Want to be a ski instructor?

18th December 2009, by Chris Gill

Ski Japan: Peak Leaders [ Photographer Camilla Stoddart.]

Ski Japan: Peak Leaders [ Photographer Camilla Stoddart.]

There are just five places left on the first ski and snowboard instructor course in Japan – fancy a crack at it?

Peak Leaders is offering Brits the chance to sign up for a ten-week training course in Japan this season, the first of its kind to be run in the country. It starts on 16 January, so you’ll need to be quick …

The learning curve

The course will take students to BASI (British Association of Snowsports Instructors) Level II in either skiing or snowboarding instruction. It will cover everything from freestyle to powder riding, avalanche awareness and first aid. As well as the BASI level I and II exams there will also be an ILM leadership qualification to take.

Exotic powder

Students will have the opportunity to train in the exotic powder fields of Myoko, an area incorporating nine small resorts and Japan’s first resort to be developed for skiing and boarding. Certainly, the unique culture and reliable snow conditions of Japanese ski areas has been attracting more western attention recently; opportunities to work and train there are increasing. The Peak Leaders website has lots of information about the resort and its location.

The cost

The course costs £6500 and runs until 27 March 2010. It includes all training, lodging etc – and it’s cheaper than their Banff course!

Peak Leaders is a Scottish adventure company, running lots of winter courses throughout the Alps and Canada, in addition to mountain biking in summer.


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