price Promise.

Yes! Once you have booked and paid your deposit then you will have the ability to pay off your course how you see fit as long as our minimum criteria has been met (see T&C’s). You can decide how much and how often you pay to suit your circumstances as long as your course fees are paid in full prior to your course. We do not add any interest charges for payment plans.

As much as we love dogs at SIA the simple answer is no.

Dogs are not allowed within SIA Accommodation. Ski Schools also ban pets from their accommodation.

No problem, you can check out our full FAQ’s here for answers on equipment, training, qualifications, jobs, payments and more.

If you’re still not sure, then Contact Us and we can answer your specific questions for you.