With over 8,000 acres of terrain, 200+ marked trails, 38 lifts, and an average 10 metres of snowfall each season, it is no wonder why Whistler Blackcomb has been named the best ski resort in the world on countless occasions.
As one of the greatest ski resorts in the world, Whistler offers the snow enthusiasts a huge variety of terrain that will keep you excited day after day. You could spend your entire winter here and still not have seen or skied every trail. The mountain always has more to give, allowing you to continue your skill progression as the weeks go on. The truly diverse range of shops, restaurants, bars, and activities also mean that you will never be stuck for something to do when you aren’t skiing.
If you’re looking for the best ski instructor courses in Canada, look no further. After listening to graduate feedback, we have built the new generation of ski courses and will now also be taking the 11-week course into the backcountry! Not only will you train for the AST 1 & 2, but you will also head out into the backcountry of Whistler with our experienced mountain guide team. If you have any questions about this amazing course or any of our other opportunities here at SIA Austria, visit our frequently asked questions page or contact us today.
Our ski instructor courses in Canada will improve your interpersonal skills and you will become a better communicator, while increasing your technical knowledge. As well as this, you will advance your own skiing to new heights! This extensive program will take you through the necessary training in order for you to gain your CSIA Level 1 & 2 certification allowing you to teach skiers up to intermediate parallel skill level.
You will learn how to assess and develop skiers in various terrain and tactics. The program includes technical seminars, on-going assessment of your skiing progress, weekly fun videos (see yourself on the big screen at your weekly Friday après) and a written personalised evaluation each week from one of our qualified Level 4 Pros.
On your days off you can take time to enjoy your beautiful surroundings, be it on the mountain, or in the world class resort of Whistler Blackcomb. Whistler is a huge ski town full of fun-loving life with everything you will ever need. Whistler features a host of bars, a great variety of restaurants, a cinema, and a gym. You can also enjoy the fantastic night life and extra activities such as snowmobile tours, dog sledding, zip lining, heli or cat skiing, ice hockey games, and wildlife.
** Note: The 11-week course starting in the February differs slightly as it will also include the BASI Level 2! This is an awesome choice if you are looking to also gain the BASI Level 2 certification. The BASI certification is a 2 week training course including the exam. You must successfully pass the CSIA Level 2 in order to proceed onto the BASI Level 2. You will also need to have a valid first aid certificate to sit the BASI course. If you do not have this, we can arrange for you to get this in Whistler – this program will not include AST2 and CADS.
We pride ourselves on the fact that Ski Instructor Academy offers the very best value, fully comprehensive and quality filled programs on the market. We offer the best ski instructor course in Whistler and know that you’re going to love it!
In my opinion SIA is your only choice to become a ski instructor. For me, it was difficult to chose between all the different schools but I have never regretted the decision to choose SIA. The course was very well planned, organised and worth every dollar I paid for it.
“What a great experience, the best coaches I’ve ever had! Would advise any friends and family to do it, also the best value for money of all the options I researched. Sehr gut!”
I had the BEST time of my life becoming an instructor with SIA!! Didn’t know how to ski when I got there, had the strongest passion imaginable for skiing six weeks later!!
Amazing experience! Loved the people, the skiing and the environment, best choice I ever made!”
During this course, you will be supported on an ongoing basis by our highly qualified and experienced training team who have been coaching in Whistler for over 20 years!
Quality Service Assured
We will bend over backwards to make sure you have the very best time with us on and off the slopes. Our in-resort team will be on hand to ensure that you enjoy the best ski instructor course in Whistler! When it’s over, you’ll be counting down the days until your next SIA experience.
Your course will be packed full of training from start to finish with 5 days professional coaching per week. Intimate group sizes will allow you the personal attention you need to improve your skills and motivate you to push yourself further.
Here at Ski Instructor Academy we pride ourselves in both the quality and value of our many courses. We honestly believe that we offer the best ski instructor courses in Whistler, and other locations around the globe.
