18 Week Level 1, 2 & 3 Ski Instructor Course

Course Type Ski Instructor
Dates 29th Nov-1st April
Price From £13100
Venue Canada - Sun Peaks
Qualifications CSIA Level 1,2 & 3 Ski Instructor
Add Flights? Add flights for £650

About the Trip

This is the ultimate way to spend a season in the mountains. 18 full weeks of training that can be tailored to suit your needs with different options and flexibility to give you the course you want. At the end of it you’ll come out more qualified and experienced than you ever could  have imagined

In one season, you can:

  • Train for levels 1 and 2 and work towards L3 and other qualifications in the Academy Program.
  • Take a leisurely approach to attain CSIA Levels 1 and 2 ski instructor qualifications
  • Gain your Level 1 and 2, and then join the full Ski Patrol program (£725 supplement)
  • Become Duel Certified in both the CASI Snowboard and CSIA Ski Instructor tickets.

The Academy is our new 6-week program which focuses on multi-skills training that pushes your skiing further and looks great on your CV. You’ll not only work towards your Level 3 but also focus on backcountry training, off pistes skills, Mountain Patrol and a comprehensive 4-day first aid course.


18 Weeks L1, L2, L3 training
CSIA Level 1 exam & Membership
Possible Dual certification
Ski in Ski out Accommodatoin
Meal plan across five different restaurants
Resort rep 24/7
Season Lift Pass


A full season in the resort
Massive amount of training in one season
Receive up to 9 certificates
Guaranteed interviews for returning clients wanting employment with a level 2 certificate.
Extensive Bolt ons available
Ability to tailor the program to suit you

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Sunpeaks is nestled in the valley between 3 mountains, spanning 4200 acres of incredible terrain, and is the second biggest ski area in Canada.

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

Find some of the best-untouched powder amongst tree-lined runs or rip it up in the 10-acre terrain park.

Blessed with some of the best conditions that Canada has to offer, with  6 meters of light, dry powder that is famous to the interior of BC and officially the sunniest resort. With few lift queues and wide open slopes, it’s no surprise that it’s regularly awarded in the Top 3 Best Resorts. Maybe that’s why the Interski trials are held here.

Back it up with enough hotels, shops, bars, restaurants and cafes, and you’ve got a world-class venue to keep grinning from ear to ear. Prepared to be wowed.

Hearthstone Lodge

Located in the heart of Sun Peaks Resort, the Hearthstone Lodge is the perfect base for a ski instructor course. Forgot your goggles or want to head back for Lunch? The Hearthstone 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 both a short or long stay and sleep 1-3 people. All feature a kitchenette, gas fireplace, dining area and free wireless internet. The dining room table seats 4 people, and there’s a flat-screen TV and comfy sofa for relaxing on when the room is set up for single or double occupancy (£13100). Rooms are set out in blocks, so you’ll be next to all your fellow instructor mates.

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

Breakfast and Dinner

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

4 breakfasts and dinners per week are included with your course, meaning you’ve got time to relax and concentrate on what’s important. But the best bit. We don’t use just 1 restaurant, we use 5. With pretty much the pick of the menu, it gives you enough variety every week to not get bored and makes sure you’re getting what you need. There are also special nights 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 just relax, order a pizza or make yourself a big bowl of pasta and catch up on Netflix. Regardless of your culinary skills, there are plenty more places to eat out in Sunpeaks village. Whether you’re a vegetarian*, meat fiend, spice lover, or want something simple, there’s something for everyone.

About the location
Meal Plan

Training Package

Level 1 & 2 Training
Specially designed for Winter Sports by Level 4 instructors and evaluators. On Snow Training is provided 4 days a week by CSIA level 3 & 4 instructors, with an extra day scheduled for shadow teaching with the school. In addition, Level 1 and 2 course conductors will provide one-to-one feedback and training as you approach the exams.

CSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor Exam.
The CSIA exam is as much a course as an examination and is included with your package. Spread over 3 days and planned after 3 solid weeks of pre-training. On successful completion, you will become a member of the CSIA. Level 2 & 3 modules and assessments can be booked directly with CSIA by the participant upon completion of level 1. Level 2 costs approx $950, Level 3 costs approx $1400.

