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CASI 1 & 2 Snowboard Instructor CourseBanff, Canada - 11 Weeks

Training Across Three Resorts

This snowboard instructor course combines Nonstop's legendary coaching program with the stunning Banff National Park... collectively, Banff's three ski areas are truly massive! With epic snow, three terrain parks, and amazing nightlife, Banff offers the ultimate winter season.


13-Week Package:

Maximise your season and extend to our 13-week package, by adding our pre- and post-stay weeks for extra mountain and freeride time, making the most of your season pass.

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Exclusively with Nonstop, you'll get to ride and enjoy pro coaching across all of Banff’s three distinct ski areas: Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mount Norquay, collectively known as the Big3, and all accessible from the town of Banff.


As part of the course package, we hook you up with a SkiBig 3 season pass, worth almost $3,000 in value. This gives you season-long access to almost 8,000 acres of wild Rocky Mountain terrain between the three zones, doubling your total skiable acreage compared to only skiing in one resort. Combined, you’ll also have access to more than 350 runs, from World Cup downhills to off-piste areas, more than doubling the total number of marked routes you can ride over the season. With each resort holding a unique appeal and vibe, we rotate between them depending on snow conditions and objectives, helping to get the most from your time and maximising your potential for progression by exposing you to a greater selection of terrain.


Check out this Journal article Banff in Stats with more info on the Big3.


Our snowboard instructor course is the only one that trains at all three of Banff's local ski areas: Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay.


With these resorts combined, you'll have exclusive access to the largest ski area in North America and never tire of having to do the same runs. This variety means you get to ride, and be coached on, all the best terrain, snow, and park features which means your riding will always keep progressing.


The drinking age in Banff is 18, being in Alberta, so this is a great option for gap year students.


This course combines improvement coaching, instructor training and freeride clinics to furnish you with all the skills you need to become an instructor and pass the CASI assessments. You’ll develop your technical and freeride skills, learn about mountain safety and be taught how to teach others.


Each week features four days of coaching from our team of expert pros, handpicked for their skills and know-how. We’ll be riding all three Banff resorts and clocking up mileage in all kinds of terrain, from pistes to powder bowls. We’ll be using video analysis throughout and delivering workshops in snowboard biomechanics, injury prevention, how to get a job as an instructor and more.


We arrange groups by ability and general attitude with no more than 8 riders per coach. You’ll be introduced to your first week’s pro who will quickly start analysing your technique and helping you achieve your goals on snow. Each week you’ll rotate between instructors, so you benefit from all their different styles, insights and approaches to riding the mountain.


The first phase of the course prepares you for your Level 1, before moving onto your Level 2 in the second phase. Prior to both, we lay on a private one-on-one session with a pro to prime your skills and gear you up for success. After passing the riding and teaching elements of each exam, you’ll be fully equipped to teach, with a Level 2 opening the door to a world of teaching opportunities.


For those of you who do not want to follow the Level 2 pathway, during exam sessions you can receive additional pro coaching to focus on your personal riding.


Our program is designed to fully prepare you for CASI Level 1 and 2 instructor qualifications. As well as perfecting your own technique, we'll show you the very best ways to teach others, giving you the very best chance to succeed in your final exams.

You can achieve the following qualifications:

  • CASI Level 1 - included
  • CASI Level 2 - included
  • Avalanche Safety Training Level - optional
Weekends & Activities

Nonstop is about more than snowboard coaching... we'll ensure you squeeze the most from your winter in Canada. Our "MORE" Program is packed full of additional courses, weekend trips and activities that you wouldn't normally get the opportunity to do.


From experiencing cat boarding, taking an avalanche course, visiting resorts like Kicking Horse and Revelstoke, to snowmobiling and dog sledding you'll experience the ultimate winter in Canada.