You will earn your Canadian (CSIA) L1&L2 Instructor Licence, this is an internationally respected instructor qualification which you can use to teach in most countries around the world.
On the February course you will also earn the British (BASI) L1&L2, meaning you would be licensed by two world class training associations.
You must be competent and have enough ski knowledge and time on snow so that you can ski a red piste run in parallel, with a hip width stance, demonstrating outside ski balance and little body rotation. If you don’t think you’re up to this level then you can still join, just get in touch to find out how.
If you want to work after your course then we can assist you with applying to Whistler Blackcomb Ski School once you are qualified. Of course, you need to be legally allowed to work, so a working holiday visa, IEC or suitable passport will be required should you wish to work in Canada.
During these strange times we want you to feel safe and secure when it comes to your course fees and your booking.
Our Covid Confident Money Back Guarantee gives you complete peace of mind and flexibility when it comes to your booking with us.
This means that if your course is cancelled by SIA prior to your arrival date, for whatever reason, you can choose one of the following options:
- Switch your instructor course free of charge to a later date or destination
- Receive a full refund of your fees
Our guarantee applies to all travellers whether you have already booked your instructor course, or are considering booking. Meaning, you can book with confidence and look forward to an amazing season with SIA.
2021/22 will be the first season post-Brexit and will mean some additional red tape to what would historically have been a normal season. To work anywhere in the World now, incl. Europe, Brits will need a visa or permit to work.
The Authorities in Austria have said that they plan to have a ‘seasonnaire permit’ in place to allow workers short-term access to the employment market during the winter season. Whilst this is potentially great news, they haven’t released any further details on this as yet so it still leaves a little uncertainty on what will be required from UK nationals working in Austria.
(Latest update 24th March 2021)
You must be a minimum of 16 years old before you arrive into resort on our Austrian Courses.
You must be a minimum of 18 years old before you arrive in resort for our Canadian or Argentinian Courses (unless parental consent is obtained).
You must be a minimum of 18 years old to join any of our courses or internships which rely on a working holiday visa or work permit.
Although SIA courses are amongst the largest in the World, we manage to maintain very intimate training groups of between 4 and 8, but with no more than 8:1 students per trainer in Austria, Argentina and France and 10:1 in Canada. This allows us to match similar ability levels per group and means no student should ever feel as if they are falling behind, or being held back because of the group they are in.
We have various options for accommodation on our courses, all of which are very comfortable. We use a combination of shared apartments, houses and chalets. There are options to to include a single room, half board meals or both! (subject to availability and supplement). See our Accommodation page for more details on your options.
YES! As an instructor, ski schools will offer you subsidised staff housing as part of your employment contract. This is generally basic living, but a fun and very social environment with your fellow instructors and not to mention a very cheap way of living in a ski resort, with most ski schools only charging between €4 and €10 per day.
Note: If your course does not include a Job Guarantee or you do not wish to take up your position then accommodation will only be included during your course dates.
Sure! We love it when friends come together and share this amazing experience – after all sharing is caring! We can make sure you live together and also work in the same ski school together too so you can enjoy the time and make memories forever… just be sure to let us know who you’re travelling with.
We are so confident that we offer the very best value courses in the industry that we have our SIA Price Promise. We pride ourselves that we offer more training, higher quality coaching, better off-hill programs and more fun aprés events than any other course.
That’s why if you find a better value comparable course anywhere, not only will we match the course cost, but we will also give you an additional €100 off your course fees for good measure!
Get in touch to find out more about our Price Promise.
Yes! Once you have booked and paid your deposit then you will have the ability to pay off your course how you see fit as long as our minimum criteria has been met (see T&C’s). You can decide how much and how often you pay to suit your circumstances as long as your course fees are paid in full prior to your course. We do not add any interest charges for payment plans.
As much as we love dogs at SIA the simple answer is no.
Dogs are not allowed within SIA Accommodation. Ski Schools also ban pets from their accommodation.