Banff snowboard instructor course
Get ready for a rollercoaster ride! This snowboard instructor course combines Nonstop’s legendary program with the massive combined ski area of Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay.
The most refined snowboard instructor courses, in the stunning Banff National Park
Our 11 week course is the ultimate season and has been tailored to ensure that you have a once in a lifetime experience. As well as over 220 hours of training and plenty of other on-slope activities, our local course host will organise loads of social activities and excursions to help you enjoy the wonders of the Bow Valley! Here's a great video made by a few of our '11/'12 snowboards that really sums it up.
Learn from the very best
Our team of coaches in Banff have been with Nonstop since the beginning and are all extremely experienced Level 3 and 4 instructors. On training days you’ll join a group of no more than 8 riders of a similar standard, so you’ll get plenty of personal feedback and attention. Not only will our coaches teach you to ride with more style and confidence that ever before, they’re a lot of fun to be around and will make every day on the mountain an amazing experience. Meet some of our instructors in this short video.
Ride in three resorts not one
Our snowboard instructor course is the only one that trains in all three of Banff’s local ski areas: Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay. With these resorts combined, you’ll have exclusive access to the largest ski area in North America and never tire of doing the same runs!
Last season Sunshine Village was blessed with 1,047cm of dry, soft powder. That’s an insane amount of snow! Lake Louise and Mount Norquay also had similar records.
Learn to ride like a pro and become a world recognised snowboard instructor
Our program is designed to fully prepare you for CASI level 1 and 2 instructor qualifications. As well as perfecting your own technique, we’ll show you the very best ways to teach others, giving you the very best chance to succeed in your final exams. In addition you’ll have plenty of opportunities to shadow lessons and practice your instructor skills, which will be extremely useful when you come to apply for your first instructor job.
The alternative to instructor training with our "AMP" program
Of course not everyone on our courses intends to put their instructor qualifications to use, and some riders simply change their minds, so we have created our “AMP” program as an alternative. After taking your Level 1 exams in week 5, you can choose to go down the All Mountain Pro path for the rest of the course. You’ll then focus entirely on progressing your riding skills, without worrying about Level 2 instructor training. Watch a short video about our AMP program here.
A local legend as your course host
The hostess with the mostess. We are very lucky to have Banff legend Emily Park at the helm of this course. She took our 11 week course back in the '06/'07 season and since then has made Banff her home. She knows everything there is to know about Banff - the best runs on a powder day, the best nights out, the cheapest deals in town and she always has her ear to the grapevine for the very latest gossip! She's basically the best thing to come out of Bristol since Jenny Jones... Oh and, by the way, she rips. Check out this video of her in the Sunshine park.
The drinking age in Banff is 18, being in Alberta, so this is a great option for gap year students!
Banff has so much to offer and we'll make sure you experience more
As well as providing an amazing experience in the resort boundaries, we’ll make sure that there are plenty of extra activities lined up for you so that you can really make the most of life in Banff National Park. We’ll organise loads of social events, but on top of that we also offer More, a program of unique experiences such as trips to other ski resorts, cat-boarding and avalanche courses. You'll have a starting balance of 25 credits to spend on these really special activities. Check out some of them below.
Extra Activities In Banff
Here's a list of some of the activities you can take part in with Nonstop's Activity Credit Scheme:
- Avalanche safety training - AST Level 1
- Guided backcountry snowboarding
- Day trip to Kicking Horse, BC
- Day trip to Calgary
- Dog sledding
- Johnston Canyon ice walk
- Banff Natural Hot Springs visit
The perfect place to stay in the heart of Banff
Banff has a bustling town centre, filled with lively bars, clubs, restaurants and shops. Our two accommodation options (Irwin’s Mountain Inn or Samesun hostel) are perfectly located within a few minutes’ walk of the centre, so you’ll be able to sample Banff’s legendary nightlife or hit the shops whenever you like. You’ll feel right at home at Irwin’s with your own queen sized bed, cable TV, en-suite bathroom, gym, hot tub and pool. Alternatively, choose a budget friendly dorm room at the neighbouring Samesun hostel and enjoy being part of this super sociable hostel community.
11 consecutive weeks of training (with no breaks)
On every week of the 11 week course you'll receive top class coaching all day from Monday to Thursday. Our coaches are not only the top of their profession but are great people who will inspire you as well as becoming friends. Further training hours include indoor technical sessions, video play back, private lessons, instructor work experience, and our additional training courses.
Full season lift pass (for Lake Louise, Sunshine Village & Norquay!)
We are the only training course provider to have permission to teach at all three of Banff's ski resorts. Training at just one would be extremely limiting - Banff is amazing because it has three ski areas! To get the most of this awesome ski area you need to ski/ride and explore all three ski areas.
