Nonstop present the opportunity to spend the winter season in Banff working as a ski instructor.
We've teamed up with Norquay's established ski school internship program that will train you to achieve your level 1 instructor certification before you join their team as a fully fledged ski instructor teaching skiing in the Canadian Rockies.
There are just sixteen places available on Norquay’s Internship Program which consists of two distinct components:
After a warm welcome from our Resort Host and an orientation of Banff, and having settled into your accommodation and met your house-mates, the coaching begins. The first three weeks in Banff will be spent preparing for your level 1 instructor assessment.
You will receive coaching from Norquay’s most experienced instructor trainers who will develop your personal ski technique as well as introduce you to ski instructing skills. You’ll spend time shadowing real-life ski lessons and have specific training on how best to teach children (kids lessons make up much of a ski school’s business).
At the end of the three weeks you’ll take the CSIA’s 3-day Level 1 course which is designed to continue your progression as well as determine if you’re ready to be an instructor! Nerves are natural but you'll be well prepared and we anticipate a 100% pass rate.
After gaining your level 1 ski instructor certification you’re ready to get involved in the Norquay Ski School and start teaching your own lessons. This is one of the best jobs you can have – spending your days on the slopes, passing on your passion for skiing, and working alongside an amazing crew of fellow instructors. You can expect to work from mid-December through to late April.
Banff is a super fun, lively ski town served by three ski resorts (Lake Louise, Sunshine, Norquay) that combined make up the largest ski area in North America. As Banff is further north than a lot of other Canadian resorts, it's cold enough to provide good early-season conditions for this course. It's also a great option for younger people taking ski instructor courses as the drinking age is 18 in Alberta whereas it’s 19 in BC (where most Canadian resorts are located).
The internship is run by the Winter Sports School at Norquay which is the ideal resort for an internship program because they are the busiest ski school business in the area meaning more reliable work for our interns.
We’ll set you up in a centrally-located house for the entire season from early November to late April.: experience life as a Banff local sharing with other people on the internship program or spending the winter in Banff.
Houses have shared twin bedrooms, equipped kitchens, comfortable sitting rooms and the rent includes utility and wi-fi bills. Your local landlord will be on hand to provide help and support.
There are just 16 places available on this internship. Here's how to secure your place:
Download the Course Brochure (below) and read through the details of the internship.
Contact us to arrange a phone call to discuss your suitability for the internship.
If you haven't already done so, apply for your Canadian work visa. We can advise.
Once your visa has been approved send us your resume and we will arrange a preliminary interview with Nonstop; we will then offer successful applicants the chance to book a place.
A Skype interview with the Ski School Director (held between mid-Aug to mid-Sep) will help you prep for the internship and enable you and you future boss (!) to get to know each other.
Book your flights, insurance and start getting excited for November!
We look forward to speaking with you.