Become a ski instructor in Canada

Get certified, start working at a ski school and have an epic season with Snowminds!

BECOME A SKI INSTRUCTOR IN CANADA

 

Canada is sought after by skiers and snowboarders alike because of it’s friendly open door policy: Everyone is welcome and treated equally on the mountain. For ski instructors, it’s a particularly attractive because Canada offers some of the best off-piste and backcountry opportunities anywhere in the world. At the same time, you can expect to experience some of the best of North American culture, with hockey, massive burgers and boundless nature all around you.

Canada has so much to offer with so many fantastic resorts, and at Snowminds, we have years of experience in matching each instructor to their perfect resort and ski school. For some, it’s the bustling village life and huge terrain at Whistler that appeals, for others it’s exploring the abundant free-ride terrain in Revelstoke, whereas some fall in love with the local vibes and easy-going locals in Kimberley. That’s why Snowminds offer unique ski instructor training courses in 14+ destinations in Canada, so that with personalised instruction from our experienced coaches you can quickly begin working as a paid ski instructor in Canada with a job placement for the winter season in your dream resort. 

 

 

The Training

At the beginning of the season, you will complete a training course that focuses on your technique and development both on- and off- the piste. Your experienced trainers will guide you and build your skills, no matter what your level is. By the end, you will be prepared to crush your Level 1 exam and achieve your certification.

With your Level 1 certification in hand, you will now begin your job placement, working as a paid ski instructor at your designated resort. We are proud to say that 100% of our instructors have gotten jobs after successfully completing their Snowminds course since we started in 2012! 

If you want to develop your skiing further, you can choose a course with more training during the winter season with level 2 courses , an add-on snowboard course, backcountry training course and for the ultimate adventure, join our heli-ski camp in Revelstoke. Whichever course you choose, our experienced staff are here to help you every step of the way on your dream winter season.  

 

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THE INSTRUCTOR LIFE

In Canada you will be employed, along with other Snowminds instructors, at one of our experienced partner ski schools. At your ski school you are guaranteed to learn a lot and have an international network of friendships for life. Canadians are known worldwide as super friendly people and whether you are at, your ski school colleagues will most likely be no different.

For most ski instructors, your average day involves lessons in the morning and early afternoon hours followed by free ski time with your friends and colleagues in the afternoons and evenings. 

When you are not teaching, you will have a great opportunity to experience the welcoming Canadian culture with hockey, massive burgers and boundless nature all around you – and of course enjoy some of the best off-piste and backcountry opportunities anywhere in the world. It’s a lifestyle most people can only dream of. 

After the season, which typically lasts until April, you will have the opportunity to travel around Canada and the USA with the other Snowminds ski instructors, and thus get a unique total experience during your gap year.

WHAT DO YOU GET FROM SNOWMINDS?

When you travel with Snowminds we take care of all the practicalities. That way you can pack your bags and good vibes and focus on preparing yourself for your winter adventure.

Our instructor courses in Canada vary in departure time, length, content and price depending on which destination they take place at. When you apply, you can see the different course details for the dates you wish to travel, where you also have the opportunity to indicate which course you are most interested in applying for.

With our Canadian instructor courses, you can look forward to the following benefits:

  • Job placement as a ski instructor in Canada
  • Round-trip flights to and from Canada (from a major international airport)*
  • The Canadian level 1 ski certification (including CSIA exam, course materials and certificates)
  • 3 weeks of accommodation during training course
  • Breakfast and Dinner 5 days a week during the first 3 weeks
  • Season lift pass**
  • On-ground transportation to your destination 
  • Kick-off Event to meet your fellow Snowminders and prepare you for the season
  • Closing Celebration Event after completing your course
  • Access to Snowminds Reunion Party after your season
  • Arranged full-winter seasonal accommodation**
  • Social activities planned during the course 
  • Snowminds Teamleader to support you during the course
  • A dedicated team to support you before, during and after the winter season 
  • Help with the visa application and all other practicalities to prepare for winter
  • Confidence in Danish travel company that is a member of the Travel Guarantee Fund
  • A total experience with help in arranging all the practicalities for your season
  • A strong community with fellow Snowminders 
  • Opportunities for level 2 training/certification           

 

What is not included?