Season bus pass
Our season bus pass gives you freedom to choose any public bus and enables you to head to whichever ski resort we're skiing/riding at that day and importantly to choose where you want to ski at the weekends.
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.
1-to-1 private coaching sessions
These are run before your Level 1 and Level 2 exams and offer you the chance of individual tuition to iron out any problems you may have.
25 Activity Credits
Choose from a host of great activities like Avalanche training, snowmobiling, trips to other resorts and a whole lot more. Please refer to the 'extra activities' page for more information.
We have two great accommodation options. The first in "Irwins Mountain Inn" where you'll have a really comfortable stay with a queen sized bed to yourself. Alternatively, you can opt for a dorm room in the Samesun Hostel next door.
Served four nights per week. Meals are healthy and hearty to help you recharge after a day of lessons.
Served five days per week
Lift queue priority during lessons
24 hour staffing
You'll have easily the best person in Banff making sure your course is running smoothly and that you're happy & making the most of it. Emily Park has been doing seasons in Banff for over six years, has spent numerous seasons in New Zealand and is a competitive snowboarder doing really well in the UK scene. Em is a super fun and extremely efficient Course Director who will have a great impact on your time in Banff!
At the hotel we have a chill out room reserved exclusively for our clients providing an area for you to socialise with your course mates, prepare some food, watch a film, play cards etc.
Level 1 CSIA/CASI examination fees
Training for CSIA/CASI Level 2 Instructor Certification
If becoming an instructor is your goal you should set your sights on gaining your level 2. We'll train you up to take the level 2 course either at the end of the 11 weeks or you can take it just after the course has ended giving you more time to train and prepare.
A great tool which we use on a weekly basis. The resorts have some great feedback facilities.
Weekly technical sessions
Work experience in local ski school
Once you have gained your Level 1 you are able to gain work experience at the local ski school. This will make your CV stand out from the crowd and also allow you to develop your teaching technique - an all round good experience.
Instructor career advice
During the course there will be a seminar on working as a ski instructor covering job applications, work visas and typical hours and wages. In addition you will receive our 40 page advice handbook on "working as an instructor" which includes a directory of snow schools around the world.
Ski/snowboard maintenance tuition
Weekly social events
Each week your Course Director, Emily, will organise an evening event which provides a time when instructors and participants can socialise together off snow. These include trips to watch the local ice hockey team, ice skating, curling, pub crawls, evenings around a campfire in the woods, night skiing, indoor football, cinema trips etc.
10% Discount on Ski/Snowboard Equipment
Available in several local shops.
We arrange return flights on Air Canada for those travelling between the UK and Canada. Flights cost from £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.
Additional Activity Credits
The activity credit experiences are a key part of the 11 week course and form some of the main highlights of your trip. $250 worth of credit activities will be included in the cost of the course, however if you want to pack your season full of trips to other resorts, additional training courses, and new experiences such as dog sledding, cat-skiing, snowmobiling, etc. you can choose to buy additional credits at $10/credit. Make sure you check out all the information on the "Extra Activities" page. You can either pay for the additional credits when you book your course or when you get to Canada you can sign up for just a few select activities that you really want to experience.
This is a highlight of most people's trips to Canada and is available in the 'Credit Activities' package.
There are a range of evening classes available from sports massage to photography. These cost around $70 - $120 depending on the course. Details will be provided in the lead up to the course.
We can provide some information on suitable cover upon booking.
If you don't yet own equipment it tends to be cheaper to buy rather than rent. We have arranged discounts in local stores - plus you'll get much better advice and service in the resort you do your course in. Skis, bindings, poles and ski boots range from $1,100 (£700 approx) - $2,800 (£1,800 approx). Snowboard, boots and bindings will be slightly less.
Lunches and weekend meals
Typical costs: Lunch: $15, Dinner: $15-35. Pint of beer: $5.50. Glass of wine: $7.
Additional instructor level exam fees
The Level 1 exam fee is included, but because not everyone chooses to take further instructor exams their fees are payable in Canada direct to the governing bodies. The Level 2 exam will be approx. $550 - $650 depending on when you book and the Race Coach and Park courses are approx. $300 each. The training for these additional courses is included.
Want to know more?
Settling in, shopping & riding
Lose bad habits & adjusting stance
Level 1 prep & private lessons
Off-piste skills & Level 1 practice
Level 1 exams & celebrations!
Chose Level 2 or AMP path
Level 2 training / speed & carving
Powder, bumps & short radius turns
Level 2, all-mountain & freestyle
Demo teaching, tree runs & drops
Condensed Level 2 & tight lines
Level 2 exams, riding & partying!