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CSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor CourseBanff, Canada - 3 Weeks

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Qualify and Instruct

The 3 week CSIA ski instructor course is perfect for those looking to qualify and work in the same season, as well as for those with three weeks to dedicate to massively progressing their skiing. You'll learn in all three Banff resorts, something unique to Nonstop. The course starts as soon as the resorts open, so you can qualify and be ready to start work before the busy period.

Who's it for?
Age ranges
Skill level Ability guide >>

Unique to Nonstop in Banff, you'll ski in all three of the local areas: Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Norquay. There are plenty of ski instructor courses that only train in one of those areas, which we believe is restrictive, and if we're honest, a little boring!


Joining us in Banff is the only way to experience the largest ski area in North America. As Banff is further north than a lot of other Canadian resorts, it's cold enough for 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.


We've formed a team of the very best Level 3 and 4 CSIA instructors in the Bow Valley for this program. For the first part of the course, they'll help you to improve your skiing technique around the whole mountain, ironing out any bad habits and teaching you to ski like an instructor. Once your own skiing is at the required level, we'll teach you how to pass those skills on to others, in readiness for your final instructor exams in the last week of the course.


Ski instructor training will give you an understanding of the science of skiing and will teach you to analyse your own technique. It really is the best instruction you'll ever have and it will allow you to continue progressing long after the course itself.


Stay for the season


If you're looking to stay on for the season and work, this is the perfect course with both your qualification and accommodation taken care of. You'll have a guaranteed interview with Ski Big 3, who are able to teach at all three resorts, and graduates often also go on to work directly for the individual resorts. There is a recruitment drive directly after the end of the course and job opportunities are there for the taking.


Whether you plan to instruct after this course or not, there's a massive amount to be gained. With five hours of coaching, four days per week, we'll take your skiing to a whole new level.

Weekends & Activities

During the course we organise socials to keep you entertained off the slopes. Banff is famous for its night life and with loads of great bars, an ice rink, natural hot springs, cinema and a spectacular national park on your doorstep, you won't have much time for rest. If you're staying for the whole season you can get involved in the massive selection of activities offered on our Banff 11 week course through our "More Program".

Tech Sessions
Hot Springs
Ice Skating

We have two accommodation types: if you're planning to stay for the whole season, we have centrally-located houses: experience life as a Banff local!

Our 3-week guests stay at Irwins Inn, only a stone's throw from the bustling town centre of Banff with its variety of shops, bars and restaurants. You'll feel at home in no time with your own queen sized bed, en suite bathroom and cable TV, along with access to a hot tub, gym and swimming pool.

 We include breakfasts five days and a hearty evening meal four days a week, enabling you to sample the wide range of restaurants in town.

Course Milestones Get ready for 3 intense(ly fun) weeks of progression, achievement and good times!
Pre Course
If this course is part of a full winter season in Banff we can arrange seasonal accommodation from early Nov to late April.
Arrival Day
Whether you’re on our group airport transfer or already in resort you’ll meet your course mates and the Nonstop hosts.
Kick off
Meet the legendary Nonstop ski pros over breakfast followed by an equipment tech session and a tour of Banff. Settle in, unpack and finish off with a delicious dinner together.
Week 1
While familiarising you with the three ski resorts, the initial focus will be on developing your personal technique, and ironing out any bad habits. Save energy for Banff’s famous nightlife.
Week 2
Your own skiing will continue to develop and we’ll start to introduce teaching skills and explain the CSIA’s student progression.
Week 3
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.
Post Course
An option to stay on until late April, instructing at one of Banff’s four local ski schools and sharing a house with others from the course.
Dates & Prices

What's Included

Coaching +
You'll receive 20 hours coaching per week. Our full day coaching sessions are Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri, with Wednesdays and the weekends for free skiing and consolidating what you've learnt. The maximum group size is 8 people per pro but typically they are even smaller.
Accommodation +
Join us for 3 weeks and stay at Irwin's Mountain Inn, or for the entire winter (6 months) in our seasonal accommodation. Irwin's has the following facilities:
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.
Airport Transfers & In-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.
Lift Pass +
You'll be given a three week lift pass to all three of Banff's resorts. Season pass upgrades are available.
Level 1 Exam Fee +
Included in the course price is your Level 1 exam fee, which is held in week 3.
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 ski tuning, working as an instructor, or the CSIA level 1 instructing content.
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. Additionally, interviews with lcoal ski school, Club Ski, are available to those staying for the season.
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.
Access to Extra Activities +
During the course we'll organise a group trip to the local hot springs, an evening curling and a skate on the local outdoor ice rink. If you're in Banff for the season you can get involved with tons of winter activities and socials with our 11 week course participants, from cat skiing to road trips to other ski towns..
Optional Qualifications +
If you're staying on for the full season 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.
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 +
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 local ski shops.
Lunches & Weekend Meals +
Make a packed lunch or try out some of the local restaurants.
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