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CASI 1 & 2 Snowboard Instructor CourseRed Mountain, Canada - 11 Weeks

Ride Steep & Deep Red Mountain

Our Red Mountain snowboard instructor course is perfect for riders who want to take their all-mountain technique to the very highest level. This is the ultimate, challenging powder-laden mountain of your dreams. Red Mountain's snow record is massive, so its steep slopes stay fresh, with stashes of powder around every corner. Rossland must rank as one of the friendliest towns on the planet and boasts a uniquely alternatiuve culture.

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Red Mountain is the hidden gem of Canada's ski resorts. It's not a famous holiday resort, so the slopes are very quiet with little or no lift queues. It's virtually Nonstop's own mountain playground, comparable to heli-accessed terrain!

 

There's not your usual abundance of pistes - riding piste is only used for transport in Red - the real riding is done on the epic expanse of un-groomed terrain. This is a classic steep and deep resort that will challenge you for the whole season and beyond! You'll find 360 degrees of skiing off each of Red's three mountains - Red, Granite and Grey - with powder bowls galore, tree lines and pillows to charge to your hearts' content.

 

And the fun doesn't end there, with one of the best après ski bars in North America in the form of Rafters - always lively at the end of the day, with regular live music and plenty of flowing drinks.

Coaching

The challenging nature of Red Mountain's terrain will make your learning curve steep, and our team of high level snowboard instructors will have you riding like a pro in no time. They'll also teach you how to instruct, in preparation for your CASI Level 1 and 2 qualifications. Having these qualifications under your belt from such a challenging resort looks amazing on your CV.

 

We are honoured to have Mark Impey as our Course Director in Red Mountain, one of the most highly respected and experienced instructors in Canada. With his experience, guidance and support, you'll have an amazing chance to kick-start a career in the snowsports industry... and if that's not in your plans, he'll just show you how to make the most of this amazing riding area!

Qualifications

Many people come to Red on our 11 week course simply to progress, ride and have fun - not necessarily to pursue life as an instructor. We’ll give you the option after your CASI Level 1 snowboard instructor exam to decide whether or not you'd like to work towards your Level 2.

 

Red is famous for its big mountain riding, so when we head into the second half of the course, the coaching will be split between focussing on all-mountain technique as well as teaching skills. There will be plenty of time allowed for ripping, working towards your goals and enjoying the world-class off-piste Red has to offer. It's then down to you as to whether you want to take the Level 2 exam at the end of the course. 

Weekends & Activities

With Red Mountain and the nearby town of Rossland as your base, you'll experience a really authentic Canadian Mountain lifestyle. Above and beyond our coaching, we'll organise a broad range of activities that you can take part in as part of our "More" program.

 

You'll have a starting balance of 25 credits that you can spend on anything from cat-boarding to winter camping to an avalanche course.

Snowshoeing
Ice Skating
Cat Boarding
Avalanche Training
Tech Sessions
Curling
Backcountry Touring
Bonfire Party
Accommodation

You’ll stay in the nearby town of Rossland in authentic local houses, which you will share with your coursemates. There’s a strong community feel in the town and you’ll quickly fall in love with the simple Canadian life – waking up and heading up the hill to ride.

 

With your own place to chill out in the evenings and spend time with your friends, you’ll never want to leave. Most people choose to share a room, although single rooms are available if you are looking for more privacy. All properties have kitchens, comfortable sitting rooms, cable TV, Wi-Fi and laundry facilities.

Course Milestones It will be an action-packed 11 weeks... here's how it'll go down!
Weeks 1-2
Settle in to Rossland life. Explore Red’s epic terrain. The focus will be on ironing out any bad habits. Option to do avalanche safety training and go snowshoeing.
Weeks 3-4
Training ramps up. You’ll be exploring more challenging terrain, working on your core riding and teaching skills ahead of the CASI assessment. Head to Whitewater for the weekend.
Week 5
Level 1 exams. A fun three days full of learning and progression. You’ll be assessed on both your snowboarding and teaching. Big celebrations to follow. Go backcountry boarding.
Week 6
Get back into full training for your Level 2. Put your new qualification to use at Salmo Ski Hill on our Community Days, where you can volunteer to teach locals.
Weeks 7-8
Level 2 training will focus on advanced riding technique and teaching skills. You’ll continue to explore the mountain. Go cat boarding for the ultimate backcountry experience.
Weeks 9-10
Work on your short radius, carving, freeriding and teaching ahead of the Level 2 exam. Head on a road trip to Fernie for the weekend to hunt more powder.
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

Level 1 & Level 2 Coaching +

You'll receive 20 hours coaching per week. Our full day coaching sessions are Monday to Thursday, with Friday 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 +

You'll stay in local houses in downtown Rossland, equipped with everything you need for a great winter.

Dinners - Four Nights Per Week +

Enjoy a hearty meal 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 & Resort Transport +

If you arrive with the group flight (or land before), you can join the Nonstop transfer to the resort. All your transport within the resort is taken care of, just don't forget your gear.

Exam Fees +

The package includes the cost of the exam fee for the CASI Level 1 and Level 2*, exam fee. * The Level 2 fee is included from the 18/19 season onwards.Please note that Level 2 is only included when taken in the eleventh week of the course. There is a second opportunity to take Level 2 just after the course has finished.

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.

Weekly Technical Sessions +

Each week you'll receive a technical talk on subjects like biomechanics, looking after your gear, and injury prevention.

Community Days +

After your Level 1 take the opportunity to join our Community Days, where you can put your qualification to use and teach at a nearby ski hill to people who can't afford lessons.

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 some fun socials, from après ski or bonfires to movie night or curling.

Access to Extra Activities +

You'll be able to get involved with tons of winter activities and socials 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.
First Aid +
Get qualified in first aid. A valuable qualification in all walks of life.
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.
Optional Pre and Post Stay +

Come out before the course begins or stay on at the end. You'll have a season lift pass so it's just a case of booking extra accommodation.

Not Included +

These things are not included in the package:

Flights +
We can give you advice on the best flights to get.
Breakfasts +
As you'll be living in a local house, you're able to use your own kitchen to cook up whatever pre-snowboard breakfast you desire.
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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