Dear NZSIA Members,

As we eagerly anticipate the upcoming winter season, there’s an undeniable sense of excitement in the air. Get ready to dust off those skis and snowboards because we’re in for an epic ride. Here’s a roundup of what’s been happening and what lies ahead for the New Zealand 2024 Winter:

Northern Hemisphere

We’re thrilled to announce that this year’s Northern Hemisphere Season experienced impressive growth, with a particularly notable increase in the Snowboard Division. It’s exciting to see more individuals opting for Snowboard courses than ever before, reflecting the growing enthusiasm for snowboarding within our community and for many members choosing to become qualified in both Ski and Snowboard divisions. This trend underscores the dynamic nature of our courses and the diverse interests of our members.


This Year’s AGM will be held in Wanaka at: The Venue Wanaka
Address: 3 Mountain View Drive, Corner of Orchard Road, Wānaka 9305
Date: 8th June 2023
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm – drinks and nibbles afterward.
Documents for the AGM: 2023 AGM Minutes – Please access a copy of these from the Downloads page (under General Downloads) on the website or direct links:
Link to 2023 AGM Minutes: Here

Industry Discount for 2024

The plan for 2024 – It will be a voucher system again like last year, allocated from your Resort Snowsports Manager. Each resort will have a limited number of vouchers, giving the resorts the ability to target where they would like to further develop their Snowsports school.

If you want to book on a course, we recommend securing your place at full price, then if you are eligible for a voucher, we can apply the discount retrospectively.

Important Conditions of Registration Updates:

Admin fee for late course withdrawals for New Zealand courses: Starting this season, cancelling or transferring a course booking within 10 days of its start date incurs a 10% administrative fee (this includes illness and injury). To avoid this fee, make all changes before the 10-day cutoff. For Northern Hemisphere courses, no changes are available within the last month. We highly recommend insurance for financial coverage in case of medical events.
Level of English required on our courses: It is now a prerequisite on our courses in English that the level of English must be at a conversational level. We are hoping that by making this a requirement we can ensure that expectations of English proficiency will be clearer in the future.
Changes to the booking system: To address waitlists this season, members can now only book one course of the same type at a time (e.g., one Level Three exam). Once completed, you can book the next course. This aims to minimise last-minute changes and reduce waitlists. You can still book multiple courses (e.g., Level Three workshop and module, Children’s cert, and Terrain Park).


Pass Allocations and Lift Ticket Purchases for Course Days: For those attending courses at Cardrona, we have secured pass allocations for the days you are booked on the course.

It’s important to note that this arrangement applies uniquely to Cardrona. For all other resorts, there are no limits or blackout dates for lift ticket purchases. However, regardless of the resort, please be aware that lift tickets can only be purchased on the morning of the course from the resort ticket office. Additionally, you’ll be entitled to a fantastic 50% discount on lift passes when attending a course if you don’t hold a season pass for the resort.

Code of Conduct Concerns: A concern that surfaced at the end of last season and again this year was individuals teaching without concession or ‘Teaching in the Black’, some of whom were reportedly members of the NZSIA. This is a breach of our NZSIA Code of Conduct and may lead to disciplinary action from the NZSIA, as well as sanctions from the resorts. We urge all members to adhere to resort practices and respect the guidelines set forth by our organisation.

Reminder: Updates to Ski Level Three 

A quick reminder about recent updates to the Ski Level Three pathway. Your feedback has been invaluable, leading to important changes and we’re excited to share some key changes with you for this season:

1. Enhanced Flexibility: We’ve made adjustments to make the Ski Level Three pathway more adaptable, offering you greater freedom in choosing your instructor pathway.

2. Revised Requirements: To achieve the Ski Level Three Certification, you’ll need to pass the Level Three Ski and Teach Exam components, as well as complete two of the following Certifications:
– Children’s Ski Teaching Level One Certification
– Freeski Level One Certification
– Race One Certification
– A Level One qualification in a secondary discipline (e.g. snowboard, telemark, adaptive, cross country)

These qualifications can be either from NZSIA or recognised foreign equivalents.

3. No Set Order: You’re no longer restricted to a specific order for completing these Certifications. You can now tackle them in any order that works best for you.

4. Friendly Reminder: Remember, you can only pursue one secondary discipline qualification. For example, if you already hold Snowboard Level One, you’ll need to choose from Children’s Level One, Freeski Level One, or Race One.

These updates aim to simplify your journey and provide you with a smoother experience. Your Level Three certificate will be awarded upon the completion of all required modules.

