8 Week Fast Track Level 1 & 2 Snowboard Instructor Course

Course Type Snowboard Instructor | Career Break
Dates 25th Nov-19th Jan | 19th Jan-16th March
Price From £6550
Venue Canada - Panorama
Qualifications CASI Level 1&2 Instructor Certification
Add Flights? Add flights for £650

About the Trip

This intense, 8-week ski instructor course is the fastest way to complete your Level 1 and 2 CASI instructor tickets.

Panorama has some of the best-advanced terrain in Canada and is home to many great Level 3 & 4 instructors. It is perfect for those who are short on time, short on funds or for the more advanced boarders who have the skill set to push themselves.

During your course, you’ll receive over 110 hours of dedicated Winter Sports coaching, which is only 6 days less than the 11-week program! Also included are all CASI modules and exams for both Level 1 and 2, meaning there are absolutely no extra costs to pay. Extra days are included for shadow teaching with the ski school, which help prepare you for the Level 2 exams.

At the end of the course, there is an option to join an incredible Heli Day so that you can experience untracked deep powder skiing and put your new skills to the test

Features

Over 110 hours of intense training!

Level 3 & 4 instructors.

The 4th biggest vertical in Canada.

Biggest slope-side hot pools in BC.

Guaranteed job interview for the following winter.

Benefits

Gain your Level 1 & 2 in the shortest time possible.

No-nonsense training package.

No Queues = Means quality time on the mountain.

You’ll be pushed to your limits by varied & challenging terrain.

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Windermere Apartments

Both residences are located in the Canadian working town of Invermere, not far from the Lake, which is host to the largest ice skating rink in the world, according to the Guiness Book of World records! It’s also only 25 mins from Panorama and has some excellent accommodation with the bus stop conveniently located right outside. Supermarkets or eateries are evenly spread amongst Invermeres town centre.

There are spacious two-person rooms as standard in apartments or hotel rooms with large double beds. For those wanting more privacy, it’s also possible to get a single room with or without cooking facilities for a relatively affordable amount. Book early, though, as places tend to go quickly.

 

Panorama

Panorama is a hidden gem of a resort – an Alpine-style, ski-in-ski-out hideaway, nestled deep in British Columbia’s Purcell mountains. Panorama has a village feel, but it’s far from sleepy.

With a huge ski area and choice of terrain on offer – including one of the largest vertical drops in North America and the powder heaven that is Taynton Bowl – there’s enough to keep your adventure going for months, no matter what your level.

If the Taynton Bowl isn’t enough, you can head to the Extreme Dream Zone. This is located on the front side of the Taynton Bowl and is all double black diamond terrain, with tight trees and big moguls. And not forgetting Wild Things – Panorama’s longest trail at 6.5km long. It starts at the top of the Taynton Bowl as a double black diamond steep narrow gully, before winding out onto a fast groomed, tree-lined run that leads into the Village.

Then there’s Rockstar Terrain Park, 1km long with over 6 acres of terrain, Rockstar is littered with huge jumps, tabletops, kickers, boxes and rails. The park is located off the Mile 1 express on the Powder trail.

Panorama also ranked first in the world for most space per skier in the 2020-2021 season! Why wouldn’t you want all that beautiful space to snowboard.

Self-Catered

Cater for yourself in Invermere either in fully furnished self-catered apartments or choose from one of the eateries in town. As well as a 10-15% discount at all resort-owned restaurants, bars and cafes. A great mix of takeaways and restaurants can be found in Invermere to keep you well-fuelled up for the following days. In addition, group meals will be arranged for big get-togethers in the resort, town, or at the Grey Wolf Lodge.

Fast track 8 Week Panorama

Oliver McCormick-Rust

Honestly, one of the best experiences of my life. This is my 4th season and second time returning with WSC after my internship in Sun peaks.

Money was well spent and not a single regret coming out here. WSC was the best value for money I found. And having the pleasure of rooming with Rik for two weeks, seeing first hand him designing new courses, I know what it’s in his heart and interests to deliver the best value and experience for anyone who comes out with him.

From start to finish the support was there for everything we needed whilst in Canada. Rik went above and beyond sorting out extra busses for us to get up the hill and ensuring we were happy. The training we received was amazing from one of the top level 4 instructors in Canada with over 30 years of experience.

