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CSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor CourseFernie, Canada - 3 Weeks

First Step On The Ladder

This ski instructor course in Fernie is one of our most popular programs, and with good reason! Fernie is one of our favourite mountains in Canada, if not the world. This fast track to gaining your CSIA Level 1 qualification is great for relatively confident skiers.


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Amazing terrain, great snow record and friendly vibe...we could rant on all day with reasons to visit Fernie Alpine Resort. Our company was created as a result of our love of this amazing place. Five bowls filled with a massive variety of challenging terrain, a snow record that is off the chart and hardly any lift lines.


Fernie is the perfect resort to push the boundaries of your skiing and get your CSIA Level 1. If you want to ski powder this winter, without fighting for fresh lines before they all go, Fernie is the place to be. Renowned for "legendary powder", there is an average 48cms of snowfall every week that the resort is open. It doesn't get any better than that!


The charming old mining town combines a chilled out friendly vibe with fun and lively nightlife.


We established Nonstop in Fernie in 2002 and most of our team have been with us since the very beginning. Our dedicated and highly skilled Level 3 and 4 CSIA coaches know exactly how to provide the perfect training experience.


Over a relatively short period of time we will completely transform your technique and will have you confidently skiing the whole mountain, with the style and grace of an instructor.


By the time you reach your exams in the final week of the course, you'll have the skills necessary to pass on your newly refined technique to others.


You'll be working towards your CSIA Level 1 qualification during the course, the first step on the ladder. Although this is a great stepping stone to the Canadian ski instructor industry, many people come on this course without any plans to become a ski instructor. We will drastically improve your skiing technique and confidence around the whole mountain.


By learning how to teach, analyse and correct skiing from the ground up, you'll be able to progress your own skiing even after the course has finished.

Weekends & Activities

Although you'll be spending a lot of time exploring Fernie's amazing ski area, there's so much else that we'll help your to squeeze into you three weeks. In the evenings we'll organise technical sessions and loads of social events, such as trips to see the local ice hockey team.


Plus, we can also get you on an avalanche safety course and a cat-skiing day (where you'll ski fresh backcountry snow all day!).

First Tracks
Cat Skiing
Avalanche Training
Tech Sessions
Ice Hockey
Apres Ski

You'll stay our Red Tree Lodge in the heart of Fernie, which has a hot tub, sauna, games room, movie theatre, ski tuning room, restaurant and bar, as well as spacious homely en-suite rooms with queen sized beds.

Course Milestones It will be an action-packed 3 weeks... here's how it'll go down!
Kick Off
Meet the Nonstop ski pros over breakfast followed by an equipment advice session. Ease yourself in with a guided free-ski before we meet for drinks and dinner together.
Week 1
While exploring Fernie’s amazing snow and terrain, the initial focus will be on developing your personal technique, and ironing out any bad habits. Challenge your new mates on the curling rink.
First Tracks
On our “First Tracks” morning you’ll ride the chairlift before the resort opens to public. The mountain is calm, the slopes empty, and its all yours to enjoy.
Week 2
Your own skiing will continue to develop and we’ll start to introduce teaching skills and explain the CSIA’s student progression. Explore Fernie’s forest trails on an evening snow-bike trip.
Cat Skiing
An optional day skiing untouched powder with your new mates and a guide. Similar to heli skiing but using a snow cat, this will possibly be the highlight of your trip.
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 in the Griz Bar!
Post Course
If you have time, there are usually options to extend your stay and if you have a Canadian work visa you could end up instructing at a local ski school.
Dates & Prices

What's Included

Level 1 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 +

Stay in the Red Tree Lodge and enjoy the following facilities:

Breakfasts - Seven Days Per Week +

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 - Three Nights Per Week +

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.

Lift Pass +

20 day lift pass included int he cost of the course.

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 3.

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.

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.

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.

Access to Extra Activities +

You'll be able to get involved with many winter activities and experiences during your time with us, from cat skiing to ice hockey.

Optional Avalanche Safety Training +

One some of our courses there will be the opportunity to join our 1 day avalanche safety trainig course. Learn all you need to know to explore the backcountry nad better understand the terrain.

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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