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CSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor CourseFernie, Canada - 4 Weeks

Big Mountain Training

Our 4 week ski instructor course in Fernie is one of our most popular programs! Fernie is the perfect place to push the boundaries of your skiing and get your CSIA Level 1. With coaching from leading instructors, you'll be ripping the mountain like a pro in no time.


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With all this, Fernie Alpine Resort really is the place to be! We could rant on all day with reasons to visit. Nonstop was founded as a result of our love of this amazing resort.


There are five bowls filled with a huge variety of challenging terrain, the snow record is off the chart and there are bearly any lift lines. If you want to ski powder this winter, without fighting for fresh tracks, Fernie is the place to be. Renowned for its "legendary powder", Fernie averages 48cms of snow every week that the resort is open. It doesn't get better than that!


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


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


Over a fairly short period of time we will totally transform your technique and will have you confidently skiing the entire mountain, with the style and elegance of an instructor. By the time you reach your CSIA ski instructor exams in the final week of the course, you'll have all the skills required to pass your newly refined technique on to others.


Our 4 week instructor courses are a combination of ski improvement coaching and instructor training ensuring both your personal skiing develops and you're prepared for the instructor exam. Although this is a great stepping stone to the Canadian 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 your stay.


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!).

Cat Skiing
Avalanche Training
Tech Sessions
Ice Hockey
Cross Country Skiing
Heli Tour

You'll be staying at the Red Tree Lodge, in a spacious room with en-suite bathroom. You'll have access to the amazing range of facilities at the lodge, including hot tub, sauna, movie theatre, tuning room, restaurant and bar.

Course Milestones Get ready for an epic four weeks as you become an instructor. Here is a guideline timeline.
Week 1
Settle in to mountain life. Get to know Fernie’s epic terrain and five bowls. The focus will be on ironing out any bad habits. Option to do avalanche safety training and a heli tour over the Rockies.
Week 2
You’ll continue to work on ski improvement both on and off piste. Jumping into Fernie’s powder at every opportunity. Try snowmobiling and experience cross country skiing.
Week 3
Training ramps up. You’ll be exploring more challenging terrain, working on your core skiing and teaching skills ahead of the CSIA assessment. Go to Kimberley Alpine Resort for the day.
Week 4
Level 1 exams. You’ll be fully prepared and ready to go as you are assessed on both your skiing and teaching. Big celebrations to follow before heading home.
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 our very own Red Tree Lodge, with access to amazing 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.

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 +

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.

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 many winter activities and experiences during your time with us, from cat skiing to ice hockey.

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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