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CSIA 1 & 2 Ski Instructor CourseRed Mountain, Canada - 11 Weeks

The Ski Resort Of Your Dreams

If you're serious about taking your skiing to the highest level, then Red Mountain is the resort for you. Think about the terrain of your dreams and this lesser-known mountain will probably tick all of your boxes. The best way to describe it is like the backcounty with lifts! Rossland is a ski obessed town with the friendliest locals; it's a unique mountain community and you will very quickly feel like your home.

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Red Mountain has an amazing snow record, endless challenging terrain, hardly anyone on the slopes and not a single lift queue! This amazing experience doesn't end on the slopes, with arguably the best après ski bar in North America – Rafters – where the whole mountain gathers most afternoons to chat about their epic day over a beer or two. With a great Canadian town down the road and awesome local houses, this is an incredible experience for passionate skiers.

 

Looking at a piste map of Red Mountain, you'd be for forgiven for being a little underwhelmed. Out on the slopes, it's a very different story though. The resort consists of three mountains – Red, Granite and Grey – and once at the top you can ski 360 degrees around each. There is a vast amount of un-groomed, powder-filled terrain for you to explore, steep and deep, tree lines galore with loads of natural features, that will blow you away every day of the season.

Coaching

Progression is always rapid for skiers in Red Mountain. With over 220 hours of instruction from our high level, experienced pros, you'll continue challenging yourself every week on more and more epic terrain.

 

You'll be skiing with the grace and skill of an instructor in no time. Of course, you'll also learn how to pass on your tightly honed skills onto others, so that you are fully prepared for your CSIA Level 1 and 2 exams, and even extra freestyle or race qualifications if you fancy going the extra mile.

 

You'll be under the guidance of one of the most experienced instructors in Canada. Mark Impey, our Red Mountain Course Director, is a Level 4 examiner and previously represented the CSIA internationally as a member of the National Demo Team. When you come to apply for instructor jobs in future years, saying that you qualified in Red Mountain under Mark Impey carries extra clout.

Qualifications

Not everyone plans to become an instructor. If you are more interested in developing your all mounting skiing, there is something for you. Red is famous for its big mountain terrain, with runs like ‘War Eagle’, and whilst working towards the CSIA Level 2, we will spend time each day focusing on all round technique, so that you can confidently enjoy world class off-piste, powder and maybe even have some fun in the park.

 

At the end of the 11 weeks, you will have the choice of whether or not you'd like to take your Level 2 exams. There's also a great terrain park in Red, with a large selection of kickers, rails, boxes and a wall ride. Perfect for slushy spring sessions to get your freestyle skills up! There's even a permanent skier-cross course.

Weekends & Activities

The experience of living in the mountains of BC shouldn't end at the resort boundaries. We'll make sure that you get the most out of your winter by organising a whole range of activities that you can enjoy as part of our More program.

 

From the beginning of the course you'll have 25 credits to spend on anything from cat-skiing to winter camping.

Snowshoeing
Ice Skating
Cat Skiing
Avalanche Training
Tech Sessions
Curling
Backcountry Touring
Bonfire Party
Accommodation

Become a true Rossland local and part of the community.

Course Milestones It will be an action-packed 11 weeks... here's how it'll go down!
Weeks 1-2
Settle in to Rossland life. Explore Red’s epic terrain. The focus will be on ironing out any bad habits. Option to do avalanche safety training and go snowshoeing.
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 to Whitewater for the weekend.
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 backcountry skiing.
Week 6
Get back into full training for your Level 2. Put your new qualification to use at Salmo Ski Hill on our Community Days, where you can volunteer to teach locals.
Weeks 7-8
Level 2 training will focus on advanced ski technique and teaching skills. You’ll continue to explore the mountain. Go cat skiing for the ultimate backcountry experience.
Weeks 9-10
Work on your short radius, carving, freeriding and teaching ahead of the Level 2 exam. Head on a road trip to Fernie for the weekend to hunt more powder.
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 Monday to Thursday, with Friday 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 +
You'll stay in local houses in downtown Rossland, equipped with everything you need for a great winter.
Dinners - Four Nights Per Week +
Enjoy a hearty meal 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 not to take the exam.
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.
Weekly Socials +
Each week your host will organise some fun socials, from après ski or bonfires to movie night or curling.
Access to Extra Activities +
You'll be able to get involved with tons of winter activities and socials 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:
Breakfasts +
As you'll be living in a local house, you're able to use your own kitchen to cook up whatever pre-ski breakfast you desire.
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 in case you choose not to proceed with the exam.
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