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

The Season of a Lifetime

Ignite your winter dream with the most popular course in history, guaranteed to serve up a season to look back on in years to come. The most snow and longest vertical in the Canadian Rockies, the coolest ski town in North America, a social rainbow of ski-mad adventurers, and enough highlights to last a lifetime. Transform your skiing in world-class terrain, and come out with instructor qualifications to back it up. 

Who's it for?
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A skiers paradise set in a truly enchanting mountain town. A welcoming community awaits that will instantly make you feel at home and never want to leave. Whatever your level, Fernie will keep surprising and challenging you time and time again. Terrain that will put a smile on your face, mythically light powder and regular hollas of exhilaration echoing through the valley.


Explore the enormous, untamed ski area. Five alpine bowls with ridge lines, steep chutes, gladed trees runs and open pow fields. Oh, and what feels like your own private mountain! Famed for its remarkable snow record, you can expect to enjoy a heap of deep powder days. 48cm on average every week. That's a hell of a lot of snow, more than anywhere else in Canada.


Our expert instructors are handpicked to unlock your potential, grow your love for the sport and show you the best terrain on the mountain. You'll become an all-round skier with the style of an instructor and qualifications to prove it. Our coaches will develop your skiing from short radius to freestyle, building your technical understanding and honing your teaching skills.


Whatever the dream, our program provides the best way to advance your skiing and continue your progression. Not planning on instructing, then go for our All Mountain Pro program after your Level 1 exam; forget about teaching techniques, just explore the mountain and focus on your riding.


During the program you'll train for qualifications with the CSIA (Canadian Ski Instructors' Alliance), working towards the Level 1 and Level 2. The CSIA offers a great route into the industry, with the Level 2 being recognised in ski schools around the globe, from Japan to New Zealand.


You'll also have the opportunity to gain the CSIA Snowpark certification and CSCF Race Coach Level 1 to bolster your skills further. And unique to Nonstop, take part in our 'Community Days' initiative where you can volunteer to teach local people at a nearby ski hill after securing your Level 1, to gain invaluable instructing experience.


Discover the Nonstop way of mountain living. Go full guns blazing at our MORE program, an unforgettable schedule of experiences that will redefine your winters forever. Build and sleep in your own snow cave, explore untouched fields of powder on a guided cat ski expedition, let loose snowmobiling in expansive wilderness, or get rowdy cheering on the local ice hockey team. Skiing is just the tip of the ice berg.

Heli Skiing
Cat Skiing
Avalanche Training
Ice Hockey
Backcountry Touring
Winter Camping

Revel in the heart of Fernie. Queen size bed or your own house with new friends? Your choice...

Course Milestones It will be an action-packed 11 weeks... here's how it'll go down!
Weeks 1-2
Settle in to your mountain home. Explore Fernie’s five bowls. The focus will be on ironing out any bad habits. Option to do avalanche safety training and go snowmobiling.
Weeks 3-4
Training ramps up. You’ll be exploring more challenging terrain, working on your core skiing and teaching skills ahead of the CSIA assessment. Head snowshoeing or snowbiking.
Week 5
Level 1 exams. A fun three days full of learning and progression. You’ll be assessed on both your skiing and teaching. Big celebrations to follow. Go cat skiing at the weekend.
Week 6
Decision time as you choose whether to continue with Level 2 training or opt for the All Mountain Pro program. Go heli skiing or take a trip to Whitefish, USA.
Weeks 7-8
Level 2 training will focus on advanced ski technique and teaching skills. AMP will focus on steep terrain and powder. Try backcountry touring or go winter camping.
Weeks 9-10
Work on your short radius, carving, freeriding and teaching ahead of the Level 2 exam. Go to Castle Mountain for a day. Opportunity to do a race coach or snow park qualification.
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. Our full day coaching sessions are Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri, with Wednesdays and the weekends 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 +
Choose to stay in the Red Tree Lodge or local houses in downtown Fernie. You'll have access to all the Red Tree Lodge facilities, including:
Breakfasts - Five Days Per Week +
You'll be treated to a continental breakfast at the Red Tree Lodge five days per week.
Dinners - Four Nights Per Week +
Enjoy a hearty three course meal at the Red Tree Lodge four evenings a week.
Season Lift Pass +
You'll be given a season lift pass 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.
Level 1 Exam Fee +
Included in the course price is your Level 1 exam fee, which is held in week 5. We don't include the Level 2 in case you decide to opt for our AMP training.
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.
Community Days +
After your Level 1 take the opportunity to join our Community Days, where you can put your qualification to use and teach at a nearby ski hill to people who can't afford lessons.
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 local ski school are available.
Weekly Socials +
Each week your host will organise some fun socials, from après ski or street hockey to movie night or curling.
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 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 +
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.
Level 2 Exam Fee +
We don't include the Level 2 exam fee as after your Level 1, you can decide to continue with instructor training or take our AMP program.
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