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CSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor InternshipFernie, Canada

Fast Track Into Instructor Industry

Qualify in Fernie Alpine Resort and become a working ski instructor all in the same season. Our season-long internship program provides a guaranteed job as an instructor and a place to call home for the winter in Fernie; ideal for skiers wanting to take a short-cut into the instructor industry.


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Fernie is the ideal place to spend a winter season; it boasts an awesome mountain with varied & challenging terrain, a ridiculously impressive snow record and perhaps most importantly there's a super friendly community that you'll become part of.


It is a resort that you'll always want to go back to and for that reason many of the instructors who have qualified with us since 2002 have gone on to work and progress in Fernie Ski School. If you're successful in applying for the guaranteed job program - once the CSIA Level 1 training is complete on this course, you'll be joining them for the remainder of the season.


You'll take part in our 3 week instructor course in Fernie and our team of highly experienced coaches will refine you’re skiing technique, while showing you the very best way to teach others.


Once you've qualified you'll then be inducted straight into Fernie Alpine Resort's Winter Sports School, where you'll work until the end of the season.

Guaranteed Job

With a guaranteed job offer before you've even qualified as an instructor, this is an amazing kick-start to a ski instructor career. After your initial three week course, you'll start working right away at Fernie Alpine Resort's Winter Sports School.


Positions are limited and successful applicants for the program will be selected based on their work and social experience, as well as their past skiing experience.


You'll need a working holiday visa to apply for the program. Next, register your interest in this course with us, and then start preparing a resume and covering letter, including any relevant experience. We'd particularly like to hear if you have any previous coaching, teaching, presentation or leadership experience. In addition, we'd like to know how much skiing experience you have.


Unlike most internships in Canada, we include accommodation for the full season. You will be staying in a comfortable house in Fernie  - twin & single rooms are available. 

Other companies often only include accommodation for the duration of your training , after which you need to pay additional rent for staff accom or a private landlord. 

Course Milestones Get ready for an exciting winter of working as a ski instructor.
Week 1
With a focus on your personal skiing technique, we’ll work on the perfect stance and iron out any bad habits. You'll quickly settle in to life in Fernie and will feel like a local.
Week 2
Your own skiing will continue to develop and we’ll start to introduce teaching skills and explain the CSIA’s student progression. Fernie is beginning to feel like home.
Avalanche Course
A great chance to take an Avalanche Safety Training course equipping you with essential skills for staying safe in the backcountry.
Week 3
Assessment time but no stress, you’re well prepared. The Level 1 exam both develops and tests your skills and with a typical 100% pass rate you’ll smash it.
Cat Skiing
An optional day skiing untouched powder with your new mates and a guide. Similar to heli skiing but using a snow cat, this will possibly be the highlight of your trip.
Week 4
Your employment at Fernie’s Snow Sports School officially starts. After some training you’re ready for your first day wearing the red jacket and teaching your own students.
Your season...
You’re living the dream! Five months in the mountains, passing on your passion for skiing, making new friends from all over the world, and progressing your own skills every day.
Dates & Prices

What's Included

Instructor Job at Fernie +

After passing your Level 1 you'll be working at the Fernie Snow School for the rest of the winter as a qualified instructor.

Level 1 Coaching +

You'll receive 20 hours coaching per week. Our full day coaching sessions are Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri, with Wednesdays and the weekends for free skiing, consolidating what you've learnt and other activities. The maximum group size is 8 people per pro but typically they are even smaller.

Season Accommodation +

You'll stay in a local house in downtown Fernie with other people on the program. During your 3 week instructor course you'll have access to all the Red Tree Lodge facilities, including hot tub, swimming pool & ski tuning room.

Breakfast - Five Days Per Week +

During the 3-week Level 1 training course you'll be treated to an awesome breakfast at the Red Tree Lodge five days per week. Options include a coffee/tea, juices, cereals, toast, pastries, yogurt, fruit, porridge oats, as well as hot items like eggs, beans, sausages, hash browns or bacon.

Dinners - Four Nights Per Week +

During the 3-week level 1 training course, you can enjoy a nutritionally balanced & filling three course meal at the Red Tree Lodge four evenings a week.

Season Lift Pass +

You'll be given a season lift pass so you can ski as much as you please. Come out early or stay on after, your lift pass will cover you.

Airport Transfers +

We provide airport transfers from and to Calgary Airport at set departure times.


During the 23/24 season, we will provide transfers at the following times:


Start date of course: meet the transfer at Calgary Airport at 5pm, opt for a flight that lands before 3:30pm.


End date of course: transfer will arrive at Calgary Airport by approx. 1:30pm, opt for a flight that departs after 4:30pm.

Resort Shuttle +

Daily shuttle to and from the slopes.

Level 1 Exam Fee +

Included in the course price is your Level 1 exam fee, which is held in week 3.

24 Hour Hosting +

Your host will ensure your course runs smoothly. They'll be on hand 24/7 for a chat, laugh, or to solve any problems.

Video Analysis +

Throughout the program our coaches will make the most of technical video analysis to help with your development.

Weekly Technical Sessions +

Each week you'll receive a technical talk on subjects like biomechanics, looking after your gear, and injury prevention.

Instructor Career Advice +

You'll be given an 'Instructor Starter Kit' booklet with a directory of ski school contacts, receive a seminar on 'Working as an Instructor', and be given constant advice from our coaches.

Weekly Socials +

Each week your host will organise team socials and après for all the group to get involved in

Access to Extra Activities +

You'll be able to get involved with many winter activities and experiences during your time with us, from cat skiing to ice hockey.

Optional Qualifications +

You'll have the opportunity to gain the following additional qualifications:

Avalanche Safety Training Level 1 +
Learn all you need to know to explore the backcountry.
1% For The Planet +

1% of revenues support environmental non-profits, including Protect Our Winters

Carbon Offset +
We make your trip carbon neutral by offsetting emissions we can't reduce, including flights.
On behalf of all participants, we offset the measurable carbon emissions of your trip based on the duration, location and type of course, as well as the journey you’re taking to reach your course. Through our partnership with Climate Impact, we contribute to effective carbon reduction projects.
Not Included +

These things are not included in the package:

Flights +
We can give you advice on the best flights to get.
Travel Insurance +
We can point you to insurance policies that previous clients have rated. Some offer discounts to Nonstop participants.
Ski Equipment +
It's best to buy your equipment when in resort, if you don't already have it. Our coaches will give you advice on the best skis to get, and you can get a Nonstop discount at some local shops.
Lunches & Weekend Meals +
Make your own or try out some of the local restaurants or resort options.
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