Banff Snowboard Instructor Course – 11 Weeks


11 Weeks
FROM £8,395

If you’re here, chances are you’re a thrill-seeker. There’s something so much more exhilarating about snowboarding than other snowsports. That’s why our Banff location is perfect for you. You’ve got 4,200 acres across the Rocky Mountains to tear up, loads of different terrain parks, AND a half pipe. It’s a snowboarder’s dream.

Snowboarding doesn’t have to just be a hobby to you. Why not turn that passion into a career? We have a number of programmes available, whether you’re taking a career sabbatical, looking to spend a gap year shredding, or you want to kick-start a full career in snowboarding. Our snowboard instructor courses in Canada are unrivalled, plus we hire more instructors than anyone else, so you know you’ll be able to land a job after your course if that’s what you’re after!

You’ll gain your CASI Level 1 and Level 2 certification when you take our snowboard instructor course in Canada – we’ll provide you with everything you need to qualify and excel! We’ll cover the progression to riding switch, rails, jumps, and half pipes in the snow park element of the training.

You can also add the CASI Park Instructor Level 1 course, which covers freestyle instructing, to take your training to the next level. What’s more, we have the Avalanche Safety (AST) Level 1 as an optional add-on – great if you’re looking to shred the mountains. With this course, you’ll be able to teach basic freestyle skills, intermediate carving, and advanced sliding turn.

You’ll also have plenty of downtime to explore everything Banff has on offer. Not only is it a renowned party city with loads of bars, clubs, and restaurants, you can also take part in fun sports activities. These include an indoor climbing wall, gyms, dog sledding, ice hockey, snowmobile tours, and the famed Rocky Mountain heli and cat skiing – you won’t be short of things to do!

Does this sound like your kind of trip? If so, get in touch with Basecamp to start the journey of a lifetime today!

13 Week Dual Upgrade

This course can be upgraded to a 13-week course which will also include Level 1 training and exams for skiing, 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 get

Basecamp offers the best snowboard instructor courses on the market. You’ll have highly qualified instructors, amazing landscapes to explore, and unforgettable memories.

20 hours' practical lessons per week from the highest-qualified trainers
Fantastic central accommodation in Banff
Breakfast 7 days a week (all you can eat!)
Evening meals 4 days a week
Lake Louise full season lift pass
Lift line priority
CASI Level 1 & 2 ski instructor exams
Avalanche courses AST1 **optional extra**
Snow park training
CASI snow park L1 **optional extra

HD video movement analysis
Equipment tuning clinic
Theory lessons and seminars
Exclusive discounts with Basecamp partner programme
Off-snow activities every week (optional)
Social après each week
Resort rep available 24/7
Job assist
Free Basecamp jacket and buff

“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

“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 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

“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

Experienced coaches

Not only do our coaches have years of experience under their belts, they’re also highly qualified. They’ll go beyond simply coaching, and will become your friends and mentors.

Our highly qualified training team will be with you every step of the way. They will be your friends and mentors both on and off the slopes.

No language barriers

This course is taught fully in English, so there is no need to worry!

The best service

Our resort team is on hand 24/7 to help you with anything you could ever need. We’re here to make sure you have the time of your life, on and off the slopes.


The best tuition

When you sign up to a Banff snowboard instructor course, you know you’ll be receiving unrivalled tuition. You’ll get five days a week of snow training, as well as classroom and seminar learning too.


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.

For this course, you’ll need some existing skills. If you have enough experience and knowledge to ride a red piste run, linking turns with good control, then this course is for you. 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.