 

  • Any visa application fees/costs
  • Travel activity after the season ends (including, transport from your destination to the airport)
  • Cancellation and travel insurance
  • Security deposit and rental costs for your seasonal winter housing 
  • Possible expenses for uniform during the season (this varies from ski school to ski school – deposit may be required or part of uniform e.g ski pants may be self provided).
  • Equipment 
  • Pocket money and anything else not mentioned above in the included section. 
  • Extra luggage beyond the 2 bags included with your roundtrip flights    

 

*Seasonal accommodation and season lift pass can be conditional on passing education and maintaining subsequent employment.

* Return flights from a major international airport such as London for Brits, Sydney for Aussies, or Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam or Copenhagen for those in the EU. We will happily arrange flights from other areas but please be aware that there may be additional travel payments. If you have any questions please just reach out to us. 

 

"Skiing in Canada is something different for Europeans. The off-piste is wide-open, the culture is welcoming, and the food is... well, filling. Definitely missing those days of backcountry and burgers."

- Andreas, Snowminds Instructor

WHO CAN APPLY?

At Snowminds we pride ourselves in selecting the right people for our team of ski- and snowboard instructors. We are renowned amongst the ski schools for educating competent, energetic and top motivated ski- and snowboard instructors. You definitely do not need to be an expert to become a ski instructor in Canada, and we encourage everyone with this dream to apply. The most important thing for you is to be positive, outgoing, adventurous and ready to work hard to get the memory of a lifetime as a part of the Snowminds team.

What we expect from you:

  • You have skied or snowboarded a minimum of 3-4 weeks
  • You are positive, outgoing and adventurous
  • You are serious, responsible and top motivated
  • You are good with kids, teens, and adults
  • You enjoy teaching and love being challenged  
  • You speak English at a conversational level
  • You are 18 years or above

 

When you have sent your application, we will begin our recruitment process with you.  Our team of instructors will first give you a call to hear if you have any questions, and then invite you for an online interview.

During the interview, we will evaluate your candidacy while you have the opportunity to get more information about our courses and the experience as an instructor in Canada.

After the interview, we will call you and let you know whether or not we can offer you a spot on our team with a job placement for the winter season. 

We have a big interest in our courses and the spots fill up quickly. Therefore we have a “first come, first serve” principle with an application deadline each month. This means that the earlier you send in your application, the greater your chances are of joining the team and getting your dream destination.

Hit the “apply now” button below to get started, where you will find our prices and dates. 

KEY DETAILS ABOUT THE COURSE

Destination Course details

Our Canadian instructor courses vary in departure time, length, content and price depending on which destination they take place at. You can read about the different options below, and when applying will have the opportunity to indicate which course you are most interested in applying for. Alternatively, you can choose to speak with a travel advisor from our team who will help guide you.

Apex – Level 1 (€7595)

A full winter season in Apex, Canada with level 1 ski instructor course including return flights, transport to destination, accommodation for first three weeks, breakfast and dinner 5 days per week in the first three weeks, 12 training days followed by the Canadian level 1 instructor certification, season lift-pass, job placement at local ski school, arranged seasonal accommodation, Snowminds team leader and team events.


Travel dates: approx 19. November 2022 to April 2023.

 

Big White – Level 1 (€7595)

A full winter season in Big White, Canada with level 1 ski instructor course including return flights, transport to destination, accommodation for first three weeks, breakfast and dinner 5 days per week in the first three weeks, 12 training days followed by the Canadian level 1 instructor certification, season lift-pass, job placement at local ski school, arranged seasonal accommodation, Snowminds team leader and team events.

Travel dates: approx 19. November 2022 to April 2023.

 

Big White – Level 1 + 2 (€9290)

A full winter season in Big White, Canada with level 1 ski instructor course including return flights, transport to destination, accommodation for first three weeks, breakfast and dinner 5 days per week in the first three weeks, 12 training days followed by the Canadian level 1 instructor certification, season lift-pass, job placement at local ski school, arranged seasonal accommodation, Snowminds team leader and team events.

