Head out to Canada for first tracks. Get to resort in November and spend the first few weeks of the season training to become a level 1 snowboard instructor. We’re confident you’ll be qualified and teaching by christmas – we have a 100% pass rate for level 1.
On this snowboard instructor internship you’ll train for your CASI level 1 at either Sun Peaks or Panorama, before beginning work at your chosen resort in mid-December. 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.

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Touch down in Canada and start training straight away, you’ll spend 3 weeks with CASI pro-instructors who will coach you toward becoming a CASI level 1 instructor.  During this time you will stay in hotel accommodation along with your fellow trainees.* This is the beginning of working and living in a resort, expect to quickly make friends with the locals and become part of resort life. After the CASI Level 1 exam in mid December, qualified interns will be offered full time paid employment with the Snow School for up to 16 weeks.** As you complete the Winter Sports Company training programme, you’ll move into your new digs at staff accommodation and become part of a professional on-snow team for the rest of the season.***

Snowboard instructor interns have a real job with the Snow School, gaining valuable on-snow teaching experience. The work is varied, from teaching children on the bunny hill, to beginner adults and some all mountain teaching. You’ll be encouraged to continue your self-development and train towards level 2 around working hours, most interns complete the season as a CASI level 2 instructor.

Applications are now being taken for our ski instructor internships for the November 2017 and 2018 seasons. There is no restriction on nationality to apply for an internship – all we require is you to have the right experience and the right to work in Canada. Most our interns obtain working holiday visas, these are available for 18 to 30 year olds, visit our visa information page to find out if you’re eligible.

Winter Sports Company provides free assistance to all interns to get through the visa application process and will help you to write your CV, show you how to obtain documentation such as police checks and advises you on the timing of your visa application – crucial if you are to get one. Take it from us we know what we are doing and every year the majority of our interns are able to secure a visa for Canada.

*Accommodation is dependent on resort, in some cases interns will move into staff accommodation during the training period. Winter Sports Company cover accommodation costs (hotel or staff housing) for the first 3 weeks of training.
**Job offer is subject to performance and behaviour. Resorts close in mid April.
***After the initial 3 week training period interns are responsible for their own accommodation and food. You are provided all details required to secure accommodation during employment before you start your internship. Flights are outbound only.

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What you’ll get

Course Schedule
  • Week 1: Settle in, snowboard improvement, technique and all mountain riding
  • Week 2: Snowboard development on a variety of terrain, CASI Level 1 exam preparation
  • Week 3: Teaching practice and CASI Level 1 Exam
  • Week 4: Start working full time for the Snow School
The Trip
  • Flights and Transfers (if applicable)
  • 3 weeks’ shared hotel accommodation during training
  • Breakfast & evening 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 accomodation 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.
Sun Peaks Resort & Panorama Hotel Accommodation
  • Ski-in, Ski-out Location
  • Outdoor Hot Tubs (during training)
  • Gym (during training)
  • Launderette
  • Ski Storage
  • WiFi
  • En-suite bedroom, fireplace, cable & satellite TV, some rooms have a kitchenette
Please note: In some cases, interns will move into their staff accommodation during the training period. In these instances, Winter Sports Company will cover the accommodation costs during the training period.
Course Schedule
  • Three weeks’ training with experienced Canadian Instructors
  • 5 hours a day, 5 days a week training
  • CASI Level 1 snowboard instructor exam
  • Shadow teaching
  • CASI Membership
  • Instructor Licence
  • Video analysis
  • Snow Ready Fitness Plan
  • Further training towards CASI Level 2 snowboard instructor qualification
  • Successful interns with Level 1 qualifications offered work
  • Receive payment for all lessons taught
  • Receive Level 2 training and instruction from the Sun Peaks Resort Snow School
  • Interns will be encouraged to take internationally recognised CASI Level 2 by end of March

CASI Level 1 (+ option for CASI Level 2)

How long for?
19 weeks (approx 3 weeks’ training, 16 weeks’ work)

Sun Peaks Resort, BC, Canada
Panorama Mountain Resort, BC, Canada
Hidden Valley, AB, Canada

30th Nov 2017
29th Nov 2018

Level required?
You must be comfortable snowboarding European Blue runs

£5400 without flights
£5850 including flights (from London)

Secure your place with £300 deposit


Sun Peaks Resort

Located in the Kootenay Mountains, only a few hours drive from Vancouver, Sun Peaks is a winter haven that boasts the 2nd largest ski area in Canada. Sun Peaks is big enough to party and small enough that you’ll become one of the locals within a matter of weeks. Sun Peaks is an great place to spend your first season as a snowboard instructor, and most our interns return to work here year after year.

Sun Peaks staff accommodation is located a short bus ride or 20 minute walk from the centre of town and during high season, a free shuttle operates. Sun Peaks has several bars, restaurants, shops, a convenience store and plenty of things to do – like ice skating, snow shoeing and dog sled tours. There is a large winter community at Sun Peaks, and rides to the local city of Kamloops are easy to find for cinema trips, shopping and ice hockey trips.

Interns at Sun Peaks typically earn $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 that park board you’ve had your eye on).

Panorama Mountain Resort

A huge ski are with all the terrain you could dream of – including one of the biggest vertical drops in North America. Panorama has everything a trainee snowboard instructor needs, and more! Nestled in the Purcell Mountains, Panorama has a village feel, but this ski-in ski-out resort is far from sleepy. Panorama is famous for it’s amazing outdoor hot pools and the back country paradise of the Taynton Bowl is a mecca for powder hounds across Canada. Panorama will become your home from home, and many of our interns stay in the area over summer and return to work at the sports school the following winter.

Interns and most other on-mountain staff live in the close-by town of Invermere. Invermere is a vibrant hub of activity – and being where the locals live is where the real party is at! 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 spending money.

Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley is a hidden gem, this is a true locals resort and most people on the hill are from nearby towns and villages. Located in the Cypress Hills Provincial Park in Alberta, Hidden Valley is open 5 days a week Wednesday – Sunday. With two consecutive days off, there will be plenty of opportunities to get a big mountain fix, with free lift tickets available for Castle, near Banff.

Interns live in nearby Elkwater, a small community with a few restaurants, convenience store and a village hall wifi and games. The close community spirit means you will quickly become a local, and finding ride-shares to the nearby city of Medicine Hat is easy, so there are plenty of opportunities for food shopping and cinema trips.

Owned and operated by the Alberta government, interns at Hidden Valley benefit from regular hours and a high wage. Interns are guaranteed a minimum of 24 hours a week of work and regularly get 40 hours. As a level 1 instructor you will earn $22 per hour 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.