Instructor Certification Programs

Big White Ski Resort hosts a number of Instructor Qualification or Improvement courses throughout the season. The CSIA Level 1 course is a skier’s first step into the world of instructing. Dates and registration details can be found below. Snowboarders wishing to get qualified should visit for more information.

We are extremely excited to welcome back SnowSkool and Nothin’ But Snow, two renowned Instructor Training organizations which offer the opportunity to improve and gain qualification in either skiing or snowboarding over a number of weeks. Click the tabs below and visit their websites for exact dates and details.

As well as providing you with the opportunity to train for your level 1 CASI or CSIA, Snow Rehab also offers ski/ride improvement courses, not to mention courses for existing Level 1 instructors to improve their level and therefore employ-ability within the ski industry. Check out the tab below for more information! With EA you get a full internship working with children in the Big White Kids' Centre, coaching to Level 1 and beyond, and practical, hands on experience of the world of instructing. For more information, and to get in touch with EA, click the tab!


2015-2016 Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance Level 1 Instructor Courses

If you are a strong parallel skier, become a pro or learn to ski and teach like one! A great way to earn some extra money. Participants are introduced to the CSIA’s innovative, effective skiing techniques and teaching methods. Offered eight times this season!

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Course Cost

Course Dates  Cost
Coming soon for 2015/16 $459.00


*Prices do not include tax and are subject to change without notice. Lift ticket not included see Tickets for lift ticket rates. Level 1 courses are 3 days in legnth. 

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  • Course participants receive 50% off lift tickets.

For information on Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors Level 1 courses, please visit the CASI website

For Entry Level ski coaching courses with the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation visit the CSCF website

For Level 2 courses and higher with the CSIA, CASI and the CSCF, more information is available at


Become a ski or snowboard instructor and live the dream

It’s set to be another fantastic season for SnowSkool! For the past 6 years Big White has been home to a group of aspiring ski instructors. They come from all over the world with the goal of leaving Big White as a Level 1 or 2 CSIA Ski or CASI Snowboard instructor. And with 100% success rate it’s been a fantastic 6 years! This year the program is bigger than ever with 57 participants. What’s life like when you go to SnowSkool? Well you get 39 days of professional training in Skiing or Snowboarding from our top professional instructors, luxury accommodation, lift pass and meal plan so it’s no wonder it is such a success!

The Big White Ski & Board School is working alongside SnowSkool to offer five-week and eleven-week ski & snowboard instructor training programs. The residential programs will give you the organisation and training to allow you to sit the Level 1 (five week course) and Level 2 exams (eleven week course) of the CSIA (Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance) and the CASI (Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors), fast-tracking your development and leading to a career as a ski instructor or snowboard instructor.

Whatever your reasons for doing the SnowSkool course at Big White – a fun and constructive gap year experience, beginning a career as an instructor or simply improving your on-snow skills beyond measure – you are sure to have the experience of a lifetime in the magical environment that is Big White.

On-Snow - Why Big White?

Big White is the ideal location for the SnowSkool course. Big White Ski Resort is second-to-none with ample green runs ideal for practicing essential instructor drills.

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Off-Snow - Why SnowSkool?

The off-snow aspects of your instructor course in Big White will be organised by SnowSkool. SnowSkool has been operating instructor training at Big White since 2005.

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For more information, please visit the SnowSkool website.

For information on Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors Level 1 courses, please visit the CASI website

For Entry Level ski coaching courses with the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation visit the CSCF website

For Level 2 courses and higher with the CSIA, CASI and the CSCF, more information is available at


NothinButSnow works directly with Big White's Ski and Board School to provide an incredible selection of instructor training courses at fantastic value for money.

Completed over 4, 6, 10 and 11 weeks, they provide the perfect choice for those looking to improve their ability or move in to an exciting ski or snowboard career. All courses include qualifications from the CSIA (Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance) and CASI (Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors).

