Banff Ski Instructor Course – 11 Weeks


11 Weeks
FROM £8,395

Considered one of the best ski areas in the world, Banff is in a gorgeous and unique location in the middle of a national park. The area boasts three ski resorts, including Lake Louise, the biggest in the Canadian Rockies. You’ll be treated to uncluttered pistes, world-class training, stunningly unique views, and an incredible nightlife.

With such a range of terrains, you’ll never get bored in Banff. In fact, you’ll never have to ski the same trail twice because there are so many! As you get more skilled, you can tackle some of the bigger and more daunting mountains, so you’ll always have new challenges to explore. Plus, Banff is renowned as a party town, so you’ll love the nightlife too!

Out of the three resorts in Banff, Basecamp’s courses are ran in Lake Louise. The largest resort in Banff, Lake Louise has incredible powder, the most varied terrain, steeps for all experience levels, an amazing snow park, and loads of long runs. What’s more, it employs more ski instructors than any other resort, so you’ll have the opportunity to come back as an instructor!

If you’re looking to become a ski instructor in Canada, our courses are perfect for you. Get in touch with Basecamp today to start the journey of a lifetime or find out about all our courses.

With our Canada ski instructor courses, you won’t just learn how to become a ski instructor. You’ll also enhance your interpersonal skills to become a better communicator. When it comes to the skiing, you’ll get the best and brightest instructors who’ll equip you with everything you need for your CSIA level 1 and level 2 certification. This will allow you to teach skiers up to intermediate parallel ski level.

Through the training, you’ll understand how to develop and assess skiers in multiple tactics and terrains. You’ll attend technical seminars, receive regular assessments on your skiing progress, and our qualified level 4 pros will give you a written personalised evaluation every week so you can understand how you’re progressing.

But it’s not all about books and seminars. You’ll have plenty of days off to explore the gorgeous scenery in Banff, whether you explore the national park surrounding you, the town, or the Rockies. Banff is well known as a party city, so you can dance the night away in some of the best clubs in North America.

Beyond the big nights out, Banff has plenty of activities to keep you entertained. You can go to the cinema and catch up on all the latest releases, ascend indoor climbing walls at the sports complex, bowl a strike at the bowling alley, get involved in the high street ice hockey tournament, and take part in the incredible Red Bull Rail Jam! In the ski areas, you can go dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and back-country touring. Don’t forget to take advantage of the famous heli and cat skiing available in the Rockies.

13 Week Dual Upgrade

This course can be upgraded to a 13-week course which will also include Level 1 training and exams for snowboarding, ensuring you leave us a true mountain guru!

Courses currently available

Jan 07, 2023 - Mar 25, 2023
Price: £8,395.00

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What you'll get

Our ski instructor courses are world renowned, and we work with only the best resorts and instructors. We’re confident that you’ll have the time of your life, alongside getting a first-class ski education.

20+ hours' practical lessons per week from highest qualified trainers
Fantastic central hotel accommodation in Banff
Breakfast 7 days per week (all you can eat buffet!)
Evening meals 4 days a week
Lake Louise full season lift pass
Lift line priority
CSIA Level 1 & 2 ski instructor exams
CSIA teaching children module
Avalanche courses (AST L1) **optional extra**
CSIA Level 1 freestyle **optional extra**

HD video movement analysis
Equipment tuning clinic
Theory lessons and seminars
Exclusive discounts with Basecamp partner programme
Optional off-snow activities every week
Two social après a week
Resort rep available 24/7
Basecamp job assist
Free Basecamp jacket and buff

“Best experience of my life!

The 11 week snowboard program with basecamp was definitely the best decision, we had great instructors who really knew what they were talking about. I have grown very much as a person and as a snowboarder the basecamp course really helped me with that!”

Holly, 21

“Basecamp was an unreal experience. A fantastic training program which sent me on my way to a new career. Awesome training throughout the season, which lead to huge improvement on my technical and teaching within skiing. Personal highlight – heli-skiing with the instructors at the end of the program.”

Elliot, 21

“An awesome way to gain a qualification and skills on a gap year/career break! I qualified as an instructor, had 11-weeks of top notch training, lived in one of the most beautiful countries in the world and had three months of insane fun with a great bunch of people. This course is one of, if not the, best experiences of my life.