The accommodation was 5* we had a spacious modern apartment in the heart of Invermere and a 20 min bus up the hill. A gym and hot pool on site too! Also a river 5 min walk away for a polar plunge too for recovery ????

Thank you so much to Rik and Emma for putting together such an amazing course. I will cherish these memories forever and will happily be a returning customer for my level 3.

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Meal Plan
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Training Package

Level 1 and 2 Training

110 hours of on snow training is provided by CASI level 3 & 4 instructors. Level 1 and 2 course conductors mentor the programme, take training and provide tailored one-to-one feedback as you prepare for the exams.

CASI Level 1 Snowboard Instructor Exam

The level 1 CASI course and exam is included in the price. The course runs for 3 days with the first 2 days dedicated to instruction and the final day put aside for the on snow assessment.

CASI Level 2 Development Modules and Exams

The 4-day CASI L2 exam is as much a course as an exam. Provided by CASI evaluators you’ll be both trained and examined over the 4 days.

Shadow Teaching

All participants have the opportunity and are encouraged to shadow the snow school (Ski & Ride) on days off from pro-coaching. Shadowing real lessons helps prepare trainees for exams and provides observational experience in a mountain environment.

Heli-Skiing

At the end of the course, after the level 2 exams, an optional guided heli-skiing trip (cost £600) is arranged with RK Heli-ski. All heli-skiing equipment is provided (powder skis/poles) and powder-pack including transceiver and other back-country equipment.

Cat Skiing

Take the easy trip up to the T bowl, for your first off piste and powder run.

Visa Assistance & Guaranteed Work Interview

We have partnerships and connections with several sports schools across the world and offer a guaranteed interview with Panorama for the following season after the successful completion of your Level 2. We also provide two further guaranteed interviews at resorts in both Canada and Japan. Comprehensive advice and assistance is given to all Winter Sports clients when applying for working holiday visas.

Snow Ready Fitness Plan

Created for Winter Sports by a personal trainer & instructor, this 8 week pre-season fitness programme targets the muscle groups used in skiing & snowboarding and will make sure you are snow-fit in time for the start of your course.

Weekly Schedule

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Professional coaching is provided 4 days a week, typically on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. Wednesday’s and weekends can be spent shadowing ski school & free-riding.

Week One

Settling in, exploring and introduction to being a snowboard instructor

Week Two

Training to CASI Standards – Snowboarding improvement and technique – including video analysis.

Week Three

Continued improvement & CASI Level 1 course and exam

Week Four

Beginning of CASI L2 training, moving onto more technical riding and teaching.

Week Five

Level 2, and shadow week. You’ll be joining the Panorama snow sports school as part of the team to shadow lessons during one of their busiest weeks.

Week Six to Seven

Last weeks of CASI training. Work on your technique, fine tuning and teaching practice.

Week 8

Final week and the CASI level 2, 4 day module and exam.

"Snowboard Instructors internship"

Syl - 15 Mar 2022

"The Snowboard Instructors internship program at panorama is probably one of the best choices I have ever made. It's a fantastic adventure and experience. I have met so many interesting people and made so many new friends that I don't want to leave. Working as an instructor is probably one of the most fulfilling jobs there is! Even on a bad day you're still outside in the mountains sliding down the slopes witch beats most of my best days at home."

Bolt on courses

An average of 30 hours of training and coaching time per week, over a 10 week programme. Training is delivered by CASI pro instructors, typically Monday- Friday. This schedule is a guide and may be subject to change depending on conditions and the requirement of the group. For those who pass CASI level 2 there is potential for employment as an instructor, subject to interview.

CASI Park Level 1

Candidates on the course will spend time exploring snowboarding technique and teaching methods as they relate to introductory terrain park and freestyle snowboarding.

End of Season Race Event

Participants will be able to test their skills and stamina to pick that race winning line and win the coveted Winter Sports Co Trophy amongst other prizes. End of March

ACA-CSC Entry Level Race Coach

Entry Level certification enables the holder to be hired by a club or ski school to start coaching in an entry level ski racing program.

Introduction to Back Country Touring

New to backcountry touring, looking to escape the crowds, this is the course for you!