Here are some examples of activities you can get involved with. Please note these are subject to change, weather, seasonality and minimum numbers - and may not always be available

Heli Boarding
Cat Boarding
Dog Sledding
Ice Canyon Walk
Ice Hockey
Avalanche Safety Training

Banff has a bustling town centre, filled with lively bars, clubs, restaurants and shops. Our accommodation at Irwin's Mountain Inn is perfectly located within just a few minutes walk of the centre. You'll feel right at home at Irwin's with your own queen sized bed, cable TV, en-suite bathroom, gym, hot tub and pool access. The Nonstop group take over most of the hotel and we have our own common room for hanging out with friends, watching a film, playing table tennis or making a snack.

Course Milestones It will be an action-packed 11 weeks, with the option to extend to 13. Note that this is a guideline itinerary and is subject to change.
Weeks 1-2
Jump on our group transfer and meet the Nonstop crew. The first few days are about finding your snow legs. We’ll give you tours of Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise, and start to develop your riding and technique.
Week 3
We’ll begin a series of one-to-one private coaching sessions to sharpen your personal riding skills ahead of the Level 1 exam. You’ll be riding with real confidence and set for your avalanche safety training course.
Week 4-5
The three-day Level 1 exam! You'll feel well prepared and we'll celebrate with a big Nonstop party before packing Week 5 with our "MORE Program" activities such as a ski trip to Kicking Horse and Cat Skiing.
Week 6
CSIA/CASI Level 2 training. We start with practical teaching sessions, dynamic performance and carving techniques. You’ll tackle steeper pitches, narrower chutes and deeper powder as we ski Banff's Big3.
Week 7
Put your Level 1 certification to use with our Assisted Teaching Program. In small groups, you can volunteer to teach newbie skiers under the guidance of your SkiBig3 coaches.
Week 8
Back to Level 2 training and honing your all-mountain skills. Get ready for one of the highlights of the winter – a weekend road trip to the freeride meca, Revelstoke. A super fun road-trip with good friends and amazing riding.
Weeks 9-10
We add to your arson of on-snow skills by developing your all-mountain expertise, ready for the Nonstop heli-ski trip. One-on-one sessions will maximise every opportunity for personal progression.
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

13 Week Package - Optional Pre and Post Stay +

Maximise your season and extend to our 13-week package, by adding our pre- and post-stay weeks for extra mountain and freeride time, making the most of your SkiBig3 season pass. You can upgrade to 13 weeks from just £605 // $999.


Ask us for more or you can simply add when you book online.

Level 1 & Level 2 Coaching +

Typical weeks include pro coaching over four days although this will vary on some weeks to allow time for exams, activities. Your days off are for free riding, consolidating what you've learnt and other activities. The maximum group size is 8 people per pro but typically they are even smaller.

Tri Area Season Lift Pass +

Unique to Nonstop, you'll get to ride more than twice as many ski runs (130% more to be exact!) than people on other ski courses! Nonstop provide a "Ski Big 3" season lift pass that allows you to ski at all 3 of Banff's incredible resorts; Lake Louise, Sunshine Village & Mount Norquay.

Come out early or stay on after, your lift pass will cover you.

Level 1 Exam Fees +

The package includes the cost of the CASI Level 1 and Level 2 assessment. Please note, if you decide to go for the All Mountain Pro route then the CASI level 2 will no longer be included, and you will get four additional days of coaching instead.

Level 2 Exam Fees (Worth $665) +

Unlike most other courses offered, the Level 2 exam fee is included in the cost of your course, so there's no need to find $600 part way through your Banff experience. 

If you have any desire to instruct in the future, especially outside Canada, then you will need that Level 2 qualification. 

If you do not want to sit your Level 2, during the exam sessions you will receive additional coaching. If there are an insufficient number of people to run the extra coaching, you will receive a refund of the Level 2 fee.

