SBINZ 1 & 2 Snowboard Instructor Course

10 weeks Mt Ruapehu Catered

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  • 12 Jul - 21 Sep 2019
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10 weeks of riding heaven in New Zealand

An incredible ten week programme designed to take your riding to the next level, and enable you to teach all over the globe with your Level 2 qualification. Mt Ruapehu is the largest resort area in New Zealand, and benefits from the deepest snowfall over the season. With the opportunity to work whilst on the course, and a fantastic 8:1 instructor rider ratio, the resort really is a no brainer for anyone wanting to gain their qualifications in the Southern Hemisphere.


  • Both Qualifications: SBINZ Level 1 and 2
  • Taught by the highest qualified and best instructors in New Zealand
  • Central twin share accommodation
  • 200 hours of training
  • Breakfast and Dinner included
  • Transfers from Auckland
  • Extra activities in your free time

What to Expect

It’s a pretty rough life having to work on your riding all day, every day, so the Ticket To Ride programme makes sure everything else in your life is simple as. Both the on-snow and off-snow portions of the course are run by a team with an unimaginable amount of experience of the snowboard world, so you can bank on everything being delivered with the highest standard of awesome. Food is made for you on a daily basis and your ride to the mountain begins from your front door. Does it get any easier than that? 

On the Mountain

  • 20 hours of coaching a week
  • 8:1 training
  • Learn to shred the whole mountain from peak to park
  • Video analysis
  • Park sessions
  • Freeride tours
  • Teaching theory coaching
  • Exam preparation

Off the Mountain

  • Breakfast seven days a week and delicious home cooked meals five nights a week
  • Twin share accommodation
  • Basecamp jacket 


You should fly into Auckland before the start of the course, or on the course start date. A Ticket To Ride Representative will be at Auckland airport all day on Friday 12th July. We will provide accommodation overnight on 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 13th July. 

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 July, or on Sunday 22nd July. 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. 



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

  • Course Intro and Training 3 Weeks

    Individual ability assessment and focused Level 1 training. You'll learn how to adapt your riding to New Zealand's unique mountains and prep for the LVL 1 exam.

  • Level 1 Exam 1 Week

    Sit the five day exam. We've had a 100 per cent pass rate in the past.

  • Level 2 training and Personal Development 5 Weeks

    Here the intensity of training increases! You’ll go through some focused Level 2 Training and learn to take your riding to a whole pile of new terrain. Over this period you will cover all elements of riding including both on-piste, off-piste and in the park. You'll go into a lot more depth on the technicality of manoeuvres, how to improve your own and how to spot faults in others.

  • Level 2 Exam and Job Interview 1 Week

    The final week of the course is spent doing your Level 2 exam and discussing your options with the Ski School Director for the following season in New Zealand and in Canada.


SBINZ Level 1

The entry level snowboard instructor qualification for teaching novices and young children how to snowboard. Snowboard Instructor’s New Zealand (SBINZ) Level 1 is an introduction to SBINZ technique and methodology.

SBINZ Level 2

Level 2 is geared towards riders who want to start teaching more advanced clients and learn how to teach some freeride and freestyle basics. Level 2 is the next level for boarders looking to start teaching intermediate riders out on the mountain. Both the training and final examination for this certification require dedicated training and a high level of boarding. The SBINZ is a globally recognised award and enables you to teach all over the world.


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.

As well as gaining a worldwide recognised qualification you will also have the time of your life! This course will give you a unique insight into the snowboard world and sets you up to work year round in the industry. On top of that you will be able to do things you never thought possible with a board attached to your feet. Our NZ team have been chasing winters all across the globe since 2005, and have learned a thing or two along the way to make sure that you have the time of your life while you're with us. 

We get a healthy mix of people from across the globe and locally from within NZ, from 18 to 60! It’s always a good group of people motivated to progress their riding, looking for an adventure and to have a great time in the process.

We generally say you need four to five weeks of mountain experience and should be comfortable on tougher blue runs and able to do reds and blacks.  

You will need to fly into Auckland international Airport. We then organise a night there for you before you catch the bus down to Ohakune the next day.

It is recognised worldwide, so ideal to take to other countries.

Ticket to Ride has a unique relationship with the Turoa Snow School and have been able to secure casual contracts for people after they complete their Level 1 in the past. This will not be enough work to pay the bills but will give you valuable experience in the industry, help you progress your teaching prior to the Level 2 and look great on your resumé. 

You will not need a working visa to take the course, and most countries are exempt from needing a visitor visa. View the full list here:

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 than dealing with a visa organisation. You can apply for a 12 or 23 month visa and more information can be found here:

You’ll be living in the town of Ohakune, which is 17 km/s from the base of the lift and a 20 minute drive on a good weather day. Transport will leave from the lodge.

Having travelled extensively around New Zealand, and skied all the different areas over our years operating and instructing there, we just picked the best ski resort to be based in! Queenstown has the reputation but mainly with backpackers and casual season workers from around the world, especially the UK and Canada. Mt Ruapehu is much more the authentic Kiwi experience, and where the locals choose to ski. It is a bigger area, quieter on the slopes, with a longer season and a lot more snow-sure. The runs are longer and steeper, the backcountry is better, we could go on! It is also closer to travel from the town of Ohakune to the ski slopes (around 15 mins), whereas being based in Queenstown, the closest ski area is around 30 minutes drive away! 

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The whole experience was incredible and to top it all off I've just finished a season teaching out in Japan. Life doesn't get any better and it all started with Basecamp. Thanks guys!

Lincoln Knowles

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