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Progressing children’s skiing and riding through...

Safety, Fun and Achievement

Whilst building passion and stoke for the mountains!

About FUNdamentals

The NZSIA FUNdamentals is a national framework and educational resource for children’s skiing and snowboarding in New Zealand.

The Fundamentals provides resources to snow sports schools and instructors to help in the delivery of their children’s programmes. The aim is to have a consistent skiing and snowboarding development pathway for children to follow throughout the country.

The progressions are based on NZSIA/SBINZ teaching concepts. There are six levels for the children progress through which develop balance, movement and performance skills in a variety of terrain and situations around the mountain.

The FUNdamentals also provides resources to parents and children to help prepare and inspire them for their time in the snow.

The Goal

As an organisation, NZSIA’s goal is to develop resources and provide continued support to New Zealand snow sports schools.

Through this, the hope is that children who regularly participate in snow sports lessons will develop a lifelong passion for the snow and mountains, with safe skiing and riding practices that minimise the risk of injury to themselves and others.

Children participating in lessons that utilise the FUNdamentals receive a card that will indicate their level of achievement. The card can be used at any participating snow sports school to help identify their level and record their progress.

In addition, they also receive a smaller tag to reward and recognise the achievement of each ski and snowboard level.

An open e-learning course is available to both members and non-members to learn about the FUNdamentals programme.

The ski areas below currently offer the FUNdamentals or are in the process of setting up their programme.

If you represent a snow sports school in New Zealand and need to contact us about the FUNdamentals programme, please email

Snow Planet, Auckland
Whakapapa, Central North Island
Turoa, Central North Island
Rainbow Ski Area, Nelson Lakes

Web: Rainbow

Porters Ski Area, Canterbury

Web: Porters

Phone: 03 318 4731

Mt Dobson, Mackenzie Country

Web: Mt Dobson
Phone: +64 3 281 5509

Round Hill, Mackenzie Country
Ohau, Mackenzie Country

— Currently joining the programme, contact details coming shortly —

Treble Cone, Wanaka

Web: Treble Cone


Phone: +64 3443 1406

Cardrona, Wanaka

Web: Cardrona
Phone: 04 443 7341 ex 733