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CASI Level 1 Snowboard Instructor CourseFernie, Canada - 4 Weeks

The Ultimate Training

Gain your CASI Level 1 snowboard instructor qualification with enough time to focus on developing your own personal riding too. All set in the epic winter playground of Fernie, BC. Our coaches will transform you intro a big mountain rider with the style and elegance of an instructor.



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Back in 2002 we picked Fernie as the HQ for Nonstop's snowboard instructor courses because of its amazing snow record, its huge and varied ski area, the quiet slopes and, just as importantly, the unique experience of living in Fernie's awesome mountain community.


Fernie typically sees over 10 meters of snow each season. You can expect to see 48cm on average each week - that's a whole heap of powder days! No matter what standard you are when you get there, the terrain will challenge you throughout the entire season.


It is the perfect place to massively develop your snowboarding skills. Over 100 happy people every season can't be wrong! In fact, our courses in Fernie are the most popular



Over a reasonably short time we will totally transform your technique and will have you confidently riding all the terrain on the hill, with the style and grace of an instructor. We established Nonstop in Fernie in 2002 and the majority of the team have been with us since the very start. Our team of committed and highly skilled CASI Level 3 and 4 coaches know exactly how to give you the ideal training experience.



Our 4 week instructor courses are a combination of snowboard improvement coaching and instructor training ensuring your personal riding develops and you're prepared for the instructor exam. Whether you're taking the course to develop your riding or to become and instructor, this is an awesome experience. With our team of expert coaches on the hill with you for five hours a day, four days a week, you will be able to achieve a level of riding you have previously only dreamed of.


By taking part in a snowboard instructor course you will focus on understanding the fundamentals of snowboarding technique. The end goal is being able to pass this knowledge on to others, but in the process you will also be developing your own ability and taking yourself to the next level.

Weekends & Activities

Although you'll be spending a lot of time exploring Fernie's amazing alpine resort, there is still so much else that you can pack into your four weeks.


In the evenings we arrange technical sessions and plenty of social events, such as trips to see the local ice hockey team, and even the chance to try your hand at curling. Plus, we can also get you on an avalanche safety course and a cat boarding day where you will be able to make fresh tracks in the backcountry all day long. 

Cat Boarding
Avalanche Training
Tech Sessions
Ice Hockey
Cross Country Skiing
Heli Tour

You'll be staying at the Red Tree Lodge, in a spacious room with en-suite bathroom. You'll have access to the amazing range of facilities at the lodge, including hot tub, sauna, movie theatre, tuning room, restaurant and bar.


Course Milestones Get ready for an epic four weeks as you become an instructor. Here is a guideline timeline.
Week 1
Settle in to mountain life. Get to know Fernie’s epic terrain and five bowls. The focus will be on ironing out any bad habits. Option to do avalanche safety training and a heli tour over the Rockies.
Week 2
You’ll continue to work on riding improvement both on and off piste. Jumping into Fernie’s powder at every opportunity. Try snowmobiling and experience cross country skiing.
Week 3
Training ramps up. You’ll be exploring more challenging terrain, working on your core riding and teaching skills ahead of the CASI assessment. Go to Kimberley Alpine Resort for the day.
Week 4
Level 1 exams. You’ll be fully prepared and ready to go as you are assessed on both your riding and teaching. Big celebrations to follow before heading home.
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 our very own Red Tree Lodge, with access to amazing facilities, including:

Breakfasts +

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

Dinners +

Enjoy a hearty three course meal at the Red Tree Lodge four evenings a week. A soup and salad buffet will get you started, followed by a choice of healthy and filling nutritionally balanced main dishes before a well earned desert.

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 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.

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.

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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