6 Week Advanced Level 3 Ski Instructor Course

Course Type Ski Instructor | Ski Progression
Dates 8th Feb-21st March
Price From £5250
Venue Canada - Sun Peaks
Qualifications CSIA Level 3 Ski Instructor
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About the Trip

The CSIA Level 3 Ski Instructor Course is available to advanced skiers who hold a current Level 2 licence from a CSIA-recognised body. This 6-week programme prepares you to take Level 3 modules and the CSIA Level 3 exams. See CSIA Level 3 standards. A popular option for this 6-week level 3 programme is to add an extra two weeks to your trip. During this time, you can shadow instructors within the ski school to brush up on your teaching or practice with your colleagues on the slopes to work on your technique. Arrive earlier or stay later; turn your 6 weeks into 8 or 11, the options are available but limited spaces so book early. Additional training opportunities are available at the beginning and end of the course (depending on the start date); these include Adaptive Sports, Avalanche Training, Race Coaching and Park Instructor Course. We are also including in our schedule the ability to book a 2-day visit for those wanting extra training from the excellent Jason Simpson from Big Picture Skiing & Radius Skiing

The sports school at Sun Peaks is a centre for instructor training, making it the ideal resort to complete a level 3 ski instructor course. We will be predominantly using L4 trainers at every opportunity. You can make the most of your training with a vast ski area and experienced pro instructors. By week 6, your teaching skills and skiing technique will be on-point across the mountain, including powder and bumps.

Features

6 Weeks L3 WSC training

Season Lift pass

Ski in-Ski Out Accommodation.

Meal plan incorporates five different restaurants.

Resort Rep 24/7

Benefits

Massive amount of training to prepare you for a successful Level 3 exam.

Guaranteed interviews for returning clients wanting employment with a Level 3 certificate.

Further bolt-ons available.

Possibility to partake in the L3 Modules/Exams

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Resort

The resort of Sun Peaks is nestled in the valley between 3 mountains, spanning 4200 acres of incredible terrain,

Take the lift to the Top of the World. Breathe in the expansive vistas as the snow ghosts bow to the Bluebird mornings. Catch one of the 13 lifts, get immersed in one of the 137 runs, and disappear into 16 gladed areas.

Finding some of the best-untouched powder amongst tree-lined runs to the 10-acre terrain pack is a treat for anyone wanting to get the most out of this fulfilling venue.

Offering some of the best conditions that BC offers and is officially the sunniest resort in BC. With few lift queues, it’s no surprise that people flock worldwide to see what the fuss is about. Maybe that’s why the Interski trials are held here?

Back it up with enough hotels, shops, bars, restaurants, cafes and amenities to make it the 2nd most extensive resort in Canada, and you’ve got a world-class venue to keep the most discerning characters grinning from ear to ear. Prepare to be astounded.

Cahilty Lodge

Located in the heart of Sun Peaks Resort, the Cahilty Lodge is the perfect base for a ski instructor course. Forgot your goggles or want to head back for Lunch? The Cahilty is ski-in/ski-out and only a short walk from all the shops, restaurants and ski lifts. Based on the alpine style with spacious rooms, it has everything you need to make it a home-from-home.

The studios and 1-bedrooms suites are well set up for short and long stays. All Murphy rooms feature a kitchenette, gas fireplace, dining area and free wireless internet. The dining room table seats four people, and there’s a flat-screen TV and comfy sofa for relaxing when the room is set up for single or double occupancy. Otherwise the non kitchenette versions are a standard double Queen hotel room with basic facilities comprising, kettle, microwave, and fridge. Rooms are set out in blocks, so you’ll be next to all your fellow instructor mates.

There is a double share or a single room availability, and the price is reflective of this difference.

Guest amenities include a fitness room, outdoor hot tubs, ski storage and a laundry area.

Facilities: Ski-in, Ski-out | Outdoor Hot Tubs | Gym | 24-Hour Reception | Lockable Ski Storage | Wifi | Fireplace | Kitchen | Ensuite

Breakfast and Dinner

If it’s one thing we want you to do. It’s to stay fuelled up.

Four breakfasts and dinners per week can be included with your course, meaning you’ve got time to relax and concentrate on what’s important.  With pretty much the pick of the menu across 3-4 restaurants, it gives you enough variety every week to not get bored and ensures you’re getting what you need. However, if you have special dietary requirements or prefer to cook for yourself, then some of the rooms have kitchenettes, allowing you to take more control over what you eat.

Special nights are arranged during the course when everyone can get together for something a little different. Mexican Margherita night, anyone?

As great as it is being catered for, there’s plenty of time to cook for yourself back in your studio. We get it. Sometimes it’s nice to relax, order a pizza, make a bowl of pasta, and catch up on Netflix. Regardless of your culinary skills, there are plenty more places to eat in Sunpeaks Village. Whether you’re a vegetarian*, meat fiend, spice lover, or want something simple, there’s something for everyone.

