Ski/Snowboard Instructor

Ski instructor Sierra Nevada

As a small team we rarely need many replacement instructors from one year to the next but we are always happy to receive new applications.

As legislation on national, regional and local scales are constantly revised, the following should be noted when applying for a job as a ski or snowboard instructor with us:

1. To help create a common standard of professionalism among the ski schools of Sierra Nevada, each instructor signs a contractual agreement each season with the resort management company, Cetursa S.A. which includes a series of requirements for both legal and internal recognition purposes as well as benefits on ski passes for the Instructor to operate on the slopes.

The main requirement for instructors is that they should be qualified to the minimum TD1 Spanish level in accordance with the the Spanish ski federation, RFEDI (Real Federacion Española de Deportes de Invierno). In the case of foreign instructors, you should have an ISIA level certification or at least be in the process of attaining one by having proof of completed certain related modules. Examples of foreign attained ISIA certifications are: BASI 3, NZSIA 3, CASI 4, PSIA 3.

Without this level of qualification we cannot guarantee employment.

2. We are a small team, (around 13 instructors), and generally only need one full-time snowboard instructor due to the generic lower demand for snowboard instruction. As such we rarely need snowboard instructors. Instructors qualified in both ski and snowboard tuition however, are more sought after.

3. Our staffing plans don’t begin until around mid-October when we anticipate hearing from all existing staff members as to whether or not they will be returning with us for the coming season. Only then will we know for sure if there are any positions available.

CVs will be reviewed and decisions made on the basis of qualifications, experience and potential for working more than just one season. This does not mean, however, that first year instructors will not be considered. On the contrary, and in line with our general work dynamic, fresh enthusiasm is a key driving force to any team in terms of guaranteeing quality instruction to our clients!

How do we work?

Our work philosophy/structure is simple:

  • You turn up well presented, on time each day and for each class
  • You treat all your clients in the same professional manner
  • You free ski when there are no classes
  • When you need time off just ask us and, so long as classes can be effectively covered, there is no problem.
  • We will only bother you if you bother us!
  • We will even pay you!

How to prepare

British Ski Center Instructors

If you are offered a position with us, before accepting, please consider the following:

1. We do not have staff accommodation. This is something you will need to sort out for yourself although we may have contacts to pass on to you to help out. Please also note that often in Sierra Nevada, the full amount of the season’s accommodation is required in advance. They will also charge a deposit on top of the rental fee to be returned at the end of season after deducting all final electricity and other expenses.

The rental rates in resort vary greatly from one apartment type to another and an apartment suitable for 4 people sharing will most likely cost anything from 3500 Euros upwards*. Rentals out of resort in Granada or the valley villages (Pinos Genil, Güejar Sierra) are generally lower cost (250€-400€ p/month depending) but then you will need to consider transport to/from resort.

2. In order to legally employ you, you will need to obtain a NIE number (Número de Identificación de Extranjeros) at the local police in Granada. The address is: Calle San Agapito nº 2, C.P. 18013 Granada. Contact numbers are: 958909311 / 958909314 / 958909315 (English is not widely spoken!). You will need to make an appointment (online) well in advance! Download and complete the necessary form and then take it in with the necessary documentation (photos, passport, confirmation of employment letter etc.). You will also need to arrange a “Social Security” number. More details will be provided upon acceptance of employment.

You should allow a good week at least to get this sorted prior to starting work. Spanish beaurocracy can be tedious and more time may be necessary – and then there’s Brexit…..!

3. We will arrange your lift pass which is paid for by the school.

4. Try to allow a couple of weeks before work is likely to commence in order to prepare for the above as well as getting some ski time in to get to know the resort. Typically speaking we anticipate needing instructors as from the week leading up to Christmas.

5. April is a funny month and varies in terms of work load depending greatly on the fall of the Easter holidays. Generally speaking we would expect to have work into the middle of the month albeit on a much quieter basis.

6. The number of hours you may expect to be doing also depends very much on the season itself, the snow fall, number of visitors etc.* However, we expect to provide you with 350+ hours of classes during the season.

7. Wages are based on an hourly rate and will be confirmed upon our acceptance to your application.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Ski Instructing is no longer a job to guarantee any significant kind of income as it was 3-4 decades ago. If you are under any impression that you will walk away at the end of season with a flourishing bank account, we recommend you consider another vocation!