DISCOVER THE ROCKIES FOR YOURSELF
Canmore is a great town with a lot going on, and it gives you the perfect balance of living in a real Canadian mountain town mixed with the buzz of living in a ski resort. The best of both worlds.
Training in Canada means that you get some amazing snow conditions and when storms hit the locals all hit their favourite spots for powder days – and our team of coaches will be more than happy to show you where they think the best powder stashes are.
Meanwhile by training for the Canadian qualification you are perfectly placed to apply for jobs in the surrounding resorts or just head somewhere completely new teach there. And our team of coaches and your mentor will be on hand to advise you on the best next steps.
WHAT DO YOU GET?
Tri-area lift pass for the season
Coaching run by a CSIA Course Conductors
178 hours of coaching
Accommodation for eleven weeks
Career and recruitment advice
CSIA Level 1 exam and optional Level 2 exam
A full time mentor
Off-snow theory sessions
First Aid course
A day race training (optional)
A day off-piste with a guide
Freestyle training day
Cat skiing day (optional)
Dinner 4 days per week
Breakfast 5 days per week
Video analysis every week
CV and employment sessions
Pre-course fitness programme
Personal fitness training
Discounts on buying ski equipment
Discounts on equipment hire and ski servicing
WHAT’S A SEASON IN BANFF LIKE?
Banff is home to three resorts – Mt. Norway, Lake Louise and Sunshine Village. Our base is in Banff town so we’re in striking distance of all three ski areas.
The Big Three ski areas cover 8,000 acres of skiing terrain so there’s plenty of exploring to do – and with an average of 10 meters of snow each season you won’t be short of powder days…
The approach is different from Europe, with North American resorts often being based below the ski area instead of skiing directly into the resort where you’re staying. And whilst that means there isn’t that “ski-in ski-out” option in North America, it means you’re perfectly placed to visit other resorts and also that you’re living in a real town – complete with a real community, bars, shops, cinemas, hot springs and plenty more to do when you’re not skiing.
Of course the biggest thing we all think of in Canada is the powder, and when the temperatures plummet in the winter that snow stays good for a long, long time. And they get an awful lot of snow.
Which means you can head off into the backcountry with your coaches for off-piste training and some amazing powder days. You just have to wrap up warm and get shredding…
WHERE WILL YOU STAY?
The course offers a standard choice of accommodation staying in a twin room at Irwin’s Mountain Inn, and there is also the option of paying a supplement for a single room. The Inn is based in the heart of Banff and the perfect base for your winter in the Rockies.
The Inn has brilliant facilities including a hot tub, sauna and gym – so it’s ideal for unwinding after a hard day on the slopes.
The course includes your breakfast and evening meal served five days a week in the hotel restaurant, and that leaves you free to head in to Banff and explore the food in local bars and restaurants – the Peak Leaders team will be very happy to tell you their favourites haunts…
The High Country Inn is situated just a couple of blocks from downtown Banff, which means everything is right on your doorstep – so it’s perfect for exploring the nightlife and getting to know the area.
And after a hard day skiing the powder on the hill, it’s the perfect place to get home to and warm up again in the hot tub…
WHAT DOES A TRAINEE SAY?
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE COURSE?
With our contacts in the local ski schools we can help you apply for a job then stay and work the winter (and ski the powder). But if you are looking further afield we can help you apply for jobs, investigate different resorts and pick your next location, as well as help you prepare your application and make sure you know all the tricks of giving a good interview.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO IN BANFF?
- Go cat skiing on Fortress Mountain
- Head to Delirium Dive for some freeride action
- Chill out at the Banff hot springs
- Go to a Hockey game
- Try out a few ice-skating moves at the ice rink
- Learn Canadian five pin bowling…
- Go ski touring with a guide in the backcountry
- Try out the neighbouring resorts for a cool day away