Ski instructor internship

Full Season Ski Instructor Internship – Various Locations – £4950

Work an entire season and gain an internationally recognised CSIA Ski Instructor qualification. Head out to Canada in November and start working as a fully qualified instructor by Christmas. On this internship you’ll train for your CSIA level 1 at either Sun Peaks or Panorama, before starting work at your chosen resort in December.

Read More

Training starts almost as soon as you touch down in Canada, and typically lasts 3 weeks, during this time you will stay in hotel accommodation along with your fellow trainees.* This is the beginning of living and working in a ski resort, expect to quickly make friends with the locals and become part of resort life. Following the CSIA Level 1 exam taken in mid December, qualified interns will be offered full time paid employment with the Snow School for up to 16 weeks.** As you leave the Winter Sports Company training, you’ll move into your new digs at staff accommodation and be part of a professional on-snow team for the rest of the season.***

As a ski instructor intern you’ll have a real job with the Snow School, gaining valuable teaching experience. The work includes teaching a variety of lessons, from children on the nursery slopes, to beginner adults and some all mountain teaching. You will be encouraged to continue training around your working hours, and most interns complete the season as a CSIA level 2 instructor.

Applications are now being taken for our ski instructor internships for the November 2017 and 2018 seasons. There is no restriction on nationality to apply for an internship – all we require is you to have the right experience and the right to work in Canada. Most our interns obtain working holiday visas, these are available for 18 to 30 year olds, visit our visa information page to find out if you’re eligible.

Winter Sports Company provides free assistance to all interns to get through the visa application process and will help you to write your CV, show you how to obtain documentation such as police checks and advises you on the timing of your visa application – crucial if you are to get one. Take it from us we know what we are doing and every year the majority of our interns are able to secure a visa for Canada.

*Accommodation is dependent on resort, in some cases interns will move into staff accommodation during the training period. Winter Sports Company cover accommodation costs (hotel or staff housing) for the first 3 weeks of training.
**Job offer is subject to performance and behaviour. Resorts close in mid April.
***After the initial 3 week training period interns are responsible for their own accommodation and food. You are provided all details required to secure accommodation during employment before you start your internship. Flights are outbound only.

What they said

What You’ll Get

Course Schedule
  • Week 1: Settle in, ski improvement, technique and all mountain skiing
  • Week 2: CSIA Level 1 exam preparation. Introduction to snow plough, carving, short radius and intermediate parallel turns. Teaching practice.
  • Week 3: CSIA Level 1 course exam.
  • Week 4onwards: Start working full time for the Snow School
The Trip
  • Outbound flight
  • Transfer
  • 3 weeks’ shared accommodation during training
  • Meal plan 7 days a week during training
  • Season lift pass
  • After training period all accommodation and food is the responsibility of intern. Accommodation for the whole season can be provided at a reasonable rate – call for details
  • In April interns can either fly back to the UK or stay on in Canada. Flights are outbound only
  • Ski-in, Ski-out Resort
  • Outdoor Hot Tubs during training
  • Gym during training
  • Launderette
  • Ski Storage
  • High Speed Internet
  • En-suite bedroom, kitchen, fireplace, cable & satellite TV
The Course
  • Three weeks’ training with experienced Canadian Instructors
  • 5 hours a day, 5 days a week training
  • CSIA Level 1 snowboard instructor exam
  • Shadow teaching
  • CSIA Membership
  • Instructor Licence
  • Video analysis
  • Snow Ready Fitness Plan
  • Further training towards CSIA Level 2 snowboard instructor qualification
  • Successful interns with Level 1 qualifications offered work
  • Receive payment for all lessons taught
  • Receive Level 2 training and instruction from the Snow School
  • Interns will be encouraged to take internationally recognised CSIA Level 2 by end of March

CSIA Level 1 (+ option for CSIA Level 2) 

How long for?
19 weeks ( approx. 3 weeks’ training, 16 weeks’ work)

Sun Peaks Resort, BC, Canada
Panorama Mountain Resort, BC, Canada
Hidden Valley, AB, Canada

30th Nov 2017
Nov 2018

Level required?
You must be comfortable skiing European Blue runs


Choice of Resorts

Sun Peaks Resort

One of the largest ski areas in Canada – second to only Whistler Blackcomb – Sun Peaks is a ski-in ski-out resort nestled in the Kootenay mountains. Big enough to party, but small enough to get to know the locals – as an intern at Sun Peaks your workmates will become your second family.

Interns at Sun Peaks will typically earn around $12 per hour and average around 15-20 hours of work per week – enough to cover rent, food and leaving spending money to party (or to buy those killer skis you’ve had your eye on).

Panorama Mountain Resort

With a huge ski area and a choice of terrain which includes one of the biggest vertical drops in North America – Panorama is an ideal resort for wannabe ski instructors. Located in the Purcell Mountains, Panorama is a ski-in ski-out resort with a village feel, but it is far from sleepy. Unlike any of our other resorts, Panorama boasts some incredible hot pools – some of the best hot springs in North America.

Interns and all other mountain staff live in the nearby vibrant town of Invermere, there is a free bus service to get you to work and home each day. At Panorama interns will typically earn around $12 per hour and average around 20 hours of work per week – enough to cover rent, food and leaving spending money to party (or to buy those killer skis you’ve had your eye on).

Hidden Valley

A small resort in the Cypress Hills Provincial Park near Elkwater, Alberta, this is a local’s ski hill. Hidden Valley is owned and operated by the Alberta provincial government and is open 5 days a week. You’ll live and work with like-minded people and as the resort is closed 2 days a week, you’ll enjoy 2 days a week together – perfect to regularly explore other areas in Alberta, like Castle Mountain to get that big mountain fix.

You’ll live in the small community of Elkwater, a short drive from Hidden Valley. Elkwater has a few restaurants, convenience store and a village hall wifi and games. You’ll soon be considered a local, and will benefit from the spirit of small-community living, easily finding ride-shares to the nearby city of Medicine Hat where there are plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and a cinema.

Owned and operated by the Alberta Parks, Hidden Valley employees benefit from a high wage and regular hours. You will be guaranteed a minimum of 24 hours a week of work and in peaks times will get 40. Expect to earn around$22 per hour as a level 1 ski instructor, and enjoy benefits such as complimentary lift passes for other resorts and further training opportunities.

Hidden Valley interns train for their CSIA level 1 at Panorama or Sun Peaks and are transferred to Hidden Valley once qualifed in mid-December.