Banff Level 1 Snowboard Instructor Course
Experience Banff’s massive ski area and legendary party town in our 3 or 5 week CASI Level 1 snowboard instructor courses.
Early season option – perfect if you want to start instructing straight away
Our early season three week course takes place in November, as soon as the resort opens, so you can qualify as an instructor and be ready to start work before the busy holiday period. Get in touch and we can let you know how to apply for a visa and secure work before you go out to Canada.
Alternatively spend five weeks working towards your Level 1
Our five week option allows you to enjoy the course experience for a little longer. You’ll join in with the first part of our legendary 11 week program, improving your snowboarding and teaching skills in readiness for your CASI Level 1 exam in week 5.
Train in all three of Banff's resorts
There are three separate ski areas linked to Banff: Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mount Norquay, each with their own unique characteristics. We are the only company that operates in all three resorts, so you’ll get a well rounded training experience, with the largest combined ski area in North America to explore.
Banff is renowned for excellent early-season conditions. Being a little further North than most resorts, the temperature stays low enough to hold a good base of snow for a long season.
Train with the best instructors in the business
Our team are the very best Level 3 and 4 instructors in the Bow Valley. As well as being extremely well qualified, Nonstop’s instructors in Banff are a lot of fun and amazing at what they do. Within a couple of weeks, they’ll have you tearing up the slopes of Banff with the confidence and tightly honed technique of a pro. They’ll also show you how to instruct others in preparation for your CASI Level 1 exam in week three. Meet some of our Banff instructors in this video.
The best way to progress
Regardless of whether you plan to instruct or not, this is an amazing experience. Our instructors will be on the slopes with you for five hours a day, four days a week, helping you to push through the boundaries of your riding. We find that learning to instruct is the very best way to progress your own skills. By analysing the routes of snowboarding technique, you’ll be able to turn that knowledge on yourself and take your riding to a whole new level.
Accommodation for the length of your stay
The town centre of Banff is a real highlight, it’s filled with shops, restaurants, bars and clubs and is renowned for its lively night life. Our course accommodation at Irwin’s Inn is in the perfect location, only five minutes’ walk from the centre. It’s the essence of comfort and convenience, with large en-suite rooms, cable TV, WIFI and access to a gym, hot tub and swimming pool. If you’re intending to stay and work for the rest of the season, we also have a full season-long accommodation option, in centrally located shared houses.
We’ll make sure you keep your energy levels up by including five breakfasts per week and four hearty evening meals.
Banff, being in Alberta, has a drinking age of 18, so this is a great option for young people
Local knowledge from the perfect course host
Our course host, Emily Park, is a Banff legend! She took a Nonstop course back in 2006 and since then has made Banff her home, working as an instructor before joining Nonstop’s ranks. She knows everything there is to know about the resort, on and off the hill, and always keeps her finger on the social pulse of Banff. She's an inspirational rider as well, check out her silky park skills in this video.
A tri-area lift pass is included for the duration of the course. An upgrade to a season pass is available. Please contact us for prices.
Professional coaching (20 hours per week)
Four days per week at Irwins Inn
Four days per week at Irwins Inn
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
A tri-resort bus pass is included for the duration of the course.
24 hour staffing
Lift queue priority during lessons
Weekly indoor technical sessions
A great tool which we use on a weekly basis. The resorts have some great feedback facilities.
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 £600)
We can arrange return flights 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.
Season lift pass upgrade ($900 approx)
On our Banff courses you can opt to upgrade your tri area lift pass to a tri area season pass.
Season bus pass upgrade ($500 approx)
You can also upgrade your 3 week bus pass on our Banff course to a full season bus pass.
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.