*Please say if you have dietary requirements, as we can advise what is possible or even suggest self-catering if that works better for you. We’ll also give you plenty of advice on how much to budget for all your extra costs, plus that odd cheeky beer!

Chris Winton 2022

Had an awesome experience with Winter Sports in Sun Peaks, in February/March 2022. Trained for my Level 3 CSIA and whilst I didn’t pass the qualification first time round, the instructors that Winter Sports provided were incredible. The majority had CSIA Level 4 or were at least training for Level 4 so knew their stuff and took my skiing to a whole new level in a short space of time so well worth the money.

Would highly recommend doing a course with Winter Sports.

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Training Package

Level 3 Training

4 days a week, provided by CSIA pro instructors. An additional 1 day per week is allocated for self-development and ski school shadowing. CSIA Level 4 instructors will predominantly take the classes, with some experienced Level 3 instructors providing further training. They work closely with you as you prepare for the level 3 modules and exam, providing one-to-one feedback during training.

CSIA Level 3 modules and assessments are to be booked directly with CSIA by the participant. The level 3 modules & exam costs approximately $1400.

 

CSIA Login

CSIA membership must be up to date. Suppose you need to convert your level 1 certification to CSIA. In that case, we will provide all information required to enable you to do this.

 

Shadow Teaching

All participants have the opportunity to shadow the sports school on days off from pro coaching. Shadowing real lessons helps prepare trainees for exams and provides observational experience in a mountain environment.

 

Additional Training Option

An extra week can be arranged at the beginning or end of the course.

During the additional week, the following courses are available: Avalanche Skills TrainingAdaptive Ski Instructor QualificationRace Coaching certification and Park course.

 

Visa Assistance & Job Opportunities

We have partnerships and connections with several sports schools across the world. We can offer guidance and facilitate interviews to help you find employment as an instructor once you are qualified.

We provide comprehensive advice and assistance when applying for working holiday visas.

 

Snow Ready Fitness Plan

Created for Winter Sports by our in house personal trainer, cross fit instructor and a sports massage therapist, this 8-week pre-season fitness programme targets the muscle groups used in skiing & snowboarding. It will ensure you are snow-fit in time for the start of your course.

Course Schedule

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Professional coaching is provided 4 days a week plus an extra day for shadow teaching, typically from Monday – Friday. Weekends can be spent shadowing the ski school, free-skiing or ticking off one of your chosen Bolt-Ons. So feast your eyes on this!

This schedule is a guide and may change. Training is provided by experienced level 3 & 4 Pro CSIA instructors who work closely with each individual and tailor the programme to the group. Video analysis is provided throughout the course.

Week 1:

Resort Orientation & Introduction to CSIA Level 3. Settle into your new training programme and settle the nerves.

Week 2:

Ski improvement on and off-piste – moguls & teaching skills. Skill assessment and development.

Week 3:

CSIA Level 3 course & Advanced Teaching Module – 5-day pre-requisite course conducted by CSIA Level 3 course examiner.

Week 4:

Short radius turns and advanced parallel movement and teaching. You can add on a Big Picture Skiing bolt-on if you want some extra training.

Week 5:

Mogul skiing, practice teaching and improvement.

Week 6:

Demonstrations, lesson preparations and teaching are followed by the CSIA Level 3 exam and celebrations.

Optional extra week for freeskiing or additional courses (AST, Race Coaching, Adaptive, Park Course)

"The time of my life"

Hannah Fothergill - 9 Jan 2021

"I could spend all day writing about my experience with Winter Sports as it was truly the best few months of my life. Sun Peaks and the Winter Sports course are second to none in what they offer, I became a better skier, skied some of the best mountains and terrain, trained with some of the best coaches the CSIA has to offer, made some great new friends, some of whom I still see 2 years on, and made some amazing memories."

Bolt On Courses

The Bolt-ons are the point where you can turn your already stellar winter season into something truly unforgettable. Whilst some are devised to improve your CV, some enhance your smile. The Heliski experience will have you grinning from ear to ear all the way back home through your front door. So decide what is critical for you, an adrenaline ride, gap year, career-breaking, mid-life crisis-soothing adventure? Or something that will put another few dollars on your wages and make your instructor resume stand out?

These are ancillary offerings to our clients once onboarded. It is a simple, transparent method so you can cherry-pick what you want and, more importantly, not be forced into paying over the odds for something you do not want.

