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.
For starters, you definitely do not need to be an expert to become a ski instructor in Canada. We encourage everyone with this dream to apply. Like many things in life, it all comes down to motivation and dedication. That’s why Snowminds offers this 3 week training course, so that with personalized instruction from our experienced coaches you can quickly begin working as a paid ski instructor in Canada with a job guarantee for a full winter season.
Through a close partnership with the Canadian Ski Association and some of Canada’s most renowned ski schools, Snowminds offers you the opportunity to become a CASI certified ski instructor in Canada. Over 3 weeks, you will complete a training course that focuses on your technique and development both on- and off- the piste. Our experienced coaches will guide you and build your skills, no matter what your level is on day 1. By the end, you will be prepared to crush your Level 1 exam and achieve your certification. Since 2014, Snowminds is proud to say that 100% of our instructors have passed their Level 1 exam in Canada.
With your Level 1 certification in hand, you will now immediately begin working as a ski instructor with a job guarantee for a full season at your designated resort. For many instructors, this may mean going from your training course in Sun Peaks or Big White to your final destination in Mount Washington or Marmot Basin. Regardless of your designated ski school resort, Snowminds promises you a super cosy community and a ski school team that will welcome you with open arms.
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In Canada, you will work as a ski instructor at one of our close partner ski schools, such as Whistler or Cypress (and many others), and get the opportunity to teach a diverse mix of local and international guests. This working experience should offer you some more insight into North American culture, the way people live, and how they spend their holiday vacations. Canadians ar alsoe known worldwide as super friendly people and 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. It’s a lifestyle most people can only dream of.
After your winter season ends, typically in mid- to late April, you will then have the chance to travel around Canada and the U.S. with your friends and fellow Snowminds instructors. For you, maybe that means doing a road trip to the national parks, like Banff, or hitting the west coast of California for waves. Either way, our experienced staff is there to help you every step of the way to keep the dream alive.
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 for your next adventure.
With this course package, you can look forward to the following benefits:
What is not included?
***Please Note: The price includes roundtrip flights to Canada from your major home destination airport. The price of flights may vary depending on your price origin and destination. Of course, we will let you know of any price variations BEFORE final payment is required.
- Andreas, Snowminds Instructor
At Snowminds, we take pride in offering everyone with the right passion and attitude the opportunity to become part of our community of ski and snowboard instructors.
Basically, we expect you to:
After submitting your application, we will give you a call and review your candidacy. During this conversation you will also have the opportunity to hear more about our other course options and what it’s really like to be a ski or snowboard instructor in Canada. We’ll then get back to you soon about whether we can offer you a place on our team.
There is great interest in this course and therefore available positions fill-up quickly. Generally, we operate on a “first come – first served” principle. That means the earlier you apply, the greater your chances are to join the team. You can apply here.
The Snowminds job guarantee and how it works
The job guarentee means that we will make sure you have a job at the skischool, after you have successfully passed your instructor training. You will already know at which destination you will spend your season at, before departure. The job guarantee is naturally conditional on your ski and snowboard teacher training, which over 90% of our students successfully pass. Even in the event you do not receive your certification, we still do everything we can to ensure you a job. That way you enjoy your season as an instructor like everyone else and then retake your certification. With six years of experience to date, we are proud to say we have always been able to find a job for 100% of our instructors after graduation from our training course.
Training Course Housing
During the course you’ll have arranged housing with all the other Snowminds Instructors. You’ll have a fantastic community like feel together with all your future colleagues.
Ski Season Housing
Wherever you go, Snowminds guarantees you arranged housing. The ski schools in Canada generally do not include housing in your contract as they work with a lot of local staff. Therefor we work together with the ski schools to arrange good and fitting housing for you. As the housing is not part of your contract, the rent isn’t deducted from your salary but payed separately. The living situation differs from resort to resort. Typically you share the accommodation with a handfull of instructors. Regardless of the solution, we’re absolutely certain that this will quickly become your new home and 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.
An average salary for a starting instructor in Canada is around 10-12 CAD per hour. In addition to this there are often opportunities for bonuses, for example a guest may wish to extend their lesson with you as an instructor. The job as an instructor won’t get you rich money wise, but definitely rich with experiences. We recommend bringing pocket money which will allow you to have the freedom to fully enjoy your season. The pay also depends on your own motivation, your working ethics and your previous working experience.
Transport To/From Canada
Your tickets to and from Canada are included in the price. As we want you to have as much flexibility as possible the transport to the airport after your season isn’t included. This gives you the opportunity to travel around after your season. Many of our former instructors went to discover Canada’s nature, or went for a roadtrip to the US after their season was done. We have loads of experience when it comes to after season travels, so if that is something you are interested in, you can always bring it up during your interview. If you wish to travel home from a different country, we will be happy to help you with that.
Transport to Ski School
After your education is complete and the farewell party is over, we will arrange transport to your skischool. The day of arrival is an exciting one, as you will meet your boss for the first time and you’ll get to settle into your new accommodation for the upcoming season. We run courses in many different destinations, so you can be lucky enough to have the course at your destination so you won’t have to take an extra trip down to your destination.
3 Week Ski Instructor Course in Canada + Full Season & Job Guarantee
Next application deadline the 18th of March
November - April
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