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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. 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.

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. Start shadowing a local ski instructor.
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

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. 85% of people stay on after the course for a "12th week" and about 30% arrive a week early.

Professional Ski Coaching +

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.

1-1 Private Coaching Sessions +

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.

Video Analysis +

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

All Mountain Pro +

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!

Weekly Technical Sessions +

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.

Exam Fees +

The package includes the cost of the exam fee for the CSIA Level 1 and Level 2. Pleae note if you decide to go for AMP instead of level 2 training, the level 2 assessment is not included and you will get 4 days of additional coaching instead.


Instructor Career Advice +

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.

Guaranteed Interviews +

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.

Work Experience +

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.

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.
The More Program +

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.

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 +

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, hash browns or bacon.

Dinners +

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 a choice of healthy and filling nutritionally balanced main dishes before a well earned desert.

Transport +

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.

24 Hour Hosting +

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.

Weekly Socials +

Each week your host will organise team socials and après for all the group to get involved in

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.
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