Our original ski instructor course; there's no better pathway to get into the industry.
The 11 Week Ultimate Ski Instructor Course allows participants to gain their CSIA Level 1 & 2 and hopefully begin a career as a ski instructor.
What to Expect
We pride ourselves on being the top instructor course provider in Banff. We have an amazing relationship with the Lake Louise Ski School, who go on to employ a number of our students every year. You can see the pathway clearly in Canada, to be able to go on and live the dream as a ski instructor!
- Includes both CSIA Level 1 & 2 exams
- Top instructors in Canada, many of whom have come through the Basecamp programme
- Guaranteed employment consultation with Lake Louise Ski School at the end of the course
- Central twin share hotel accommodation (all double beds in the Ptarmigan Inn Hotel)
ON THE MOUNTAIN
The training is based on the common principle of:
- 18.5 hours coaching per 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 - included
- Avalanche Awareness - AST Level 1 - optional
- First Aid - optional
- CSIA Level 1 Freestyle - optional
Each student 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 2 certification you can work around the world, as well as back in Canada as an experienced instructor.
ACCOMMODATION & FOOD
We provide central accommodation (all twin share, in double beds in the 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 Ptarmigan Inn
- En-suite facilities
- Ski lockers
- Free Wi-Fi
- 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*
- Snowmobiling - $265*
- Trip to watch ice hockey in Calgary - $100*
- Heliskiing - $1,200*
- Weekend trip to Kicking Horse or Revelstoke - $150*
*Prices are CAD and for illustrative purposes only, please note that these are subject to change
Additional qualifications also include First Aid, Avalanche Safety, and Freestyle Level 1. You can pick and choose the ones you want.
Here you'll find a week by week breakdown of your course.
Learning the Lake Louise way of life
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.
CSIA Level 1 Exam
Your first test! Over 4 days, demonstrate all you need to pass your Level 1 exam.
Advanced Analysis and Practice Teaching
The final week of training before your exam! Ramp up the preparation and get your technique and teaching perfect!
Level 2 training and Performance Coaching
Focussed Level 2 Training and Extended Personal Development. Whole group stays together and works on improving specific elements of their skiing including short and long carving turns, moguls, steeps and freestyle, with added teaching practice.
CSIA Level 2 Exam
This is it! What the hard work has been leading up to, so knuckle down for one more week of hard skiing so that you can make the grade and become a fully qualified instructor!
Freeride/ Chill week
Have the chance to gain Freestyle Level 1 at an additional cost, or enjoy your final week in beautiful Banff to ski with your new friends and new skills!
Get an insider's view of what it's like living and learning in resort.
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 the following season, or for those looking to significantly improve their skiing and enjoy a once in a lifetime experience.
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 as an entry level qualification. Participants will be assessed on their abilty 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 recieve prior to the exam puts you in an excellent position to pass. The 2016/17 season saw an amazing 95% pass rate at Level 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. You can improve your chances of employment by becoming dual qualified as a ski and snowboard instructor with our upgrade option.
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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