Our Banff ski instructor course combines a massive ski area, amazing terrain parks and our favourite party town, set in the stunning Banff National Park. The most comprehensive course you’ll find: your winter will be packed with professional coaching, certifications, new experiences, new friends, and amazing memories. Banff truly offers the ultimate season experience.
Nonstop is the only company to provide a ski pass and training in all three of Banff's resorts. Combined together Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay make up the largest ski area in Canada! To stick to just one of these areas would be extremely restrictive to your both your development and fun, which is why we go to all three!
The terrain in Banff is varied and challenging and the area is famed for very light dry snow which makes for epic powder skiing. Banff is in Alberta, where the drinking age is 18, making this a popular ski instructor course for gap year students.
During your time in Banff your skiing will be truly transformed. No matter what experience you have when you arrive you'll soon be skiing steeps, bumps, trees and park with confidence and style.
In addition to your personal skills we'll be training you to pass the Canadian Ski Instructor qualifications. Whether you want to work as a pro or not, this training is a great way of improving your own technique.
Our pros are the best in the business and have been teaching Nonstop for many winters. You'll have an unrivalled amount of high level coaching and with small group sizes and our private lessons you'll have plenty of one-to-one attention.
If you've set your sights on becoming a ski instructor, we give you the best possible opportunity to succeed! The program will fully prepare you for the CSIA Level 1 and 2 ski instructor qualifications, as well as offering park instructor or race instructor exams.
CSIA Level 2 will qualify you to work in ski schools around the world, from North America to New Zealand, Japan and Europe. We also give you a whole load of extra skills and practical advice that will set you on the path to success.
If you're less interested in becoming an instructor, we offer the All Mountain Pro program after the Level 1 exam. Develop your all-mountain skiing (think powder, steeps, drops, kickers, rails, trees!) for the rest of the course, without worrying about teaching techniques.
With Nonstop you'll get MORE - a packed program of weekend activities and courses that'll ensure you truly make the most of living in Banff National Park. Go cat-skiing, take an avalanche course, visit other resorts, go ice climbing, watch ice hockey, go dog sledding, snowmobiling or night skiing. You’ll get "MORE credits" included in your package to select the activities you want to do.
Our accommodation at Irwin's Inn and the Banff International Hostel, located on the main street and a few minutes from the centre of Banff. Featuring queen sized beds, en-suites, cable TV and wireless internet, Irwin's is the perfect base. Plus you'll have access to the hotel's hot tub, gym and laundry. Alternatively, choose the budget friendly, but super sociable dorm room option at the nearby Banff International Hostel.
Typically you'll receive 20 hours coaching per week over four days. This will vary on some weeks to allow time for exams etc. 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.
You'll be treated to a hearty breakfast at El Toro five days per week. Options include coffee/tea, juices, cereals, toast, pastries, yogurt, fruit, as well as hot items like eggs, beans, sausages, hash browns or bacon.
Enjoy a nutritonally balanced & filling meal at El Toro four evenings a week.
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.
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.
The package includes the cost of thefee for the CSIA Level 1 and Level 2 assessment. Please note, if you decide to opt for All Mountain Pro instead of Level 2 training then the CSIA level 2 will not be inculded; you'll get 4 additional days of coaching instead.
After your Level 1 you can choose to train for your Level 2 qualification or opt for our AMP program.
Your host will ensure your course runs smoothly. They'll be on hand 24/7 for a chat, laugh, or to solve any problems.
You'll get two 90 minute private coaching sessions during the course, one before your Level 1 and another before your Level 2.
Throughout the program our coaches will make the most of technical video analysis to help with your development.
Each week you'll receive a technical talk on subjects like biomechanics, looking after your gear, and injury prevention.
After your Level 1 you'll have the chance to shadow instructors in the local ski schools.
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.
Each week your host will organise team socials and après for all the group to get involved in.
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.
You'll have the opportunity to gain the following additional qualifications:
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.
These things are not included in the package:
We appreciate there are a few operators available in Banff; here’s why you should only consider booking with Nonstop
3 resorts: Nonstop are the only company that will train you in all three resorts; Mt Norquay, Sunshine Village & Lake Louise. Each resort offers unique strengths and will have different snow conditions throughout the season; only by being able to explore all three are you guaranteed to enjoy the best that Banff (and the season) has to offer.
Accommodation: The hotel we use is on Banff Avenue – the main street in town. It’s less than a ten-minute walk to all the bars and clubs so nightlife access is easy, yet you can still get a good night’s sleep! All our guests in the hotel stay in queen sized beds in rooms with an en-suite – unlike other companies that only pack you into bunk beds in hostels. If you're OK with that, we can offer a hostel option too!
Coaching: With 17 years of experience, and over 40 11-week courses under our belt, we’ve delivered more instructor training than anyone else. Our ski coaches are the best in the business and will completely transform your skiing. We have a maximum group size of 8 skiers: 1 instructor. We have regularly spotted our competitors with as many as 10 in one group; not cool!
Social: When 50 passionate skiers from all over the globe come together to spend a winter in Banff, the friendships and shared experiences are nothing short of epic. We guarantee that some of your life’s best memories will be made with your course mates in Banff.
Care: we recognise that for many of our Banff clients, this will be their first extended trip away from home. We have experienced staff in resort that are on hand to ensure your stay with us is as smooth as possible. They are accessible 24/7, so you’ll be in good hands.
Extras: With Nonstop, it’s not all about ski coaching: we put a huge emphasis on enjoying as many Canadian mountain experiences as possible and organise a massive program of activities, away-trips, courses and socials to make this the richest, most enjoyable, winter possibl. Find out more.
We provide inclusive airport transfers at set departure times from Calgary airport; these are available on the advertised start & end date of the course. Banff is extremely well serviced by a public transfer operator so if you want to arrive on an alternative day, no problem!
Our Banff course attracts a much lower average age compared to our course in Fernie. In a typical year, we expect 90% of clients to be aged 18 – 21. This might have something to do with the fact Banff boasts some of the best nightlife in Canada & the legal drinking age is only 18. Just a hunch!
We do not recommend this, and we don’t have any examples of past clients who have managed it. In other words, no! This experience should be treated as a once in a lifetime winter to purely focus on your skiing / riding & having as much fun as possible. You would need a working holiday visa in order to work – most people only ever get to have one of these (lasting for two years), so you should save yours for when you may be working as an instructor in the future.
During the course we host a seminar that will help prepare you for work in the industry; you’ll hear from former clients that are now living the dream as instructors. Beyond the course, we’re always on hand to offer support on applications and we’re regularly contacted by snow schools looking for new recruits each winter. It's not possible to work as an instructor in Banff immediately after your course.
Absolutely not! Most of our clients in Banff are simply looking to have the best time of their lives, both on and off the snow! Achieving the CSIA level 2 certification serves as a bonus & justification for all this fun; whilst also keeping the doors open to work as an instructor in the future!
As a ballpark figure, we suggest having a budget of $200 - $250 per week to cover your spending money. By preparing packed lunches for the mountain and cooking your own meals at the weekends, you can certainly make your budget go further. Between coaching 4-days per week, free skiing & the activities available on the MORE programme, we keep you busy. For many people, how much they spend will really come down to night time habits.
We look forward to speaking with you.