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Ski Instructor InternshipBanff, Canada - 6 Months

Qualify and Work

Nonstop present the opportunity to spend the winter season in Banff working as a ski instructor.


We've teamed up with one of Banff's most established ski school internship programs 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.

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The Internship

There are just sixteen places available on this Internship Program which consists of two distinct components:


Coaching Course


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 Banff’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 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).


Experience life as a Banff local sharing a centrally-located home with other people on the internship program or others working at the local resorts. We’ll connect you with our Banff accommodation partner through whom you'll be able to secure accommodation for the entire season (early November to late April). For prices, check out the "What's Included" section below.

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.

Application Process

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! Send us a copy of your CV/Resume and a cover letter explaining why you want to position. We can also 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 you on how to get started. Let us know once you are in the pool


Next, we will arrange a preliminary interview with Nonstop; if we think you’re the right fit you are given green light to provisionally secure your place for £150/$300 deposit.


Secure your mountain home! We'll connect you with our accommodation partner in Banff and you'll be able to easily secure a place for the winter (normally a stressful & difficult task).


Once visa approved, we put you forward for a skype interview with the Snow School. We will help you prep for the interview. It's a great opportunity for you and you future boss (!) to get to know each other.

If visa not been granted by July, we will refund £100 of initial deposit // or if Ski school director disagrees with our approval we refund full deposit.


Book your flights, insurance and start getting excited for November!

The Internship Timeline Get ready for an epic winter working in the mountains.
Contact us if you’re keen to take one of the coveted internship places. We’ll set up a mock interview to ensure it’s a suitable option . If you haven't already, it's time to arrange your work visa.
Between mid-August to mid-September you’ll be interviewed by the ski school director (and your future boss!) to double check that the internship is a good fit for you and that you’re a good fit for the ski school.
Upon arrival in Banff you’ll meet your course mates and the Nonstop hosts. We’ll arrange an equipment tech. session and a tour of Banff. Settle in, unpack and finish off with a delicious welcome dinner together.
Weeks 1-3
While familiarising you with the ski resort, the initial focus will be on developing your personal technique, and ironing out any bad habits.
Exam Time
Assessment time but no stress, you’re well prepared. The level 1 exam both develops and tests your skills and with a typical 100% pass rate you’ll smash it. Time to celebrate.
You’ll start working as a full member of staff in the ski school. Working between 3-5 days per week you’ll pass on your passion for skiing and be able to call the mountains your office!
Post Course
You’ll have accommodation secured until late April and it’s pretty likely you’ll hook up with new friends to road trip to the coast or head to the southern hemisphere to continue skiing. A summer in Banff is also a great option.
Dates & Prices

What's Included

Coaching +

The first part of the internship experience is a three-week course containing 12 days of ski coaching focused on both improving your personal technique and preparing you for the 3-day CSIA Level 1 instructor assessment, which is held at the end of the course. The 12 day program includes experience shadowing ski school lessons as well as training specific to working with children.

Job Offer +

Upon successful completion of the initial three-week training course you will enter the employment of the Winter Sports School when the formal internship begins. You will earn approximately $15/hour and can expect to typically work 20 hours per week over three to five days. As with any ski instructor role this is dependent on the snow and business conditions. The work day starts at 8:45am.

Nonstop Hosting +

Established in 2002, Nonstop are a registered Canadian business with our head office in Fernie, BC (four hours south of Banff). We have been operating in Banff since 2005 delivering numerous ski courses each winter. We have a great support team including experienced Resort Hosts who will be on hand to ensure you are set up for an awesome winter in Banff. Through the initial three week training course they will be an active part of your experience helping you settle into Banff, arranging the course logistics and hosting regular socials. Once you start work you will be an employee of the ski school but our hosts are on-hand when you need their support.

Season Lift Pass +

Upon successful completion of the CSIA level 1 and subsequent job offer you’ll be provided with a Staff season pass for. This enables you to free ski on your days off too. An optional staff upgrade to a season pass for all three Banff ski resorts is available to staff. Please note, if you quit or lose your job, you'll loose your pass!

