NZSIA Level 2 Ski Instructor Course, Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand


NZSIA Level 2 Ski Instructor Course

6 weeks Mt Ruapehu Catered

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Take your training to the next level in an incredible location on the North island of New Zealand 

Train to become a Level 2 instructor in the awesome skifields of Turoa, an active volcano and an incredible location. Skiing on the North Island of New Zealand is a surreal experience unlike almost anything else on earth. We have created the best possible course out there to ensure you have an epic time and the best chance to achieve your NZSIA 2.

Spend time in stunning scenery in the Tongariro National Park and get to experience the incredible back country, shutes and gullies carved out of the volcanic rock over centuries.

We tried out all the ski fields in New Zealand before we decided to base ourselves in Ohakune and Turoa. For us the combination of laid-back kiwi life in Ohakune and steep, varied terrain in Turoa and Whakapapa was perfect. We live for adventure so the rugged, volcanic North Island in the beautiful National Park was more exciting than the touristy South Island resorts. 

What to Expect

The course is fully inclusive, we want to make sure you benefit from the best on mountain experience possible, which includes the highest level of coaching available, and also an action packed off mountain course ensuring that you have the best 6 weeks of your life!

  • 20 Hours Coaching a Week
  • 2 Qualifications - NZSIA Level 1 & 2 Top Quality Instruction in New Zealand
  • Piste Performance Coaching
  • Video Analysis
  • Teaching Theory Coaching
  • Exam Preparation
  • Breakfast 7 days a week and filling home cooked meals 5 nights a week
  • Twin Share accommodation
  • Ticket to Ride Jacket

The Lodge in Ohakune is the perfect home from home for 10 weeks. It manages to be both homely and cosy but also clean and bright so you can truly relax in the comfortable lounge area and watch a DVD or play cards in the kitchen. The food provided is filling and varied and on your day off there is a great choice of restaurants and takeaways in the town. 


You should fly into Auckland before the start of the course, or on the course start date. We will provide accommodation overnight on the Friday in Auckland as the transfer to Ohakune leaves at 9:00 the following morning. You will arrive in Ohakune to get settled into your accommodation around 15:00 on Saturday 10th August. 

On departure, there will be a transfer from Ohakune back to Auckland provided for those who need it, but it is up to you to book your return flights at a sensible time either late on Saturday 21st September, or on Sunday 22nd September. If you need to stay overnight in Auckland then we recommend the BASE backpackers in central Auckland as it is close to the bus stop, but it is up to you to book this yourself. You could also get a bus down to Wellington and continue travelling around this beautiful country!



Here you'll find a day by day breakdown of your course.


    You'll go through some focussed Level 2 Training and Extended Personal Development. Experience a variety of different riding conditions, on and off-piste to develop skills in all areas. 

  • LEVEL 2 EXAM 1 Week

    The final week of the course is spent taking your Level 2 exam and talking through your options with the Ski School Director for the following season. We'll also discuss the options available to those looking for work in Canada in the coming winter season.


NZSIA Level 2: Level 2 is the next level for skiers looking to start teaching intermediate skiers out on the mountain. Both the training and final examination for this award require dedicated training and a high level of skiing. The NZSIA is a globally recognised award and enables you to teach all over the world.

You must have your NZSIA Level 1 (or equivalent) before doing this course.


Got a question about this course? Here's the best place to start. If you don't find your answer here, you can request a callback or get in touch using our contact page.

Those looking to become internationally recognise and what to further improve their skiing over all areas of the mountain giving their season focus and drive. You can expect to come out of the course a reformed skier and have a great knowledge of the mountain and conditions. 

You will need to fly into Auckland international Airport.

It is recognised worldwide, so is a great one to take to other countries.

Generally it’s not possible but by qualifying in New Zealand in the summer, you could find work in the same year during the winter season in another resort.

You will not need a working visa to take the course, if you are coming from the UK you can simply get a visitors permit upon arrival.

If you want to work there, then the working holiday visa scheme in New Zealand is easy! Applications should be made directly through the NZ immigration department rather that dealing with a visa organisation, and you can apply for a 12 or 23 month visa.

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