The Professional Ski Instructor’s Association of Japan, SIA, is the one and only organization of professional snowsport instructors in Japan. Established in 1968, we have 132 certified ski schools and 3041 members (as of October 2018). Our activities fall across several snowsport disciplines, starting with alpine skiing, snowboarding, telemarking skiing, adaptive skiing, cross country skiing, back country skiing etc.
We have been for the development and certification of snowsport instructors through the variety of development programs and trainings that are catered to fit the fundamentals required for instructing and the current needs of the skiing industry. With a strong focus on safety, we have made continuous efforts to improve on the quality of our instructors in hope of promoting snowsports as a lifelong activity.
At a higher level, we screen and certify snowsport schools to confirm that they have met all of the certification criteria that provides a safe lesson environment for our guests.
Our association is also playing a role globally as a member nation of the International Ski Instructors Association. We participate in global events, such as the ISIA Ski Instructors World Championships and the Interski Congress that are held once in four years, to hear and present on the latest in the skiing industry and to get a first-hand experience on what other countries are focusing on in order to further enhance the domestic and international snowsport landscape.
What we can offer for you!
We at SIA are committed to providing the best possible service to everyone who comes seeking professional instruction at our certified ski schools.
In light of the influx of tourists coming into our country we have facilitated the below initiatives to overcome any challenges we might face in terms of languages.
- - English courses for our Japanese Members
- - Opening doors for non-Japanese members to be able to participate in our Certification programs(english/chinese) (using interpreters) in order to develop multi-national instructors that can provide safe, high-quality lessons in the mother tongue of our guests.
- - Recruitment ads for foreign instructors on our website
- - Tools and information provided in English (some also in the Chinese language)
Some of the recent programs that we would like to highlight here is our Kids program that centers around “My Ski Book”(english/chinese), which is a progress book in which children, their family members and friends can keep track of how they are progressing and become aware of what their future goals will be. While we teach children the required technique, we also inform them in parallel about the rules we need to follow in order to keep the slopes SAFER for everyone(english/chinese). Since we believe that children are the gateway to the future, we have made efforts to provide “My Ski Book”, not only in Japanese, but also in English and Chinese in hope that it can play a key role in communication with are non-Japanese speaking guests.
Last but not least, here is a list of our ski schools where you might be able to find the best quality snowsport instructor and experience in the language of your preference!
SIA Certified Ski Schools with English Lessons
|Club Med Hokkaido Ski School||011-210-8076||Sahoro Resort|
|Club Med Hokkaido Ski School Tomamu||080-8917-8043||Hoshino Resort Tomamu|
|Mount Racey Ski ＆ Snowboard School||0123-52-5000||Mount Racey|
|Mami Ski School||011-823-8897||Sapporo Moiwayama|
|SAPPORO SNOW SCHOOL||090-1528-0549||Sapporo Moiwayama|
|Yuichiro Miura & Snowdolphin Ski School Sapporo||011-685-7052||Sapporo Teine Highland Zone|
|WINKEL snow school||0134-52-1185||Asarigawa Onsen|
|NOBBYS Ski School||011-531-6078||Snow Cruise ONZE|
|Crayon Shin-chan Kids Ski School||0136-46-3061||Rusutsu Resort|
|Sawa Winter Sports Academy||0133-62-8242||Nakayamatoge|
|NAC SNOW SPORTS SCHOOL||0136-23-2093||Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu|
|Owani Ski School||0172-47-5555||Owani Onsen|
|Appi Ski & Snowboard School||0195-73-5978||Appi Kogen|
|Onikobe ski ＆ Snowboard School||0229-86-2772||Onikobe|
|ZAO Freizeit Ski school||023-694-9259||Yamagata Zao Onsen|
|MZ Shiroishi Snow Sports School||0224-24-8044||Miyagi Zao Shiroishi|
|Square Ski lesson||0242-62-2137||Minowa|
|Stag Chateau Shiozawa Pro Ski School||0555-72-9457||Chateau Shiozawa|
|Nakazato Snowwood Ski School||025-787-4164||Nakazato Snowwood|
|Naeba Snow School||025-789-4969||Naeba|
|Sugadaira Highland Pro Ski Snowboard School||0268-74-3545||Sugadaira Kogen|
|Sugiyama Ski ＆ Snow Sports School||0269-34-2551||Shiga Kogen Okushiga Yakebitaiyama|
|SHIGA INTERNATIONAL SKI SCHOOL||0269-34-2551||Shiga Kogen Okushiga Yakebitaiyama|
|Ski-est Shiga||0269-34-2727||Shiga Kogen Ichinose|
|Bianca Ski School||0269-34-2347||Shiga Kogen Ichinose|
|Kitamura Snow Sports School||0269-34-2729||Shiga Kogen Ichinose|
|Takamagahara SKIWI SKI SCHOOL||0269-34-2117||Shiga Kogen Takamagahara|
|Ishikawa Pro Ski School||0269-34-2562||Shiga Kogen Maruike|
|YS Snow Sports School||0269-24-2180||Shiga Kogen Ichinose Maruike Sun Valley|
|Yodel Ski School||0255-87-2232||Akakura Onsen|
|NORTH Nagano Outdoor Sport||090-4461-7354||Madarao Kogen|
|Kijimadaira Pro Ski School||0269-82-4083||Kita Shinshu Kijimadaira|
|Ski-est Norikura||0263-50-5009||Mt. Norikura|
|Hakuba 47 Ski Academy||0261-75-3533||Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park|
|Takasu Snow Park School||0575-72-6780||Takasu Snow Park|
|Biwako Valley Pro Ski School||077-573-5148||Biwako Valley|
|Ishikawa Pro Ski School in Kuju||0269-34-2562||Kuju Forest Park|