A Typical Day in the Job
Qualify as a CSIA Level 1 ski instructor on our 4 week course before going on to teach skiing to kids for the rest of the season.
Normally, Whistler Blackcomb will only accept applications from people who are already highly qualified. Our programme is the way to qualify and teach in the same season!
What can you expect?
Arrive at Vancouver Airport and meet the Oyster rep. You will then transfer with the rest of your group to a hostel in the city for your first night.
Receive assistance with organising your Social Insurance Number, after which we will transfer you by coach up to Whistler so that you can settle into your pre-arranged new home.
Receive a thorough orientation of Whistler and the season ahead. We run a group tour of the village and help with organising bank accounts, ski equipment and SIM cards. We also run a ZipTrek tour during the orientation with your fellow group members. This is a great way to get to know each other and the ecology of the area whilst getting to experience the thrill of being attached to ziplines between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
First Monday of the week - end of week 3
During this time you will be on the Whistler Blackcomb Snow School University course, being trained to pass your CSIA Level 1 exam. The qualification allows you to instruct in other countries, as well as Canada, and looks great on your CV. The course runs 4 days a week and mainly takes place on snow. Expect some classroom days as well.
This is exam week! During this week you will take the CSIA Level 1 exam and the Teaching Children Module – a prerequisite for teaching children as a ski instructor. All exam fees are included.
Week 5 - end of season
(Or, more likely, the end of week 4) begin your job which has been arranged with Whistler Blackcomb before you even arrive in Canada. We arrange for our applicants to be pre-interviewed by a senior manager from Whistler Kids well before the season begins. For the remainder of the season you will be working full time for the Snow School, teaching young children the basics of skiing. Expect to work an average of 4 days per week. You will earn a good wage of around $13 p/hour.