Zell am See-Kaprun 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 11 or 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 working as a qualified, paid ski instructor (shadowing also available) or for those who don’t want to teach or don’t have a permit to work check out our 11-week Ski Instructor Gap Course for a similar course with some extra benefits!
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 our brilliant, free Online German Language Course.
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 some 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 SIA JOB GUARANTEE
The possibility of employment in Zell am See-Kaprun after this course can only exist if the candidate has successfully completed the SIA training program including passing the ski exams and completing 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 you do not have a work permit or EU passport then shadowing can also be arranged to allow you to practice your new skills in the real world.
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 to secure your place.
Step 2 – A preliminary interview with SIA may be required depending on the information you provide on your booking form. The interview will be a Skype or Telephone interview.
Step 3 – During weeks 4-6 of your course you will be under the supervision of the ski school where your attitude and work ethic will also be monitored. A final interview with the Skischule will be held during this period to determine suitability.
Step 4 – 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 (11 or 22 weeks), so there’s no need to worry about where you will live during the season or how much this will cost.
You will be housed in a comfortable and clean Austrian Alpine Chalet during throughout your season offering 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 additional 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.
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!!
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
“What a great experience, the best coaches I’ve ever had! Would advise any friends and family to do it, also the best value for money of all the options I researched. Sehr gut!”
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.
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.
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!
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 the full 11 or 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!!
Because some non-EU nations have certain restrictions when it comes to how long you can stay in Austria and/or Europe (e.g. a 90 day stay within a 180 period), we have created an 11 week version of this very popular course. This will allow you to experience a huge portion of the winter season but still reserve some time to travel or holiday in Europe within any 6 month period.
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.
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.
2021/22 will be the first season post-Brexit and will mean some additional red tape to what would historically have been a normal season. To work anywhere in the World now, incl. Europe, Brits will need a visa or permit to work.
The Authorities in Austria have said that they plan to have a ‘seasonnaire permit’ in place to allow workers short-term access to the employment market during the winter season. Whilst this is potentially great news, they haven’t released any further details on this as yet so it still leaves a little uncertainty on what will be required from UK nationals working in Austria.
(Latest update 24th March 2021)
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 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 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.