If you’re looking to make the piste your office and you have a real passion for powder, our 11 week Ultimate Ski Instructor Course in Banff, Canada is the best way to get you set up for a career in the snow!
Banff itself is world renowned for its epic snow conditions, offering over 8 000 acres of terrain to explore, top notch training, incredible scenery and of course a great vibe and nightlife.
Over the 11 week course you’ll be skiing in the heart of the Banff snow scene at the Lake Louise Ski Resort — 4 200 acres packed full of world class powder runs year round (due to the inland location) — perfect to lay down some fresh tracks no matter what your skiing ability.
Over your 11 week instructor course you’ll have the opportunity to gain up to 5 qualifications, which will give you the best possible starting block to your career in the ski industry — it’s one of the most inclusive courses out there and will set you up perfectly for life on the slopes.
These include the world recognised CSIA Levels 1 and 2, which allow you to teach beginner to intermediate skiers, and even AST Level 1 Avalanche Skills training, which is a great extra on any ski CV.
Throughout your Ski Instructor Course you’ll have 20 hours coaching per week — a mixture of group (max 8:1 ratio) and one-on-one, allowing you to progress your skills quickly and confidently.
Additionally, each student is guaranteed a job interview with the Lake Louise Ski School with the possibility to return the following season and work as a Level 2 Qualified Instructor — so you could be closer to your dream job than you realise!
When you’re not on the piste you’ll be kicking back in Banff town, which is only a short ride away from the slopes and is always packed full of fellow snow enthusiast to befriend and party with!
As with any major ski resort, there’re heaps of restaurants, bars and entertainment to keep you stoked and busy when you’re not on the mountains — and if you can’t get enough of the snow you can always take a Friday night trip to the nearby Mount Norquay for some flood-lit night skiing!
“Probably the best gap program to do out in Canada!”
On top of the included lift pass you can also bolt on an optional Tri-Area pass that joins Lake Louise to Sunshine Village and Norquay. This gives you access to almost 8 000 acres, with an average of 33ft of snow — that’s more than anywhere else in the whole of Canada!
As well as an epic amount of snow you’ll be calling Banff town home — and your accommodation is based close to the action. Not only that, but you’ll be able to grab a good night’s kip in your double bed (twin share) with heaps of storage, free wifi, daily breakfast and even access to a hot tub, sauna and steam room.
Not a bad setup hey!?
Week 1 - 3
Learning the Lake Louise way of life — Focused Level 1 training and Personal Development, AST Level 1
Exam time — CSIA Level 1 exam and job interview
Level 2 training — Focused Level 2 training, Extended Personal Development and First Aid Course
Level 2 Exam — CSIA Level 2 Exam and job interview
Additional qualifications —Freestyle/race/free-ride week
CSIA Level 1
The entry level ski instructor qualification for teaching novices and young children how to ski.
The Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance (CSIA) Level 1 is an introduction to the CSIA technique and methodology, and the role of ski teaching within the ski industry.
CSIA Level 2
The next level for skiers looking to start teaching intermediate skiers out on the mountain. Both the training and final examination for this award require dedicated training and a high level of skiing competency. This course has a high pass rate, so get stuck in!
CFSA Level 1
The Canadian Freestyle Ski Association (CFSA) is the governing body in Canada for the sport of Freestyle Skiing. You’ll complete a 2 day freestyle course to qualify as a CFSA Level 1.
AST Level 1
The Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 Course will provide an entry-level decision-making framework that is based on the most advanced knowledge available. It’s suitable for use by people with basic training and little experience.
2 day mountain-specific first aid course.
- Perfect way to start your career in the ski industry
- Fully inclusive of accommodation and most meals
- Heaps of extra inclusions
- World class instructors
- Enjoy the snow Mecca of Canada
- Loads of added value, including discounts and ski kit!
- Pre-trip UK support
- Pre-trip welcome pack
- Return airport transfers (on start and finish dates)
- Season lift pass (Lake Louise)
- Welcome pack
- Salomon ski jacket and trousers
- Accommodation throughout (double bed, twin share)
- Daily breakfast
- $100 of evening meal tokens (can be used in a variety of restaurants Sunday to Thursday)
- CSIA Level 1 and 2
- AST Level 1 (Avalanche)
- First aid training
- CFSA Level 1 (Canadian Freestyle Ski Association) or CSCF Race Level 1 (Canadian Ski Coach Federation)
- Highest qualified and best instructors in Canada
- 18.5 hours coaching a week (8:1 group)
- 1-1 coaching (every other week)
- Piste performance coaching
- Teaching theory coaching
- Exam preparation
- Equipment tuning clinics
- Video analysis
- Activities and social events
- Seasonnaire discounts
- Resort staff — Our resort team know the town and the resort better than anyone! They’re there to make sure you have everything you need.
- Back country days
- Guaranteed job interview
- CV advice
- Professional references
- 600 extra activity credits (can be used against a variety of local activities including cat skiing, snow mobiling, Calgary ice hockey trip and ice skating)