CSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor Internship, Full Season, Canada
December 2020 | December 2021
Full Season (18+ Weeks)
December 2020 | December 2021
Full Season (18+ Weeks)
Work an entire season and gain an internationally recognised CSIA Ski Instructor qualification. Head out to Canada at the beginning of the season and start working as a qualified ski 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. Once working in resort, your ski instructor training will continue with the sports school and you will have the option to take CSIA level 2 before the end of the season.
To apply for an internship you must have the right to work in Canada. Most interns obtain working holiday visas, these are available for many nationalities, please visit our visa page for more information or contact us to find out if you're eligible.
To be eligible for this internship you must have the right to work in Canada or be able to get a working visa. If you are between 18 and 35 you may be eligible to apply for a holiday working visa, a visa specialist is available to assist with work permit applications.
Outbound and return transfers are included as standard with all bookings including flights.
Shared hotel accommodation
Accommodation is included during training. Prices are based on 2-3 sharing. We can accommodate couples and friendship groups upon request.
Upon completion of level 1 interns move into staff accommodation. Placement in staff accommodation is arranged before the course start date. Staff accommodation is paid for by the intern on a bi-weekly basis once working for the sports school.
Breakfast & evening meals
Meals are included during the level 1 training period.
At Panorama a meal card is provided worth $210 per week. Food & Drink can be purchased across resort restaurants - including the mini-market.
At Sun Peaks breakfast and evening meals are provided 5 days a week. A hot & cold breakfast buffet is served each morning and evening meals are served across 4 restaurants in resort.
Season lift pass
Lift pass benefits include discounts in selected shops, restaurants and activities in resort.
A rep is in resort during training. Reps are knowledgeable about the resort, qualifications and training, and have often taken part on the course previously. At some resorts a rep is present all season long.
We work with highly respected resorts to offer a great internship package.
From visa advice as soon as you book to 24/7 support in resort to get you settled, we provide help and advice to make your transition to Canada smooth sailing.
Taking a limited number of skiers each resort, we ensure interns join the full-time work roster and earn enough money to pay for staff accommodation, food and other essentials. The internship is what you make it - some interns complete the season having saved enough to travel for the rest of the year, others work and party hard. Whatever you do, you'll have an epic season.
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 $13 per hour and average around 20 hours of work per week - enough to cover rent, food and spending money to party.
Interns at Panorama get the best of both worlds - living in a local town with plenty of amenities on your doorstep, but having the resort holiday atmosphere just a up the road. It's no wonder most interns stay on for the summer months and beyond.
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. Level 1 instructors at Hidden Valley are likely to earn more per hour as the resort is currently owned by Alberta Parks, who have a higher minimum wage of around $18 per hour. You will also enjoy benefits such as complimentary lift passes for other resorts (Castle Mountain) 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 qualified in mid-December.
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. Sun Peaks is a great place to spend your first season, most our interns return to work here year after year.
Interns at Sun Peaks will typically earn around $13 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).
Sun Peaks staff accommodation is 20 minute walk (or short free bus ride) from the centre of town and main ski area. Sun Peaks has a bustling centre, with bars, shops, restaurants, a convenience store and plenty of things to do - like ice skating, snow shoeing and dog sled tours. The winter community is large at Sun Peaks, with thousands of seasonal visitors, ride-shares to the local city of Kamloops are easy to find for cinema trips, shopping and ice hockey games.