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CASI Level 1 Snowboard Instructor CourseFernie, Canada - 3 Weeks

Top Level Coaching

Our 3 week snowboard instructor course in Fernie is popular amongst aspiring instructors and riders just looking to hone their skills.  Fernie is the ideal place to push the boundaries of your riding and get your CASI Level 1. This fast track is perfect for relatively confident snowboarders.


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Fernie Alpine Resort has amazing terrain, great snow record and welcoming vibe...we could go on all day with reasons to visit. Nonstop was created as a result of our love of this remarkable place.


Five bowls filled with an enormous variety of demanding terrain, a snow record that is off the chart and barely any lift lines. If you want to ride powder this winter, without fighting for fresh lines before they all go, Fernie is the place to be. Renowned for "legendary powder", there is an average 48cms snowfall every week that the resort is open. It doesn't get better than that!


The charming old mining town combines a relaxed and friendly vibe with fun and lively nightlife.


We set up Nonstop in Fernie in 2002 and most of the team have been with us since the very beginning. Our dedicated and highly skilled CASI Level 3 and 4 coaches know just how to provide the perfect training experience.


Over a fairly short period of time we will completely transform your technique and will have you confidently riding the whole mountain, with the style and grace of an instructor.


By the time you reach your exams in the final week of the course, you'll have the skills required to pass on your newly refined technique to others. 


You'll receive coaching working towards the first level of the Canadian system, CASI Level 1. Although this is an ideal stepping stone to the Canadian snowboard instructor industry, many come on this course without any plans to become a snowboard instructor. We will dramatically improve your riding technique and confidence around the whole mountain.


By learning how to teach, analyse and correct snowboarding from the ground up, you'll be able to progress your own riding even after the course has finished.

Weekends & Activities

Although you'll be spending plenty of time exploring Fernie's amazing resort area, there's even more that we'll help your to squeeze into just three weeks.


In the evenings we organise technical sessions and plenty of social events, such as trips to see the local ice hockey team. Plus, we can get you onto an avalanche safety course as well as a cat boarding day, where you'll ride fresh backcountry snow all day.

First Tracks
Cat Boarding
Avalanche Training
Tech Sessions
Ice Hockey
Apres Ski

You'll stay at our lodge, the Red Tree, in the heart of Fernie. The lodge has an amazing range of facilities including hot tub, sauna, ski tuning room, movie theatre, bar and restaurant, as well as large comfortable rooms with queen sized beds and en suite bathrooms. You'll need to keep your energy levels up, so we provide breakfasts seven days a week and evening meals three days a week.

Course Milestones It will be an action-packed 3 weeks... here's how it'll go down!
Kick Off
Meet the Nonstop snowboard pros over breakfast followed by an equipment advice session. Ease yourself in with a guided free-ride before we meet for drinks and dinner together.
Week 1
While exploring Fernie’s amazing snow and terrain, the initial focus will be on developing your personal technique, and ironing out any bad habits. Challenge your new mates on the curling rink.
First Tracks
On our “First Tracks” morning you’ll ride the chairlift before the resort opens to public. The mountain is calm, the slopes empty, and its all yours to enjoy.
Week 2
Your own riding will continue to develop and we’ll start to introduce teaching skills and explain the CASI’s student progression. Explore Fernie’s forest trails on an evening snowbiking trip.
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 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. Time to celebrate in the Griz Bar!
Post Course
If you have time, there are usually options to extend your stay and if you have a Canadian work visa you could end up instructing at a local ski and snowboard school.
Dates & Prices

What's Included

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.

Accommodation +

Stay in the Red Tree Lodge and enjoy the following facilities:

Breakfasts - Seven Days Per Week +

You'll be treated to a hearty breakfast at the Red Tree Lodge seven 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 - Three Nights Per Week +

Enjoy a three course meal at the Red Tree Lodge three evenings a week.

Lift Pass +

You'll have a 20 day pass included in the course.

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. Additionally, interviews with local ski school are available.

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 Avalanche Safety Training +

One some of our courses there will be the opportunity to join our 1 day avalanche safety trainig course. Learn all you need to know to explore the backcountry nad better understand the terrain.

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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