Add on a snowboard qualification to your ski Level 1 & 2 and become a true master of the slopes!
In today's competitive snowsports market, if there is anything to set yourself apart from the crowd, then it is good to go for it! We have designed a brand new course for 2017/18 which not only puts you through your CSIA Level 1 & 2 ski instructor exams, but then adds on your CASI Level 1 snowboard exam at the end to make you truly a master of the slopes! This will undoubtedly improve your chances of getting a job, so if you are serious about a career as an instructor, this is the course for you!
Live in the centre of town, kick back in your double-bed, en-suite hotel room, enjoy daily hot buffet breakfasts and ride every day as part of the most progressive snowboarding syllabus available. To sum the experience up, Banff is simply the most beautiful place on the planet, with the views at Lake Louise making you feel like you've been escorted to a mountain paradise and left to ski there with just a few good mates, with some of the best instructors around. Have we got your attention yet?
What to Expect
You'll receive a hugely varied coaching schedule focused solely on taking your riding up to the next level through progressive steps over the 13 week period.
- Includes both CSIA Level 1 & 2 exams and your CASI Level 1
- Top Instructors in Canada, many of whom have come through the Basecamp programme
- Guaranteed employment consultation with Lake Louise at the end of the course
- Central twin share hotel accommodation (all double beds in the Ptarmigan Inn Hotel)
ON THE MOUNTAIN
The training is based on the common principle of:
- 18.5 hours coaching per week
- 8:1 group training ratio
- Piste performance coaching
- Freeride training
- Park riding
- Teaching theory coaching
- Exam preparation
- CSIA Level 1 - included
- CSIA Level 2 - included
- CASI Level 1 - included
- Avalanche Awareness - AST Level 1 - optional
- First Aid - optional
- CSIA Level 1 Freestyle - optional
Each student is given direct access to the Lake Louise Ski School Employment Director, with an end of season consultation, and the possibility to return the following season to work. With a CSIA Level 2 certification you can work around the world, as well as back in Canada as an experienced instructor. If you manage to get all your qualifications you will be head and shoulders above other candidates and should be snapped up!
We also have great connections with our ski schools in New Zealand who are always on the look out for dual qualified instructors - so you can get work straight after this course in the beautiful North Island resort of Mt. Ruapehu.
ACCOMMODATION & FOOD
We provide central accommodation (all twin share, in double beds in the Ptarmigan Inn).
- You can take advantage of all-you-can-eat breakfast 7 days a week and dinner 4 nights a week.
- Double bed in a twin room in the Ptarmigan Inn
- En-suite facilities
- Ski lockers
- Free Wi-Fi
- Widescreen TV in each room
- Fridge, microwave and kettle
- Hot Tub and sauna
Single supplement - if you would like a room to yourself, this is available for an additional £2,650 for the 13 weeks.
During your course there are a range of additional extra activities available. Activities available to sign up for in resort include:
- Cat skiing - $525*
- Snowmobiling - $265*
- Trip to watch ice hockey in Calgary - $100*
- Heliskiing - $1,200*
- Weekend trip to Kicking Horse or Revelstoke - $150*
*Prices are CAD and for illustrative purposes only, please note that these are subject
Additional qualifications also include First Aid, Avalanche Safety, and Freestyle Level 1. You can pick and choose the ones you want.
Here you'll find a week by week breakdown of your course.
Learning the Lake Louise way of life
Focused Level 1 Training and Personal Development. Here you'll be introduced to the basic elements of on-mountain teaching, through analysis of goal setting, different types of learners, and in depth skills concept. Working towards taking your Level 1 exam the week after.
CSIA Level 1 Exam
Level 2 training and Performance Coaching
Advanced Analysis and Practice Teaching
The final week of training before your exam! Ramp up the preparation and get your technique and teaching perfect!
CSIA Level 2 Exam
This is it! What the hard work has been leading up to, so knuckle down for one more week of hard skiing so that you can make the grade and become a fully qualified instructor!
Freeride/ Chill week
Have the chance to gain Freestyle Level 1 at an additional cost, or enjoy your final week in beautiful Banff to ski with your new friends and new skills!
CASI Level 1 Snowboard training
Go back to basics in a second discipline now and learn how to teach snowboarding to a beginner level. Covering falling leaf to first turns and the start of carving. It would help a lot if you had been practising a bit of boarding throughout your course so this isn't such a big shock!
CASI Level 1 Exam
Sit the Level 1 Snowboard exam and hopefully become bi-snocial and master of two disciplines!
Get an insider's view of what it's like living and learning in resort.
If you are really really serious about being a ski instructor as a career, then this course is the ultimate stepping stone to making you as employable as you can be! Ski instructor jobs are getting more competitive, so by being able to teach snowboarding too, you can try and cover all bases and hopefully find yourself that dream job in the future!
We ask that you are a Level 3 or above on our ability scale. Generally having 3-4 weeks on snow prior to the course is enough, and the most important thing is a good attitude to improving and learning new skills! A bit of prior snowboarding ability would be helpful too for this course!
We generally receive 100% pass rate on the Level 1, and traditionally a similarly high level for the Level 2 as well. So with the right mind set it?s an easy one to pass!
As far as the ski school are concerned they?ve had 13 weeks to screen you, during which time you?ve been trained by their finest instructors, in their own resort. In effect, the whole process is a training period for the Lake Louise Ski School! We?re proud to say that everyone who wanted a job has got one in the past, the only stickler can be the Canadian visa, but that?s another story! With the added bonus of a dual qualification, you shouldn't have a problem finding work around the world!
Just a two minute walk to all the shops and bars - we are the closest of any other provider in town.
The majority of people who do this course are solo travellers. There is a large Basecamp community in resort, and your Resort Manager will make sure you're quickly introduced to everyone.
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