Level 3 Ski Instructor Internship with Guaranteed Job

Course Type Ski Instructor Internship
Dates 29th Nov-1st April
Price From £4550
Venue Canada - Sun Peaks
Qualifications CSIA Level 3 Instructor Certification
Add Flights? Add flights for £550

About the course

Give yourself the greatest chance of achieving level 3 by participating in a level 3 ski instructor internship in Canada.
You’ll have a guaranteed ski instructor job and pre-arranged staff accommodation at one of the most incredible resorts in North America, Sun Peaks. With over 4250 acres of skiable area and a top-level snow school, Sun Peaks has terrain and CSIA level 4 coaches perfect for reaching CSIA level 3. It’s not only a great way to guarantee your progression but also a great way to guarantee your accommodation in a competitive environment.
Our CSIA level 3 ski instructor internship is a full-season programme designed for ski instructors already qualified to level 2 in a CSIA recognised body. Places are minimal, so early application is recommended. Successful applicants will become members of the full-time snow-sports team at Sun Peaks from December. You will initially fly out with the main group and have some time to acclimatise before moving into Staff accommodation and starting work. Level 3 training is taken by CSIA level 3 course examiners, and there is still the option to work on weekends. Interns are mentored all season with regular sessions at ski school.
To be eligible for this internship, you must have the right to work in Canada or be able to get your working visa. Between 18 and 30, you can apply for a holiday working visa. A visa specialist is available to assist with work permit applications.

CSIA Level 3 Ski Instructor training is delivered by the snow school at Sun Peaks Resort, Canada. Sun Peaks has over 100 working instructors, many of whom are level 3 & 4. You’ll have many opportunities during the internship to shadow their lessons and teaching practices. During the internship, you’ll have many options to shadow their lessons and teaching practices. You’ll receive over 90 hours of Level 3 Winter Sports training in total and over 30 hrs of CSIA separate modular training. The training is provided in blocks, so you progress throughout the season, with most of the training scheduled in March as you move towards the exams. Having three months of work, mentoring, and a comprehensive training programme, this internship puts you in the best possible position for passing CSIA level 3.

To be eligible for this internship, you must have the right to work in Canada or be able to get your working visa. Between 18 and 30, you can apply for a holiday working visa. A visa specialist is available to assist with work permit applications.

It’s always tricky to decide between a Ski Internship and a Ski Instructor Course. So we’ve put together some helpful information on our Blog that looks at the pros & cons and what’s involved with that guaranteed job.


Level 2 WSC training with CSIA exam and membership.

Shared Accommodation and meal package while training.

Guaranteed Ski Instructor job once you pass your Level 2.

Level 2 training included.

Avalanche Skills  Level 2 included.


7 Day per week visa assistance  with our in-house visa expert.

Guidance from start to finish with insurance, certification, equipment, banking, communication & clothing.

Guaranteed positions BEFORE you have your visa secured.

Full season to do all the bolt-ons you want.

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The Resort
Guaranteed Job

Slopeside Accommodation

Accommodation is included with your internship during the initial training phase. In both resorts, we use centrally located hotels and apartments which are ski-in/out. They are an ideal base for training during the internship and have everything you need to make it a home-from-home.

Accommodation is based on 2-3 sharing, but single rooms are available on request for a supplement.

Staff Accommodation

Staff housing is pre-arranged before the start of the internship. Staff lodgings are in high demand in ski resorts and have a long waiting list. As part of your internship, you are at the top of the list and have guaranteed staff housing lined up before the start of the season. Staff accommodation is payable by the intern, usually on a bi-weekly basis once in the resort. In each resort, the options vary, but all provide you with a shared house or apartment with your fellow instructors.

Sun Peaks

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. It is considered Whistler’s beautiful sister, yet it doesn’t suffer from the same crowding issues. It’s 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 of our interns return to work here year after year.

Interns at Sun Peaks typically earn around $18-20 per hour and average approximately 15-20 hours of work per week – enough to cover rent and food. Anything leftover is a bonus. Sun Peaks staff accommodation is a 20-minute walk (or a short free bus ride) from the centre of town and the main ski area. Most ski school staff are housed here, making for a great atmosphere. Sun Peaks has a bustling centre. With bars, shops, restaurants, a convenience store, and plenty of things to do – like ice skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiles and dog sled tours, to name a few. The winter community is large at Sun Peaks. With thousands of seasonal visitors, Peaks ride-shares to the local city of Kamloops are easy to find for cinema trips, shopping, and ice hockey games. So why not enhance your experience and take one of our Bolt-On trips to Revelstoke and Silverstar?