Airport Transfer +

An airport transfer from Calgary airport direct to your home for the season will be organised by your landlord and is included in the accommodation package. Please note you'll need to arrange your own way back to the airport at the end of the season (circa $65). This is because many people head off on a road trip with mates rather than return home directly from Banff.

Resort Employee Transport +

Throughout the winter (while on the initial course and then as an active employee) you’ll have access to the staff shuttle bus that runs from Banff. No need to own a car.

Level 1 Exam Fee +

A 3-day course run by the Canadian Ski Instructor Alliance. Upon successful completion you’ll be certified to teach beginner to novice ski lessons.

Ski Association Membership +

By taking the CSIA course you’ll be a member of the Canadian Ski Instructors' Alliance and eligible to great benefits such as Pro Deals on ski equipment as well as covered by their liability insurance.

Equipment Advice & Discounts +

On arrival in Banff we host an equipment advice session to ensure you’re clear on what equipment will best suit your winter and your job as a ski instructor. Additionally, as a member of the ski school you’ll have access to some great discounts.

Membership of the Ski & Snowboard School +

As soon as you arrive in Banff you will be given a warm welcome into the snow school team and be treated like any other member of the wintersports school. Throughout the initial training course - before you’re actually a qualified ski instructor - you’ll be invited to ski school parties (expect over 100 people all pumped for a great winter!) and treated like a member of staff. Employee benefits commence when you qualify and officially start work.

Resort Arrival Orientation +

Turning up in a new town and a new country is both exciting and sometimes overwhelming. Our Resort Hosts will be ready to give you a warm welcome and ensure you’re quickly familiar with the town and resort set up.

Social Events +

Our Resort Hosts will arrange a weekly social during the initial 3-week training course.

Life Admin. Assistance +

Moving to Canada for the winter will result in a few administration chores including setting up a local Bank account (so you can get paid!), obtaining a SIN number (Social Insurance) so that you can be employed, and registering for Alberta healthcare. As part of your housing package your landlord will provide support and advice on setting these important things up.

Further Ski Training +

The ski school contains many level 3 and 4 instructors from whom you’ll receive daily coaching throughout the season to progress your certifications and develop your ski career.

Discounts on Meals +

As an employee of the ski school you’ll have access to fantastic staff discounts on meals at the resort’s lodge.

Season Preparation Support +

Once you have booked your place on this internship you’ll be supported by our team in both Canada and the UK who have years’ worth of experience both doing seasons, instructing, and organising Nonstop programs. We put together an online “Info Pack” which has kit lists, visa advice, travel arrangement details plus answers to every question we get asked.

Deals on Flights & Insurance +

Our partner STA Travel can usually arrange deals on your flights to Canada and our insurance partner ERV offers Nonstop participants 15% off their wintersports policies.

Optional Extras +

Here are two popular additions:

3 Resort Lift Pass Upgrade +
If you wish to upgrade from a resort Season Pass to a “SkiBig3 Season Pass” that covers all three Banff resorts then this is available with an attractive staff discount. The discount amount can vary each year but should be no less than 30% off and has been as much as 50% off.
Avalanche Course +
While living in Banff you can easily and cheaply sign up for a useful 2-day Avalanche Course - AST 1 (avalanche skills training) - $220 – book directly through
Accommodation - Booked Seperately +

Securing accommodation for the winter season in Banff is extremely challenging. Other internship programs only include accommodation for the initial training course which we find misleading as clearly you need a home for the full season! We’ve secured you access to a home from early November to late April with a local landlord -  you'll book this directly with them once you've been accepted on the internship. The total cost is $5,800 plus a $300 damage deposit.

The houses are located within walking distance of Banff's bars, restaurants and shops. They are fully furnished, have communal kitchens and sitting rooms and include the cost of utilities. Bed linen is provided as is Wi-Fi.

