• Canada
4 - 12 weeks

Program Details

Skiing Snowboarding
Primary Language


What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Meals Park Fees Tour Guide Transportation Wifi
Jul 28, 2022
Apr 18, 2016
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About Program

One of the most inclusive courses available, the qualifications you're able to achieve during this 11 week course in Banff is the take-off you need to start your ski instructing career.

Unlike other courses where you may only gain 2 qualifications, the ultimate course allows our basecampers to gain 5 qualifications:
CSIA Level 1 and 2
AST Level 1 (Avalanche)
CFSA Level 1 (Canadian Freestyle Ski Association)
CSCF Race Level 1 (Canadian Ski Coach Federation).

In addition to that, you're also awarded with 600 credits for extra circular activities including cat skiing, snow mobiling and other various activities. Voted Canada's best Ski Resort in 2013, Banff boasts first class training, epic powder, gigantic endless pistes and a buzzing nightlife. To conclude it all, each basecamper is guaranteed an interview with Lake Louise Ski School, meaning you could return the following season to work as a Level 2 Instructor.

Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
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  • Housing 4.55
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 4.9
  • Value 5
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Reigniting a passion for skiing

This course reignited my passion for skiing. For the last few years I had turned to predominantly Freestyle skiing for fun. However, the highly professional and passionate level 3 and 4 CSIA instructors brought both a challenge and fun back to piste skiing.

The previous Basecamp alumni that now work in resort were there to give advice and guidance all through the course. Also being able to shadow current instructors while they take lessons really gives a feel for the reality of working as an instructor.

Living centrally in Banff only adds to the experience with the numerous bars and restaurants encouraging a great social scene and the accommodation is very high quality.

All in all it is a life changing eleven weeks. Basecamp is the most well established and best regarded of all the gap year courses at Lake Louise and having completed the course I can see why. All of the skiing cohort passed the Level 2 CSIA Instructor course and a number of the participants (including myself) plan to be back in resort next year to instruct and ignite a passion in the next generation of skiiers.

What would you improve about this program?
After eleven weeks the choice of meals at the restaurants covered on the meal cards becomes quite repetitive.

Also Lake Louise is an amazing world class resort but I think it would be interesting and beneficial to visit some of the closer resorts. Allowing participants to see how instructors operate at other resorts with different terrain options.
38 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Banff 2016

Had the time of my life out in Canada with these guys! Met the most amazing people who will now be friends for life, skied in a world class resort which was insane, lived the dream of qualifying to instruct with awesome coaches to help and Banff was happily called our home out there. Had days where we hiked to find powder to hitting the park in the same day, the smile was impossible to get rid of. If you're thinking about it just do it, was an adventure of a lifetime.

What would you improve about this program?
More varied food choice on what was provided.
39 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program


Basecamp is without a doubt the best program in banff for ski and snowboard instructor courses, basecamp get the best and most central accomodation, the best excursions and they most definitely have the best relationship with Lake Louise ski school. I was slightly hesitant about coming away for so long but it was so much fun it flew by, the training you get is so good, all the trainers are completely dedicated to helping you pass, you get to know some of them so well you end up meeting with them socially something which other programs dont seem to do. The night life in banff is so good, theres a different bar for every kind of scene and the night clubs are so much fun, the hotel is i would reccomend banff and Basecamp to anyone.

What would you improve about this program?
the only thing i wanted for whilst at basecamp was to be able to cook my own food, so kitchen facilities would have been good, but if the option was to sacrifice living in a hotel for a kitchen i would much rather stay living in the hotel.
34 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

loved every second of it!

Coming from Switzerland, I was overwhelmed by the number of british companies that offer 11 week snowboard instructor courses in Canada. It took me quite a while to compare all of them and I finally decided to go with Basecamp since you get the most for the amount of money you pay.

Looking back onto my experience I am sooo happy I chose Basecamp. I had an amazing time, hotel was so close to town, hotel staff became good friends, Basecamp staff is super helpful, resort manager Andrew and photographer Rhodri (who was living with us) are always there for you and the people on Basecamp the best!!

The snowboard training and 1-1s we got with some of the best instructors at Lake Louise have definitely improved my snowboarding a lot and I would have never expected that getting my CASI Level 2 was gonna be one of the happiest moments in my life. I just realized again that I couldn't live without snowboarding and every day at Lake Louise was just awesome and unique. Thanks to former basecampers and fun nights out you also get in touch with a lot off Ski School staff members, which makes you feel like being part of a little family.

