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.
Basecamp courses offer the most qualifications of any provider in Banff – INCLUDED AS STANDARD. We don’t believe in hidden extras or lengthy optional extras lists so we include everything you need from the get-go. We include over $1,500 worth of these ‘optional extras’ as standard in your Basecamp course.
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. Level 2 exam fees are included, saving you around $600 that others will charge you extra for.
You will also achieve the CASI Park Instructor Level 1 course, which covers freestyle instructing, to take your training to the next level. What’s more, we include the Avalanche Safety (AST) Level 1 in your 13 week all mountain course – perfect for when you’re shredding the mountains. With this course, you’ll be able to teach basic freestyle skills, intermediate carving and advanced sliding turn. Snowpark training, exams and AST L1 combined are worth almost $1,000 and are included in your program.
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!
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Basecamp offers the best and most inclusive snowboard instructor courses on the market. You’ll have highly qualified instructors, amazing landscapes to explore, and unforgettable memories.
Let’s begins with the most important part of any instructor training course – the coaching!
That’s awesome, but what about life away from the hill? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Not only do you get the best coaching in Banff, we also provide the best off-hill program too.
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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!”
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.
With a few programs to choose from in Banff this is a very valid question.
Basecamp will not be beaten on quality or value. We have been running courses for 20 years and know exactly what makes an amazing program. We don’t advertise a “from $$$ price”, instead we include it all as standard so there’s no hidden costs or unexpected fees during your season.
- Hotel Accommodation – We base our course from a a very comfortable and spacious hotel, where everyone gets their own queen size bed with en-suite. No hostels or bunk beds with us! Best of all, its right on the main street in Banff, mere minutes away from anything you need.
- Lake Louise – We train at the biggest and best resort in Banff – Lake Louise. Other courses train from either Sunshine, Norquay or Big3. Whilst they all have their own unique attributes, Lake Louise is the number 1 for a reason and we are fortunate to have such a special relationship with the resort.
- No Hidden Extras! – L2 exams, AST1 and Snowpark L1 are all included. Trust us, these are all things you will want to do during your season so we dont ask you for extra money to do them. Combined, these are worth over $1,500.
- One-2-One Coaching – Not only do you get the best coaching with Basecamp at Ski Louise, but you also get two private, one-2-one sessions during your course to really drill into your personal riding technique.
- Social Events – It’s not all about riding on our courses, you will make the best memories and amazing new friends with Basecamp. Each week our resort team will arrange amazing social events to help you make the most of your time in Canada. Ice Hockey Trips, Sledding, Snow Shoeing, Dog Sledding, Cat-Skiing, Bar Crawls, Open Mic Nights, Escape Rooms, Cinema Nights, Away Trips to Kicking Horse Resort… the list goes on and on!
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. You will also get your Snow Park L1 and AST L1 (Avalanche Safety). No other program includes this many qualifications in your course.
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.
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.