Canada Ski Instructor and Snow Board Instructor Course
A modular ski or snowboard instructor training, mountain leadership and Gap travel program
An all in one, complete training program for any budding ski or snowboard professional packaged together with an epic road trip to explore western Canada.
Students will learn from top certified CSIA/CASI examiners, specialty coaches and mountain guides while gaining several industry recognized certifications throughout this intensive program.
A wide variety of technical ski and/or snowboard training is provided including: teaching demonstrations, performance carving, alpine racing, off-piste steeps, moguls, powder, trees, and terrain park. Backcountry travel and wilderness skills are also an integral part of this program.
Valuable leadership and teaching skills will be taught in an experiential learning environment. Volunteer work practicum opportunities with snow schools and ski patrols are available throughout the program for those who are serious about gaining industry experience.
Gain experience from a small team of hand picked coaches
Our coaching and guiding staff are all hand picked and are at minimum CSIA/CASI level 3 (most are level 4) and are all certified examiners. We run small training groups of no more than 6. Our Partners company directors are also on snow coaching everyday! This means you will get personalised attention, and genuinely feel part of the team, rather that a student at the back of the class.
14 Week SLT Explorer – Course Syllabus
- Arrival and Pick up in Vancouver
- Road trip to Revelstoke BC
Apprentice Instructor Module
- Revelstoke Orientation and Welcome Party
- Team building & leadership theory
- Introduction to CSIA/CASI skills
- Ski improvement sessions
- CSIA/CASI Level I Instructor preparation
- Learning styles workshop
- “Ninja Training” fitness sessions
- CSIA/CASI Level I instructor course & exams
- CSIA Teaching Children module
Level 2+ Instructor Module
- Advanced ski/ride improvement sessions / Performance carving
- Giant Slalom race training
- Ski/board Tuning Session
- Banff & Canadian Rockies Road Trip
- Visit Rocky Mountain Resorts such Sunshine Village & Lake Lousie
- All mountain ski/ride improvement
- Terrain adaptation – moguls, trees, steeps
- All mountain ski/ride improvement sessions
- Introductory terrain park development
- CSIA/CASI Freeride Park Module
- Level 2 teaching methodology
- All mountain ski/ride improvement
- Instructor shadows / Practice teaches
- Final Level 2 prep
- CSIA/CASI Level II Instructor Course & Exams
Backcountry Skills Module (Pathfinder Program)
- Road trip to the Coast Range (exact Itinerary to be determined by snow conditions in each location) with the final destination being Vancouver Island. Along the way there will be a chance to check out the city of Vancouver and many other places of interest.
- Avalanche Safety Training 1
- Map & compass navigation & mountain weather
- Winter survival skills trip
- Wilderness first aid course & exams / CPR C
- Off-piste ski improvement sessions
- Glacier travel and crevasse rescue workshops
- Multi-day backcountry trip / Advanced alpine wilderness module
- Avalanche Safety Training level 2
- Helicopter Accessed – Intro to Ski Mountaineering Course.
- SLT-E graduation surf trip to the spectacular beaches of the Pacific Rim National Park and the coastal towns of Tofino and Ucluelet on Vancouver Island.
- Graduation Party – Departure
Note* Schedule may vary due to weather conditions and group needs.
SLT Explorer – Included Certifications
Apprentice Instructor Module
- CSIA or CASI Level I
- CSIA Teaching Children Module
Level 2 Instructor Module
- CSIA Level II
- CSIA Freeride Module or CASI Terrain Park Certification
Backcountry Skills Module
- Avalanche Safety Training – AST 1
- Advanced Avalanche Safety Training – AST 2
- Essential Wilderness First Aid – 40Hr
- CPR level C
Graduates also receive a Snowsport Leadership Training Explorer – Certificate of Completion, a written evaluation and for high achieving students who demonstrate the qualities of a good instructor we often act as a reference for future employment.
Extra Curricular Activities
Above and beyond our regular SLT curriculum the following are included in the SLT Explorer program:
- Trip to Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies.
- Road trip to the Pacific Rim National Park on the coast of Vancouver Island and go surfing. A great way to relax after all that skiing and boarding on the SLT course!