CSIA Park Level 1

The CSIA Park level is a 3 x day-long course that covers the teaching and technical aspects of switch skiing, snow-park awareness, boxes/rails and air. You will learn the teaching principles and safety needed for instructing in the park. You will learn development strategies and teaching approaches, how to navigate students in the park, communicate clearly, and spot hazards in the park. In the end, you will be assessed, and you must be able to show clear park demonstrations and teaching abilities. CSIA SnowPro

Tree Wells & All Mountain Safety

An absolutely serious must-do, one-day course for all skiers and snowboarders who venture off the groomed runs. In our opinion, everyone should do this course; they are some of the closest dangers and yet the most overlooked. Learn about how tree wells form and safe riding through the trees.  What action to take if you fall into a tree well, and how to rescue someone. Additionally, this course will introduce you to often overlooked hazards that one may encounter, such as cold exposure injuries, variable snow conditions and more.

Dog Sledding

SunPeaks resort offers an exhilarating dog sled adventure. You will meet the team and learn everything you need to know about dog sledding tours in Canada before heading out for a thrilling experience across beautiful landscapes. All sleds are guided, and the tour allows 30 to 40 minutes of sled time through majestic lodgepole pine trees. In return, you will get to thank the dogs by giving them lots of cuddles and snacks.

Intro to Backcountry Skills

During this 2-day course, you will spend time doing both on & off-piste technical training. You will develop a strong understanding of advanced technical concepts and learn about tactics and tools for developing off-piste skiing/riding skills in various environments. You will ski steep terrain, deep snow, glades, un-groomed conditions, bumps, and low visibility, to help gain knowledge in terrain adaptation and awareness in a changing mountain environment. Over the course, you will become familiar with your equipment and will be assessed in terrain analysis, hazard analysis, and trip planning to ensure safety when skiing the backcountry. Equipment (powder skis, skins, snowshoes, split board) are not included. You must have also completed the AST 1 & Companion rescue to take part in this.

Sled Mobile

With over 32,000 acres of terrain, experience the exhilarating feeling of driving a sled mobile. Make your cv shine & take your BCSF certification online prior to taking the experience if you want to gain a certificate. Practice handling your new sled in the snow field, then you head up to the Silver mining town remnants at 8000ft up at the top of the mountain, stunning views of Panorama, old-growth forests, spectacular icefalls and lots of free time blasting around the open bowl with your friends. Fuel up with a mountain-size lunch in the cosy cabin and then head down back to base.

Ice Hockey Match

Watching ice hockey is a must for anyone spending significant time in Canada – as the national sport; you'll be hard-pushed to avoid ice hockey. It is on screens in bars and restaurants everywhere you turn! So as a group, we will take a bus trip down to watch the game and get a bite to eat. It will be a fun night out that you won't want to miss! Check out a previous Ice Hockey trip.

Heli Ski Trip

Heli-skiing is, quite simply put, the ultimate off-piste experience - perfect for freeskiers/riders, thrill-seekers and powder lovers. The adrenaline rush as you board the helicopter is nothing compared to the breathtaking views as you fly over the mountains. 3-5 runs into pristine powder fields. It's enough to put a grin on your face for months. Ultimate bragging rights. Make sure you take a Go-pro or pay for extra footage. Equipment is included, but make sure you have insurance to cover you. Extra insurance can be arranged. Sun Peaks clients must do the Revelstoke trip to do this.

Ski & Board Tech Tips

Learn how to get the most out of your equipment from the pros. An evening in the workshop. Makes a great present for someone and gives them the knowledge on how to look after their equipment, tune it for the conditions and cover the overall safety aspects of your settings.

Steep n Deep at Revelstoke

Please take a peek at one of the world-class resorts in our books. Revelstoke is a monster of a resort and a pilgrimage everyone must make in their lifetime. It has the highest vertical in Canada and is consistently voted in the top #3 as the best resort in Canada. A must-see alternative for all those wanting to experience industrial amounts of snow, steep exciting terrain and incredible backcountry terrain. It's hard not to fall in love with the place; we will think you'll agree. It is a great place to spend with your feet up and relax on those days off, with grand entertainment areas, comfortable bedrooms, spacious bathrooms, a jacuzzi on the balcony, log fireplaces and plenty of storage. Choose between the lodge or the hostel. Either way, it's a real once-in-a-lifetime venue. Includes accommodation for three nights, three days. Transport to and from Revelstoke & Lift passes for three days of some unforgettable skiing/riding.  

Off Piste & Powder

This course offers a blend of coaching geared towards boosting your technique in deep snow, allowing you to confidently charge through powder, including a basic understanding of the pitfalls of the terrain and how to choose a successful track taking into effect the local dangers. Understand how to alter your stance and commitment when carving a path off the beaten track.  This often books up early.

