How does the internship work ? The internships are an entire season program, with training and work placement guaranteed. You receive guidance before, during and after the program to ensure you get your work visa, Level 1 qualification, a season of paid work and further Level 2 training. Suppose you decide to further your career. In that case, the Level 2 & 3 internships are more affordable and a guaranteed way of forcing your new employer to give you 6 weeks of training within your new job. In our opinion, it’s the best way to rise to the top fast. Train smart, work smart!
We will conduct a short telephone interview to assess your skiing ability and suitability for an internship. Applicants who meet the criteria will be offered a place subject to acquiring a work visa for Canada.
Upon accepting a place and paying a deposit, you will receive full assistance from Winter Sports Company through the visa application process. We will help you write your CV. Show you how to obtain documentation such as police checks and advise you on the timing of your visa application. Crucial if you are to get one! We are very good at what we do, and with our help, almost all interns can secure a visa for Canada every year.
Getting a Visa:
Once you have secured a visa, we will discuss resort options and put you in touch with the ski school. This is when you will receive a job offer and set up staff accommodation for the season. Pre-departure information will be sent out eight weeks before travel detailing the immigration process and what to expect when you land in Canada.
What should I expect from the resort during their employment process?
It’s like any other employment contract for seasonal work. You are employed directly by the Snowschool. This phase is between you and the Snowschool as you embark on your first season in the mountains. Prepare to receive your contracts from August onwards as the interview process unfolds. Any questions can be directed to the HR team as they conduct interviews. Still, you will be treated like any staff member and be covered under their insurance and Work Safe BC policies. You will receive a thorough onboarding process and staff familiarisation once you have successfully completed your Level 1. This will ensure you are fully up-to-date with their systems and workplace procedures before starting work as a fully qualified Ski or Snowboard Instructor.
Getting to Resort:
Training starts almost as soon as you get to the resort and typically lasts three weeks. During this time you will stay in hotel accommodation with fellow trainees. During the first week, we will sort out all the admin required. Such as getting a Social Insurance number (SIN), setting up a bank account and filling in employment paperwork with the ski school.
This is the beginning of living and working in a ski resort. Expect to quickly make friends with the locals and become part of resort life. Following the CSIA Level 1 exam in mid-December, qualified interns will be offered full-time paid employment with the Snow School for up to 16 weeks. Then, as you leave the Winter Sports Company training, you’ll move into your new digs at staff accommodation. And be part of a professional on-snow team for the rest of the season.
Working the season:
As a ski instructor intern, you’ll have a real job with the snow school, gaining valuable teaching experience. The work includes teaching various lessons, from children on the nursery slopes to beginner adults and all-mountain teaching.
As you gain confidence, teaching will become second nature, and you can start to focus on personal development. You will be encouraged to continue training around your working hours and have the opportunity to join dedicated training sessions.
Towards the end of the season, there will be an opportunity to take the level 2 modules and exam. Most interns complete the season as CSIA level 2 instructors.
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