FAQ'S - Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a ski instructor?
To become a ski instructor you need to complete a series of courses consisting of several parts. After completing the first course, you become a level 2 instructor (Anwärter), and can legally work in a ski school. In order to become a Level 3 instructor (Landesskilehrer), the following courses must be completed:
Anwärter (Level 1 + 2): 10 days
Landesskilehrer 1 (Level 3 part 1): 10 days
Landesskilehrer 2 (Level 3 part 2): 10 days
Alpine Course: 7 days
Between the course "Anwärter" and "Landesskilehrer 1" as well as between the course sections "Landesskilehrer 1" and "Landesskilehrer 2" you need to prove at least 10 days of practical work experience in a ski school.
Download and get this form signed off to use as proof of work experience :
How do I become a snowboard instructor?
The training to become a snowboard instructor also consists of several courses. After completing the first course, the ‘Anwärter’, you can legally work in a ski school. In order to reach the level of Snowboard Landeslehrer, the following courses must be completed:
Anwärter (Level 1 + 2): 10 days
SB Landeslehrer (Level 3): 10 days
Alpine Course: 7 days
Between the course "Anwärter" and "Landeslehrer" you need to prove at least 10 days of practical work experience in a ski/snowboard school. Download and get this form signed off to use as proof of work experience:
What qualifications will be obtained after completing the training at the Snowsports Academy?
With the successful completion of a training course with Snowsports Academy, the qualification of an Austrian ski or snowboard instructor is acquired. This authorisation is granted by the Viennese provincial state laws, accordingly it concerns the Viennese ski and Snowboard instructor federation (WSSV) and thus, is an official Austrian professional qualification, which is recognised both in Austria and in many other countries.
In which (federal) countries is the training from Snowsports Academy recognized?
If you want to work in Austria, we recommend to absolve the exams in German, because this will give you more possibilities to work and you would be recognised automatically by all Austrian federal states associations.
By law, the English qualification is recognised as well as the German one. In practice, however, it has been shown that some Austrian federal associations do not automatically recognise an English certificate and that a recognition via the authorities may be necessary. This recognition has always been issued without any problems.
What are the prerequisites to be able to take part in the Anwärter (Level 1 + 2) course?
In order to participate in the Anwärter course, the participants must be at least 16 years old before the end of the respective calendar year. On the practical side, safe and parallel skiing or safe snowboarding is required. There is no entrance exam.
How can I prepare for the training?
In order to get well prepared for the training, there is the possibility to attend a preparatory course with our partner "Ski Instructor Academy (SIA)". This training provides comprehensive preparation for the courses both in theory and practical. More information at: https://siaaustria.com.
What is included in the price?
The indicated course price is a single, flat rate fee. This includes course, examination and certificate fees, course materials, video analysis, theory lessons, half-board hotel and lift ticket.
Exceptions are the training camps we offer. These prices are only for the camp, accommodation and lift tickets are to be organised and paid separately.
I already have accommodation or lift ticket. Will the course be cheaper now?
Yes, with existing accommodation or lift ticket, the course price will be cheaper. During the booking process on the website you can choose the package, you want to take. There you also see the prices. You can also contact us by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the actual price.
Is it possible to book a single or double room?
The standard price includes a room for 2-3 people. It is possible to book a single or double room, but for an extra fee. In case there is a of lack of space, these single or double rooms may not be allocated in the main building, but in one of the surrounding houses. For questions about price and availability please contact us directly.
How do I get there?
Getting to the hotel: For courses on the Kitzsteinhorn, the journey to the hotel can be made both by car and with public transport. Parking at Hotel Lukashansl can be used at no extra charge. The train station "Bruck an der Glocknerstraße" is only a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
ÖBB customer service: T: +43 (0) 5 1717 Email: oebb.at/kontakt
Daily transport to the ski area: If you arrive by public transport, please note that the transport to and from the mountain must be organised yourself. For more information, see "How do I get from the hotel to the ski area and back again?".
How do I get from the hotel to the ski area and back again?
The journey from the hotel to the ski area and back is organised by the participants themselves. The journey takes between 5 and 15 minutes each way. The use of public transport is unfortunately not possible because there is no direct connection to the Kitzsteinhorn ski area from the hotel.
For those arriving on public transport, we therefore recommend that you contact other participants in advance and organise some form of carpooling. For this purpose we set up a Facebook group about 2 weeks before the start of the course and send the participants an invitation to the group by e-mail.
If you cannot find a lift in advance, please inform our office team about this. They will organize appropriate car pools. If there are not enough cars available, shared taxis will be booked. The extra costs are between € 20 and € 100 for the entire duration of the course.