Level 3 Academy Training 

During the Academy course, you’ll receive 19 full days of instruction, plus extra days for Ski School and Mountain Patrol shadowing. The 19 days include 8 days of L3 instruction, 3 days of Patrol training, 4 days of NUEC 2 outdoor first aid courses and 4 days of backcountry and off-piste training. There will also be time to sign up for the L3 modules should you wish to push your skiing further.

NUEC 2 First Aid

The first aid course is highly respected and gives you over 30 hrs of practical remote first aid skills, valuable on the ski slopes and in any outdoor setting. It is accepted as the level for assistant guides, white water rafting guides and ski patrol support, to name a few.

Full Patrol Course (£725 Supplement)

The Mountain Patrol course will cover all the situations, skills, and accreditation you need to learn to join the team on the mountain. With up to 40hrs of training each week, this is one of the most in-depth ski courses we provide. You’ll learn about toboggan handling, patient extraction, air rescue, helicopter orientation, mountaineering, and many other essential skills during the course. You’ll also become certified in the NUEC 3 110hr first aid, avalanches safety and advanced protocol.

CSIA Membership & Instructor Licence.

We enrol you with a CSIA membership for the year as part of your course. You will be provided with a login to the website, where you can sign up for the level 2 & 3 exams. Upon completion of level 1, you will be a licenced instructor.

Shadow Teaching
An integral part of the course is shadow teaching. Shadowing real lessons helps prepare for your Level 2, and looks good on your CV. Once qualified, you will find yourself rostered into the ski school schedule once a week. Ski School shadowing is introduced as you progress through the course.

Additional Training Option
Further certifications are available throughout the programme. Including Avalanche Skills Training, Adaptive Ski Instructor Qualification, Race Coaching certification and Park course.
Snow Ready Fitness Plan
One of the most vital elements for your success is fitness. Created for the Winter Sports by a Personal Trainer, Sports Therapist, and Nutrition Coach, this 8-week pre-season programme targets the muscle groups used in skiing & snowboarding. It will make sure you are shredded & 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. Feast your eyes on this!

Week 1

Settling in, exploring and introduction to being a ski instructor. Get kitted up and out on the slopes. Calm the egos or nerves and get rid of any bad “holiday skiing habits”. Getting the correct skiing fundamentals in place right from the start. Start to relax into your new life.

Week 2-4

Training starts to focus on your ski improvement, technique and teaching the CSIA way. Moving to more advanced and challenging terrain. Including video analysis and consolidation of all the new methods.Ski Tuning Workshop . During week 3, complete your final days of level 1 training, CSIA Level 1 exam at the end of the week. Christmas week- whilst celebrating being an official level 1 instructor, lesson shadowing & additional courses.

Week 5-7

Without wasting any time it’s back to Training, Week 5 will be the beginning of your level 2 CSIA training. Over the next few weeks in training, you will learn how to perform bumps, short radius turns, powder skiing, dynamic carving and teaching to the CSIA level 2 standard. Find your mojo and watch how your technique strengthens daily.

Week 8-10

Week 8 will included Level 2, All-mountain, freestyle, CAD’s and Park bolt ons and assessment.

You will receive teaching practice for bumps, intermediate parallel and CSIA Level 2 assessment by course examiners to prepare you for the upcoming exam. Then in week 10, you will receive condensed Level 2 training and exam preparation before beginning the 4 day Level 2 modules.

Week 11-12

The level 2 exam is a nerve racking 2 days, but with 10 weeks of training and experience you will be more than ready. Once completing the exams, celebrations will begin to congratulate you on your achievement.
Week 12 will include lesson shadowing and additional courses (AST, Adaptive Sports, Race Coaching, Park Course).

Week 13-18

You decide whether to mix all the Snow Academy elements, like Ski Patrol training, Level 3 training with modules, Introduction to Back country training, 4 day wilderness First Aid. Or really go to town and get as far up the ladder as you can with 18 days of dedicated Level 3 training.

