Whistler Blackcomb, Canada

4 - 11 weeks | From £3450 | Starts November 2014

Our ski and snowboard instructor courses have been running at Whistler Blackcomb for over a decade and now operate in partnership with YES Tours. We offer an unrivalled ski or snowboard instructor course in Whistler.

About Whistler

Whistler and Blackcomb are two unbelievable mountains side by side. The resort is consistently ranked in the top 5 for North American resorts by ski industry magazines. With over 8100 acres of skiable terrain, rising a mile above the valley of Whistler, more than 200 trails serviced by 33 lifts, and the largest above tree line terrain and bowls in North America. It's also the only resort in North America where you can ski or ride on a glacier, with 12 alpine bowls and incredible parks and pipes.

Whistler was home to the Winter Olympics in 2010, and has great facilities across the resort, Whistler Village has an amazing array of après-ski and nightlife.


what makes this programme so special?

Our programmes will enable you to enjoy everything that Whistler has to offer and the opportunity to gain your Level 1 & 2 instructor qualifications through the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance (CSIA) or Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI). The Level 1 qualifies you to teach children (ages 12 and under) and beginners. The Level 2 certification will take you one step higher allowing you to teach skiers up to intermediate parallel skill level.

the courses

Our ski & snowboard instructor courses have been operating in Whistler for over a decade and now operate in partnership with YES Tours, we have developed an excellent reputation with the resort for delivering:

  • 20 plus years of experience.

  • More Level 4 instructors than any other program in the world - the best in the business!

  • Pioneered the Professional 11 week programme with inclusions beyond any other gap programme offerings. Often imitated, never matched!

  • 100% ski industry focused - live, eat and breathe snow sports industry.

  • The team is Canadian, they are locals, and have an office in Whistler. The resort is home and you will reap the benefits of this.

  • Deals - YES are well connected and know the owners of the stores - and many business owners are personal friends.

  • Small town feeling with YES in a huge resort - all the advantages without the pitfalls.

  • You will be taught in small groups (no more than 7) with better, more even ability splits.

  • Personal attention and guaranteed improvement.




4 week course

Our 4 week ski & snowboard courses lead to the CSIA / CASI Level 1 certification which will enable you to teach children up to 12 years old and beginners. 

The package includes Level 1 training and exam fee along with AST Level 1 (Avalanche course) along with a host of other courses, including injury prevention, equipment information, ski tuning & boot fitting. Also included in the cost of the course is accommodation at the Alta Vista Chalet, dinner and continental breakfast 6 days per week, video analysis, store & gym discount and social functions along with a lift pass for the duration.

Are you short on time but still want to do this course? Speak to us, we are flexible.



4 week Whistler Blackcomb Snow School University programme

The Whistler Blackcomb University Program (WUP) is a 4 week ski or snowboard instructor training course where you can gain a Level 1 ski (CSIA) or snowboard (CASI) certification and then step into a guaranteed job offer from Whistler Blackcomb once the program is completed.

In order to be eligible, you need to be approved for a Canadian working visa, be over 18 years or over, commit to the full 2014/15 season (14 November 2014 through to April 2015) and pass an interview and the Level 1 course.

The WUP at a price of £3950 includes a guaranteed job offer with Whistler Blackcomb, staff accommodation, Whistler Blackcomb season pass, resort rep available 24/7, 20+ hours of professional training per week, level 4 instructors only, small groups to maximise your training, one on one coaching sessions, CSIA or CASI Level 1 (Level 2 optional add on), lift line priority, video analysis, social events and après ski and lots more.



7 week course

The 7 week course will take skiers through the necessary training in order for you to gain your CSIA Level 1 & 2 certification within a 7 week time-frame. For snowboarders, the 7 week programme will lead to the CASI Level 1 certification.

This intensive ski instructor course in Whistler will help you to improve your interpersonal skills, become a better communicator and increase your technical knowledge as you advance your own skills, helping you reach new heights.

This package includes all training and exam fees (CSIA Level 1&2 or CASI Level 1) along with AST Level 1 (Avalanche course) along with many additional courses and workshops including customer services, communications, injury prevention, equipment information seminar, ski tuning and boot fitting.

Accommodation is once again at the Alta Vista Chalet where dinner and continental breakfast are included 6 days per week. In addition the course also includes video analysis, store & gym discount and social functions along with a season long pass!



