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CASI Level 1 Snowboard Instructor CourseBanff, Canada - 4 Weeks

Ride Banff's Big Three Resorts

Experience Banff's massive ski area and legendary party town. Join in with the first part of our legendary 11 week program, improving your snowboarding and teaching skills ready for your CASI Level 1 exam in week 4.



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There are three separate ski areas linked to Banff: Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mount Norquay, each with their own unique characteristics. We are the only company that operates in all three resorts, so you'll get a well rounded training experience, with the largest combined ski area in North America to explore.


Banff is renowned for fantastic early-season conditions. Being a bit further North than most resorts, the temperature stays low enough to maintain a good base of snow for a long season. 

Coaching & Qualifications

Our team are the very best CASI Level 3 and 4 instructors in the Bow Valley. As well as being extremely well qualified, Nonstop's coaches in Banff are a load of fun and amazing at what they do.


Within just a few of weeks, they'll have you ripping up the slopes of Banff with the confidence and tightly honed technique of a pro. They'll also teach you how to instruct others in preparation for your CASI Level 1 exam in week 4.


Regardless of whether you plan to instruct or not, this is an amazing experience. Our coaches will be on the hill with you for five hours a day, four days a week, helping you to push through the boundaries of your riding.


We find that learning to instruct is the very best way to progress your own skills. By analysing the routes of snowboarding technique, you'll be able to turn that knowledge on yourself and take your riding to a whole new level.

Weekends & Activities

Living in stunning national park, it would be rude not to enjoy some of the amazing winter activities on your doorstep. Our MORE program is full of weekend activities and courses that'll ensure you get the most out of your time in Canada.


Go cat boarding, take an avalanche course, visit other resorts, go ice climbing, watch ice hockey, go dog sledding, snowmobiling or night skiing. Just some of the things you might get up to...

Dog Sledding
Ice Canyon Walk
Avalanche Training
Tech Sessions
Ice Hockey

Our accommodation at Irwin's Inn is in the perfect location, just five minutes' walk from the centre of Banff. It's the essence of comfort and convenience, with large en-suite rooms, cable TV, WIFI and access to a gym, hot tub and swimming pool. If you're intending to stay and work for the rest of the season, we also have a full season-long accommodation option in centrally located shared houses.

Course Milestones Lights, camera, action! Get ready for four epic weeks in Banff. Here is a guideline..
Week 1
Arrive in Banff and explore the three ski areas. It’s straight into training and ironing out any bad habits in your technique. Option to do a heli tour of Banff and go snowmobiling.
Week 2
We’ll introduce CASI methodology as you continue to develop your riding across the mountain. Take in Banff’s epic nightlife. Option to go to Johnston Canyon at the weekend.
Week 3
You’ll be exploring more challenging terrain, both on and off piste, and taking on more teaching opportunities. Option to do avalanche training to give you essential mountain knowledge.
Week 4
Level 1 exams. You’ll be ready for the assessment and rocking your instructor pin by the end of the week. Big celebrations to follow. You couldn’t be in a better place to do so than in Banff.
Dates & Prices

What's Included

Level 1 Coaching +

You'll receive 20 hours coaching per week over four days. Your days off are 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 have the option of staying at Irwin's Mountain Inn, or in a triple room at the Red Carpet Inn. You'll have access to all the facilities at Irwin's Mountain Inn, including:

Breakfasts - Five Days Per Week +

You'll be treated to a continental breakfast at El Toro five days per week.

Dinners - Four Nights Per Week +

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

Lift Pass +

You'll be given a season lift pass to all three of Banff's resorts for the duration of your stay.

Airport Transfers & Resort Transport +

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.

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.

1-1 Private Coaching Session +

You'll get a 90 minute private coaching session during the course before your Level 1.

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 tons of winter activities and experiences during your time with us, from cat skiing to exploring the hot springs.

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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