In addition to, 10 training days for the level 2 and the Canadian level 2 instructor certification.

Travel dates: approx 19. November 2022 to April 2023.

 

Bromont – Level 1 (€6495)

A full winter season in Bromont, Canada with level 1 snowboard instructor course including return flights, transport to destination, accommodation for first three weeks, breakfast and dinner 5 days a week in the first 3 weeks, 12 training days in preparation for the Canadian level 1 instructor education , season lift-pass, job placement at local ski school, arranged seasonal accommodation, Snowminds team leader and team events.

Bromont is located in the French speaking part of Canada and is ideal for anyone who wants to develop their French language.


Travel dates: approx 1. December 2022 to April 2023.

 

Castle – Level 1 (€7295)

A full winter season in Castle, Canada with level 1 instructor course including return flights, transport to destination, accommodation for first three weeks, breakfast and dinner 5 days per week in the first three weeks, 12 training days followed by the Canadian level 1 instructor certification, season lift-pass, job placement at local ski school, arranged seasonal accommodation, Snowminds team leader and team events.


Travel dates: approx 8 December 2022 to April 2023.

 

Cypress – Level 1 (€7295)

A full winter season in Cypress, Canada with level 1 ski instructor course including return flights, transport to destination, accommodation for first three weeks, breakfast and dinner 5 days per week in the first three weeks, 12 training days followed by the Canadian level 1 instructor certification, season lift-pass, job placement at local ski school, arranged seasonal accommodation, Snowminds team leader and team events.


Travel dates: approx 19 November 2022 to April 2023.

 

Kicking Horse – Level 1 (€7595)

A full winter season in Kicking Horse, Canada with level 1 ski instructor course including return flights, transport to destination, accommodation for first three weeks, breakfast and dinner 5 days per week in the first three weeks, 12 training days followed by the Canadian level 1 instructor certification, season lift-pass, job placement at local ski school, arranged seasonal accommodation, Snowminds team leader and team events.

Travel dates: approx 1 November 2022 to April 2023.

 

Kimberley – Level 1 + 2 (€7995)

A full winter season in Kimberley, Canada with level 1 + 2 ski instructor course including return flights, transport to destination, accommodation for first three weeks, breakfast and dinner 5 days per week in the first three weeks, 6 training days followed by the Canadian level 1 instructor certification, 6 training days followed by the Canadian level 2 instructor certification, season lift-pass, job placement at local ski school, arranged seasonal accommodation, Snowminds team leader and team events.


Travel dates: approx 7 December 2022 to April 2023.

 

Marmot Basin – Level 1 + 2 (€9290)

A full winter season in Marmot Basin, Canada with level 1 + 2 ski instructor course including return flights, transport to destination, accommodation for first three weeks, breakfast and dinner 5 days per week in the first three weeks, 12 training days followed by the Canadian level 1 instructor certification, season lift-pass, job placement at local ski school, arranged seasonal accommodation, Snowminds team leader and team events. In addition to, 10 training days for the level 2 and the Canadian level 2 instructor certification
At Marmot Basin you will also have the opportunity to be trained and work with either lift operations or rentals during the course and thus gain more skills and have the possibility to earn more during the season. For this reason, the course extends over a total of 5-6 weeks before it ends with the level 1 instructor training approx. December 1st.

Travel dates: approx 22 October 2022 til April/May 2023.

 

Marmot Basin Level 1 (€7595)

A full winter season in Marmot Basin, Canada with level 1 ski instructor course including return flights, transport to destination, accommodation for first three weeks, breakfast and dinner 5 days per week in the first three weeks, 12 training days followed by the Canadian level 1 instructor certification, season lift-pass, job placement at local ski school, arranged seasonal accommodation, Snowminds team leader and team events.
At Marmot Basin you will also have the opportunity to be trained and work with either lift operations or rentals during the course and thus gain more skills and have the possibility to earn more during the season. For this reason, the course extends over a total of 5-6 weeks before it ends with the level 1 instructor training approx. December 1st.

Travel dates: approx 22 October 2022 til April/May 2023.

