CSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor Internship, Full Season, Canada


Full Season Ski Instructor Internship – Various Locations – From £5400

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. Ski internships are available to many nationalities, including UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and many more. There is a visa requirement for this internship, so we advise booking well in advance to ensure the best chance of securing a Canadian working holiday visa.

Choice of Resort, Canada

27th Nov 2018 / 28th Nov 2019

Full Season

Level required: Intermediate

The Trip

  • Flights and transfers (if applicable)
  • 3 weeks’ shared accommodation during training
  • Meal plan 5 days a week during training
  • Season lift pass
  • Interns move into resort staff housing after the training period. Rooms are arranged prior to the course start date, payment of Accommodation and food after the training period is the responsibility of the intern.
    Hotel accommodation for the whole season can be provided at a reasonable rate – call for details




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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. Sun Peaks is an 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 $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).

Sun Peaks staff accommodation is 2o minute walk (or short bus ride) from the centre of town and main ski area. A free shuttle operates during high season. 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.

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*.

*Transfers cost circa £75 and is payable in addition to the price of the internship.

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