Early Season Ski Courses

If you are eager to advance your ski qualifications before the School Holidays, we still have good availability for the following courses:

• Ski Level Two: Coronet Peak, Queenstown – 24 Jun 2024 – 1 Jul 2024
• Children’s Teaching Level One Cert: Coronet Peak, Queenstown – 22 Jun 2024 – 23 Jun 2024 and Cardrona, Wanaka – 29 Jun 2024 – 30 Jun 2024
• Freeski Level One Cert: Remarkables, Queenstown – 29 Jun 2024 – 30 Jun 2024

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Don’t miss out on this opportunity to level up your skills or resit before it gets busy!

Race One Certification Courses

We are thrilled to announce that this season at The Remarkables, we are expanding our offerings to include not just one, but two Race One Certification courses!

Our Race One Certification is designed to enhance race coaching skills, covering everything from course-setting to creating the ideal training environment, and race demonstrations. It’s an invaluable opportunity for ski instructors looking to take their coaching expertise to the next level.

With two courses available this season, we’re excited to provide even more opportunities for instructors to hone their craft and excel in the world of ski coaching.

• Race One Cert: Remarkables, Queenstown – 2 Sep 2024 – 4 Sep 2024 and 23 Sep 2024 – 25 Sep 2024

Join us this season and elevate your coaching skills to new heights! Book your spot through your profile here.

Women’s Initiatives for 2024

In addition to our ever popular Girls Day Out Courses, we’re thrilled to announce two new intensive two-day camps tailored exclusively for our female members: the Women’s Shred Camp and the Women’s Ski Jamboree. Both camps and days are available for female members to train with our amazing NZSIA and SBINZ female trainers.

Dates for courses:

 Women’s Ski Jamboree – Treble Cone, Wanaka – 17 Aug 2024 – 18 Aug

• Women’s Shred Camp – Roundhill and Dobson, Lake Tekapo – 24 Aug 2024 – 25 Aug 2024

• Girl’s Day Out (14th September) – both ski and snowboard will be held at The Remarkables, Queenstown on Sunday 14th September 2024.

These courses are designed to dive into skill enhancement, and general improvement while providing an opportunity to connect and share experiences with fellow NZSIA members. They’re open to all female certified instructors who are full or associate members of the NZSIA.

Book through your profile: here

SBINZ Women’s Getaway!

Join us for an empowering weekend at the stunning Lake Tekapo! Connect with fellow female snowboarders in a supportive environment, share stories, and elevate your riding skills. Open to all our membership, this is your chance to bond, learn, and conquer the slopes together. You’ll be shredding Roundhill and Mt Dobson with all of our female examining crew!

• Women’s Shred Camp – Roundhill and Dobson, Lake Tekapo – 24 Aug 2024 – 25 Aug 2024

Book your spot through your profile here.

Ski and Snowboard Manuals

Snowboard Manual – The Snowboard Manual is currently available in the Downloads page, as well as a hard copy of the manual which you can purchase through the shop tab in your profile.

Ski Manual – The Ski Manual is currently available in the Downloads page, and hopefully we will have a version available to buy in the shop soon. It will be coming to you in a different format than usual – an A5 ring binder. When we have updates you will be able to buy the replacement sections.

Preserving Our History

This summer, we embarked on an exciting project led by Peter Clinton-Baker and Simon Cawley to curate resources and stories from the NZSIA 50th celebration. It’s still a work in progress and we invite you to contribute any photos, stories, or old resources you may have stored away to help preserve our rich history – It is still a WIP, but check it out: NZSIA History

NZSIA shop and NZSIA Merch

Exciting news! Our NZSIA shop has expanded with more winter essentials. Find membership cards, manuals, and certificate reprints conveniently in your profile.

Plus, check out our merchandise shop featuring clothing and hats, including division-specific logos. Each division will have its unique collection. Have specific items in mind? Let us know, and we’ll look into adding it to the shop. The NZSIA Merch shop is now live and ships worldwide from Australia. Happy shopping!

Getting current

Memberships rolled over on the 1st Jan 2024. Renewing for 2024 can be done through your profile (remember if you miss a year, fees accrue):

1. Log into your profile here.

2. Check to make sure you have a photo uploaded to your profile (similar to a passport photo).

3. A PDF version of your card will be created by the office and emailed to you once you have paid.

4. If you require a physical card you can purchase one from our online shop for $5 – NZSIA online shop.

Booking on courses

Once you are current, then you can book on courses and get underway with your elearning. Check out your division calendars and see what is available:

• Ski:

• Snowboard:

• Adaptive:

• Telemark:

It has been really busy with bookings so far; many courses are already on “waitlist”. Please follow the link and fill in the form, then we can do the best we can to accommodate you. Some of our courses have reached their limit due to staffing availability and/or resort limits, also we will only have availability if someone removes themselves from the course. Always good to check out other options that may suit on the Dates and Prices page. If you find another course with availability – we would recommend securing the place, so you don’t miss out.

Not long now until we see everyone back on our hills!!

Your NZSIA Team