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Price p/p Based on bed in a shared room (max 3 per room)
Base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
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USD 1,907

5 Days Instruction | 6 Days Lifts | 7 Nights Lodging

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Instruction | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
Price p/p Based on bed in a shared room (max 3 per room)
Base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
Displayed price might vary slightly due to exchange rate fluctuations
USD 1,907
Come and ride in Japan as a solo or with a couple of mates and achieve your level 1 NZSIA snowboarding instructors certificate. Professional NZSIA qualified coach, great accommodation & more...
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 11 - Mar 18, 2024
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,907
Availability: Available
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NZSIA Snowboard Instructors Course

Unleash your potential with this expertly designed course aimed at enhancing your skills and confidence. Whether you’re an aspiring snowboard instructor, or someone seeking to advance their skills in a supportive and empowering environment, you can start your progression journey here.

This snowboard instructors course is designed as a comprehensive NZSIA level 1 course for snowboarders to learn how to instruct beginner snowboarders.

Combine this with some great riding and cultural experiences in Myoko Kogen in Japan and you will have the time of your life.

Your accommodation is at a Mountain Hut Lodge in Myoko where you will be treated to wonderful hospitality by your hosts.

Each day your hosts will shuttle you in a private vehicle to the ski area where your instruction will take place.

On day 1, you will freeski at Myoko Kogen and your hosts will show you around the mountain.

Course Overview

This Level 1 Snowboard Instructor Program, conducted by the New Zealand Snowsports Instructors Alliance (NZSIA), offers comprehensive training and examination tailored for budding instructors. The course delves deep into teaching methodologies, rider development, technical snowboarding concepts, and the SBINZ progression tailored for novice snowboarders. A special emphasis is placed on mastering demonstrations tailored for beginners, ensuring participants are well equipped to excel in the realm of snowboarding instruction.

Minimum Ability

The program is open to a diverse group of individuals from various backgrounds and ages, and who can at least link turns on blue runs in any conditions and are ready for some groomed black runs. It's an ideal course for gap-year students and aspiring instructors planning to secure employment in the upcoming season in Australia and NZ.


Before embarking on the on-snow training, it's mandatory to complete the Level 1 eLearning course. This online course covers theory, movement analysis, and lesson planning. You can access the eLearning courses on the NZSIA website (www.nzsia.org/member/). You will need to complete this at least 48 hours before your practical course begins.

Equipment Recommendations:

For qualification courses and exams, it is recommended using either a twin or a directional twin board with sharp edges. These types of boards facilitate demonstrations of switch and freestyle riding, which are integral to the course.

If you are interested or have any questions regarding the tour, please enquire here>>

Program Structure

Day 1:

• Arrive at your accommodation for the next 7 nights, Mountain Hut Lodge
• Become acquainted with your fellow students
• Get a restful night sleep, ready for tomorrow

Day 2:

• Enjoy your included daily breakfast, served between 7-8 am
• Be ready to head up the mountain with the local guide at 9 am for morning orientation
• Enjoy free riding from midday
• Meet your NZSIA trainers
• Plan to be ready to leave on the morning shuttle at 8:45 am every day for the next 5 days of the program

Day 3:

• Introduction to basic stance, movement directions, and board setup
• Rider improvement and blending of rotational and lateral movements
• Introduction to the Safety-Fun-Achievement concept and Lesson Format
• First Timers teaching progression and hands-on techniques
• Introduction to self-reflection and study materials

Day 4:

• Rider improvement with focus on basic stance and blending of movements
• Workshop on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and the Basics of Teaching
• Practice teaching First Timer progression with peer feedback

Day 5:

• Rider improvement with continued focus on blending movements
• Exploration of ollies, flat base techniques, and versatility tasks
• Introduction to Park Smart and 50-50s on a box
• Learning Beginner Turns teaching progression and relevant lifts

Day 6:

• Rider improvement with emphasis on turn size, shape, and terrain adaptation
• Final check of beginner demonstrations
• Practice teaching Learning Beginner Turns progression with peer feedback
• Example exam teach for both adults and children

Day 7:

• Teaching assessments: one lesson per candidate with other candidates as students
• Presentation of results and feedback session

Enjoy a few well earned drinks and snacks at the end of your examination day. This is your time to relax and have a laugh with your group after a big but rewarding week!

Certification Scoring Criteria:

Below is a list of potential riding and demonstration tasks that will be assessed during the five days:

Beginner Progression Demos:

• One-foot direction changes (J-turns)
• Heelside control
• Toeside control
• Steered traverses (garlands)
• C-turns
• Beginner skidded turns (forwards)

Freestyle Tasks:

• Ollies
• Frontside and backside ground 360s
• 50-50s on a flat box

Potential Versatility Tasks:

• Intermediate edged turns (on advanced green or easy blue terrain)
• Turn size and shape variation turns (on advanced green and easy blue terrain)
• Switch riding (on green terrain)


Throughout the program, you'll be accommodated in the unique and cozy Mountain Hut Lodge, nestled at the base of the Ikenotaira ski resort in the heart of Myoko Kogen. The lodge is equipped with exceptional facilities, including spacious open-plan dining and living areas, a self-service bar, wax station, dry room, Japanese-style baths, and a commercial kitchen. The Lodge serves as the perfect home base for your journey with us.

For dinner, the kitchen will be open for anyone to use, or we can drop you off at the local restaurants, or it's not too far to walk as well.

We offer two room types to suit all budgets:

Option 1: Private room with shared bathroom - Ideal for those who value their privacy. This room can sleep up to 2 people and can be booked for twin sharing or single occupancy.

Option 2: Comfortable bed in a shared room with a shared bathroom - A stylish, budget-friendly option designed to accommodate 3 individuals.

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

2024 Rates

Room Type   Price p.p.
 Private single/twin share  ¥359,000
 Bed in shared triple room  ¥289,000

About rates:
  • prices are per person
  • rates include taxes
  • base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen

  • NZSIA Level 1 Snowboard Instructor Certification
  • NZSIA annual fee & instructors manual
  • Seven nights accommodation (private/twin/triple-share) at Mountain Hut Lodge Myoko
  • 6-day Myoko lift pass
  • 5-day course training and examination with NZSIA
  • 1-day mountain orientation
  • Arrival/departure transfers to Myoko Kogen Station
  • End of course celebration
  • Mountain Hut hoodie
  • Daily breakfast and private transport to ski areas
  • Potential job offer for the following season
  • Upgrade to private / twin room
  • Quality snowboard rental gear
  • 1, 2, or 3-day pre-program preparation lessons
  • In-house massage
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Terms & Conditions

  • All pre-payments are non-refundable.
  • A 10% deposit is required at the time of booking to secure a spot.
  • A further 40% payment is due by December 1st.
  • The remaining balance is due by February 1st

Epic Escapes + NZSIA/SBINZ reserve the right to limit shorten, cancel, or postpone courses if circumstances warrant it. Full refunds will be issued in the event of a course cancellation.