Can I borrow ski or snowboard equipment?
The rental of ski equipment is possible on courses held on the Kitzsteinhorn directly in the "Bründl Sports" shop on the mountain, at the top station (Alpincenter) on the morning of the first day of skiing.
"Bründl Sports" is a partner of the Snowsports Academy. This gives participants the opportunity to shop at discounted rates, rent equipment or arrange ski services.
What happens if I fail an exam?
If the exam is not passed, a re-sit can be taken. In this test, only the section which was failed has to be retaken.
Registration for the re-sit is online at:
How hard is it to get a job as a ski or snowboard instructor?
Basically, ski schools search for workers on a regular basis. The demand for ski instructors is very high in Austria, but also internationally in ski schools around the world. Normally, graduates from Snowsports Academy find a job in a ski school within a very short period of time. In addition to the snowboard instructor training, we recommend snowboard instructors to complete the Anwärter module 1+2 in skiing to become a dual snowsports instructor. This way, you can be employed in the ski schools both as a ski and as a snowboard instructor. This increases your career opportunities enormously.
How do I find a job?
Each participant is responsible for finding a job himself. Nevertheless, we provide ski schools and participants with a job portal at www.snowsports.at to help facilitate their search get in touch with employers. Another appropriate platform is also available at www.skilehrerjobs.at.
I would like to complete an Austrian ski / snowboard instructor training and at the same time gain international experience.
Is that possible?
That's fine. Snowsports Academy is an international ski and snowboard instructor association. There is therefore the possibility of completing the Austrian qualifications outside Europe. For example, in the summer months, an Anwärter ski instructor course takes place in Santiago de Bariloche, Argentina. For more information about this and other courses abroad, please contact us directly.
How do I get a ski or snowboard instructor ID?
To get a ski or snowboard instructor ID from us, you have to become a member of Snowsports Academy. Simply click on the following link: https://booking.snowsports.at/index.php/de/mitglieder-dt
I already have an education and would like to have it recognized. What do I have to do?
If you have already completed training with another institute or governing body and would like to continue training at Snowsports Academy, please contact us directly by e-mail: email@example.com. In order to be able to work in Austria with your completed international education or qualification, it must first be recognised by the state government of the federal state (e.g. Land Tirol or Land Salzburg) in which you wish to work. Please contact the competent authority of the state for this.
Do I have to be a member of Snowsports Academy if I want to attend a course?
No, a membership is not a prerequisite to attend a course.
Do I need health and accident insurance?
For sufficient health and accident insurance, each participant has to take responsibility for this themselves. Such insurance, especially one which includes helicopter rescue, is strongly recommended.
How do I book a course?
Registration is exclusively online. Please register on our homepage and sign up for the course.
Do I have to pay a deposit?
Yes, the deposit must be transferred to our account at the same time as the course registration. As soon as the deposit has arrived, a fixed place for your desired course will be reserved.
When does the remaining course fee have to be paid?
The remaining course fee must be paid no later than 14 days before the start of the course. Otherwise, the place at the course can be given to someone else.
Into which account do I have to transfer the course fees?
Bank: Erste Bank, Am Belvedere 1, 1100 Vienna
Name: Vienna Ski and Snowboard Teachers Association
IBAN: AT19 2011 1000 0041 8765
What happens if I wish to cancel the course (eg due to illness, injury, etc.)?
Cancellation is only possible up to 14 days before the beginning of the course and must be requested in writing. Failure to comply with this deadline or non-cancellation incurs a cancellation fee of 50% of the full price of the course.
There is the possibility to choose cancellation insurance when registering for the course. The cancellation insurance depends on the course price and amounts to:
€ 15.- for course prices up to € 400.-
€ 20.- for course prices up to € 600.-
€ 30.- for course prices over € 600.-
If this is taken together with the deposit, a free cancellation is possible up to 24 hours before the start of the course. Examination fees for retake exams can not be insured.
What happens during illness / injury during the course?
In the event of illness or injury between day 1 and day 5 of a course, a 30% discount on the course fee will be granted on presentation of a medical certificate from the doctors on site. A reimbursement of the costs for the lift ticket is to be carried out independently with the lift company and requires a doctor's note. Unfortunately there is no refund for hotel costs.
How does Brexit affect me?
2021/22 will be the first season post-Brexit and will add some red tape to what would historically have been a normal season for students from the UK. To work anywhere in the world now, incl. Europe, Brits will need a visa or permit to work. The Authorities here 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: 28th March 2021)