Fernie Level 1 Ski Instructor Courses
Our 3 – 5 week ski instructor courses in Fernie are some of our most popular programs, and with good reason! Fernie is one of our favourite mountains in Canada, if not the world, and is the perfect place to push the boundaries of your skiing and get your CSIA level 1.
Our team of instructors in Fernie are the best in the Business
We established Nonstop in Fernie ten years ago and most of our team have been with us since the very beginning. Our dedicated and highly skilled level 3 and 4 instructors know exactly how to provide the perfect training experience. Over a relatively short period of time we will completely transform your technique and will have you confidently skiing the whole mountain, with the style and grace of an instructor. By the time you reach your ski instructor exams in the final week of the course, you’ll have all of the skills necessary to pass your newly refined technique on to others. Meet some of our Fernie instructors in this short video.
Training as an instructor is the best way to progress your own skiing
Although this is a great stepping stone to the Canadian instructor industry, many people come on this course without any plans to become a ski instructor. We will drastically improve your skiing technique and confidence around the whole mountain. By learning how to teach, analyse and correct skiing from the ground up, you’ll be able to progress your own skiing even after the course has finished.
Choosing three or five weeks
Our 3 week option in Fernie is a fast track to gaining your level 1 qualification and is suited to relatively confident skiers. However, our 5 week option is perfect for those who need an extra couple of weeks training or just fancy extending their stay (and who wouldn’t want to do that!).
Amazing terrain, great snow record and friendly vibe - Fernie is the place to be
We could rant on all day with reasons to visit Fernie Alpine Resort. Our company was created as a result of our love of this amazing resort. There are five bowls filled with a massive variety of challenging terrain, the snow record is off the chart and there are hardly any lift lines. If you want to ride powder this winter, without fighting for fresh lines before they all go, Fernie is the place to be. Plus the charming old mining town combines a chilled out friendly vibe with a fun and lively nightlife.
Fernie is renowned for its “legendary powder” and averages 48cms of snowfall every week that the resort is open. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Two accommodation options that will make your stay perfect
We offer two accommodation options for this course. The first is at our 42 bedroom Red Tree Lodge in the heart of Fernie, which has an amazing range of facilities including hot tub, sauna, movie theatre, ski tuning room, restaurant and bar, as well as spacious homely rooms with Queen sized beds and en-suite bathrooms. Alternatively, we have several house-shares dotted around downtown Fernie, where you can get a slightly more independent feel of Canadian life. You and your housemates will have a fully equipped kitchen, living room, bathrooms, etc. and you’ll still have full access to the facilities at the Red Tree Lodge. With such an active course, you’ll need to keep your energy levels up, so we’ll provide hearty breakfasts seven days per week and evening meals three days per week.
Not just any ski instructor course - check out the extras
Although you’ll be spending a lot of time exploring Fernie’s amazing ski area, there’s so much else that we’ll help your to squeeze into you three weeks. In the evenings we’ll organise technical sessions and loads of social events, such as trips to see the local ice hockey team. Plus, we can also get you on an avalanche safety course and a cat-skiing day (where you’ll ski fresh backcountry snow all day!).
Season lift pass
Professional coaching (20 hours per week)
Either 5 or 7 days per week, depending on the course. Contact us for more info.
Either 3 or 4 nights per week, depending of the course. Contact us for more info. They are three course meals served in The Red Tree Lodge restaurant and are designed to be filling and delicious; perfect after a day on the slopes. There is a fully equipped communal kitchen in the lodge if you wish to cook for yourself on weekends etc.
Airport transfers (if coinciding with group flights)
We include a shuttle service between the airport and the resort. The departure date and times are coordinated with the times of the group flights we arrange from London to Canada. If travelling at other times or on different dates then we can advise you on the public transfer services available.
Daily bus to the resort
We own our own buses and provide a morning and afternoon shuttle to/from the resort each day. The journey time is approximately 8 minutes.
24 hour staffing
You have the option of a twin room or a single room. If you are coming on your own you can still opt for a twin room. We will pair you up with someone of similar age and interests to you, based on an accommodation questionnaire we will send to you upon booking.
Lift queue priority during lessons
Weekly indoor technical sessions
This is a great tool that our instructors use to help identify areas that you need to improve on. We have playback facilities on the mountain so you can see straight away what areas need work.
CSIA/CASI Level 1 Instructor Course fees
Instructor career advice
During the course there will be a seminar on working as an instructor, covering job applications, work visas and typical hours and wages. In addition you will receive our 40 page advice handbook on "working as a ski or snowboard instructor" which includes a directory of snow schools around the world.
Ski/snowboard maintenance Seminar
Weekly social events
Flights (from £650)
We can arrange return flights for those travelling between the UK and Canada. Flights cost from £650. You can opt for a flight on your booking form. If you arrange your own flight you can meet us at the airport for the group transfer bus to the resort. Please contact us with any questions.
Cat-skiing ($500/£290 approx)
The day cat-skiing is a highlight of most people's trip to Fernie. Somewhat similar to heli-skiing, it involves a whole day of skiing or riding fresh powder in the backcountry, getting rides to the top of the mountain in a cat (aka 'piste basher'). Good times guaranteed!
Avalanche safety course ($100/£60 approx)
This one day course provides an introduction into off-piste safety covering avalanche terrain, snow stability tests and search and rescue techniques.
We can provide some information on suitable cover upon booking.
Lunches and non-inclusive meals
Typical costs: Lunch: $15, Dinner: $15-35. Pint of beer: $5.50. Glass of wine: $7.
If you don't yet own ski equipment it tends to be cheaper to buy rather than rent for 3-weeks. Skis, bindings, poles and ski boots range from $1,100 (£700 approx)- $2,800 (£1,800 approx). Snowboard, boots and bindings are slightly less.