Work & Train on the Ultimate Route into the ski instructor industry!
Train, qualify and work all in the same season in our unique full season package. Our brand new and exclusive apprenticeship gives those looking to become an instructor in the same season as training the perfect opportunity to achieve their goals. This course is ideal for those with a Canadian working holiday visa looking to gain a job as an instructor alongside training and taking your CSIA exams - all on the perfect ski season in beautiful Banff!
What to Expect
We pride ourselves on being one of the top instructor course providers in Banff. We have an amazing relationship with the Lake Louise Ski School, who employ a number of our students every year. The course begins with instructor training and your Level 1 exam in November. Successful candidates who pass their Level 1 start work straight away for the Lake Louise Ski School for the rest of the season.
We only have places for 8 skiers and 4 snowboarders on this exclusive programme. We provide season-long accommodation for all students, right in the centre of town. It is close to the bus stop to get to resort and you are in amongst all the action in the amazing town of Banff!
- Includes CSIA Level 1 exam
- Training from top instructors in Canada, many of whom have come through the Basecamp programme
- Self-catered, centrally located seasonal accommodation included from November until the end of April
- Lake Louise season lift pass
- Full season contract from Lake Louise Ski Resort
- Training throughout the season to build up towards your CSIA L2
- CSIA Level 1 - included
- CSIA Level 2 - optional
- Freestyle, avalanche, first aid - optional
You have a contract with the Lake Louise Ski School from the 9th December until mid-April. You can expect to earn $15 an hour as a starting wage, with the potential for tips and bonuses during the season. You will work maximum 40 hours a week, with hours dependent on availability of lessons and other work. All clients will have access to Lake Louise in-resort staff training, in order to build up to their Level 2 which they will have the option to do at their own expense during the season.
- Canadian Working Holiday Visa (IEC)
- Previous applicable experience is an advantage
- Good work ethic
1 - Send in your CV to us for review
2 - Suitable candidates will be conditionally accepted onto the programme and must pay a £95 deposit to secure their place.
3 - We will arrange a Skype interview with the Lake Louise recruitment team to confirm employment details and make sure that all candidates meet Lake Louise standards.
4 - You must provide your valid work permit on the first day of the programme to be able to be part of the apprenticeship.
Here you'll find a week by week breakdown of your course.
You will be met at Calgary airport and all get a group transfer together at 16:00 to your accommodation in Banff town centre. Our resort manager will give you a quick tour of the town and get you settled in before training starts on Monday 18th November. You will have 2 weeks of training from the Lake Louise Ski School, covering everything you will need to know to take your CASI Level 1 exam in week 3.
CSIA Level 1 Exam
Take your CSIA Level 1 exam, which is essential to pass to be able to work as a ski instructor for the rest of the season. We generally get a 100% pass rate though as long as you work hard and listen to everything your trainers and examiners have told you!
Life as a ski instructor
After you pass your CSIA Level 1 exam you can start working as a ski instructor for Lake Louise Ski School! You will be given some internal training to make sure you are ready and feel confident. You will then work a max of 40 hours a week on a rota, with peak weeks being busier.
During this time you can take advantage of more internal training to work towards your CSIA Level 2 which you can take towards the end of the season in March. You may like to try your hand at snowboarding and sit your CASI level 1 to become dual qualified and even more employable!
CSIA Level 2 exam
Sit your CSIA Level 2 exam when you are ready, and when you opt to towards the end of the season. This is at your own expense but you get an instructor's discount through Lake Louise.
Life at CSIA Level 2
Finish the season as a level 2 instructor, and then secure your spot in the team to come back the following winter! The end of the season is a good chance to improve your skills further and maybe gain further qualifications in freestyle coaching or avalanche safety.
Get an insider's view of what it's like living and learning in resort.
You will need to provide your own skis and boots, as well as warm clothing for training and working! We have a great deal with Head skis to provide skis perfect for your course and working afterwards so if you need advice then contact us at [email protected]
We only have space for a maximum of 8 skiers and 4 snowboarders on our apprenticeships due to the guaranteed jobs we have allocate to us!
Right in the centre of town! You will live completely among all the shops and bars for the ultimate seasonal experience - we are the closest of any other provider in town. You will be staying in a self-catered apartment with the others on the apprenticeship. It gives a great seasonnaire experience as an instructor - one that you will hopefully go on to replicate for many years!
This course provides the best path into the industry! It's the best course for those looking to qualify as a level 2 instructor and work as an instructor in the same season. You must have a working holiday visa though, which can be the sticking point for many wanting to do this course as they are difficult to get!
We ask that you are a Level 3 or above on our ability scale. Generally having 3-4 weeks on snow prior to the course is enough, and the most important thing is a good attitude to improving and learning new skills!
The Level 1 isn't too hard to pass as an entry level qualification. Participants will be assessed on their ability to perform and teach on the mountain. We get a 100% pass rate year in year out. The Level 2 in a big step up from the Level 1, however the training you receive prior to the exam puts you in an excellent position to pass. We usually see an 85-90% pass rate at Level 2 in Banff.
The majority of people who do this course are solo travellers. There is a large Basecamp community in resort, and your Resort Manager will make sure you're quickly introduced to everyone.
The money question! Minimum wage in Alberta is $15/ hour so that is what you can expect. Hours depend on how busy the school is but can vary between 20 - 40 hours a week, meaning prospective season earnings of around $6,000. More information on various wages can be found here - https://www.basecampgroup.com/blog/much-can-ski-instructor-earn/
As an instructor at the Lake Louise Ski School you are able to sign up to staff training sessions which happen regularly, and have First Tracks sessions most mornings before work too when you can ski with other instructors before lessons start. Being part of the ski school is the best place to be, to ski with experienced instructors, ask their advice, learn from them and naturally become a great ski instructor yourself!