 

Mount Washington – Level 1 + 2 (€7995)

A full winter season in Mount Washington, Canada with level 1 + 2 ski instructor course including return flights, transport to destination, accommodation for first three weeks, breakfast and dinner 5 days per week in the first three weeks, 6 training days followed by the Canadian level 1 instructor certification, 6 training days followed by the Canadian level 2 instructor certification, season lift-pass, job placement at local ski school, arranged seasonal accommodation, Snowminds team leader and team events.

Travel dates: approx 6 December 2022 to April 2023.

 

Revelstoke – Level 1 + 2 (€8995)

A full winter season in Revelstoke, Canada with level 1 +2 instructor course including return flights, transport to destination, accommodation for first three weeks, breakfast and dinner 5 days per week in the first three weeks, 12 training days followed by the Canadian level 1 instructor certification, season lift-pass, job placement at local ski school, arranged seasonal accommodation, Snowminds team leader and team events.
In addition to, 10 training days for the level 2 and the Canadian level 2 instructor certification.


Travel dates: approx 23. November 2022 to April 2023.

 

Silver Star – Level 1 + 2 (€8995)

A full winter season in Silver Star, Canada with level 1 instructor course including return flights, transport to destination, accommodation for first three weeks, breakfast and dinner 5 days per week in the first three weeks, 10 training days followed by the Canadian level 1 instructor certification, season lift-pass, job placement at local ski school, arranged seasonal accommodation, Snowminds team leader and team events.


In addition to, 15 half-day training days for the level 2 and the Canadian level 2 instructor certification.
Travel dates: approx 22. November 2022 to April 2023.

 

Stoneham – Level 1 (€6295)

A full winter season in Stoneham, Canada with level 1 ski instructor course including return flights, transport to destination, accommodation for first three weeks, breakfast and dinner 5 days a week in the first 3 weeks, 12 training days in preparation for the Canadian level 1 instructor education , season lift-pass, job placement at local ski school, arranged seasonal accommodation, Snowminds team leader and team events.


Stoneham is located in the French speaking part of Canada and is ideal for anyone who wants to develop their French language.


Travel dates: approx 1. December 2022 to April 2023.

 

Sun Peaks – Level 1 (€7595)

A full winter season in Sun Peaks, Canada with level 1 instructor course including return flights, transport to destination, accommodation for first three weeks, breakfast and dinner 5 days per week in the first three weeks, 12 training days followed by the Canadian level 1 instructor certification, season lift-pass, job placement at local ski school, arranged seasonal accommodation, Snowminds team leader and team events.


Travel dates: approx 21. November 2022 to April 2023.

Sun Peaks – Level 1 + 2 (€9290)

A full winter season in Sun Peaks, Canada with level 1 + 2 instructor course including return flights, transport to destination, accommodation for first three weeks, breakfast and dinner 5 days per week in the first three weeks, 12 training days followed by the Canadian level 1 instructor certification, season lift-pass, job placement at local ski school, arranged seasonal accommodation, Snowminds team leader and team events.
In addition to, 7 training days for the level 2 and the Canadian level 2 instructor certification.


Travel dates: approx 21. November 2022 to April 2023.

 

Whistler – Level 1 (€6695)

A full winter season in Whistler, Canada with level 1 instructor course including return flights, 1 night stay in Vancouver, transport to destination, accommodation for first 3-4 weeks including training and the Canadian level 1 instructor certification, season lift-pass, job placement at local ski school in Whistler, arranged seasonal accommodation, Snowminds team leader and team events.
In addition, it is possible to participate in a level 2 program and other training at the ski school without further charge. Please note that there is no food included in the course and that seasonal accommodation and season lift pass are conditional on passing education and maintaining subsequent employment.


Travel dates: approx 15. November 2022 to April 2023.

 

Job Expectations

Your wage depends on many factors, but you can expect to make around 15+ CAD per hour as a level 1 instructor and also get different bonus opportunities, for example, tips and extra private lessons if a guest wishes to book a private lesson and requests you personally. 