Accommodation +

You have the option of staying in a triple, twin or private room at Irwin's Mountain Inn, with facilities including:

Breakfasts - Five Days Per Week +

You'll be treated to a hearty breakfast at El Toro five days per week. Options include coffee/tea, juices, cereals, toast, pastries, yogurt, fruit, as well as hot items like eggs, beans, sausages, hash browns or bacon.

Dinners - Four Nights Per Week +

Enjoy a tasty meal at El Toro four evenings a week.

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.

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.

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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Why is this the best course in Banff? +

We appreciate there are a few operators available in Banff; here’s why you should only consider booking with Nonstop

3 resorts: Nonstop are the only company that will train you in all three resorts; Mt Norquay, Sunshine Village & Lake Louise.  Each resort offers unique strengths and will have different snow conditions throughout the season; only by being able to explore all three are you guaranteed to enjoy the best that Banff (and the season) has to offer.


Accommodation: The hotel we use is on Banff Avenue – the main street in town. It’s less than a ten-minute walk to all the bars and clubs so nightlife access is easy, yet you can still get a good night’s sleep! All our guests in the hotel stay in queen sized beds in rooms with an en-suite – unlike other companies that only pack you into bunk beds in hostels.


Coaching: With 17 years of experience, and over 40 11-week courses under our belt, we’ve delivered more instructor training than anyone else. Our snowboard coaches are the best in the business and will completely transform your riding. We have a maximum group size of 8 snowboarders: 1 instructor. We have regularly spotted our competitors with as many as 10 in one group; not cool!


Social: When 50 passionate skiers and snowboarders from all over the globe come together to spend a winter in Banff, the friendships and shared experiences are nothing short of epic. We guarantee that some of your life’s best memories will be made with your course mates in Banff.


Care: we recognise that for many of our Banff clients, this will be their first extended trip away from home. We have experienced staff in resort that are on hand to ensure your stay with us is as smooth as possible. They are accessible 24/7, so you’ll be in good hands.


Extras: With Nonstop, it’s not all about the coaching: we put a huge emphasis on enjoying as many Canadian mountain experiences as possible and organise a massive program of activities, away-trips, courses and socials to make this the richest, most enjoyable, winter possibl. Find out more

Which airport should I fly to? +

We provide inclusive airport transfers at set departure times from Calgary Airport; these are available on the advertised start and end date of the course. Banff is extremely well serviced by a public transfer operator so if you want to arrive on an alternative day, no problem! 


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.

What’s the average age? +

Our Banff course attracts a much lower average age compared to our course in Fernie. In a typical year, we expect 90% of clients to be aged 18 – 21. This might have something to do with the fact Banff boasts some of the best nightlife in Canada & the legal drinking age is only 18. Just a hunch!

Can I work whilst on the course? +

We do not recommend this, and we don’t have any examples of past clients who have managed it. In other words, no! This experience should be treated as a once in a lifetime winter to purely focus on your skiing / riding & having as much fun as possible. You would need a working holiday visa in order to work – most people only ever get to have one of these (lasting for two years), so you should save yours for when you may be working as an instructor in the future.

Will you help me find a job as an instructor? +

During the course we host a seminar that will help prepare you for work in the industry; you’ll hear from former clients that are now living the dream as instructors. Beyond the course, we’re always on hand to offer support on applications and we’re regularly contacted by snow schools looking for new recruits each winter. It's not possible to work as an instructor in Banff immediately after your course.

Is this course just for aspiring instructors? +

Absolutely not! Most of our clients in Banff are simply looking to have the best time of their lives, both on and off the snow! Achieving the CASI level 2 certification serves as a bonus & justification for all this fun; whilst also keeping the doors open to work as an instructor in the future!

How much money will I need? +

As a ballpark figure, we suggest having a budget of $250 - $300 per week to cover your spending money.  By preparing packed lunches for the mountain and cooking your own meals at the weekends, you can certainly make your budget go further. Between coaching 4-days per week, free riding & the activities available on the MORE programme, we keep you busy. For many people, how much they spend will really come down to night time habits.

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