About Canyons Snowsports

Canyons run ski schools in Nozawa Onsen, Yuzawa, Myoko Kogen, and Minakami. All of these resorts are rich in traditional Japanese culture and are renowned for endless deep powder days.

We offer one of the highest pay rates in Japan based on experience and certifications. We also offer staff accommodation, a free season pass, staff training throughout the season and other perks like discounted or free lift tickets in other resorts and discounted AST (avalanche) certifications. 

At Canyons, we strive to foster a supportive and enthusiastic work environment. We trust and value our instructors. In return, we expect our team members to be enthusiastic and passionate about the sport, be willing to take on daily challenges, and excel at connecting with clients and giving them a great day on the snow! 

NOTE: Applications for 24-25 season start on May 1st

Our Areas

4 locations, over 10 resorts

Nozawa Onsen

Canyons Snowsports School, operating as part of Nozawa Onsen Ski School, offers a remarkable opportunity to experience everything Japan has to offer for a winter season. There are positions available for snowsports instructors, guest services agents and supervisors, lodge management, and snowsports supervisors.

Nozawa Onsen is in the heart of Nagano’s snow country, with a huge average snowfall of over 10 meters a season. The resort offers fantastic terrain with trees, steep runs, ungroomed terrain as well as wide-open groomers with beautiful views of the Nagano Alps.

Nozawa has a reputation for having one of the best snow villages in Japan. It features snow-covered temples, free onsen baths, karaoke bars,  and narrow winding streets littered with restaurants serving classic Japanese cuisine as well as some great Japanese infused western food.

When you apply to work with us, we’ll share much more detailed information about what it is like to live and work in Nozawa. There are a wide variety of positions available, including guest services snowsports instructors supervisors and lodge chefs.


Located only 70 mins from Tokyo, the town of Yuzawa is home to eight different ski resorts offering some of the best powder, tree runs and parks that Japan has to offer. Based at GALA Yuzawa, Canyons Ski School offers lessons throughout all resorts in the area.

In contrast to its close proximity to one of the world’s most modern capital cities, Yuzawa has managed to retain the unique character that makes Japan such an interesting place. You’ll get to experience onsen (Japanese hot spring baths), karaoke and izakaya (Japanese-style bar/restaurant) while having awesome days on the snow, getting plenty of training to advance your skills and lots of time to socialise with a fun team.

All levels of instructors are welcome to apply and positions for guest services/reception staff are also available.

Yuzawa Town Official Site 


At Canyons Myoko, there is an exciting opportunity to take an active role in the shaping of an up-and-coming new ski school.

With Myoko cementing its place as one of the snowiest places on earth, with an average of over 15m of light, fluffy Japanese powder snow, Canyons at Myoko strives to provide the best snow experience anywhere in Japan. Our highly experienced international team of instructors, and the incredible range of terrain, means whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro you are guaranteed the time of your life.

The ski school is based in Myoko Akakura, a traditional Japanese town where we have built close relationships with the locals. Akakura town offers a wide range of authentic Japanese bars and restaurants and is one of the oldest established ski areas in the world, with direct links to Tokyo less than 3 hours away.

If you are interested in working for Canyons Myoko and have any questions about the company or resort, please email


Another famous hot spring town, Minakami boasts nine ski resorts and is home to some of Japan's best backcountry terrain. The area is very popular with the Japanese market because of its proximity to Tokyo. The resorts in the area are not the biggest but consistently rank in the top 10 in Japan for snowfall and lift lines simply don't exist!

If you are experienced, independent and looking for a truly Japanese adventure off the beaten path, then Minakami may be an option for you. Canyons mainly instruct at Hodaigi ski resort but also cater to all other resorts in the area. Our clients are a mix of international school groups and high-end privates.


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