Dual Ultimate Level 1 & 2 Snowboard Instructor Course

The Heart of the Rockies!

11th January 2020 - 11th April 2020 Banff, Canada Catered

Course Overview

Add on a ski qualification to your snowboard and become a true master of the slopes!

In today's competitive snowsports market, if there is anything to set yourself apart from the crowd, then it is good to go for it! We have designed a brand new course for 2017/18 which not only puts you through your CASI Level 1 & 2 snowboard instructor exams, but then adds on your CSIA Level 1 ski exam at the end to make you truly a master of the slopes! This will undoubtedly improve your chances of getting a job, so if you are serious about a career as an instructor, this is the course for you!

Live in the centre of town, kick back in your double-bed, en-suite hotel room, enjoy daily hot buffet breakfasts and ride every day as part of the most progressive snowboarding syllabus available. To sum the experience up, Banff is simply the most beautiful place on the planet, with the views at Lake Louise making you feel you've been escorted to a mountain paradise and left to ride there with just a few good mates, with some of the best instructors around. Have we got your attention yet?

What to Expect

You'll receive a hugely varied coaching schedule focussed solely on taking your riding up to the next level through progressive steps over the 13 week period.


  • Includes both CSIA Level 1 & 2 exams and your CASI Level 1
  • Top instructors in Canada, many of whom have come through the Basecamp programme
  • Guaranteed employment consultation with Lake Louise at the end of the course
  • Central twin share hotel accommodation (all double beds in the Ptarmigan Inn)


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


  • CASI Level 1 - included
  • CASI Level 2 - included
  • CSIA Level 1 - 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 to work. With a CASI Level 2 certification you can work around the world, as well as back in Canada as an experienced instructor. If you manage to get all your qualifications you will be head and shoulders above other candidates and should be snapped up!

We also have great connections with our ski schools in New Zealand who are always on the look out for dual qualified instructors - so you can get work straight after this course in the beautiful North Island resorts of Mt. Ruapehu.


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

  • 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 £2,650 for the 13 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 they 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. 

Course Timeline

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

  • Improve your riding

    1 Week

    Basic rider improvement, through analysis of your individual performance and ability.

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  • Teaching theory, and the five skills.

    2 Weeks

    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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  • CASI Level 1

    1 Week

    Take your first exam over 4 days.

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  • Riding skills and using terrain

    2 Weeks

    A focus on steering to control turn shape, freestyle tactics to challenge stance and balance, and how each skill relates to each manoeuvre. Moving into greater analysis of key snowboarding skills - Tactics for pivot and steering, pressure control, timing and coordination, stance and balance, and how to challenge your own riding skills.

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  • Sliding Turns & continued analysis of the main manoeuvres

    2 Weeks

    Terrain adaptation using independent leg movement, and how to control sliding turns whilst both gathering and maintaining speed. Continue on to include carving turns, switch riding, and basic freestyle manoeuvres.

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  • Advanced Analysis and Practice Teaching

    1 Week

    This week will see you focus on switch riding, anticipation vs rotation, angulation vs inclinations, teaching analysis and specific individual improver sessions. Final preparation for your Level 2 exams!

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  • CASI 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 riding so that you can make the grade and become a fully qualified instructor!

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  • Freeride week

    1 Week

    Have the chance to gain Freestyle Level 1 at an additional cost, and generally enjoy less talking and more riding!

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  • CSIA Level 1 Ski training

    1 Week

    Go back to basics in a second discipline now and learn how to teach skiing to a beginner level. Covering snowplough to parallel turns and the start of carving. It would help a lot if you had been practising a bit of skiing throughout your course so this isn't such a big shock!

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  • CSIA Level 1 Exam

    1 Week

    Sit the Level 1 Ski exam and hopefully become bi-snocial and master of two disciplines!

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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.

If you are really really serious about being a snowboard instructor as a career, then this course is the ultimate stepping stone to making you as employable as you can be! Snowboard instructor jobs are harder to find than ski instructor jobs in general, so by adding in a basic ski qualification, you can try and cover all bases and hopefully find yourself that dream job in the future!

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! A bit of prior ski ability would be helpful too for this course!

We generally receive 100% pass rate on the Level 1, and traditionally a similarly high level for the Level 2 as well. So with the right mind set it?s an easy one to pass! 

As far as the snowboard school are concerned they?ve had 13 weeks to screen you, during which time you?ve been trained by their finest instructors, in their own resort. In effect, the whole process is a training period for the Lake Louise Snowboard School! We?re proud to say that everyone who wanted a job has got one in the past, the only stickler can be the Canadian visa, but that?s another story! With the added bonus of a dual qualification, you shouldn't have a problem finding work around the world!

Just a two minute walk to all the shops and bars - we are the closest of any other provider in town.

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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