I can’t recommend this course enough to anyone looking for a worthwhile way to spend their gap year or for someone who wants to get away from the grind of their job on a career break.”

Rhod, 18

“Basecamp provided the most amazing experience this year. I have made so many lifelong friends and my snowboarding has improved ridiculously when I compare to the beginning of the season. The coaching we received was world class and I am so excited to begin instructing! I would recommend Basecamp to anyone wanting to become an international instructor, improve their riding, or looking for a challenging, exciting and awesome gap year adventure! Thank you so much Basecamp!”

Elle, 20

Experienced coaches

We hire the best ski instructors out there, so you can rest assured that you’ll receive the highest level of education from our experienced and qualified coaches – some have been doing it for 20+ years!

The best service

We do everything we can to ensure you have the time of your life, both in your learning and off-slope activities. We have a team based in the resort to help you with everything you need, 24/7.

The best tuition

Go hard or go home. You’ll get five days of professional coaching a week to get you up to speed. We don’t overcrowd our groups, meaning you’ll get the personal support you need to be the best you can be.

Value for money

With a Basecamp course, you’ll get access to unrivalled ski instructor education and a memorable experience to boot. That’s why we believe we’re great value for money and offer the best ski instructor courses in Banff and around the world.


Once you’ve completed your Basecamp course, you’ll leave with the internationally recognised Canadian CSIA Level 1 and 2 Instructor Licence. With this, you can teach in many countries across the globe.

This course is a little advanced, so we need to know you have some existing skills. If you can ski a red piste run in parallel with a hip width stance and the ability to demonstrate outside ski balance and little body rotation, you’ll be a perfect fit. If you’re not yet this advanced, get in touch to find out more about our beginner courses.

Once you get an IEC, working holiday visa, or suitable passport, you can work as a ski instructor in Canada! We’ll help you with applying to the Lake Louise Ski School so you can put your learning to work right away or whenever suits you.

We have an Essential Visa Guide to answer all your questions

You must be a minimum of 16 years old before you arrive into resort on our Austrian Courses.

You must be a minimum of 18 years old before you arrive in resort for our Canada, France or  Argentina Courses (unless parental consent is obtained).

You must be a minimum of 18 years old to join any of our courses or internships which rely on a working holiday visa.

Although Basecamp courses are amongst the largest in the World, we manage to maintain very intimate training groups of between 4 and 8, but with no more than 8:1 students per trainer in Austria, Argentina and France and up to 10:1 in Canada. This allows us to match similar ability levels per group and means no student should ever feel as if they are falling behind, or being held back because of the group they are in.

We have various options for accommodation on our courses, all of which are very comfortable. We use a combination of apartments, hotels and chalets. There are options to to include a single room, half board meals or both! (subject to course and availability). See our Accommodation page for more details on your options.

Yes! All of our programs include accommodation for the full period you are with us at Basecamp. Unlike other providers, even our Banff internship programs include accommodation for the full 22wk season!

Sure! We love it when friends come together and share this amazing experience – after all sharing is caring! We can make sure you live together too so you can enjoy the time and make memories forever… just be sure to let us know who you’re travelling with.

We are so confident that we offer the very best value courses in the industry that we have a Basecamp Price Guarantee. We pride ourselves that we offer more training, higher quality coaching, better off-hill programs and more fun aprés events than any other course.

That’s why if you find a better value comparable course anywhere, not only will we match the course cost, but we will also give you an additional £50 off your course fees for good measure!

Get in touch to find out more about our Price Guarantee.

Yes! Once you have booked and paid your deposit then you will have the ability to pay off your course how you see fit as long as our minimum criteria has been met (see T&C’s). You can decide how much and how often you pay to suit your circumstances.

As much as we love dogs at Basecamp the simple answer is no for most courses. Unfortunately Dogs are not allowed within most Basecamp Accommodation.

Our hotel accommodation in Banff is pet friendly and do allow pets under certain conditions, get in touch to find out more.

No problem, you can check out our full FAQ’s here for answers on equipment, training, qualifications, jobs, payments and more.

If you’re still not sure, then Contact Us and we can answer your specific questions for you.