Meal Plan
During your initial training, you’ll receive four dinners and breakfasts per week, leaving time to concentrate on skiing.  You’ll get many options at each resort to keep you full and satisfied. Our accommodation all have kitchenettes as a minimum. This means for lunch or during the rest of the week, you can quickly cook for yourself.

Once qualified and in staff accommodation, you are then self-catered in your accommodation. All staff accommodation has kitchens and everything you need. You should have enough money on your staff wage to cover your accommodation and food costs and hopefully a little spare for the fun things.

On average, you can spend between 80-120$ per week, and you’ll be eating very well, assuming you’re cooking most of your own meals but with the odd cheeky beer out. You can also do it cheaply and live off pasta and pesto or blow up your budget eating out. You’ll soon learn what’s the right balance and how much you want to save for other things over the season.

WSC Internship

We reserve your place on our internship from the moment you book. With all our internships you have a guaranteed job placement once you have completed a successful interview with ourselves and finally the ski school.

We are careful to select only the right candidates for the position and should your chosen ski school feel you’re not quite the right fit, then we work to offer you another placement or refund your money.

Once working for the ski school you will earn between 18-20$ per hour. Both Panorama and Sun Peaks Resorts aim to give you a minimum of 20 hrs work per week averaged over the season with some weeks being busier and some a little slower. It’s enough to cover both rent and food.

At Hidden Valley, which is owned by the Canadian government you will earn as much as 18-20$ per hour, it’s one of the best pays in the industry for a Level 1 instructor. Interns can look to work a minimum of 24hrs per week, often with options to work more. This means at Hidden Valley you definitely save up the money over the season that can be put towards travelling in the summer.

Training Package


Guaranteed Job

Upon completing the level 1 exam, you will enrol with the Sports School and begin working for the rest of the season. Working as a ski instructor, you will receive a full uniform, a staff season pass, a place in staff accommodation, and other benefits such as discounts across the resort as well as discounts and reciprocal lift passes at partner resorts in Canada (varies for each resort).

Level 3 Training

You’ll receive over 90 hours of Level 3 Winter Sports training and over 30 hours of CSIA separate modular training. The training is provided in blocks so that you will progress throughout the whole season.

CSIA Level 3 Modules

The advanced teaching module and CSIA level 3 training are included in the course price.

CSIA Level 3 Exam

The level 3 exam is included in the price of the internship.

Further Training

Panorama interns receive 8 days of dedicated level 2 training throughout the season from the WSC. In addition, sun Peaks and Hidden Valley students receive 5 extra days from WSC. You also have the opportunity to join dedicated training sessions on some mornings with the sports schools.

CSIA Membership & Instructor Licence

As part of your course, we enrol you with the CSIA. Membership for the year is included, and you will be provided with a login to the CSIA website, where you

can sign up for other exams. Upon completion of level 1 you will be a licenced instructor.

Shadow Teaching

Shadowing real lessons is an integral part of training to be an instructor and helps prepare trainees for exams. Working closely with the sports school,

participants can use free-ski days during training and once working on shadowing instructors.

Additional Training Option

Further certifications are available during the internship. Additional courses vary depending on the resort and include Avalanche Skills Training and Adaptive Ski.

Instructor Qualification, Race Coaching certification and Park course.

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 Canada and Japan. In addition, comprehensive advice and assistance are 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

Professional coaching is provided 4-5 days a week, typically Monday – Friday.

Securing a Visa: Comprehensive visa application advice & support from a Working Holiday Visa specialist
Before you depart: We put you in touch with the resort to get your official job offer & accommodation in place before you travel.
This schedule is a guide and may change. Full support and guidance are provided during immigration and setting up documentation to work in Canada. Training is provided by experienced level 3 & 4 CSIA instructors who work closely with each individual and tailor the programme to the group. Video analysis is provided throughout the course.

Week 1

During week one, you will settle into your new home for the season, discovering the resort and where you will be living, working and socialising. You will go on a resort tour, be enrolled on snow school, move into staff housing, activate your work permit & Social Insurance Number, and set up a bank account.

December - Feburary

Work for the ski school, teaching various lessons in an all-mountain environment—self-development through mentor relationships, peer-to-peer improvement and attending staff training.

Mid January - March

CSIA Level 3 Exam

The level 3 exam is included in the price of the internship.
Start of Training throughout the season. Training is provided in blocks, so you have time to go away and practise and build on your experience.
Throughout the training, you will improve your technique on and off-piste. Throughout the training period, you will work on your mogul skiing, teaching, Short radius turns, advanced parallel movement, and everything you need to know to pass your CSIA level 3. You will be constantly assessed within the training with feedback and video analysis to help you improve.

