Ski instructor job - Canada
This season-long ski instructor job with Fernie Alpine Resort is an extension of our 3 week instructor course and is the perfect opportunity for those wanting to qualify and instruct in the same season.
The perfect shortcut into the instructor industry
It would be hard to find a better place in the world to work as a ski instructor than Fernie Alpine Resort. Not only is its fun and challenging terrain amazing for your own skiing, but it attracts the kind of patrons that will be a joy to instruct. It is a resort that you’ll always want to go back to and for that reason many of the instructors who have qualified with us since 2002 have gone on to work and progress in Fernie Ski School.
Get a guaranteed ski instructor job
With a guaranteed job offer before you’ve even qualified as an instructor, this is an amazing kick-start to a ski instructor career. After your initial three week course, you'll start working straight away at Fernie Alpine Resort's Winter Sports School.
Positions are limited and successful applicants for the program will be selected based on their work and social experience, as well as their technical skiing ability.
Nonstop's world-renowned training
Starting on Boxing Day, you’ll take part in our 3 week instructor course in Fernie and our team of highly experienced instructors will refine you’re skiing technique, while showing you the very best way to teach others. For full details check out our 3 week instructor course page.
Once you’ve qualified you’ll then be inducted straight into Fernie Alpine Resort’s Winter Sports School, where you’ll work until the end of the season.
Every year dozens of our course graduates go on to work in Fernie. So if you don't make it onto this program, you could still get a job after completing one of our other courses.
Accommodation for the season. Having good accommodation can really make a difference to your season. Often first-season instructors share dorm-style rooms, but with this program you’ll stay in a twin room in a really comfortable house and it will be yours from the middle of December until the middle of April.
How to apply. First of all register your interest in this course here, and then start preparing a CV and covering letter, including any relevant experience. We’d particularly like to hear if you have any previous coaching, teaching, presentation or leadership experience. In addition, we’d like to know how much skiing experience you have.
Our full 3 week instructor course in Fernie
Guaranteed instructor job with Fernie Winter Sports School
Upon passing an interview with Nonstop and Fernie, you will be given a conditional offer (pass Level 1 CSIA or CASI) to work as an instructor for the rest of the season.
Application advice and support
Our team has many years of experience in the ski and snowboard instructor industry. We will provide comprehensive support through the application process, and will be on hand if you have any questions.
Approximately 25 hours per week for the 3 week course
Staying in a nice house in down-town Fernie for the duration of the season (available from mid December until mid April).
Season lift pass
CSIA or CASI Level 1 Instructor Course fees
Training towards Level 2 after the course
45 minute sessions most mornings before lessons, training with Snow Sports School senior instructors
Instructor career advice and support
We run a seminar on career support, how to sell the most lessons, and provide a "Working as an Instructor" guidebook; with instructor case studies, visa information and a directory of snow schools we work with around the world.
Hosting during instructor course
Assistance of the Nonstop resort director who's industry, and local, knowledge will be a major help.
Dinners while on the instructor course
For the three weeks of the instructor course you'll get three evening meals per week at the nearby Red Tree Lodge restaurant. They'll be filling and delicious three course meals, perfect after a day on the slopes.
Breakfast while on the instructor course
For the three weeks of the instructor course you'll get five continental breakfasts per week at the nearby Red Tree Lodge restaurant.
Weekly social events
End of course party
Included if booked and coordinated with other Nonstop course dates - details available from course host
Ski/snowboard Maintenance Seminar
Regular instructor pay, once you start working
Starting at $11 per hour
Meal discounts in resort
Exclusively for Fernie staff
Flights (approx £600)
We can arrange return flights for those travelling between the UK and Canada. Flights cost around £600. 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 ($486/£280 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 ($95/£55 approx)
This one day course provides an introduction into off-piste safety covering avalanche terrain, snow stability tests and search and rescue techniques.
Skis, bindings, poles and ski boots range from $1,100 (£700 approx) - $2,800 (£1,800 approx). Snowboard, boots and bindings are slightly less.
Want to know more?
Settle in and work on your skiing technique
Progress skiing around the whole mountain & start instructor training
Free ski, CSIA Level 1 final exams & partying!
Two days of ski school policy & procedure training
Rest of the season
Work as a paid instructor at Fernie Alpine Resort