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SKI INSTRUCTOR TRAINING IN BIG WHITE
Small Community Feel With Big Mountain Experience
The first thing we love about Big White is that, in spite of its status as one of the top ski hills in Canada, it has very much retained the character of a local’s mountain – the level of skier and snowboarder is very high, it’s quiet during the week (lift lines max out at 20-30 seconds) and everyone is friendly and keen to chat. Behind the welcoming facade, however, is a challenging ski hill that will knock you about if you don’t respect it. The powder is Canada’s best and falls constantly giving deep cover to a playpark of rollers and bumps and jibs and hits interspersed by Canada’s best tree-skiing and some wide-open groomers perfect for carving.
The Ski School in Big White has never shied away from its progressive teaching methods and this has offered a great deal of benefits to SnowSkool ski instructor trainees. The standard SnowSkool practices apply: 25 hours tuition per week delivered by the Ski School’s most senior ski instructors. Where the Big White ski instructor course differs, however, is that groups are mixed-ability until after the Level 1 exam. The rationale is that the more-experienced skiers can empathise with less-experienced skiers which is very useful for when they are teaching lessons and less-experienced skiers can aspire to the skiing demonstrated by more-experienced skiers. Clever, huh?
Why book with SnowSkool?
Not the cheapest ... the Best!
Why join a company with experience? Migrating 50+ people from around the world and looking after their individual requirements for 11 weeks in the Big White winter requires a significant amount of organisation and experience. And doing this with very little negative feedback is only something that can be achieved after a number of years of trying. SnowSkool now has six seasons under our belt at Big White – our principal reps have been there for four of those seasons each, we have worked with the same suppliers for ground transportation, accommodation and catering for four years.
Yes, there were problems but those problems have now been ironed out! Join a company with experience...don’t be a guinea pig!
Josh Foster - Director of Snowsports
Who chooses this ski course?
The Big White ski instructor training programme attracts a variety of age groups, normally ranging from 18-60! The SnowSkool accommodation is a big draw – luxury ski-in/ ski-out apartments, each with a private hot-tub and swimming pool and gym in the complex.
The snow at Big White is a further reason a lot of people join this ski instructor training programme ... it can often be skier’s first taste of deep powder-snow!! The terrain also lends itself to dramatic improvements in your skiing and so many Big White participants will have ski improvement in the forefront of their minds.
Finally, the Big White Ski School has a fantastic record of employing ski instructors from the SnowSkool programme because they regard the SnowSkool ski instructor training course as an eleven-week interview.
Big White's for you - right? If not, see where else you can become a ski instructor with SnowSkool.
Ski Instructor Qualifications
CSIA Level 1 & Level 2 Ski Instructor
CSIA (Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance) is the regulatory body responsible for the ski instructor exams that students of SnowSkool's Big White ski instructor training course train for. The CSIA has four levels of ski instructor and they employed some unbelievably creative minds in naming them: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4! Students on the SnowSkool Big White ski instructor training course will aim to leave the resort with levels 1 & 2.
For the more adventurous, there are two other ski qualifications achievable on this course; the CSIA Snowpark Certificate for excellence in freestyle skiing/ teaching and the CSCF Race Coach – allowing you to go on and teach ski racing techniques.
Work as a ski instructor after training ...
Will Southon, 25, SnowSkool Big White, 2005.
Will Southon (and his identical twin brother, Ollie) graduated from SnowSkool Big White with the skiing “full-house” (CSIA Level 1 and 2, Race Coach and Freestyle).
They returned to Big White the following season where they not only passed their CSIA Level 3 exam but they were also jointly-awarded “Rookies of the Year”. After three seasons in Biggie, Will & Ollie moved on although they are still working together...in the construction industry and in Surrey!