Zell am See is now linked to the Ski Circus Area making it the largest ski area in Austria giving access to over 400km of trails, enough to satisfy the adventurer in us all!
Kaprun-Zell am See has three awesome mountains, including the magnificent Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, making it the perfect location for any instructor training. Snow is guaranteed as early as October until as late as July!
The season is so long here that you can enjoy Lake Zell as a frozen winter wonderland, or a giant natural swimming pool, all while the glacier being open for snowsports.
Now you can spend a full season living, working and teaching in one of the world’s greatest ski resorts, with our Zell am See-Kaprun Ski Internship.
Our Zell am See-Kaprun Ski Instructor Internship in Austria, is designed to give you the confidence but also the practical skills and experience needed to be a Ski Instructor. You will perform at your best with more knowledge and understanding of the snowsport industry than your peers.
This is an intense, but fun internship program, spread over 22 weeks in Kaprun-Zell am See which will introduce you to the Austrian teaching progression.
It all begins with our amazing German Language Camp (optional), preparing you for life in Austria and giving you a language boost before to the ski program. Then comes the ski instructor training, throughout your course we will break down and re-build your skiing to include new skills, technical knowledge and a full understanding of how to pass on your knowledge to others during ski school lessons. Once you have smashed your exams, it’s time to join up with your ski school and to enjoy the winter season as a qualified ski instructor.
Ski Instructor Academy offers the very best comprehensive programmes on the market. We pride ourselves on our intense tuition — you will benefit from On-Snow Practical Training Sessions plus HD Video Analysis, Ski Sports Theory, Avalanche Awareness Training, and the fantastic German Language Kick Off Camp.
It’s not all work and no play though! When the weekend comes around you will be able to enjoy your beautiful surroundings, whether you’re on the mountain or in the valley. You will also love the fantastic night life, and activities such as sky diving and tobogganing. Not only will you gain a qualification that is recognised and respected worldwide, but you will also be investing in your future as the qualification lasts indefinitely. Most importantly, we are able to offer you a guaranteed paid ski instructor job in one of the best Austrian ski schools once you have completed your training. This is unique to Ski Instructor Academy.
This Internship can be upgraded to a 2-in-1 Course or to include Dual (ski and snowboard) qualifications for as little as €2.000. Contact us today to find out more about this course or our wide range of snowsports courses.
The possibility of employment in Zell am See-Kaprun can only exist if the candidate has successfully completed the SIA training program, passed the ski exams and completed all modules.
In order to be eligible for employment considerations after the completion of the program at the ski school, individuals must have the legal right to work in Austria or have a valid work visa / working holiday visa. Please refer to our Visa Guide for more details on the work permit you should apply for (if required).
If applicable, all successful candidates looking for employment opportunities will undergo a pre-course interview process for instructor positions with the Ski School.
The competition is fierce so you need to make sure you meet all the requirements set by the ski school.
- It would be beneficial (but not essential) for Students to have previous experience working with children or adults in a coaching or teaching environment.
- Student must be at an intermediate level — able to link turns on red runs (Beginner and Improver Booster Camps available for this course)
Step 1 – Complete your online booking form and pay your course deposit. We will set up the first stage pre-interview to make sure you meet all the requirements and we can get a feel for your goals for the season. (should you not qualify at this point your deposit will be returned in full)
Step 2 – The official interview with SIA will be held in August / September — actual date TBA. The interview will be a Skype or Telephone interview.
Step 3 – If successful, you will be accepted to join the program.
Step 4 – During your course you will be under the supervision of SIA and the ski school may also be monitoring your attitude and work. A final interview may be held during this period to determine suitability.
Step 5 – Spend your season as a qualified ski instructor in one of the best ski resorts in the world!
Full season accommodation is included in the cost of your program (22 weeks). You will be housed in a comfortable and clean Austrian Alpine Chalet during throughout your season. Haus Auer has been refurbished in 2020 and offers an amazing social experience and community feel – a perfect base for your ski season with your fellow SIA Instructors
Unlike other internship programs or ski courses, when you are working for the ski school, there are no accommodation costs or deductions, meaning that everything you earn is yours to keep!
All accommodation is shared with your fellow instructors, see our accommodation page for full details.
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
The coaches and examiners are second to none, offering the best advice and guidance (special shout outs to Jamie, Anne and Martin!) And to top it all off, I am now a Landes 1 Lehrer! If you are looking to be a ski instructor, choose SIA!
I had the BEST time of my life becoming an instructor with SIA!! Didn’t know how to ski when I got there, had the strongest passion imaginable for skiing six weeks later!!
Amazing experience! Loved the people, the skiing and the environment, best choice I ever made!”
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 5 days professional coaching per week. Intimate group sizes will allow you the personal attention you need to improve your skills and motivate you to push yourself further.
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 can not be beaten.
We have introduced the Zell am See – Kaprun Internship to offer peace of mind and full season security – it is our safest route to a full season on the slopes!
All Ski School businesses react and change to how the season is going, whether it be snow conditions, tourism, ski school bookings or other factors. The first place they look to cut costs is with staffing costs. It is not unusual for ski instructors to be laid off for days, weeks or even in extreme cases a month during off-peak periods or if the ski school doesn’t have enough work.
When this happens, instructors are faced with a tough choice; 1. wait it out and hope to be reinstated or 2. leave the resort for another ski area or worse, return home and end the season prematurely. If they choose to stay in resort, the ski school will generally increase the cost of staff housing as they will no longer subsidise it if you aren’t employed at that time (often x2 or x3 the cost). This can mean more outgoing costs, with less income!
The Zell am See – Kaprun Internship removes this risk. Accommodation is included in your course fees for a full 22 week period, meaning whether the ski school has peak and off peak periods won’t affect your season. Firstly, you will become an easy access instructor for ski schools, with your own accommodation and ski pass they can call on you anytime during the season without having to commit themselves financially to supporting you – this is a huge bonus to ski school owners.
It also means that everything you earn as an instructor will be yours to keep, as there will be no staff housing deductions from your pay check – plus, any days you do get off during the season can be enjoyed free riding in one of the largest ski areas in the world!!
The Anwärter level will see you able to teach a huge variety of lessons from beginner to intermediate, private lessons to groups to all ages meaning every day is a new challenge throughout your season.
Not right now, but you will be taught the very basics of the language during a combination of ski training and fun online lessons to get you through the ski exams. We are proud to boast a 100% pass rate for the language theory last season, and over 75% of our students have never spoken German before!
You will get access to our online language tutorials once you are booked onto your course, this will allow you to learn some basics before you even arrive in resort.
This course is located in Kaprun – Zell am See, Austria – our home town. We have an amazing set up here and can offer you a course experience like nothing you could imagine, it’s epic!
You can upgrade this course to include your Snowboard Qualification to make you Dual licenced or your Landes 1 Qualification by joining our 2-in-1 Ski Instructor Course for as little as €2,000, saving over 30% on the Landes 1 Course Fees. Ask us for details.
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.
Although SIA courses are amongst the largest in the World, we manage to maintain very intimate training groups of between 4 and 8, but with no more than 8:1 students per trainer in Austria, Argentina and France and 10:1 in Canada. 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 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 an SIA Price Guarantee. 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 Guarantee.
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 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.