I was originally planning on going to university in Switzerland once I get back from Canada. But having spent the best winter season ever out there in Canada, I just wanna come back and teach at Lake Louise next year. I would have never imagined that Banff would become my actual home after these 3 months and I was so sad to leave. So hopefully everything works out with my visa and I'll be back soon! :)

32 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The best gap year programme in Banff

It took me a while to choose which programme I wanted out of the few around. I looked at Snow Skool, EA, non stop and Basecamp. I chose Basecamp because it seemed to include more for less and because it was so easy to call them and ask a million questions!
I'm so glad I did. Accomadation wise it's so central in Banff- very important when it's -30 outside! The training was incredible- top level 3 and 4 instructors.
It has been so easy for me to come back and fit in at the ski school. I love working but Basecamp was better! An 11 week adventure holiday.
It's an absolute bargain for the amount it includes.

What would you improve about this program?
It would be better to be self catered but there isn't anything in Banff Central that would work for this so it's the best it can be for what's available..
35 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

An awesome way to gain a qualification and skills on a gap year/career break.

I did this course a few years ago. I was 18 and right out of sixth form. I loved skiing and wanted to do something with it...I'd never really thought being an instructor was a possible career, but spotted Basecamp at a career show.

Weirdly, the biggest thing the course taught me was that ski instructing was not a job I wanted for the future...but this really didn't matter at the end of the day. I still qualified as an instructor, had 11-weeks of top notch training, lived in one of the most beautiful countries in the world and had three months of insane fun with a great bunch of people. The course is so much more than just an instructor training qualification. This course is one of, if not the, best experiences of my life. I was able to ski everyday with some of the best skiers on the mountain and have them talk me through my technique daily. I learned transferable teaching and safety skills, which I still use to this day and all while having the best time of my life.

I can't recommend this course enough to anyone looking for a worthwhile way to spend their gap year or for someone who wants to get away from the grind of their job on a career break.

What would you improve about this program?
Little things here or there could be better, but the bottom line is that for the money you're paying you're getting so much more than you realize. It would be nice to have every meal included, single rooms, more private lessons, but all those things would add cost. The course is amazing as it is, and any improvements I would suggest would just add to the overall cost unduly.
35 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience of my life!

The 11 week snowboard progrme with basecamp was defiantly the best decision, we had great instructors who really knew what they were talking about. I have grown very much as a person and as a snowboarder the basecamp course really helped me with that! Of course there was some down times coming up to the exams but everyone is very supportive and looks out for.

What would you improve about this program?
If I was to have something different it would be the facilities ee have in the hotel, although going out for dinner every night for 3 months sounds good, would be nice to be able to cook some meals at home and not worrying about going out all the time.
33 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Probably the best way to spend a winter season

If you're looking to become a ski instructor, or just to massively improve your shredding skills, I couldn't recommend Basecamp enough.

All our trainers were either CSIA level 3 or 4 instructors, many of which were actually the CSIA Course Conductors too, so they know exactly what they need to teach to get you at, and far beyond the standard.

The quality of the training speaks for itself when in both our level 1 and 2 assessed training, all 25 skiers achieved a pass, and most with flying colours.

The in-resort team is equally as awesome. Our resort manager works at the ski school and is always a great port of call for anything related to your training. We also had a professional cinematographer living with us in the hotel, documenting each day of the trip and pumping out some sick weekly videos and plenty of gnarly photos to make friends jealous on Facebook.

I think the great thing about the basecamp courses is quite a lot of ex basecampers go on to work in the resort, and they are always happy to show you around and even organise a bar crawl across town.

We get to eat in most of the restaurants in banff as part of the course sunday-thursday which means good food all season

What would you improve about this program?
The accommodation is a pretty basic hotel room based on a 2 queen bed share. Some of the rooms can be a bit small so it can get a bit tight, but you don't spend much time in your room so it is manageable.

You do have a fridge and microwave in the room, but it would be nice to have cooking facilities for days off and preparing food to take up on the hill, but this is the trade off for living in a hotel where you get fresh towels and sheets each week I guess.
33 people found this review helpful.

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