Freeski Level One

The Freeski Level One has been specifically for instructors who want to focus on teaching more effectively natural and made-made features in the Park and Pipe. This three-day course includes an online course, safety, group handling, and etiquette. It will develop personal freeskiing and teaching. Candidates will be assessed on personal freeskiing and teaching skills.


Length: 3 days.

Certification resource: The NZSIA Ski Instructor’s Manual is required reading for this course.

Pre-requisites: You must be an associate member or full member, a NZSIA Level Two Certified Ski Instructor (or foreign equivalent).

** Before you attend this course you must complete the Freeski Level One E-Learning course. You can access the Ski E-Learning system through your member profile. **

Park, Pipe and Freeride Coaching

This is the on-snow component to the Development Coaches Accreditation for freeskiers and snowboarders, as part of the Coaching Pathway. This non-assessed, three-day course builds on coaching concepts introduced during the Intro to Coaching Seminar and takes these concepts into a live environment, looking at two main aspects:

  1. Coaching the athlete
  2. Coaching in the environment.

The course is specific to the environment (i.e. park, pipe and freeride) not the discipline, so freeskiers and snowboarders will be working together for most parts.

Assessment Process

Length: 3 day course.

Pre-requisites: NZSIA Freeski One (requires NZSIA Ski Level Two) and SBINZ Park and Pipe Certification (requires SBINZ Level One) for snowboarders. Exceptions may be allowed for those with proven prior coaching and competitive experience (please apply in writing for the exception). International equivalents for Snowboard Park and Pipe and the Freeski One will be accepted, however they MUST contain a halfpipe element.