11 Week All Mountain Ski Instructor Course

The Heart of the Rockies!

5th January 2019 - 23rd March 2019 Banff, Canada Catered

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Course Overview

11 weeks of all round, all-mountain training in beautiful Lake Louise!

The 11 Week All Mountain Course gives those looking to spend time in Canada a fantastic opportunity to take their skiing to the next level. This course is ideal for those looking for an instructor qualification alongside a once in a lifetime experience or gap year. This is our original course in Banff, and ideal for those wanting to spend a lot of time skiing and progressing without the pressure of lots of exams! 

What to Expect

The course starts in January, allowing you to be fully immersed in Lake Louise's endless snowfall. Following the Level 1 exam, there will be continued all mountain performance training up until week 10 (plus those who wish to continue their certifications up to Level 2 are able to upgrade pending availability). Over the course of the 11 weeks you can expect the following:


  • CSIA Level 1 exam
  • Top Instructors in Canada, many of whom have come through the Ticket To Ride Programme
  • Central Twin Share - Ptarmigan Inn Hotel Accommodation (all twin share, in double beds in the Ptarmigan Inn Hotel)


The training is based on the common principle of:

  • 18.5 Hours Coaching a Week
  • 8:1 Group training ratio
  • Piste Performance Coaching
  • Freeride Training
  • Park riding
  • Teaching Theory Coaching
  • Exam Preparation


  • CSIA Level 1 - Included
  • CSIA Level 2 - Optional
  • Avalanche Awareness - AST Level 1 - Optional
  • First Aid - Optional
  • CSIA Level 1 Freestyle - Optional


Each Basecamper is given direct access to the Lake Louise Ski School employment Director, with an end of season consultation, and the possibility to return the following season and work. With a CSIA Level 1 certification you are entitled to work on the slopes in Canada, although it is an entry level qualification.


We provide central accommodation (all twin share, in double beds in the newly refurbished Ptarmigan Inn Hotel).

  • You can take advantage of all-you-can-eat breakfast 7 days a week and dinner 4 nights a week.
  • Double bed in a twin room in the newly refurbished Ptarmigan Inn
  • Ensuite
  • Ski Lockers
  • Free Wifi
  • Widescreen TV in each room
  • Fridge, microwave and kettle
  • Hot Tub and Sauna

Single Supplement ?- If you would like a room to yourself, this is available for an additional £2,250 for the 11 weeks.


During your course there are a range of additional extra activities available. Activities available to sign up for in resort include:

  • Cat skiing - $525
  • Snow mobiling - $265
  • Trip to watch ice hockey in Calgary - $100
  • Heli Skiing - $1,200
  • Weekend trip to Kicking Horse or Revelstoke - $150

*Prices are CAD and a guide only and subject to change from season to season

Additional qualifications also include first aid, Avalanche Safety, and Freestyle Level 1. You can pick and choose the ones you want.

Course Timeline

Here you'll find a week by week breakdown of your course.

  • Learning the Lake Louise way of life

    3 Weeks

    Focused Level 1 Training and Personal Development. Here you?ll be introduced to the basic elements of on-mountain teaching, through analysis of goal setting, different types of learners, and in depth skills concept. Working towards taking your Level 1 exam the week after.

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  • Exam Time!

    1 Week

    CSIA Level 1 Exam

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  • Level 2 training and Performance Coaching

    5 Weeks

    Focussed Level 2 Training and Extended Personal Development. Whole group stays together and works on improving specific elements of their skiing, with teaching practice. This is when you need to decide whether you would like to sign up for Level 2, or just continue with performance training.

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  • Group splits - Level 2 Exam or Performance Training

    1 Week

    On this course you are likely to carry on with all-round performance training, but you may have opted to sit your Level 2 following the Level 1 exam! 

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  • End of season Chill Week

    1 Week

    A week following exams and without any training where you can enjoy your final days in resort with your new friends and skills. There is an option to do a freestyle qualification during this week for additional cost.

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Video Overview

Get an insider's view of what it's like living and learning in resort.


Got a question about this course? Here's the best place to start. If you don't find your answer here, you can request a callback or get in touch using our contact page.

Those looking to improve their skiing in an amazing location with the option to do their level 2 exams but not wanting to commit from the start before you know what it is all about. Instead you could perfect your technique on all terrains, without the pressure of exams! 

We train the courses at an 8:1 ratio, and usually expect to have 30-50 people in Banff. So there's a wide range of people, and a great pool of future friends and ski contacts.

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 hard to pass. It's 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 is 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. This season we saw a 95% pass rate on Level 1 and 2 in Banff.

In recent years everyone who has wanted a job has secured one. We don't like to guarantee employment as it's down to the individual to posses the skill and attitude that employers are looking for.  You're guaranteed a job interview, it's up to you to impress them and get the job.

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.

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