"Priceless Experience- 9 certificates!"

Win - 17 April 2022

"I had a wonderful 18 weeks experience at Sun Peaks, Canada in 21-22 season, accomplishing everything I set out to do. Very big thanks to all the awesome people of Wintersports for making it all happen."

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. In, fact the Heliski experience will have you grinning from ear to way all the way back home through your front door. So decide what is critical for your 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.

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.

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.

CASI Park Level 1

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

Ice Hockey Night

Watch the Kamloops Blazers in action. Great night out.

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, equipment familiarisation, and 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.

Revelstoke Steep & Deep

Make the Pilgrimage, learn to ski or ride 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.

Ski & Board Tech Tips

This course covers routine tuning, maintenance, fitting and basic repair work. Giving you the knowledge on how to look after your ski & snowboard equipment throughout the season.

Canadian Adaptive Snowsports

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

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.

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 programme.

Terrain Park-Freestyle 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 days.

Day Out At Harper Mountain

This includes a day on the mountain with tubing in the morning, lunch, and an afternoon of skiing & riding in a new environment.

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.

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.

Tree Wells & All Mountain Safety

An absolute must-do! A one-day course for all skiers and snowboarders who venture off the groomed runs. Dangers are lurking closer than you think.

What's included

WSC 18 Week Training Package

This 18 week course includes a training program designed by Level 4 instructors and evaluators. It includes 20 hours of training per week given by experienced Level 3 & 4 instructors.

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 important 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, making sure everything runs smoothly in resort.

CSIA Level 1 Exam and Membership

The level 1 course exam and membership are included in the price. You can add your Level 2 & 3 exams; level 2 costs approx $1050, and Level 3 costs approx $1400.

CSIA Level 2 Exam

There are no hidden extras in your package so you have the 4 day CSIA Teach and Ski modules along with the 2 day exam included as standard. However should you want to remove this from your package this can be done given enough notice.

Video Analysis

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

Accommodation for your Entire Stay

Staying at the Hearthstone 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 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

Four Breakfasts and dinners are provided every week of your stay. Using five different restaurants within the resort, it’s important you get variety and stay healthy. Outside of this, you can use one of the other restaurants or order pizza and just Netflix and chill.

Regular Team Socials

From Pool comp night, Floodlit skiing or riding and Mexican Margherita 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 Successful 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 around 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.

Bolt On's and Extra Qualifications

From extra accreditation to pure fun, the bolt-on covers it all. Sign up for the AST 1, Adaptive or Race coach or add on an experience. Heli Day, Revelstoke Trip, Ice Hockey Night, Dog Sledding or Shopping in Kamloops. There’s something for everyone’s budget.

Not Included.

FLIGHTS (add flights for an extra £650)
MEALS outside of the Meal Plan (4 breakfasts and dinners)

Dates & Prices

Dates Accommodation Triple Room Double Room Single Room Flights

29th Nov to 1st April

Hearthstone Lodge



+£350 per week


Book Your Course Today

The 18-week programme offers the widest variety of options and the maximum potential for gaining several qualifications in just one season. This unique season-long course is ideal for gap years, career breaks, and instructors looking to start out in the industry. With a huge ski area, a friendly resort and a great atmosphere, it will capture your heart. It’s not a coincidence that many customers return to work there each year.
Flying out in November, you’ll be amazed at the amount of early snow in Canada and enjoy early-season skiing before most resorts in Europe have opened. Training begins a couple of days after arrival, and being an early bird on the slopes means you won’t have to share the mountains with hundreds of people. You will learn the terrain, get to meet the locals and settle in to enjoy an unforgettable white Christmas. We encourage you to select your own approach to training so you can progress as fast or as slowly as you want. Once you’ve passed your Level 1 skiing instructor course, you’re free to develop your talents and continue to enjoy the resort.
The snow school at Sun Peaks Resort is a centre for instructor training. It attracts some of the best CSIA level 4 instructors in the country.

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