11 week whistler ski or snowboard instructor course

The full enchilada, the 11 week "professional" ski & snowboard courses provide the opportunity for you to take part in lots of activities and gain extra qualifications whilst in Whistler. If you're looking for an unrivalled gap year experience in Canada or a career break into the snowsports industry, then this is the ski or snowboarding course for you.

You will gain the following qualifications:

  • CSIA / CASI Level 1 & 2 
  • AST Level 1

 

You also have the chance to further your instructor skill by attending the following:

  • Snow Park Training
  • CSCF Race Coach Entry Level Course
  • CADS Level 1 course (Skiing for Disabled)

 

This package includes all training to gain your CSIA/CASI Level 1&2 and exam fees along with AST Level 1 (Avalanche course). Many additional courses and workshops are also included such customer services, communications, injury prevention, equipment information seminar, ski tuning and boot fitting as well as the above.

Accommodation is once again at the Alta Vista Chalet where dinner and continental breakfast are included 6 days per week. In addition the course also includes video analysis, store & gym discount and social functions along with a season long pass!

 

 




The below prices include accommodation at the Alta Vista Chalet

Quad share Triple share Twin share
4 weeks Whistler Blackcomb University Program (Level 1 with job offer): 15 Nov '14 - End April '15: £3950 staying at staff accommodation  
11 weeks CSIA / CASI Level 1 & 2*

22 Nov '14 - 07 Feb '15
10 Jan '15 - 28 Mar '15
7 Feb '15 - 25 Apr '15

£7250 £7550 £7650
7 weeks CSIA Level 1 & 2 or CASI Level 1

22 Nov '14 - 10 Jan '15
10 Jan '15 - 28 Feb '15
7 Feb '15 - 28 Mar '15
7 Mar '15 - 25 Apr '15

£5400 £5600 £5800
4 weeks CSIA / CASI Level 1

22 Nov '14 - 20 Dec '14
10 Jan '15 - 7 Feb '15
7 Feb '15 - 7 Mar '15
28 Mar '15 - 25 Apr '15

£3450 £3750 £3950

* The Level 2 exam fee of £320 is payable before departure.



more than just training!

There are many optional activities you can do in Whistler including heli-skiing, cat-skiing, tubing, ziplining, dog sledding, fresh tracks and more! You can also travel down to Vancouver to watch an NHL ice hockey match.

Planning on working in Canada?

If so, you need a working visa. Click here for more information on how to apply.

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 Accommodation

Alta Vista Chalet

Superb location on Archibald Road, a mere stones throw from Whistler's Alta Lake. Read more...

Testimonials

I am definitely going to be recommending this programme to my friends and anyone else who asks about my qualifications and where i got them from. I would give your programme a 10/10!!
Thank you once again for such a great programme.

Pete Ledger, 2010/11


This course exceeded my expectations. Whistler is awesome and better than I thought.
Seamus Kay, age 20, Nov 2009


I decided to go on an International Academy course as part of my gap year. I can definitely say this course exceeded all of my expectations and I’ve had more fun than I could’ve ever imagined with people I didn’t know before. Whistler is an amazing place and has some of the best skiing and snowboarding you will ever find anywhere.
Daniel Calvert, age 18, 2007

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Qualifications

CASI

Canadian Ski Instructors' Alliance is responsible for the training of ski instructors across Canada and around the world. Read more...


CSIA

Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors trains instructors and coaches, ensuring that safety and efficient instruction is maintained. Read more...

Instructors

Meet the Team >


Barry Allison

Whistler Blackcomb Pro Skiier.


Meesh Berthoud

Whistler Blackcomb Pro Skiier.


Bob Brett

Whistler Blackcomb Pro Skiier.


Dick Nott

Whistler Blackcomb Pro Skiier.


Mark Jones

Whistler Blackcomb Pro Skiier.


Yukiko Kawada

Whistler Blackcomb Pro Snowboarder.


Rob le Blanc

Whistler Blackcomb Pro Snowboarder.


Dave McPeake

Whistler Blackcomb Pro Skiier.


Rich Parry

Whistler Blackcomb Pro Skiier.


Brian Penney

Whistler Blackcomb Pro Skiier.


Lincoln Phillips

Whistler Blackcomb Pro Skiier.


how to book

Contact Us

If you're interested in one of our courses or want to book a course, contact us or call us on 02380 206 977 during office hours - we'd love to talk to you.