CASI Park Level 1

In this 2 days long park course, you will explore snowboarding techniques and teaching methods, as they relate to introductory terrain park. Allowing you to gain an understanding of basic freestyle techniques, as well as lesson planning and effective communication skills. During the course, you will receive coaching, feedback and strategies for long-term development.  Course candidates will be assessed and updated daily on their performance and progress and by the end of the course, you will have the skills necessary to safely introduce students to the terrain park and freestyle snowboarding. CASI Park  

Canadian Adaptive Snowsports

This certifies instructors to teach skiers and snowboarders with disabilities personal ski/snowboard improvement. You will develop skills to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to experience adaptive snow sports safely. You will learn how to use teaching aids, adaptive equipment and carry out basic safety procedures. Depending on which resort you go to, this will increase your hourly wage at your next chance of employment as you will be considered a Dual Instructor. The most affordable and effective course to enhance your pay rate. Canadian Adaptive Snowsports Level 1

AST Level 1: Avalanche Skills Training & Companion Rescue

Do you enjoy backcountry skiing or heading off-piste? If so, AST level 1 & Companion Rescue are a must! During the course, you'll learn to recognise avalanche terrain, understand the avalanche forecast, plan your trips, and perform a companion rescue with a variety of search and rescue techniques with single or multiple casualties. Understanding the landscape, especially as a backcountry skier, is essential to support yourself when skiing, to stay safe, and to avoid danger. Three days of vital learning to understand how to be a valued member of your group when things go wrong. Check out our AST page to find out more.

Bolt on courses

A winter in the mountains is an exciting opportunity, and we want to best prepare you for what’s to come. Our blog details past experiences of clients who have qualified as instructors and those who have continued to work in the industry. We also dive into how to best prepare for a season and what to expect when you arrive. After reading, there are so many facets to a season, and we’re sure you’ll want to become a certified ski bum.

What's included

WSC Training Package

This 11-week course includes a training program designed by Level 4 instructors and evaluators. It consists of 20 hours of training per week given by experienced Level 3 & 4 instructors.

There is an option to have extra WSC training to fine tune your skills!

Ski School Shadowing

Ski School shadowing is introduced as you progress through the course.

Season Lift Pass

A Season-long lift pass means if you want to come out early or extend your stay, then your lift pass will be valid. You also get extra discounts around the resort and reciprocal deals at other resorts.

Resort Rep

Sometimes overlooked but one of the most essential parts of your stay. Reps are knowledgeable and experienced skiers and boarders, often having completed their instructor tickets previously. They support you all the way, ensuring everything runs smoothly in the resort.

Video Analysis

Well it is the digital age! Instructors will utilse all the equipment available.

Accommodation for your Entire Stay

Staying at the Cahility Lodge, you’ll have everything you need. Ski in/out, and centrally located in the village. It’s the perfect location for an instructor course.

Transfers

Transfers are included with your package when taking a flight with us. If you choose to arrive separately, a free transfer is still available, as long as you are at the airport at the same time as the main arrival group. For transfers outside of this, there may be a supplement charge.

Meal Package

4 Breakfasts and dinners are provided every week of your stay. Using 3-4 different restaurants within the resort. You can add this for an additional £110 per week or simply add breakfast only for £36 a week, or dinners only for £75 per week.

Regular Team Socials

From Pool comp night, Floodlit riding and Mexican Margarita Night. There’s always something going on in or around the resort. Between these and the Bolt-Ons, you will have some experiences to remember for the rest of your life, with new lifelong friends.

Employment Interviews & Job Opportunities

On Succsesful completion of your Level 2, should you wish to return to Sun Peaks as an instructor then a guaranteed interview can be arranged.
We can also arrange further interviews at other resorts in Canada and the World, to help you find your first job in the industry

Visa Assistance

We provide comprehensive advice and assistance when applying for working holiday visas.

Welcome Gift Bag

A goody bag with clothing and gear to make you feel part of the team, and provide you with some extras to help with your stay.

Not Included.

FLIGHTS (add flights for an extra £650)

MEALS PACKAGE OPTIONAL (4 breakfasts and dinners)

INSURANCE

ANCILLARY BOLT-ON COURSES

EQUIPMENT OR RENTAL

CSIA L3 MODULE & EXAM FEE ($1400 paid directly to CSIA, organised privately by WSC)

CSIA MEMBERSHIP FEE

JASON SIMPSON-BIG PICTURE SKIING BOLT ON (2 days of training, £375 split between 4 people)

 

Dates & Prices

Dates Accommodation Double Room Single Room Flights

8th Feb to 21st March

Without Kitchenette

£5250

£7450

£650

8th Feb to 21st March

With Kitchenette

£5950

£8850

£650

Book Your Course Today

Our CSIA Level 3 Ski Instructor Course is delivered by the sports school at Sun Peaks Resort, Canada. This is a top level training centre of Canadian ski instructors and employs several respected CSIA level 4 instructors and examiners, including members of the Canadian Interski team, who will mentor you throughout the course.

The sports school at Sun Peaks has over 100 working instructors – many of whom are level 3 & 4. Over the course you’ll have many opportunities to shadow their lessons and teaching practices, where you’ll quickly learn the terrain and become part of their team

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