11 Week Training Course

Our season long 11 week training course gives students the opportunity to train with some of Canada’s top professional ski and snowboard instructors at Big White.

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10 Week Dual Discipline Course

The 10 week dual discipline course aims to have you riding at a Level 1 standard in both skiing and snowboarding. 

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6 Week Freestyle Course

Our 6 week freestyle course is aimed at getting you qualified as either a freestyle ski or snowboard instructor.

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Why Nothing But Snow?

We reckon that we love skiing and snowboarding even more than you do! So booking with a company that loves the sport and one that is so very passionate about it is a great start. 

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For more information, please visit the NothinButSnow website.

For information on Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors Level 1 courses, please visit the CASI website

For Entry Level ski coaching courses with the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation visit the CSCF website

For Level 2 courses and higher with the CSIA, CASI and the CSCF, more information is available at

For more information, please visit the NothinButSnow website.


Only those of us who have snow running through our veins understand how addictive the winter is!

Snow Rehab is the only place you can get anywhere close to rehabilitation for your snow addiction. We do this here at Big White with a few different options, varying from 4, 6 or 12 week improver courses to improve your skiing or snowboarding and Instructor courses to focus on increasing your CSIA or CASI certification levels.

Our team director Gordon sat down with Big White Ski and Board School Director Josh Foster to discuss if there was anything we could do to offer something extra to snow addicts or existing instructors. We are stoked to be working together for the first year delivering awesome improvement courses for those who want to rip like instructors but not teach and dedicated courses to become an Instructor or for Level 1 and Level 2 instructors to go to another level.

Instructor Courses

The instructor courses are 5 or 9 weeks of dedicated training, spread over 6 or 12 weeks, to obtain high levels of success for level 1 & 2 certifications.

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Improvement Courses

Why not check yourself into one of our improver courses. Not everybody wants to teach others how to ski or snowboard, but we feel that a lot of people want to rip like the instructors.

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Why Snow Rehab?

Our team are all self confessed snow addicts, passionate about the mountains but more importantly, passionate about taking you to that next level.

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If you would like to speak to one of our team, give us a call on UK -  07879 144977, UK - 0.141.333.6550 or Canada 250.859.5104. Alternatively visit for more information.

EA_logo.jpgEA Instructor Internship Program

In conjunction with Big White Resort, EA Ski and Snowboard offer an early season training and certification camp followed by an instructor position.

This rare opportunity to become an instructor in the Big White Ski & Board School before Christmas is by application only and there are limited places available each season. You need to be able to meet criteria for ski and/or snowboarding ability as well as have applicable experience working with people.

Package options include everything you need for your ultimate winter becoming an instructor including: accommodation, training, industry membership and materials, Level 1 exam, on ground support (including airport pick up and city orientations), social events, continued training towards Level 2, first aid, avalanche and back-country opportunities as well as a bag full of exciting development opportunities through being a part of the Big White Ski & Board School.

Dates: Begins late November and runs through to the end of the season.

Cost: Course options start at $6950 USD with early booking discounts available

How to apply: Contact EA Ski & Snowboard by emailing



"My season as an EA intern at Big White Ski School was an awesome experience. I learned from some of the best trainers in the world, and they really know how to inspire and bring out the best in you. It's an amazing place to work and ski too, as the ethos of having fun whilst working hard is the same whether or not you're a top manager or a rookie pro. The social events, the perfectly maintained terrain park, bundles of super-light Okanagan powder and the opportunity to experience life as a Ski Pro within one of the very best Ski Schools in the world... Big White's got the lot.

As a first step for anyone thinking of a career in ski teaching and coaching, I genuinely believe there's no better starting point than Big White's EA Internships. You get a real understanding, rather than just theoretical knowledge and as an intern you also learn from your colleagues and earn a wage instructing whilst doing so."

Joe Stevens – Instructor Internship Trainee and Big White Instructor

To check out Joe’s course diary blog click here.