Gain your CASI Level 1 snowboard instructor qualification with enough time to focus on developing your own personal riding too. All set in the epic winter playground of Fernie, BC. Our coaches will transform you intro a big mountain rider with the style and elegance of an instructor.
Back in 2002 we picked Fernie as the HQ for Nonstop's snowboard instructor courses because of its amazing snow record, its huge and varied ski area, the quiet slopes and, just as importantly, the unique experience of living in Fernie's awesome mountain community.
Fernie typically sees over 10 meters of snow each season. You can expect to see 48cm on average each week - that's a whole heap of powder days! No matter what standard you are when you get there, the terrain will challenge you throughout the entire season.
It is the perfect place to massively develop your snowboarding skills. Over 100 happy people every season can't be wrong! In fact, our courses in Fernie are the most popular
Over a reasonably short time we will totally transform your technique and will have you confidently riding all the terrain on the hill, with the style and grace of an instructor. We established Nonstop in Fernie in 2002 and the majority of the team have been with us since the very start. Our team of committed and highly skilled CASI Level 3 and 4 coaches know exactly how to give you the ideal training experience.
Our 5 week instructor courses are a combination of snowboard improvement coaching and instructor training ensuring your personal riding develops and you're prepared for the instructor exam. Whether you're taking the course to develop your riding or to become and instructor, this is an awesome experience. With our team of expert coaches on the hill with you for five hours a day, four days a week, you will be able to achieve a level of riding you have previously only dreamed of.
By taking part in a snowboard instructor course you will focus on understanding the fundamentals of snowboarding technique. The end goal is being able to pass this knowledge on to others, but in the process you will also be developing your own ability and taking yourself to the next level.
Although you'll be spending a lot of time exploring Fernie's amazing alpine resort, there is still so much else that you can pack into your five weeks.
In the evenings we arrange technical sessions and plenty of social events, such as trips to see the local ice hockey team, and even the chance to try your hand at curling. Plus, we can also get you on an avalanche safety course and a cat boarding day where you will be able to make fresh tracks in the backcountry all day long.
Early season accommodation is at the Snow Valley, across the street from our 43 bedroom Red Tree Lodge in the heart of Fernie. You'll have access to the amazing range of facilities at the Red Tree, including hot tub, sauna, movie theatre, tuning room, restaurant and bar. The Snow Valley's recently revamped en-suite rooms are comfortable with flat screen TVs and WiFi, the hotel has a hot tub too.
You'll be staying at the Red Tree Lodge if you join us later in the season, in a spacious room with en-suite bathroom.
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.
Five days a week in January course. Seven days a week in February course.
Four days a week in January course. Three days a week in February course.
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.
If you arrive with the group flight (or land before), you can join the Nonstop transfer to the resort. All your transport within the resort is taken care of, just don't forget your gear.
Included in the course price is your Level 1 exam fee, which is held in week 5.
Your host will ensure your course runs smoothly. They'll be on hand 24/7 for a chat, laugh, or to solve any problems.
Throughout the program our coaches will make the most of technical video analysis to help with your development.
Throughout the course we run regular technical talks on subjects like biomechanics, looking after your gear, and injury prevention.
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.
Each week your host will organise team socials and après for all the group to get involved in.
You'll be able to get involved with many winter activities and experiences during your time with us, from cat skiing to ice hockey.
You'll have the opportunity to gain the following additional qualifications:
1% of revenues support environmental non-profits, including Protect Our Winters
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.
These things are not included in the package:
We look forward to speaking with you.