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CSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor CourseBanff, Canada - 4 Weeks

Ski Banff's Big 3

Experience Banff's immense ski area and legendary party town. Banff has a drinking age of 18, so is an ideal destination for young people. Join the first part of our renowned 11 week program, improving your skiing and teaching skills ready for your CSIA Level 1 exam in week 4.


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There are three ski areas linked to Banff: Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mount Norquay. Each has its own unique characteristics. We are the only company that operates in all three of these resorts, so you'll get a varied and well rounded training experience.


You'll have the biggest combined ski area in North America at your feet. Banff is known for excellent early-season conditions. Being slightly further North than most resorts, the temperature stays low enough to maintain a good base of snow for a long season.

Coaching & Qualifications

Our team are the very best CSIA Level 3 and 4 instructors in the Bow Valley. As well as being supremely qualified, Nonstop's coaches in Banff are a load of fun and incredible at what they do.


Within just a few of weeks, they'll have you ripping up the slopes of Banff with the confidence and tightly honed technique of a pro. They'll also show you how to teach others in preparation for your CSIA Level 1 exam in week 4.


Regardless of whether you intend to instruct or not, this is an awesome experience. Our coaches will be on the slopes with you for five hours per day, four days a week, helping you to break through the boundaries of your skiing.


We find that learning to teach is the very best way to progress your own skills. By analysing the routes of ski technique, you'll be able to turn that knowledge on yourself and take your own skiing to a whole new level.

Weekends & Activities

Living in an epic town and national park, it would be rude not to enjoy some of the amazing winter activities on offer. Our MORE program is full of weekend activities and courses that'll ensure you get the most out of your time in Canada.


Go cat-skiing, take an avalanche course, visit other resorts, go ice climbing, watch ice hockey, go dog sledding, snowmobiling or night skiing. These are some of the experiences on offer, but check which activities will be available during your time in Banff.

Dog Sledding
Ice Canyon Walk
Avalanche Training
Tech Sessions
Ice Hockey

Banff town centre of is a real highlight. It's filled with restaurants, shops, bars and clubs and is famous for its lively night life.


Irwin's Inn is in the perfect location, just five minutes' walk from the centre. It's the essence of comfort and convenience, with great en-suite rooms, cable TV, Wifi and access to a gym, hot tub and swimming pool.


Course Milestones Lights, camera, action! Get ready for four epic weeks in Banff. Here is a guideline.
Week 1
Arrive in Banff and explore the three ski areas. It’s straight into training and ironing out any bad habits in your technique. Option to do a heli tour of Banff and go snowmobiling.
Week 2
We’ll introduce CSIA methodology as you continue to develop your skiing across the mountain. Take in Banff’s epic nightlife. Option to go to Johnston Canyon at the weekend.
Week 3
You’ll be exploring more challenging terrain, both on and off piste, and taking on more teaching opportunities. Option to do avalanche training to give you essential mountain knowledge.
Week 4
Level 1 exams. You’ll be ready for the assessment and rocking your instructor pin by the end of the week. Big celebrations to follow. You couldn’t be in a better place to do so than in Banff.
Dates & Prices

What's Included

Level 1 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 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.

Dinners - Four Nights Per Week +

Enjoy a nutritionally balanced & filling meal at El Toro four evenings a week.

Lift Pass +

You'll be given a season lift pass to all three of Banff's resorts for the duration of your stay.

Airport Transfers +

We provide airport transfers from and to Calgary Airport at set departure times.


During the 23/24 season, we will provide transfers at the following times:


Start date of course: meet the transfer at Calgary Airport at 5pm, opt for a flight that lands before 3:30pm.


End date of course: transfer will arrive at Calgary Airport by approx. 1:30pm, opt for a flight that departs after 4:30pm.

Resort Shuttle +

Daily shuttle to and from the slopes.

Level 1 Exam Fee +

Included in the course price is your Level 1 exam fee, which is held in week 4.

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 Session +

You'll get a 90 minute private coaching session during the course before your Level 1.

Video Analysis +

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

Regular Technical Sessions +

Throughout the course we run regular technical talks on subjects like biomechanics, looking after your gear, and injury prevention.

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 team socials and après for all the group to get involved in.

Access to Extra Activities +

You'll be able to get involved with tons of winter activities and experiences during your time with us, from cat skiing to exploring the hot springs.

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.
1% For The Planet +

1% of revenues support environmental non-profits, including Protect Our Winters

Carbon Offset +
We make your trip carbon neutral by offsetting emissions we can't reduce, including flights.
On behalf of all participants, we offset the measurable carbon emissions of your trip based on the duration, location and type of course, as well as the journey you’re taking to reach your course. Through our partnership with Climate Impact, we contribute to effective carbon reduction projects.
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 some local shops.
Lunches & Weekend Meals +
Make your own or try out some of the local restaurants or resort options.
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