Season as instructor and level 1 in Whistler

Known around the world for being a top ski destination

Become a ski instructor in Whistler

There’s a good reason why Whistler Blackcomb is known among all ski enthusiasts. The destination combines some of the world’s best skiing with amazing powder snow, the loveliest people and beautiful scenery as far as the eye can see. The town of Whistler lies in the valley between the two mountains Blackcomb Mountain and Whistler Mountain, which are joined by the gondola “Peak 2 Peak”, one of the world’s longest lifts.

We are proud to present a unique winter season combining work and play on our English-speaking level 1 ski instructor course with a job in Whistler. You’ll have direct access to the world-renowned ski area in the Fitzsimmons Range.

NOTE: This course is also offered for candidates wanting to become a snowboard instructor in Whistler. Book the snowboard course here.


A winter in Whistler

From November and forward, you’ll attend our Level 1 Instructor Course, designed to prepare you for work as an instructor at a Whistler Blackcomb ski school. As part of the course, you will receive a lift pass for the whole season, an internationally recognized level 1 exam, flights from a major international airport to Canada, and a job in Whistler.

You will teach skiers from all over the world, especially Canada and the USA, giving you a unique insight into North American culture. The ski school in Whistler Blackcomb is large and international, and there are opportunities to get a job on both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. In your free time, there are opportunities to explore the vast terrain, where there is some fantastic off-piste skiing.



Regardless of which course you choose, we guarantee you “the full Snowminds experience” during your winter season as a ski instructor. Our experienced team, who are all former ski instructors, follow you from the start and are with you all the way during your ski instructor training and during the ski season when we secure your employment at a Canadian ski school. At the same time, our top professional, Canadian ski coaching team ensures that you get the best imaginable training before the ski instructor exam. This training means that 100% of our instructors have got a job after their Snowmind course since we started in 2012, and of course you will get a job in Whistler!

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

  • A winter season in Canada as a ski instructor
  • Job placement as an instructor at Whistler Snow School with arranged accommodation, season lift pass and a uniform*
  • Round-trip flights to and from Canada (from a major international airport)**
  • The Canadian level 1 ski certification (including the CSIA or PSIC exam, course materials, and certificates)
  • 4 weeks of accommodation during the training course
  • On-ground transportation to your destination from the airport
  • Kick-off Event before the season in Denmark to meet your fellow Snowminders and prepare you for the season (this is also streamed online if you can’t attend)
  • Closing Celebration Event after completing your course
  • Invitation to Snowminds Reunion Party after your season
  • Social activities planned during the course
  • Snowminds Team Leader 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 a Danish travel company that is a member of the Travel Guarantee Fund
  • A strong community with fellow Snowminders
  • Pro-deals at Snowmindsstore
  • Travel protection with Snowminds Money Back Guarantee
  • Opportunities for level 2 training/certification
  • Opportunity to see more of North America after your season


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 monthly rent for your winter accommodation
  • Possible expenses for uniform during the season (this varies from ski school to ski school – deposit may be required)
  • Equipment for the season
  • Pocket money***, food and anything else not mentioned above in the included section.
  • Extra luggage beyond the two (2) bags included with your roundtrip flights


*Season lift pass can be conditional on passing education and maintaining subsequent employment. Monthly rent is not included. 

**Return flights are included from a major international airports including London, Frankfurt, Paris, and Amsterdam. We will happily arrange flights from other areas, such as Edinburgh or Sydney, upon request and likely extra charges. In all cases, please be aware that there may be additional costs depending on the departure airport, flight availabilities, and price increases! We will notify you before final flight bookings are made in such cases. You are also welcome to book your own flights, in which case we provide a 700 euro discount on your trip. If you have any questions please just reach out to us.

**** Please note that the Canadian government requires you to have at least 2500 CAD in your account upon entry to Canada. This amount must be available after your rent, equipment, course, etc. has been paid.


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.


Requirements to join Whistler program:

  • You have skied or snowboarded a minimum of 3-4 weeks
  • You have experience working children and are motivated and excited to work with children of all ages*
  • 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 will be 19 years or above at start of the program*


* These requirements are specific to Whistler Snow School, if you do not have experience working with children or meet age requirements please reach out to us to talk about your options or apply for an internship in Canada here.

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.

NOTE: This course is also offered for candidates wanting to become a snowboard instructor in Whistler. Book the snowboard course here.



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