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CSIA 1 & 2 Ski Instructor CourseBanff, Canada - 11 Weeks

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Gather yourself for the ultimate all-round season. A gateway to Canadian ski life with a party atmosphere to rival the best in Europe and inspirational coaching. Live surrounded by the majestic beauty of Banff National Park, take on three epic ski areas in Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Norquay, and experience it all with a huge crew of new friends. Finish a transformed skier with world recognised ski instructor qualifications, and set on a new path if your desire.

Who's it for?
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Three sublime ski resorts on your doorstep, making up the largest ski area in Canada. It'd be rude not train at all three, so it's only fair that we do (we're the only coaching provider able to do so). Explore the powder laden back bowls of Lake Louise, get lost in the endless tree runs at Sunshine, challenge yourself on the steeps at Norquay, or session any of the world-class terrain parks.


To contrast the rugged mountains, a vibrant and bustling ski town awaits. Picture perfect, overlooked by Cascade Mountain, buzzing with energy, teeming with people and a party scene to keep even the keenest of après goers on their toes. There's no chance of a dull moment. Your time in Banff will be nothing short of unforgettable.


Our coaching is catered to your aspirations, jam-packed with fun and delivered with passion by our expert instructors. They'll become friends and role models, show you the secrets on the mountain and transform your skiing. Hero status will come as you'll soon be riding steeps, bumps, trees and park with confidence and style of a seasoned pro.


We'll develop your technical understanding of the sport and prepare you for instructor qualifications. Whatever the end game, our training is the ultimate way to improve your skiing. If you're all about performance, choose our All Mountain Pro route after your Level 1 to fully focus on your riding without worrying about teaching components. 


During the 11 weeks you'll be training for the Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications with the CSIA (Canadian Ski Instructors' Alliance). The Level 1 is an introductory qualification that enables you to teach beginners, while the Level 2 will qualify you to work in ski schools around the world.


It's also possible to achieve the CSIA Snowpark certification and CSCF Race Coach Level 1 qualification to add to your locker of skills. And if you want to bolster your CV further, gain some valuable hands-on experience after your Level 1 by shadowing public lessons at local ski school.


Set amongst the awe-inspiring Banff National Park, prepare to see mountain life in a whole new way. Immerse yourself in our MORE program, an insane schedule of events and experiences. Ride untouched terrain on a cat ski adventure in the backcountry, get your adrenaline pumping snowmobiling in Panorama, take your crew to Revelstoke for a weekend of new lines, and even mush your own husky powdered sled through the Rockies.

Heli Skiing
Cat Skiing
Dog Sledding
Ice Canyon Walk
Ice Hockey
Cross Country Skiing

Live on the famous Banff Avenue with your troop of new friends and take over town.

Course Milestones It will be an action-packed 11 weeks... here's how it'll go down!
Weeks 1-2
Settle in to your home. Explore Banff’s three resorts. The focus will be on ironing out any bad habits. Option to do a heli tour of Banff and go snowmobiling.
Weeks 3-4
You’ll be exploring more challenging terrain, working on your core skiing and teaching skills ahead of the CSIA assessment. Option to do avalanche training and watch the Calgary Flames.
Week 5
Level 1 exams. You’ll be fully prepared by now. The exam will assess on both your skiing and teaching. Big celebrations to follow. Go snowshoeing in the national park.
Week 6
Decision time. Choose whether to continue with Level 2 training or opt for the All Mountain Pro program. Option to go cat skiing and experience deep powder.
Weeks 7-8
Focus on advanced ski technique and teaching skills. AMP will focus on steep terrain and powder. Head to Revelstoke for the weekend. Option to do a race coach or park qualification.
Week 9-10
Work on your short radius, carving, freeriding and teaching ahead of the Level 2 exam. Opportunity to check out steep and deep Kicking Horse.
Week 11
Level 2 exams are here. After a season with our coaches you’ll be raring to go. Celebrate with all your course mates in the spring sun. Bid farewell or stay on for an extra week.
Dates & Prices

What's Included

Level 1 & Level 2 Coaching +

You'll receive 20 hours coaching per week over four days. Your days off are for free skiing, consolidating what you've learnt and other activities. The maximum group size is 8 people per pro but typically they are even smaller.

Accommodation +

You have the option of staying at Irwin's Mountain Inn, or in a triple room at the Red Carpet Inn. You'll have access to all the facilities at Irwin's Mountain Inn, including:

Breakfasts - Five Days Per Week +

You'll be treated to a continental breakfast at El Toro five days per week.

Dinners - Four Nights Per Week +

Enjoy a hearty meal at El Toro four evenings a week.

Season Lift Pass +

You'll be given a season lift pass to all three of Banff's resorts, so you can ski as much as you please. Come out early or stay on after, your lift pass will cover you.

Airport Transfers & Resort Transport +

If you arrive with the group flight (or land before), you can join the Nonstop transfer to the resort. All your transport within the resort is taken care of, just don't forget your gear.

Exam Fees +

The package includes the cost of the exam fee for the CSIA Level 1 and Level 2*, exam fee. * The Level 2 fee is included from the 18/19 season onwards.Please note that Level 2 is only included when taken in the eleventh week of the course. There is a second opportunity to take Level 2 just after the course has finished.

All Mountain Pro Route +

After your Level 1 you can choose to train for your Level 2 qualification or opt for our AMP program.

24 Hour Hosting +

Your host will ensure your course runs smoothly. They'll be on hand 24/7 for a chat, laugh, or to solve any problems.

1-1 Private Coaching Sessions +

You'll get two 90 minute private coaching sessions during the course, one before your Level 1 and another before your Level 2.

Video Analysis +

Throughout the program our coaches will make the most of technical video analysis to help with your development.

Weekly Technical Sessions +

Each week you'll receive a technical talk on subjects like biomechanics, looking after your gear, and injury prevention.

Instructor Shadowing +

After your Level 1 you'll have the chance to shadow instructors in the local ski schools.

Instructor Career Advice +

You'll be given an 'Instructor Starter Kit' booklet with a directory of ski school contacts, receive a seminar on 'Working as an Instructor', and be given constant advice from our coaches.

Weekly Socials +

Each week your host will organise some fun socials, from après ski or fancy dress to movie night or curling.

Access To Extra Activities +

You'll be able to get involved with many winter activities and experiences during your time with us, from cat skiing to ice hockey. We'll give you $250 worth of credits to use on the activities of your choice.

Optional Qualifications +

You'll have the opportunity to gain the following additional qualifications:

Avalanche Safety Training Level 1 +
Learn all you need to know to explore the backcountry.
First Aid +
Get qualified in first aid. A valuable qualification in all walks of life.
CSCF Race Coach Level 1 +
Learn the basics of racing drills and teaching young kids.
CSIA Snow Park +
Work on your freestyle skills and how to pass them on to others.
Optional Pre and Post Stay +

Come out before the course begins or stay on at the end. You'll have a season lift pass so it's just a case of booking extra accommodation.

Not Included +

These things are not included in the package:

Flights +
We can give you advice on the best flights to get.
Travel Insurance +
We can point you to insurance policies that previous clients have rated. Some offer discounts to Nonstop participants.
Ski Equipment +
We can advise you on what type of cover you'll need.
Lunches & Weekend Meals +
It's best to buy your equipment when in resort, if you don't already have it. Our coaches will give you advice on the best skis to get, and you can get a Nonstop discount at some local shops.
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