Full Season CSIA Level 2 Ski Instructor Internship

Course Type Ski Internship
Dates 29th Nov-1st April
Price From £5250
Venue Canada - Sun Peaks
Qualifications CSIA Level 2 Instructor Certification
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About the course

Give yourself the greatest chance of achieving level 2 by taking part in a level 2 ski instructor internship in Canada.

You’ll have a guaranteed ski instructor job and pre-arranged staff accommodation at one of the greatest resorts in North America, Sun Peaks. With over 4250 acres of skiable area and a top-level sports school, Sun Peaks has the terrain and CSIA coaches perfect for reaching CSIA level 2.

Our CSIA level 2 ski instructor internship is a full-season programme designed for ski instructors already qualified to level 1 in an ISIA recognised body. Places are very limited, so early application is recommended. Successful applicants will join the full-time snow-sports team at Sun Peaks from late December. You will initially fly out with the main group at the end of November and have some time to acclimatise before starting your initial training. During this period your accommodation and meal package are included. Mid-December, you’ll start your work position with the ski school and move into your arranged staff accommodation, just in time for the busy Christmas period. The remaining part of your training is completed after Christmas, with your CSIA modules and exams scheduled for mid-February.

To be eligible for this internship, you must have the right to work in Canada or be able to get your own working visa. Suppose you are between 18-30 and sometimes up to 35. In that case, you can apply for a working holiday visa, depending on your country of citizenship. A visa specialist is available to assist with work permit applications.


Level 2 WSC training with CSIA  modules & exam.

Shared Accommodation and meal package  upon arrival.

Guaranteed Ski Instructor job before you pass your Level 2.




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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Slopeside Accommodation in Resort

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.


During your initial training, you’ll receive four dinners and breakfast 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 you can quickly cook for yourself for lunch or the rest of the week.

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. The intern pays for staff accommodation, usually bi-weekly, once in the resort. 


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 $15-16 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 sledge tours, to name a few.

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. So why not enhance your experience and take one of our Bolt-On trips to Revelstoke and Silverstar?

Sun Peaks

Training Package

Guaranteed Job

After some initial Level 2 training, you will enrol with the Sports School and begin working as a Level 1 instructor. 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 pass at partner resorts in Canada (varies for each resort).

Level 2 Training

You’ll receive over 90 hours of Level 2 Winter Sports training and over 30 hrs of CSIA separate modular training. The training is provided in blocks so that you will progress throughout the whole season.

CSIA Level 2 Modules

The advanced teaching module and CSIA level 2 training are included in the course price and usually take part in early February. 

CSIA Level 2 Exam

The level 2 exam is included in the price of the internship and takes place in mid-February. Should you fail this portion of the internship, there is a second chance at the end of the season.

Further Training

Sun Peaks interns receive 18 days of dedicated level 2 training throughout the season from the 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 help to enrol you with the CSIA as an affiliate member, but you pay all membership fees. Upon completion of level 2, you will be a licensed CSIA Level 2 instructor.

Shadow Teaching
shadowing real lessons is integral to training as 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 or Freestyle course.

Visa Assistance & Guaranteed Work Interview

We have partnerships and connections with several sports schools across the world and offer guaranteed interviews for the following season after the successful completion of your Level 2. We also provide two further guaranteed consultations 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. It will make sure you are snow-fit in time for the start of your course.

Weekly Schedule

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Professional coaching is provided by long-term Level 3 & 4 instructors. Your training will be interspersed with working for the Snow School during typical busy periods and training towards your level 2 on quieter weeks. Conveniently it works for everyone and gives the students time to absorb what they have learned and put it into fruition in sizable chunks.

Week 1 & 2

During week one, you will settle into your new home for the season, discovering the resort and where you will live, work, and socialise. 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.


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. As families flock to the resort, you will be busy over the Christmas period.


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. The Level 2 CSIA modules are usually towards the latter part of this month.


Throughout the training period, you will have worked on your mogul skiing, teaching, Short radius turns, advanced parallel movement, and everything you need to know to pass your CSIA level 2. In addition, you will be constantly assessed within the training with feedback and video analysis to help you improve.

CSIA Level 2 Exam

Once you have completed your modules in January, the exam will take part a couple of weeks later.

Level 2 exam

The level 2 exam is included in the price of the internship.

You will participate in the CSIA Level 2 course Exam Modules, a 5-day pre-requisite course conducted by the CSIA Level 2 course examiner. This will then be followed by your CSIA Level 2 exam. It may seem daunting. However, all the hard work you put into training has set you up for this, so just enjoy it.

Final Weeks

Should you not complete your exam successfully the first time, there is a second possibility of retaking your Level 2 exam at the end of the season. Then finally, everyone will celebrate your fantastic achievement and say goodbyes before heading back home 🙁

"Sun Peaks 2019/20"

Steve D - 8 Apr 2020

"I went out to Sun Peaks to participate in the the Level 1 skiing internship and I couldn't be any happier with the time I had. Winter Sports Company were fantastic the whole way through the season, from all the assistance at the airport on our way out to all of the hard work that Rik, Emma, and Rob had to put in to get everyone home amongst the Covid chaos."

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 way all the way back home through your front door. So decide what is critical for you, an adrenaline ride?  A 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.

Canadian Adaptive Snowsports

Canadian 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 techniques 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.

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. This will include terrain assessment, hazard analysis, companion rescue, equipment familiarisation, 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, familiarise yourself with essential life support and learn how to control bleeding and trauma.

Off Piste & Powder Training

It offers a blend of coaching geared toward boosting your technique in deep snow, giving you the ability to charge through powder with confidence.

Revelstoke Steep & Deep with Heli

LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE – Book early to avoid disappointment. 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 genuine bucket list item. Cat Skiing is included at an additional cost.

Dog Sledding

Dog sledding is a real experience – there is quite simply nothing like the sensation of being in control of your 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 essential repair work.

Guided Backcountry

Explore Sun Peaks backcountry beyond Gil’s with a local professional guide.

Ice Hockey Night

Watch the Kamloops Blazers in action. Great night out.

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 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,
Lift pass benefits include discounts up to 20% in selected shops and restaurants and on some activities, equipment rentals, maintenance and repairs.

Staff Accommodation

After your first 17 nights in slopeside accommodation, you will move into staff accommodation. Placement in staff accommodation is arranged before the course start date. It is paid for by the intern bi-weekly after working for the sports school.

Meal Plan

During your time in the Hearthstone Lodge, 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.

Weekly Socials

Sun Peaks has enough going on in the evenings, either in the resort or down in staff quarters, to keep you entertained. 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 possible at the end of this course.)

Dates & Prices

Dates Accommodation Triple Room Double Room Single Room Flights

29th Nov to 1st April

Hearthstone Lodge



+£350 per week


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Fancy the season of a lifetime and a chance to become a certified CSIA level 2 instructor, then join us for a soon out in the beautiful Sun Peaks resort. An opportunity to make friends for life and improve your skiing for the better!

The CSIA recognise the international equivalency of most national Level 1 qualifications. So if you have Level 1 in BASI, APSI, NZSIA, IASI or any other equivalent certification, then you can join us.

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