- One final grand adventure! We’ll access the remote alpine via helicopter then climb and ski in the majestic Coast Range.
Many other extras (both included and optional) are available to pack out any remaining spare time off the snow! Activities are usually chosen by group consensus but to give you an idea, these are things we’ve done in the past with groups:
- We usually enter a dodgeball team in the local league and play weekly matches.
- We’ll head to the big city watch an NHL hockey game! Revelstoke is a few hours road trip from Calgary to catch a Flames game… and on our Vancouver Island courses we often catch the ferry over to Vancouver to see the ‘Canucks’ in action and party it up city style.
- We’ll often rent the local arena and play a hockey game… which can be pretty comical if you are just learning to skate.
- Learn how to make hand make skis and snowboards with our Friends at ‘Kindred Custom Skis & Boards.’
- A day of Snowmobiling is always a great Canadian past time.
- We go on day adventures such as bungy jumping or caving or visit hot springs
- Float around at the aquatic centre
- Practice your moves on the trampolines at the gymnastics centre
- Hang out at the Climbing Gym
- Road trips to other ski resort along the way
- Surfing, sea kayaking, whale watching, fishing, mountain biking, golfing, white water rafting, and having weenie roasts on the beach are all options once we get to Vancouver Island
Canada Ski Instructor and Snow Board Instructor Course Frequently Asked Questions
You will notice a lot of training organisations offering ski instructor courses. These companies only include CSIA/CASI level 1 in the actual course fees… But if you read the fine print anything beyond that is at an extra cost. (CSIA/CASI LEVEL 2 is usually required if students want any chance to obtain a working visa sponsorship the following year).
Some try to fluff up their programs by including a very basic avalanche day or a 1 day first aid course but these for the most part are not accredited courses. With our course, we include all the training fees, and provide you with a 40 hour wilderness training course. Our students come away more highly qualified and ready to hit a competitive snow sports instructor jobs market.
Check the following link to to see whether or not it is necessary for you. Canada visa information
|8 (Week)||8 Week L1+2+ Vancouver Island Quad Share||USD 7632||Book Now|
|8 (Week)||8 Week Express Instructor - L1+2+ Revelestoke (Twin Share)||USD 8500||Book Now|
|12 (Week)||12 Week Vancouver Island SLT April 1st 2017 Quad Share||USD 10999||Book Now|
|15 (Week)||15 Week Full Course Departure: April 23rd 2017 Quad Share||USD 12999||Book Now|
- 14 weeks accommodation across British Columbia, (twin or private room options)
- Transportation within the program including airport transfers from Vancouver and road trips across the province.
- Weekday evening meals (5 nights per week)
- Full seasons pass at Revelstoke Mountain Resort and lift tickets at other training venues
- All coaching, guiding and training fees
- Helicopter accessed ski mountaineering week
- CSIA level 1 & level 2 exam and membership fees
- CSIA Terrain Park & Teaching Children Modules
- Avalanche Safety Training level 1 & level 2 certification fees
- Wilderness first aid & CPR level C certification fees
- Backcountry safety equipment rentals
- Video analysis, evening workshops, all course materials
- Ski tuning session
- Work practicum opportunities
- Road trip t the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park
- Surf week to the Pacific Rim National Park
- Some organized extra curricular activities and social events and mystery adventures
- Certificate of completion, and written evaluation.
We know gaining your instructor qualifications can be a considerable expense, so we include a meal plan that covers many of your dinners through out the course! (Monday to Friday)
All meals on scheduled overnight backcountry trips will also be supplied. This gives you the weekends to explore the many restaurants and cafes of the Comox Valley.
If you want to cook your self it’s no problem, you will also have access to a full kitchen to prepare any meals not provided, allowing a variety of options for all budgets.
- Flights to Vancouver
- Travel medical insurance (mandatory)
- Trip cancellation insurance (optional but highly recommended)
- Breakfast, lunches and weekend dinners
- Personal skiing, touring and camping equipment (see equipment list)
- Some optional extra curricular activities.
Starts January 8th; 2017
12 week finishes April 1st; 2017
Full 15 Week program finishes April 23rd; 2017
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