Not Included +

These things are not included in the package:

Flights +
You’ll need to fly to Calgary Airport – where you’ll meet your transfer bus that’ll take you to Banff (included in the accommodation package). We’ll tell you what time to arrive.
Accommodation +
Please See Note Above
Travel Insurance +
As an employee of the ski school you’ll be covered by their liability insurance but you’ll still need travel insurance for your personal needs. Most clients choose either ERV or World Nomads which both offer long duration policies designed for ski seasons. ERV offer Nonstop clients a 15% discount – we’ll give you the details upon booking. Budget for approximately $500 for your insurance cover.
Ski Equipment +
Discounts are available in local stores, through the ski school, and through your membership of the Canadian Ski Instructor Alliance. You should budget to spend between $500-$800 on skis & bindings and $300-$600 on ski boots. We’ll provide an equipment advice session upon your arrival in Banff.
Meals & Other Living costs +
Your meal costs are at your own expense. You’ll have a kitchen in your accommodation and there are loads of great value restaurants and take away options in Banff. As a member of staff you’ll have access to discounted meals at the resort cafeteria.
Work Visa Fees +
A Canadian Work Visa costs approximately $250 plus the cost of police checks (circa $80 depending on your country).
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Who is this internship for? +

Anyone who is comfortable skiing black runs, is eligible for a working holiday visa for Canada (18-30yrs) and is keen to work hard and play hard.

Does this ski instructor internship offer a guaranteed job? +

The internship offers a guaranteed job offer as an instructor at one of Banff's busiest Ski Schools. During the 3-week training course and your subsequent member of the ski school you will need to demonstrate that you’re a suitable employee – someone who understands the importance of time-keeping, personal presentation, a positive attitude, and a willingness to go above and beyond to help your colleagues and clients. In short, it’s all there for the taking but you have to be the right fit for the ski school.

Why is this internship cheaper than similar courses? +

There are some extortionately expensive internships available and we don’t believe they justify their price tag. Most internships will include 4 weeks of accommodation at the start of the course. Ours doesn not include any accommodation but we will put you in touch with a great company who can help you to arrange your stay.

How much will I earn? +

You’ll earn $15/hour and on average work 20 hours per week over between 3 – 5 days/week. On this basis your monthly income will be approximatly $1,200 and can be supplemented by tips (although this will depend on the type of clients you teach).

What will my living costs be? +

With your accommodation paid for in advance your only expenses will be daily meals and beer money. You could budget for as low as $250/week but depending on how much you party you could spend a lot lot more. As a member of staff your lift pass and daily transport are free and your lunches will cost as low as $8/day (with a staff discount). Groceries in the local super market are reasonably priced compared to most ski resorts and there are always drinks specials on Banff’s bars.

How do I get a Canadian work visa? +

The Canadian government issue work visas through: You can also find out more information here:

What's the difference between an Internship and a Ski Instructor Course? +

If you have dreams of a long-term career in the ski industry, working around the globe as a ski instructor, then our 11-week ski instructor courses will set an up with a better foundation than an internship can. The reason is that on an instructor course you’ll be able to become a far better skier (1) and you’ll gain multitude of ski instructor qualifications and mountain knowledge (2).

1. On an internship you will spend most of your week on the nursery slopes teaching children whereas on an instructor course your coaches will be pushing your personal ski progression on the mountain’s upper slopes in powder, on the piste, in the park, through tress etc. You’ll become a seriously advanced skier. We have witnessed how our clients who work an internship don’t progress to the same level as they simply don’t have the free time to ski hard or receive the professional coaching that a Nonstop instructor course involves.

2. On our 11-week instructor course you can gain 6 qualifications: CSIA Level 1 and Level 2, CSCF Race Coach, CSIA Freestyle Coach, First Aid, Avalanche Safety Training, and its possible to “dual certify” as a snowboard instructor. The Level 2 will open up international opportunities and could see you working in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and more.

3. Lastly, if you can make it happen, taking one of our 11-week ski instructor courses is without doubt the ultimate way to do a ski season. Imagine spending every day riding the best terrain and snow with a crew of great mates and a super experienced ski coach helping you continually improve. There’s nothing as satisfying as progressing and becoming truly excellent at something. These courses allow that. Added to this, the experiences available outside of the coaching make your winter even more incredible… road trips to check out other ski resorts/ski towns in Canada and the US, heli-skiing, cat-skiing, snowmobiling, photography courses, winter survival camping, ice skating on frozen lakes, backcountry ski touring, cross country skiing, ice hockey, and more. And that’s all before the great vibe and epic parties that are the hallmark of Nonstop courses.

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