Final weeks

You will take part in the CSIA Level 3 course Exam Modules. It is a 5-day pre-requisite course conducted by CSIA Level 3 course examiner. Your CSIA Level 3 exam will then follow this. It may seem daunting; however, all the hard work you put into training has set you up for this, so just enjoy it. Then finally, everyone will celebrate your fantastic achievement and say goodbyes when heading back home 🙁


George Smith - 28 Aug 2020
"The only thing I can say about the WSC is that going to Canada was the best choice I made in my life so far! "

Bolt on courses

Because it’s not just about becoming an instructor! Add on something extra, whether another qualification or simply something for fun or on your bucket list. You’ll be able to sign up for your bolt on’s well in advance before you depart and will be sent a link to all the available courses for your stay. There’s something for everyone and everybody’s budget. If you want to look a little more in-depth, then look at our dedicated Bolt On page.

Avalanche Skills Training Level 1

Learn and equip yourselves with the knowledge and confidence to understand the conditions ahead and to make that often critical decision.

Canadian Adaptive Snowsports

Canada Adaptive Snowsports Level 1 certifies instructors to teach skiers and snowboarders with disabilities.

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.

Tree Wells & All Mountain Safety

An absolute must do! A one day course for all skiers and snowboarders who venture off the groomed runs.

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 as well as equipment familiarization, and backcountry touring techniques.

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.

Off Piste & Powder Training

Offering a blend of coaching geared towards boosting your technique in deep snow, giving the ability to charge through powder with confidence.

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

Day out at Harper Mountain

This includes a day on the mountain with tubing in the morning, followed by lunch, followed by an afternoon of skiing

Dog Sledding

Dog sledding is a real experience – there is quite simply nothing like the sensation of being in control of your own dogsled and husky team, putting your trust in your dogs and earning their friendship in return.

Trip to Silverstar

Trip to Silverstar Resort. Enjoy the laid back mountain, Have a change of scenery and see what all the buzz is about.

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.

Terrain Park Training

Sick of landing on your backside, face planting under rotating, losing your balance or worse your nerve…..all these answered and more in our Terrain park day.

What is included

Sun Peaks Skiing

It gets the same weather systems as Whistler. Yet as these systems move inland, it gets drier and colder and inevitably dumps on Sun Peaks. Giving plenty of powder days across 3 Mountains, 4200ac of skiable terrain, but without the crowds, and as the name suggests, plenty of Bluebird days. With one of the largest terrain parks in western BC, you can’t help but feel it’s a giant fun park for everyone.


For maximum flexibility, internships can be booked with or without flights.
Flights typically depart from London, UK. Flights from alternative airports can be arranged. Please contact us for a quote for this service.


Outbound and return transfers are included from Calgary or Kamloops Airport as standard with all bookings, subject to arrival times if you book your flights.

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 up to 20% in selected shops and restaurants and on some activities, equipment rentals, maintenance and repairs.

Staff Accommodation

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.

Meal Plan

During your Level 1 training, your meal plan will include four breakfasts and dinners per week. Once you move into staff accommodation, you will be paying for your food.

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

Includes 20 hours of training per week by Level 3 & 4 instructors, some are straight from the CSIA “Hall of Fame”!

CSIA Level 3 Ski Instructor Exam

The exam price is included within the whole course. Your training and hard work will set you up ready for the exam.

CSIA Membership

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

Cat Skiing

Cat skiing is a mechanical 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 with the Monster X Cat.

Weekly Socials

From Pool comp night, Campfire socials, or Ice skating on the largest Ice skating trail in the World to the often hilarious and infamous Music Bingo night at the local watering hole before busting shapes on the dance floor, there’s always something going on in or around the resort. Between these and the Bolt-Ons, you will have experiences to remember with new lifelong friends for the rest of your life.

Not Included

FLIGHTS (add flights for an extra £550)
MEALS outside of the Meal Plan (4 breakfasts and dinners)
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.)

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Becoming a level 3 ski instructor is the first step towards achieving your ISIA stamp. Applicants should be aware that to get the stamp you must also consider becoming certified in a second discipline (such as snowboarding), learning a second language, doing some race training, and completing further education modules to fulfil ISIA criteria. For more information please contact us.

The CSIA recognise the international equivalency of most national Level 2 qualifications. So if you have Level 2 in BASI, APSI, NZSIA, IASI or any other equivalent certification then you can join us.

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Dates & Prices

Dates Accommodation Double Room Single Room Flights

29th Nov to 1st April

Hearthstone Lodge


+£350 per week



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