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.
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. If you're 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.
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. 85% of people stay on after the course for a "12th week" and about 30% arrive a week early.
You'll receive 11 weeks of coaching from some of Canada's leading instructor trainers. 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 the away trips, activities and additional courses offered on our More Program. The maximum group size is 8 people per pro but typically they are even smaller.
You'll get private coaching sessions with just yu and your coach, one before your Level 1 and another before your Level 2. These will enable you to work on specific areas you want to focus on, or simply talk about upcoming exams of your future plans.
Throughout the program our coaches will make the most of technical video analysis to help with your development.
After your Level 1 you can choose to train for your Level 2 qualification (ideal if you are dedicated to a career in the ski industry) or opt for our AMP program which develops your own personal all-mountain skills with a focus on powder, steeps, freestyle, drops, tree runs and generally anything that makes you a better skier!
Each week you'll receive a technical talk on subjects like biomechanics, looking after your gear, injury prevention, and topics relating to becomign a successful instructor.
The package includes the cost of the exam fee for the CSIA Level 1 and Level 2*
* 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.
You'll be given an 'Instructor Starter Kit' booklet with a directory of ski school contacts, receive seminars on topics such as life as a ski instructor, job application and interview techniques, and be given constant advice from our coaches. Additionally, job interviews with the local ski school are available.
For those wanting to start a career as a ski instructor you'll massively benefit from a guaranteed interview with the ski school. Fernie is owned by Resort of the Canadian Rockies (RCR) who own many ski resorts in both western and eastern Canada. These interviews are a great practice experience and if you impress, could set you up with a job the following winter.
Unique to this course - and essential to your instructor career prospects - is a wealth of work experience. If you are serious about an instructor career then this is one of the most valuable parts of the entire course. There are two formats: 1. Shadowing a local instrutor weekly (after you have obtained your level 1) for a half day session. 2. Taking your own real-life lessons as the lead instructor. Our "Community Days" events, enable you to put your newly aquired level 1 instructor qualification to use and teach local families. It's an amazing experience that will look great on your CV/resume and will help you establish a successful career as an instructor.
You'll have the opportunity to gain the following additional qualifications:
A contender for the highlight of this course! The More Program let's you get involved with dozens of winter activities and experiences during your time with us, from cat skiing to ice hockey, from weekend road trips to photography courses. We'll give you 25 "More credits" to select the activities you want to experience. Download the Course Brochure to see the full list.
You'll be treated to an awesome breakfast at the Red Tree Lodge five days per week. Options include a coffee/tea, juices, cereals, toast, pastries, yogurt, fruit, porridge oats, as well as hot items like eggs, beans, sausages, beans or bacon.
Enjoy a hearty three course meal at the Red Tree Lodge four evenings a week. A soup and salad buffet will get you started, followed by healthy and filling main courses such as lasagne, chicken, roasts etc.
If you arrive with the group flight (or land before), you can join the Nonstop airport transfer to the resort. All your transport within the resort is taken care of.
Experienced, fun, welcoming, knowledgeable and local, the Nonstop hosts are central to your course experience. Your host will ensure your course runs smoothly so you can focus on achieving your goals and having fun. They'll be on hand 24/7 for a chat, laugh, or to solve any problems.
Each week your host will organise some fun socials, from après ski or street hockey to movie night or curling.
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 look forward to speaking with you.