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Instructor Training

Can you think of a better place to become a certified instructor other than a world-class ski resort in the Canadian Rockies? Stupid question, we know.

Our ski resort has over 4,200acres of some of the most diverse terrain in the world. Plus the Lake Louise Snow School was one of the first in Western Canada to partner and pioneer Instructor Training Programs, continuing to remain an industry leader today.

Partnering with premier Instructor Training Programs, Basecamp Group and Educating Adventures, you can follow the links below to your preferred provider for more details on training.


Basecamp Ski and Snowboard Programs

4 week Level 1 with Job Opportunity

The 4 Week Level 1 gives those looking to become an instructor in the same season the perfect opportunity to achieve their goals. This course is ideal for those looking for an introduction to the instructor industry.

With the course starting at the beginning of the season it means you will qualify in time for the Lake Louise Ski School’s ‘annual draft’ of ski and snowboard instructors.

What to expect:

  • • Highest Qualified and Best Instructors in Canada.
  • • Guaranteed Job Interview.
  • • Work as an Instructor in the Same Season.
  • • Central Accommodation (all twin share in double beds).
  • • Fantastic Food Options - All you can eat breakfast 7 days a week and dinner 5 nights a week.
  • • Group welcome meal awaits following arriving in Banff.
  • • End of course party.
  • • Level 1 Exam.

On the Mountain:

  • • An introduction to CSIA / CASI skiing / snowboarding and teaching methodology.
  • • Techniques and strategies for effective assessment and development.
  • • Workshop on customer service.
  • • Workshop on teaching children.
  • • 20 Hours Coaching a Week.
  • • 1-1 Coaching.
  • • Piste Performance Coaching.
  • • Teaching Theory Coaching.

Employment Opportunities:

Each Basecamper has a guaranteed job interview with the Lake Louise Ski School. Successful interviewees will be offered season long instructor jobs at the ski school. 

Ultimate Instructor Course - Gain five qualifications in 11 weeks!

The 11 Week Ultimate Instructor Course allows participants to gain 5 qualifications: CSIA / CASI Level 1 and 2, AST Level 1 (Avalanche), First Aid and CFSA Level 1 (Canadian Freestyle Ski Association). This course is ideal for those looking to begin a career as an instructor.

This is quite simply the most inclusive Instructor course out there! Not only is the on snow course extremely inclusive, but off the mountain you also get 600 activity credits, which can be used on a whole host of extra activities!

Course Features:

  • • 5 Qualifications in 1 Season: CSIA / CASI Level 1 and 2, AST Level 1, First Aid, CFSA Level 1.
  • • Highest Qualified and Best Instructors in Canada.
  • • Guaranteed Job Interview.
  • • Central Twin Share Hotel Accommodation (all twin share, in double beds in the Ptarmigan Inn Hotel).
  • • 600 Extra Activity Credits.

On the Mountain:

  • The training is based on the common principle of:
  • • 20 Hours Coaching a Week.
  • • 8 - 1 Group training.
  • • 1-1 Coaching.
  • • Piste Performance Coaching.
  • • Teaching Theory Coaching.
  • • Exam Preparation.

Employment Opportunities:

Each Basecamper is guaranteed a job interview with the Lake Louise Ski School with the possibility to return the following season and work as a Level 2 Qualified Instructor.

Extra Activities:

Each Basecamper has access to 600 activity credits throughout the course. Each extra activity has a credit value allowing Basecampers to pick and choose their extras up to a value of 600. Activities include cat skiing, snow mobiling, Calgary Ice hockey trip, ice skating and more.


EA Ski & Snowboard Training

Basecamp Ski and Snowboard ProgramsLake Louise has been working with EA Ski & Snowboard since 2009 to offer ski and snowboard instructor internships and training courses each season.

Ski & Snowboard Internship

This is an exclusive opportunity for skiers and snowboarders to train and work as instructors at Lake Louise. Upon arriving at Lake Louise, you'll spend your first few weeks training towards your Level 1 CSIA or CASI certification. Once you have completed your Level 1 exam, you will begin working as an instructor for Lake Louise Ski School during the peak season.

What's included

EA's Ski & Snowboard's instructor internships are designed to help you fast track your career in the snow sports industry. You'll receive world-class instructor training, gain an internationally recognised qualification, and get valuable work experience as an instructor at one of Canada's leading ski resorts.

Also included is:

  • • Accommodation while training
  • • Level 1 exam, training and course material
  • • Level 2 training
  • • Park and Freeride training
  • • Avalanche safety course
  • • First aid course
  • • Association membership
  • • Season lift pass
  • • Visa support
  • • Exclusive invites to social events
  • • Support from a local EA Program Manager
  • • As well as all the perks that come with being a Lake Louise staff member
How to apply:

There are limited internship places available. EA is looking for friendly and enthusiastic people who love winter. You must be at least an intermediate skier or rider to be eligible for this opportunity.

You can see if you're eligible for EA's internship program here.

11 Week Instructor Training Course

EA offers at 11-week training program for riders and skiers at Lake Louise. This will give you the opportunity to train towards your Level 2 CASI or CSIA certification.

  • • Accommodation while training
  • • Level 1 exam, training and course material
  • • Level 2 training
  • • Avalanche safety course
  • • First aid course
  • • Park and Freeride training
  • • Association membership
  • • Season lift pass
  • • Visa support
  • • Exclusive invites to social events
  • • Support from a local EA Program Manager

See if you qualify for a training program here.

Ladies' Day Programs