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of safe backcountry travel, including terrain assessment, hazard analysis, companion rescue techniques as well as equipment familiarization, and some backcountry touring.

Basic First Aid Course

For the 1-day Emergency First Aid at Work Course, attendees are taught a mixture of both practical and theory. You’ll learn how to examine a casualty, familiarize yourself with basic life support and learn how to control bleeding and trauma.

Monster Cat X

Cat skiing is a form of backcountry exploration, taking you away from the borders of controlled ski areas to ride through untouched powder. Take a ride to the top of The Taynton Bowl.

Revelstoke Steep & Deep

Make the Pilgrimage, learn to ski deep on the most vertical mountain resort in North America, with over 1,700 metres of elevation, filled with pure heaven to enjoy. A real bucket list item

Heli-Ski/Board (1 day experience)

Landing on top of the world in a deserted, pristine snowfield with endless untouched slopes will, without a doubt, be one of the best feelings you will ever experience.

Nordic Skiing

The silence of the wilderness and the almost spiritual experience of gliding through a winter world leaving nothing but tracks in the snow is an irresistible combination.

Paragliding

This amazing experience combines the air and the snow, an original and extremely fun experience – with both a wing and skis you can carve down the slopes and then take to the air.

Ski-Mobile

Enhance your CV and give the resort director another reason to hire you. Gain your BCSF smart sledding course certificate and use it for future employment.

Banff Blow Off

Its not quite Ibiza but its a good night out and access to some new terrain for the days we are there, taking in the new runs on Sunshine & Lake Louise.

Ski & Board Tech Tips

This course covers routine tuning, maintenance, fitting and basic repair work.

Ice Hockey Night

Watch the Kamloops Blazers in action. Great night out.

Ice Skating on The Whiteway

At over 30km in length, the Whiteway is the largest ice rink in the world, offering ice-skating as well as groomed skate and classic cross-country ski trails.

What is included

Panorama

Panorama enjoys over four months of regular snowfall which delivers light, dry powder. From early December to mid-April skiers and snowboarders can ski big vertical, gladed areas and powder bowls. Guests in Panorama enjoy 3000 acres of varied terrain that includes beginner and intermediate trails as well as epic double-black diamond zones and the Rockstar terrain park.

Transfers

Outbound and return transfers are included from Calgary Airport as standard with all bookings, subject to arrival times if booking own flights.

Accomodation

Self Catered Apartments in Invermere. Fully furnished to a high standard with options for single or shared rooms.

Meal Plan

Self Catered with resort discounts at restaurants and cafes.

Season Lift Pass

Your lift pass is season long, this means if you decide to add additional weeks your lift pass will be valid.
Lift pass benefits include discounts in selected shops and restaurants as well as on some activities, equipment rentals, maintenance and repairs.

Resort Representative

A rep is in the resort to oversee the course. Reps are knowledgeable about the resort, qualifications and training, and have often taken part in the course previously.

Training Package

Full training package for 8 weeks, including all modules and exams.

CASI Level 1 Exam

CASI Level 1 is the first big step to becoming a snowboard instructor. The qualification is split into three main components; your teaching of boarding, your own technical boarding and your people skills. The exam is three days long and you are evaluated on an ongoing basis.

CASI Level 2 Exam

4 Day level 2 exam is included. this can be removed (£420) if a client doesn’t feel ready. Although the exam is as much about training as being examined, so is worth doing for progression.

CASI Membership

Regular Members enjoy a wide-variety of Member Benefits including Pro Deals, General Liability Insurance and Accident, Death and Disability coverage.

Cat Skiing

Cat skiing is a form of backcountry exploration, taking you away from the borders of controlled ski areas to ride through untouched powder. Take a ride to the top of The Taynton Bowl.

Not Included

FLIGHTS (add flights for an extra £650)
MEALS
INSURANCE
ANCILLARY BOLT ON COURSES
EQUIPMENT OR RENTAL
HELI SKIING (Add Heli Skiing for an extra £600)
BACKCOUNTRY (3-14 day Backcountry experiences are also a possibility at the end of this course.)

Dates & Prices

Dates Accommodation Double Room Single Room Flights

25th Nov to 19th Jan   |     19th Jan to 15th March

Panorama Mountain Village  &  Apartments 

£6550

£7450

+ £650

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