CSIA 1 & 2 Ultimate Ski Instructor Course

The Heart of the Rockies!

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

Course Overview

Gain four qualifications in 11 weeks!

The 11 Week Ultimate Ski Instructor Course allows participants to gain 4 qualifications: CSIA Level 1 and 2, AST Level 1 (Avalanche) and First Aid. This course is ideal for those looking to begin a career as a ski instructor.

What to Expect

This is quite simply the most inclusive Instructor course out there! Not only is the on-snow course extremely comprehensive, but off the mountain you also get 500 activity credits, which can be used on a whole host of extra activities!

Course Features

  • 4 Qualifications in 1 Season: CSIA Level 1 and 2, AST Level 1, First Aid
  • Highest Qualified and Best Instructors in Canada
  • Guaranteed Job Interview
  • Central Twin Share Hotel Accommodation (all twin share, in double beds in the Ptarmigan Inn Hotel)
  • 500 Extra Activity Credits

On the Mountain

  • The training is based on the common principle of:
  • 18.5 Hours Coaching a Week
  • 8 - 1 Group training
  • 1-1 Coaching
  • Piste Performance Coaching
  • Teaching Theory Coaching
  • Exam Preparation

Employment Opportunities

Each Basecamper is guaranteed a job interview with the Lake Louise Ski School with the possibility to return the following season and work as a Level 2 Qualified Instructor.

Accommodation & Food

Central Accommodation (all twin share, in double beds in the newly refurbished Ptarmigan Inn Hotel). All you can eat breakfast seven days a week and dinner five nights a week.

Extra Activities

Each Basecamper has access to 500 activity credits throughout the course. Activities available to sign up for in resort include cat skiing, snow mobiling, ice hockey trip, ice skating and more. Extra credits can be purchased in resort if you want to do more!

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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  • CSIA Level 1 Exam

    1 Week

    Take the exam and go for a job interview with Lake Louise Ski School.

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  • Advanced Analysis and Practice Teaching

    1 Week

    The final week of training before your exam! Ramp up the preparation and get your technique and teaching perfect! 

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  • Level 2 training and Performance Coaching

    4 Weeks

    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. 

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  • CSIA Level 2 Exam

    1 Week

    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!

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  • Freeride/ Chill week

    1 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!

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Video Overview

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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.

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 can comfortably ski red runs and occasional blacks. 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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