Ski, Snowboard & Mountain Bike instructor courses and improver camps

Experience life in the majestic Rocky Mountains on our 11-week Banff instructor course. With the Canadian wilderness on your doorstep and some of Western Canada's most revered ski resorts close-by, this is a fantastic way to qualify as a ski or snowboard instructor. With more crammed into this course than any other instructor programme in Canada, luxury hotel accommodation, a whole host of amazing activities and a trip to Alberta's best-known Cat-skiing operation included, this course will blow your mind!

Taking a ski or snowboard instructor course in Banff isn’t just about skiing or snowboarding, it’s about experiencing the best of what Canada has to offer. Just a couple of hours from the heart of Calgary, sat within the Rocky Mountains and one of Canada’s most famous National Parks, Banff is a world famous winter sports destination. Our 11-week Banff course is the most comprehensive instructor training course in Canada. Nobody does Canada better than Peak Leaders in Banff!

Sunshine Village, Banff, Canada, Peak Leaders ski instructor course, gap year ski course, beautiful view
When we created this course we wanted to put together the BEST instructor training course in the whole of Canada. As a result we have INCLUDED more in our 11-week course than any other training provider, which will save you a fortune. Our 2015 Banff course includes:

- CASI / CSIA level 1 & 2
- AST level 1 course (Avalanche Safety)
- 8hr Emergency First Aid course
- Cat-Skiing at Fortress Mountain
- 24hrs of training per week
- Freestyle coaching from top coaches
- Sunshine Village season pass & bus pass
- Amazing hotel accommodation & food (check the tab above)
- A dedicated ‘live in’ course leader

Living in a ski resort for 11-weeks is a long time and not having the right facilities and setup will be the difference between you having ‘an okay time’ and having ‘the time of your life’. With that in mind, our first decision was to ensure that our trainees stay in the best hotel possible, not in a beaten-up motel. Peak Leaders trainees stay in The Rundlestone Lodge, which is one of the nicest hotels on Banff Avenue. Make sure you click on the ‘ACCOMMODATION’ tab above to see what we’re talking about.

Rundlestone Lodge, Banff, Alberta, Canada, Peak Leaders, ski instructor course

As with all Peak Leaders courses it is important that we equip our trainees with the skills and qualifications that they need to apply for ski or snowboard instructor jobs once they have graduated. We therefore include the CSIA /CASI levels 1 and 2, along with First Aid and Avalanche safety training in the course fee. This is because most ski schools around the world prefer to hire level 2 instructors, as it is seen as the industry standard level. We also feel it is important to educate instructors with the necessary skills to deal with emergency situations in the mountain environment.

Cat Skiing, Peak Leaders, gap year Canada, Fortress Mountain, KPOW

Unlike any other instructor course in Banff we also include a Cat-skiing/boarding trip at Alberta’s freeride Mecca ‘Fortress Mountain’ in the course fee. On this cat-skiing adventure you and the rest of the Peak Leaders crew will have your own deserted ski resort all to yourselves for a day. At Fortress Mountain you’ll have the opportunity to ride untracked waste-deep powder all day long, and see where they filmed the snow scenes from ‘Inception’ and ‘The Bourne Legacy’. It’s an unforgettable experience that nobody visiting Banff should miss. Don’t just take our word for it…….check out this video:

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  • 14038

    11 weeks, from 10 Jan '15:
    For reference only. This is based on £7799


    Swimming Pool in hotel
    Fitness Suite in hotel
    Buffet Breakfast included 7 days per week
    Dinner 5 days per week in your hotel

Course Includes

  • 1 Day Cat Skiing/Snowboarding at Fortress Mountain
    Transport to mountain
    CASI/CSIA Manual and all resource materials
    CASI/CSIA Membership
    CASI/CSIA Level 1
    CASI/CSIA Level 2
    Optional Level 1 Park
    First Aid Course
    Avalanche Awareness Course
    Optional Trips to Lake Louise & Mt Norquay
    Minimum 20 hours on snow development per week
    Coaching from the top industry professionals
    Structured and focused practice sessions
    Personal Performance Training
    Ski & Snowboard Maintenance and Tuning Clinic
    Boot fitting and alignment clinic
    1 on 1 Goal Setting
    Freestyle Clinics
    Introduction to Backcountry
    Risk Assessment
    Theory Sessions
    Video Feedback & Analysis
    Team Leading Training
    PL Stickers
    End of Course Party/BBQ


  • 2 Day First Aid Certification
    CASI/CSIA Level 1
    CASI/CSIA Level 2
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