Ski Instructor Training in Banff

SnowSkool’s longest-running and most popular course

SnowSkool has been running ski courses in Banff for so long that the video footage from the first course is in black & white! The enduring popularity of SnowSkool Banff is, for sure, in part down to the fact that it takes place in Banff - a town of genuine awesomeness. It is the ski town that other ski towns have aspired to be like for decades thanks to the world-class skiing that surrounds the town in every direction and a nightlife that keeps skiers coming back for more.

But the SnowSkool element should not be underestimated thanks to the atmosphere that we crafted over the years. There’s never a dull moment on the SnowSkool Banff course. So if you’re a deep-thinker, if you need your own space or if you like a little bit of peace & quiet, we would be more than happy to recommend another SnowSkool course. If you’re happy to be around buddies all the time, if you laugh a lot, if you’re cool sharing a room with mates, if you can take it as much as you can give it, if you love skiing with friends, if you dig music on the bus, if you enjoy a bit of banter at mealtimes and, after it all, if you still have the energy to hit the bars in the evenings, party hard and then get up for first lifts in the morning, it is our guess you will like your ski instructor course in Banff. A lot. 

Who chooses this course?

Age profile

Average Age
  • 17-20
  • 21-24
  • 25-35

Recommended minimum experience

  • 1 week
  • 2 weeks
  • 3 weeks
  • 4 weeks

Gender profile

  • Male
  • Female



Course Dates

    • Duration
      12 weeks
    • Start Date
    • End Date
    • Flights included
  • Price
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Banff is surely one of the best places on earth to train to become a ski instructor. Three world-class ski hills set amongst stunning scenery and thousands upon thousands of acres of insane backcountry terrain ensure that you’ll never tire of Banff. SnowSkool trains at Sunshine Village, Canada’s most snow-sure resort with an average annual snowfall of >30ft and a season lasting from mid-November until mid-May. Skiable terrain at the ‘Shine amounts to 3500 acres which is spread over three separate mountains offering you a massive amount of variation including three world-class free-ride zones - Delirium Dive, Wild West & Silver City - where backcountry skiers cut their teeth.

Accommodation + Meals

On paper, the accommodation on SnowSkool Banff is the least luxurious of the accommodations we offer but, year after year, it scores most highly on feedback forms. This is largely down to the atmosphere and camaraderie in the Lodge…it’s a happy place with lots of people doing lots of different things.

  • On-site pub (The Storm Cellar)
  • Free pool, table football & darts
  • On-site restaurant (Cougar Pete’s)
  • Ice-climbing wall
  • Open-mic jam nights
  • Karaoke
  • Comedy gigs
  • DVD Nights
  • Seating area with fireplace
  • Free WiFi

Standard rooms are four-share
There is the option to upgrade to a larger room with en-suite facilities
Breakfast and evening meals are provided 5-days per week in the Lodge

The weeks that were in SnowSkool Banff 2015 - Wks 11 & 12

News Headlines: Level 2 pass rate for SnowSkool skiers: 94% and for SnowSkool snowboarders: 91%. And that’s a wrap…! Our excellent Level 2 pass rates cap an epic season in Banff! It has been an adventure for sure; there has been a lot of laughter, a few tears and a whole lot of snow. And the last couple of weeks have brought a fitting end to our season in Banff, as you'll see in the slideshow of pictures below...
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On the SnowSkool Banff course, tuition is offered four days per week and up to six hours per day. And all tuition is given by the most highly-qualified and experienced ski instructors in the Sunshine Village Ski & Board School. Most instructors are Level 4 (the highest level available) or very experienced Level 3 ski instructors. All are CSIA examiners.


On the Banff ski instructor course, you’ll go for the qualifications of the CSIA (Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance) and CSCF (Canadian Ski Coaches Federation). Those on the 12-week instructor course will go for the Level 1 and Level 2 exams of CSIA. On top of that, the CSIA Snowpark certificate and CSCF Race Coach Level 1 exams are achievable within the twelve-week schedule.

Your SnowSkool Rep

In Banff, SnowSkool has two full-time reps that live on-site. They’ll sort your breakfast in the morning, they’ll ski with you during the day taking photos & videos, they’ll join you for dinner, they’ll organise and partake in social events, they’ll be the first to high-five your successes and the first to offer you a sympathetic ear when you need one. They know Banff, they know the ski hill and the bars and the best shops and the best places to go. They also know all the rules to all pub games and some card tricks and lots of one-liners…!

What’s Included?

Group Flight1
Airport Transfers
5 days per week
5 days per week
Lift Pass
Hill Transfers
Level 1 Tuition
Level 1 Exam Fee
Level 2 Tuition
Membership Fees
SnowSkool Recruitment Service
SnowSkool Repping Service
Instructor Shadowing
Regular Individual Feedback
Video Analysis
First Aid Course
Avalanche Awareness Course
  1. Return from UK to Canada

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