In terms of financial expectations, let’s be clear: the job as an instructor will not make you rich money wise, but definitely rich with experiences. As a newly-educated instructor, you are typically on the “bottom of the food chain” regarding work. In other words, the more experienced instructors get first preference, but the more you show your passion and desire to work hard, the better. The amount you make as an instructor therefore often depends on your own motivation, your working ethics and your previous working experience. 

In general, it is very different from what our instructors earn and spend during the season since habits/personal budgets vary so much, but we recommend having a minimum of 2000 CAD in pocket money so you can make the most of the season.

Accomodation

3 weeks of accommodation and half-board (breakfast and dinner) during the course is included at most destinations. Whichever resort you travel to, Snowminds ensures you have a bed for the winter season by arranging season-housing for you. Many ski schools in Canada do not include accommodation in the work contract as they often work with a lot of local staff. Therefore, we work together with the ski schools to arrange good and fitting housing for you.  You’ll be in shared accommodation with other Snowminds Instructors with a fantastic community like feel together with all your future colleagues. 

As the housing is not usually part of your contract, the rent generally isn’t deducted from your salary but paid separately. In most cases, you will be asked to sign a housing contract before arrival and make a lease and deposit prepayment. Rent varies, but typically lies between 450-900 Canadian dollars a month. 

The living situation differs from resort to resort. You often live in older houses, hostels or small apartments, where the dorm-like setting is cozy. It’s important to keep an open mind, as the accommodation will likely be very different to what you are used to at home or would typically experience on a ski holiday for example, a 5 star ski chalet. Therefore, it is best to not expect luxury for your winter seasonal accommodation. However, we’re absolutely certain that your winter accommodation will quickly become your new home and your new colleagues your new family. We’re sure that you’ll have a little tear in your eye when the season is at its last chapter and you’re about to move out of your home.

Transport

TRANSPORT TO YOUR DESTINATION 

Return flights, to/from Canada and a major airport is included in our Canada course packages. We always try our best to book you on the same flight with other Snowminds instructors, or if this is not possible, arrange that you will arrive at a similar time.

When you arrive in Canada, there are a few practical things that we need to arrange so that you will be able to start employment at your ski school.  Depending on the location of your destination, this may mean that we stay a night together in the city before traveling to your new home for the winter. Your Snowminds Team leader will help you with these practicalities. Wherever your destination, we arrange transportation from the airport to your accommodation when you arrive in Canada.


CAN I VISIT OTHER DESTINATIONS?

There will certainly be an opportunity for this, especially during the quieter periods. Canada is a big country and the distances between some resorts can be long, which can make for some epic road trip opportunities. The best way to get around is by buying a car together with those you live with or renting a car. It will typically be possible to visit ski resorts “nearby” at cheap prices through the ski school. They will also in some cases be able to provide cheaper lift passes to other areas. In addition, there are possibilities for bus-routes between the destinations.

RETURN TRAVEL  

Your flight ticket is a return ticket, so the return flight journey is included in the price. We book a return date based on your wishes. The transport to the airport when you go home, however, is NOT included, as many travel on, have to go home on different dates or otherwise.

If you want inspiration for round trips etc. we can always assist with this and help arrange. It is also something we want to talk about for the kick off event, so you can already start dreaming about further travel opportunities.

If you change your mind while you are in Canada and would like to change your return flight date, then there will be a change fee from the airline and possible flight fare price differences, but we will happily looking into the different options and possibilities for you.

Language

The training and certification on all our courses in Canada will be in English and it is a requirement that you speak conversational English to attend the course.

Snowminds partners with ski schools in both Eastern and Western Canada, and our destination resorts in Quebec, such as Mont-Saint-Anne, Stoneham and Bromont, there are great opportunities to develop your French language skills.

Work Permit

Since there is a job placement included in this package, you will need to obtain a work permit before your departure. We will provide support and guidance to help you apply for the necessary visa, which gives you the right to work and travel in Canada for up to either 12 or 24 months (depending on which country you are from).

There is a limited amount of Working Holiday Visas allocated to each country and the process can take a long time. Therefore, we recommend that you secure your spot on the team as early as possible so that we can help you with the process and get the best chances of getting your hands on a visa.

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