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CASI Level 1 Snowboard Instructor InternshipFernie, Canada

Qualifiy & Work in Canada

This season-long internship program allows you to train in Fernie Alpine Resort to become a snowboard instructor and start working immediately after you qualify. With a guaranteed job as an instructor and accommodation for the season, all before you have even left home, this is the ultimate fast track intro the industry.


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With five large alpine bowls, gullies, awesome off piste, epic tree runs and lots of natural lips and jumps to huck off - it's the ideal training ground and office! Fernie's snowfall record is the envy of other resorts. It regularly tops the charts with the amount of snow it receives; you'll experience more snorkel deep powder days in Fernie than any other resort in Canada.



If you're successful in applying for the guaranteed job program - once the CSIA Level 1 training is complete, you'll be joining the winter sports school for the remainder of the season. 


You'll take part in our 3 week instructor course in Fernie before you start working as an instructor. Our team of high level instructors will refine your technique, while introducing you to the epic freeride terrain! By the end of the course you'll be riding like a pro, with a comprehensive bag of teaching techniques.


We've been running instructor courses in Fernie since 2002 and dozens of the instructors who have qualified with us have worked and progressed as part of the snow school there.

Guaranteed Job

 We'll secure your job for the season before you even come out and qualify as a snowboard instructor. After gaining your CASI Level 1 during the initial three week course in Fernie, you'll be enrolled straight into the Winter Sports School.


There are limited places on this program and successful applicants will be selected for their work and social experience, as well as snowboarding ability. Every year dozens of our graduates are employed by RCR across Fernie Alpine Resort and their other resorts. So it is still be possible to get work after taking our other courses.


If you're interested in joining this program, please register your interest with us via email. We'll then contact you shortly requesting a CV and covering letter for the position, so start preparing that as soon as you can. Make sure that you include any previous coaching, teaching, presentation or leadership experience, as well as the amount of snowboard experience you have.


Having good accommodation can really make a difference to your season. Often first-season instructors share dorm-style rooms, but with the Fernie program you’ll stay in a twin room in a really comfortable house and it will be yours from the beginning of December until the middle of April.

Course Milestones Get ready for an exciting winter of working as a snowboard instructor.
Week 1
With a focus on your personal riding technique, we’ll work on the perfect stance and iron out any bad habits. You'll quickly settle in to life in Fernie and feel like a local.
Week 2
Your own riding will continue to develop and we’ll start to introduce teaching skills and explain the CASI’s student progression. Fernie is beginning to feel like home.
Avalanche Course
A great chance to take an Avalanche Safety Training course equipping you with essential skills for staying safe in the backcountry.
Week 3
Assessment time but no stress, you’re well prepared. The Level 1 exam both develops and tests your skills and with a typical 100% pass rate you’ll smash it.
Cat Boarding
An optional day riding untouched powder with your new mates and a guide. Similar to heli boarding but using a snow cat, this will possibly be the highlight of your trip.
Week 4
Your employment at Fernie’s Snow Sports School officially starts. After some training you’re ready for your first day wearing the red jacket and teaching your own students.
Your Season...
You’re living the dream! Five months in the mountains, passing on your passion for snowboarding, making new friends from all over the world, and progressing your own skills every day.
Dates & Prices

What's Included

Instructor Job at Fernie +

After passing your Level 1 you'll be working at the Fernie Snow School for the rest of the winter as a qualified instructor.

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.

Season Accommodation +

You'll stay in a local house in downtown Fernie with other people on the program. During your 3 week instructor course you'll have access to all the Red Tree Lodge facilities, including:

Breakfast - Five Days Per Week +

During the 3 week training course course you'll be treated to a hearty breakfast at the Red Tree Lodge five days per week. Options include coffee/tea, juices, cereals, toast, pastries, yogurt, fruit, porridge oats, as well as hot items like eggs, beans, sausages,hash browns or bacon.  

Dinners - Four Nights Per Week +

During the course, you can enjoy a three course meal at the Red Tree Lodge 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 +

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 3.

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.

Weekly Technical Sessions +

Each week you'll receive a technical talk 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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