Nonstop offer the chance to live the dream working as a snowboard instructor.
Banff has three ski resorts (Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, and Mount Norquay) and combined they are the largest ski area in Canada. Norquay have sought our help to find eight snowboarders to join their internship program. Norquay’s lead trainers will coach you to gain your level 1 snowboard instructor qualification in advance of you joining their staff as a snowboard instructor.
There are two distinct components of Norquay’s Internship Program:
Upon arrival in Banff you’ll be welcomed by our Resort Host who’ll show you around and help you get settled into your house for the winter. After meeting your house-mates and familiarising yourself with the town, the snowboard training starts. The first three weeks of the internship are spent prepping for the CASI (Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors) level 1 exam.
The leading snowboard trainers from Norquay’s Snowsports school will transform your own riding while introducing the snowboard instructing techniques you’ll need. You’ll gain work experience while shadowing snowboard lessons and receive training specific to teaching children.
The 3-day CASI Level 1 assessment is held at the end of the three weeks of training and you’ll find that not only does it assess your readiness to become a certified instructor but it will also massively enhance your own riding. Although we expect interns to get nervous, we anticipate everyone to pass with flying colours.
After successfully passing the level 1 snowboard instructor assessment its time to officially join the Norquay Snowsports School and begin instructing your own lessons. Teaching snowboarding is one of the most fulfilling jobs out there – the mountains are your office, you’re breathing fresh mountain air, riding your snowboard, and passing on your passion for snowboarding to others. Added to this, you’ll be part of a wider team of great people who will become friends for life. Typically, you’ll instruct from mid-December to the end of the season in late April.
Banff is a large, popular, and lively ski town surrounded by three ski areas (Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, Mount Norquay) that together represent North America’s largest ski area. Banff has loads of great bars, restaurants, cafes and snowboard stores. There’s loads going on and as it’s in a National Park you’re surrounded by truly awesome scenery.
This internship is delivered by Mount Norquay’s Wintersports Schoo which, due to it’s closeness to Calgary, is one of the busiest ski/snowboard schools resulting in a reliable amount of lessons for its instructors.
Experience life as a Banff local sharing a centrally-located home with other people on the internship program or others working at the local resorts. We’ll connect you with our Banff accommodation partner through whom you'll be able to secure accommodation for the entire season (early November to late April). For prices, check out the "What's Included" section below.
Houses have shared twin bedrooms, equipped kitchens, comfortable sitting rooms and the rent includes utility and wi-fi bills. Your local landlord will be on hand to provide help and support.
There are just 8 places available on this internship. Here's how to secure your place:
Download the Course Brochure (below) and read through the details of the internship.
Contact us! Send us a copy of your CV/Resume and a cover letter explaining why you want to position. We can also arrange a phone call to discuss your suitability for the internship.
If you haven't already done so, apply for your Canadian work visa. We can advise you on how to get started. Let us know once you are in the pool
Next, we will arrange a preliminary interview with Nonstop; if we think you’re the right fit you are given green light to provisionally secure your place for £150/$300 deposit.
Secure your mountain home! We'll connect you with our accommodation partner in Banff and you'll be able to easily secure a place for the winter (normally a stressful & difficult task).
Once visa approved, we put you forward for a skype interview with the Snow School. We will help you prep for the interview. It's a great opportunity for you and you future boss (!) to get to know each other.
If visa not been granted by July, we will refund £100 of initial deposit // or if Ski school director disagrees with our approval we refund full deposit.
Book your flights, insurance and start getting excited for November!
The first part of the internship experience is a three-week course containing 12 days of snowboard coaching focused on both improving your personal technique and preparing you for the 3-day CASI Level 1 instructor assessment, which is held at the end of the course. The 12 day program includes experience shadowing snowboard school lessons as well as training specific to working with children.
Upon successful completion of the initial three-week training course you will enter the employment of the Winter Sports School at Norquay when the formal internship begins. You will earn approximately $15/hour and can expect to typically work 20 hours per week over three to five days. As with any snowboard instructor role this is dependent on the snow and business conditions. The work day starts at 8:45am.
Established in 2002, Nonstop are a registered Canadian business with our head office in Fernie, BC (four hours south of Banff). We have been operating in Banff since 2005 delivering numerous courses each winter. We have a great support team including experienced Resort Hosts who will be on hand to ensure you are set up for an awesome winter in Banff. Through the initial three week training course they will be an active part of your experience helping you settle into Banff, arranging the course logistics and hosting regular socials. Once you start work you will be an employee of the Norquay snowboard school but our hosts are on-hand when you need their support.
You’ll be provided with a Staff season pass for Norquay resort, one of Banff’s three snowboard resorts. This enables you to free snowboard on your days off as well as attend the popular night-snowboarding events at Norquay.
An airport transfer from Calgary airport direct to your home for the season will be organised by your landlord and is included in the accommodation package. Please note you'll need to arrange your own way back to the airport at the end of the season (circa $65). This is because many people head off on a road trip with mates rather than return home directly from Banff.
Throughout the winter (while on the initial course and then as an active employee) you’ll have access to the staff shuttle bus that runs between Banff and Norquay (10 minute drive). No need to own a car.
A 3-day course run by the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI). Upon successful completion you’ll be certified to teach beginner to novice snowboard lessons. You will also have a job offer from Norquay Snowboard School!
By taking the CASI course you’ll be a member of the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI) and be eligible to great benefits such as Pro Deals on snowboard equipment as well as covered by their liability insurance.
On arrival in Banff we host an equipment advice session to ensure you’re clear on what equipment will best suit your winter and your job as a snowboard instructor.
