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Become a Ski Instructor in Banff
Work Hard During the Day, Play Hard at Night!
Banff is surely one of the best places on earth to train to become a ski instructor. The skiing in the area is world-class – three huge ski hills with some of the world’s most beautiful scenery and thousands upon thousands of acres of crazy backcountry terrain. Off-snow, the town caters for every après-ski need of a young skier; hot springs allow you to rest weary muscles straight off the slopes, there are plenty of budget and high-end restaurants to replace burnt-off calories and line stomachs before you hit up the party scene!
The 12-week SnowSkool Banff programme is SnowSkool's longest-running and most popular instructor course. The ski instructors selected to carry out your ski training are the most highly-qualified and experienced ski instructors in the Ski School. In fact, they are not just ski instructors, they are also examiners. What is more, with 20+ hours of tuition per week, we offer more tuition than other companies. Surely this is one reason for the 100% pass rate for the CSIA level 1 ski instructor exam that SnowSkool has maintained since we first arrived in Banff all those years ago.
SnowSkool in Banff
Images from the course
Who chooses this ski course?
The SnowSkool Banff programme is a favourite amongst the younger crew that have recently left School or graduated from University. There is a fantastic group mentality as all the students ski, eat and socialise together in a Lodge.
At 12 weeks, the SnowSkool Banff course is the longest ski instructor training course of its kind and so, as a result, we can take less-experienced skiers and give them plenty of time to build up mileage on their skis. Moreover, because we operate a large programme in Banff, we have a good number of groups of ski instructor trainees meaning that we can split up according to ability. So if you have three weeks on-snow experience or three seasons on-snow experience, you should fit right in.
Ski Instructor Exams
CSIA Level 1 & Level 2 Ski Instructor
Skiers in Banff train for the ski instructor qualifications of the CSIA (Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance). The CSIA offers instructor qualifications from level 1 to level 4. SnowSkooler's train to level 2 - the level at which you can go on to work as a ski instructor internationally.
As well as the ski instructor qualifications, SnowSkool offers training in freestyle and race techniques that can lead to two further certifications; CSIA Snowpark Certificate and CSCF Race Coach.
Become a Ski Instructor like ...
Christina Alder (aka Missy), 21, SnowSkool Banff, 2004
Missy was the first female ever to book a SnowSkool course!
In Banff, Missy passed her CSIA Level 1 & 2 ski instructor exams and her CSCF Race Coach qualification. The following season, Missy was offered a job working back at Sunshine Village. In the four seasons she spent in Banff, Missy became a CSIA Level 3 ski instructor and was made a Supervisor for the Adult Ski Programme.