8 Weeks

If snow is your vice and you’re looking to get into the world of snowboard instructing whilst surrounding yourself with heaps of amazing culture, then we can think of no better place to be based then in Niseko Japan!

Our 8 week snowboard Instructor training course in Japan is set amongst some of the best and deepest powder in the world, with a winter average of a staggering 14 metres!

You’ll be based in the scenic town of Hirafu, where you’ll be surrounded by numerous hot springs and a bustling international community with a large variety of places to eat out and plenty of options for things to do when you’re not on the slopes.

“Soooooooooo much snow! Japan’s going to be hard to beat!”
Erin, USA

Although you can get by just fine on English in this part of Japan there’s more than enough local culture and tradition to make the most of your stay in this amazing country.

You’ll share accommodation with your fellow trainees, be within walking distance of the biggest ski area (Grand Hirafu) and also the local onset hot spring. So snowboarding and relaxation are both on your doorstep!

The big draw of this area, and obviously the most important detail for you, is the snowboarding! You’re course will take you through everything you need to successfully gain your international qualifications (SBINZ Level 1 and 2) helping you push your ski skills further. Fine tune your turns and skills and make sure you emerge as a confident and competent instructor, ready to travel the world and pass on the thrills and spills of the sport to many new faces.

You will be coached throughout by instructors who are SBINZ trainers and examiners themselves, so the guys teaching you on the ground know exactly what is required to pass your qualifications!

A combination of on slope training, video analysis and evening session, combined with freestyle training, will give you a better knowledge of your own limits and also round out your skill set.

With access to 4 resorts on a single included pass (An’nupuri, Niseko Village, Hirafu and Hanazono) and with flood lit pistes rideable until 8:30pm each night, you can easily clock up 12 hours on the slope a day. You will be spoilt for conditions throughout your stay.

With maximum piste time and epic amounts of fresh powder, you’ll find a new addiction to the slopes which will set you up perfectly on your new career path. You will also have heaps of post-qualification support from the instructors vast connections and knowledge, giving you the best possible start to your new lifestyle.

If snow is your thing and you want to live what you love then we can think of no better job to pursue…

Additional information

Course Dates19 Jan – 15 Mar 2017


  • 4 days training per week with qualified SBINZ trainers and examiners
  • Accommodation throughout (shared room basis)
  • Season lift pass (covers An’nupuri, Niseko Village, Hirafu and Hanazono)
  • Freestyle training
  • Employment assistance and advice
  • Video analysis and evening sessions
  • SBINZ membership, exam fees and technical manual
  • New Zealand Level 1 and Level 2 certification (upon successful completion of exam)
  • Airport transfer (from Sapporo’s Chitose Airport to Hirafu Village)

In addition to Epic Gap Year terms and conditions the following supplier terms also apply;

1. Remaining balance is due 30 days before the course start date.

2. Cancellation: Should you cancel 30 days before the course start date you will receive a full refund minus the deposit. There will be no refunds after this date. There will be no refunds for any part of the course not undertaken or completed.

3. It is a condition of the course that all students are fully insured against injury, sickness and loss. In the event of injury, sickness or accident interrupting the course, Snow Trainers shall not be liable for any cost or expense arising there from. No refunds can be made if a student leaves the course for any reason prior to completion.

4. Snow Trainers accepts no responsibility for any accidents, damage, loss, injury, sickness, death, cancellation, delay, detention, deviations, war strikes, quarantine or other unforeseen events.

5. Minimum Age: All students must be at least 18 years of age prior to commencement of the course unless otherwise agreed to in writing.

6. Course Variation: Due to varying student numbers, different skiing / snowboarding abilities of students, the unpredictability of snow and weather conditions, and the availability of facilities Snow Trainers reserves the right to modify course details and activities including course content, dates and schedules if required.

7. Snow Trainers does not guarantee minimum or maximum student numbers on any course.

8. Snow Trainers reserves the right to decline, cancel or withdraw any student. We are a professional company and expect our students to act professionally. Snow Trainers, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to terminate participation with no refund of course fees.

9. As the student you need to understand, explain and demonstrate all information and tasks presented to you. It is your responsibility to study, ask questions and practice skiing / snowboarding tasks to achieve this, both during training time and in your own time outside of training hours.

10. Our goal is to prepare you, the student, for the Instructor Exams that you will be taking during the course. It is up to you, the student, to achieve a passing grade in order to receive the qualification(s). The Instructor Exams are run independently of Snow Trainers, and we have no involvement or influence on the outcome. We accept no responsibility if a student is unsuccessful in achieving the qualification(s).

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