As soon as you arrive in Banff you will be given a warm welcome into the Norquay team and be treated like any other member of the wintersports school. Throughout the initial training course - before you’re actually a qualified snowboard instructor - you’ll be invited to snowboard school parties (expect over 100 people all pumped for a great winter!) and treated like a member of staff. Employee benefits commence upon completion of Norquay's 3-week training course and you officially starting work.
Turning up in a new town and a new country is both exciting and sometimes overwhelming. Our Resort Hosts will be ready to give you a warm welcome and ensure you’re quickly familiar with the town and resort set up. They’ll also communicate the course schedule and daily events with you via our course Facebook group.
During the 3-week training course we’ll host a weekly group dinner in a local Banff restaurant to get everyone on the internship program together over a delicious meal and a few drinks.
Our Resort Hosts will arrange a weekly social during the initial 3-week training course to typical Canadian activities like going to watch the local Ice Hockey team play in Canmore, going ice skating, or soaking in the local hot springs.
Moving to Canada for the winter will result in a few administration chores including setting up a local Bank account (so you can get paid!), obtaining a SIN number (Social Insurance) so that you can be employed, and registering for Alberta healthcare. As part of your housing package your landlord will provide support and advice on setting these important things up.
The Norquay snowboard school contains many level 3 and 4 instructors from whom you’ll receive daily coaching throughout the season to progress your certifications and develop your snowboard career.
As an employee of Norquay snowboard school you’ll have access to fantastic staff discounts on meals at the resort’s lodge. For approximately $60 (17/18 rate) you can purchase a “Meal Card” which provides eight lunches.
Once you have booked your place on this internship you’ll be supported by our team in both Canada and the UK who have years’ worth of experience both doing seasons, instructing, and organising Nonstop programs. We put together an online “Info Pack” which has kit lists, visa advice, travel arrangement details plus answers to every question we get asked.
Our partner STA Travel can usually arrange deals on your flights to Canada and our insurance partner ERV offers Nonstop participants 15% off their wintersports policies.
Here are two popular additions:
Securing accommodation for the winter season in Banff is extremely challenging. Other internship programs only include accommodation for the initial training course which we find misleading as clearly you need a home for the full season! We’ve secured you access to a home from early November to late April with a local landlord - you'll book this directly with them once you've been accepted on the internship. The total cost is $5,800 plus a $300 damage deposit.
The houses are located within walking distance of Banff's bars, restaurants and shops. They are fully furnished, have communal kitchens and sitting rooms and include the cost of utilities. Bed linen is provided as is Wi-Fi.
These things are not included in the package:
If you can comfortably ride black runs and are eligible for a Canadian work visa (18-30yrs) then this internship is open to you.
Yes and no! A guaranteed job offer as a snowboard instructor at Norquay’s wintersports School is included. During the initial 3-week training course and then as a staff member of the snowboard school you will need to demonstrate that you are a suitable employee – that you understand the importance of punctuality, how you present yourself, your attitude and willingness to assist your team mates and your students. In summary, this epic job and lifestyle is there for the taking but you’ll need to be the right fit for the snowboard school.
Extremely expensive internships are common which do not justify their cost, for instance they usually only include four weeks of accommodation. This is the best value internship and includes 6-months accommodation – which is the length you’ll need!
You’ll earn $15/hour and on average work 20 hours per week over between 3 – 5 days/week. On this basis your monthly income will be approximately $1,200 and can be supplemented by tips (although this will depend on the type of clients you teach).
With your accommodation paid for in advance your only expenses will be daily meals and beer money. You could budget for as low as $250/week but depending on how much you party you could spend a lot lot more. As a member of staff your lift pass and daily transport are free and your lunches will cost as low as $8/day (with a staff discount). Groceries in the local super market are reasonably priced compared to most snowboard resorts and there are always drinks specials on Banff’s bars.
The Canadian government issue work visas through: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/work-canada/iec.html You can also find out more information here: https://www.nonstopsnow.com/top-five-tips-on-applying-for-a-canadian-visa
If you have dreams of a long-term career in the snowboard industry, working around the globe as a snowboard instructor, then our 11-week snowboard instructor courses will set an up with a better foundation than an internship can. The reason is that on an instructor course you’ll be able to become a far better snowboarder (1) and you’ll gain multitude of snowboard instructor qualifications and mountain knowledge (2).
1. On an internship you will spend most of your week on the nursery slopes teaching children whereas on an instructor course your coaches will be pushing your personal snowboard progression on the mountain’s upper slopes in powder, on the piste, in the park, through tress etc. You’ll become a seriously advanced snowboarder. We have witnessed how our clients who work an internship don’t progress to the same level as they simply don’t have the free time to snowboard hard or receive the professional coaching that a Nonstop instructor course involves.
2. On our 11-week instructor course you can gain 6 qualifications: CASI Level 1 and Level 2, CASI Freestyle Coach, First Aid, Avalanche Safety Training, and its possible to “dual certify” as a ski instructor. The Level 2 will open up international opportunities and could see you working in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and more.
3. Lastly, if you can make it happen, taking one of our 11-week snowboard instructor courses is without doubt the ultimate way to do a snowboard season. Imagine spending every day riding the best terrain and snow with a crew of great mates and a super experienced snowboard coach helping you continually improve. There’s nothing as satisfying as progressing and becoming truly excellent at something. These courses allow that. Added to this, the experiences available outside of the coaching make your winter even more incredible… road trips to check out other snowboard resorts/snowboard towns in Canada and the US, heli-snowboarding, cat-snowboarding, snowmobiling, photography courses, winter survival camping, ice skating on frozen lakes, backcountry snowboard touring, cross country snowboarding, ice hockey, and more. And that’s all before the great vibe and epic parties that are the hallmark of Nonstop courses.
These courses can be taken in Fernie, Banff or Red Mountain.
We look forward to speaking with you.