• Canada
    • Whistler
4 - 12 weeks

Program Details

Skiing Snowboarding Snowmobiling
Apartment Hotel Lodge
Primary Language
Age Min.


Starting Price
Price Details
* Accommodation - we offer Single, Twin and Triple share rooms, in chalets, condos and hotels.
* Meals - 6 dinners weekly (optional add-on)
* WB Epic pass / season pass
* CSIA Level 1 and 2 (depending on course length)
* Exams and membership fees
* Recreational Avalanche course - Level 1
* On snow Training
* Resort Representative 24/7
* 20+ Hrs of professional training each week
* CSIA Level 4 Instructors
* Small groups to maximize your improvement
* Weekly personalized reports
* Lift line priority
* Weekly video analysis
* Weekly improvement video
* YES social après weekly
* Optional off snow activities each week
* Store discounts
* Job Assistance
* YES Hoodie
* The greatest time of your life!
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Meals Tour Guide Wifi
What's Not Included
Some Activities Airfare Airport Transfers Meals Travel Insurance Visa
May 26, 2022
Oct 04, 2019
12 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Do you love to ski, do you love the mountains, do you want to immerse yourself in snow culture? Then we should talk! We offer 11, 7 and 4 week long programs in Whistler.

Our 4-week Ski Instructor program trains you to achieve the CSIA Level 1 certification. This course also includes the super fun and informative Recreational Avalanche Safety Training (AST1) Course in the final week.

The 7-week Ski Instructor course will train you to gain the CSIA Level 1 and 2 certifications, along with the AST 1 avalanche course. The Level 2 certification will take you one step higher allowing you to teach skiers up to intermediate parallel skill level.

The 11 week Ski Instructor course (AKA: The Full Enchilada) prepares you for both the skiing and teaching standards required for the CSIA Level 1 and 2, CADS Level 1, AST (Avalanche course) Level 1, Park training and the YES Advanced AST module with a night in the backcountry!

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Program Highlights

  • Top coaching - Our instructors are the best in the business, all CSIA Level 4s with years of experience
  • Personal attention - Before you arrive, in-resort and on the hill – it’s all about you!
  • We are Canadian - This is our home, giving you local's knowledge. YES has over 25 years experience certified over 3,000 students
  • Affordable, all inclusive packages - No hidden costs!
  • Guaranteed Improvement - Powder, steeps, groomed, tree runs, park or backcountry

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Program Reviews

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  • Housing 4.5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Value 4.85
  • Safety 4.85
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Yes, I recommend this program

7 week Ski Instructor Course

It was amazing! Great skiing, people, and nightlife. The course was fun, in-depth, and delivered expertly by some brilliant instructors! Even though I did not get any real instructing experience whilst in Canada, after certification the course left me fully prepared to jump into the instructor's job that I took when I came home. Breaking up level 1 and 2 with the Avalanche Canada AST 1 provided a fun change of pace halfway through. All the YES staff and instructors were friendly, professional and provided a fun and welcoming environment. Outside of the course, Whistler is fantastic both on the slopes and in town. It was great to meet people of different nationalities and backgrounds, and it's nice to know some people who will be going out next season! I would recommend the course to anyone with a love for skiing or snowboarding.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make the most out of fresh tracks! I made the mistake of only doing it a couple of times, but having breakfast up the mountain before hitting freshly groomed slopes was a fantastic experience!
54 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best career break program

I started my career break in Dec 2018 and took on YES 7 week program in Jan 2019.

YES pros understand the CSIA system really well and are genuinely invested in the group’s skiing and teaching development.

I stayed at the self catered Creekside accommodation which was very accessible from the Creekside gondola. Being one of the older participants, I stayed with many gap year students. For anyone taking a career break, I would highly recommend considering the career break accoms.

Once I finished the program, I took on an instructing job in Mt Hotham, Australia. During the interview process and first day on the job, never felt so prepared before on a job. All things that were taught were practical.

The program cost was around 12k which includes accommodation, instruction, CSIA / AST courses, exams and a season pass. I find this to be very good value for money and an affordable way to spend 2 months in Whistler, especially considering expensive living cost in Whistler.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Whether I can get my skis up to standard and I did. I failed my first attempt at my L2 exam, and the YES instructors knew exactly how I could address the gap.

As a late starter to skiing, this was not an easy task to do but the YES instructors got me through it, and there they have a happy customer.
51 people found this review helpful.
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I signed up for YES right after I graduated college. I moved to whistler, BC the following November to start training for CASI level 1&2, CSIA level 1&2, snowboarding park certification level 1, and ASC level 1. It was a big ask to be trained for all 6 certifications but the YES instructors miraculously helped me achieve all certifications in 1 season. I really felt like I was getting the BEST training and felt unbelievably confident in my skills at the end of the season. The best part was that I had so much fun the whole time and wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. I came back to whistler the following ski season and worked as both a snowboard and ski instructor and continued to have an amazing time thanks to YES. I feel that what I learned with YES is invaluable and I’m so grateful for all the fun and all the education.

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

Yes Tours 11 Week Program

I recently had the amazing experience of participating in the Yes Tours 11 week ski instructor program. The most amazing experience of my life !! The incredible team at yes was so welcoming and helpful the ski instructors are amazing best in the business with their dedicated and clear teaching my skiing progressed far beyond what I thought possible in 11 weeks allowing me to pass my level 1 & 2 CSIA certification without stress as I was confident the team at yes had given me all the tools I needed to pass. The AST was amazing as well such an informative experience learning about avalanche magnitudes and and the beautiful ski touring in the back country whilst we were learning was awesome to I also did the CAD course with Yes such a cool experience as well. thanks so much to all the team at Yes for a sick 11 weeks !!!

What would you improve about this program?
Absolutely nothing I loved it so much the way it was !!!!
57 people found this review helpful.
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Staight out of school

Loved the entire trip for starters, went over to do the 11-week program and came back with all the licenses; Park 1, CSIA Level 1 & 2 and AST Level 1 & 2. Coming straight out of school, I was a little nervous and going as a lone traveller I had to be independent for the first time which was a big thing for me, Canada is easy and Whistler are good places to start if you don't feel confident as everybody over there is amazingly nice. The entire trip was an amazing break before uni, allowed me to get ready for the next adventure in my life. I met so many people and gained experience I could not have gained anywhere else. I loved every moment of every day. Miss PJ and Belinda who was amazing to me for the entire time. They have set up a wonderful program that is very inviting and accommodating to all. Would highly recommend if your thinking of going over!!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
As part of the 11-week program, we did our AST 2 (Avalanche Saftey) learning about the mountain was the experience that I could not possibly describe to anyone and was absolutely amazing.
55 people found this review helpful.
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The best 7 weeks of my life? YES!

I am not over exaggerating when I say that my seven weeks in Whistler with YES were some of the best weeks of my life. If you are even slightly considering this program... I promise that you will LOVE IT. I walked into YES not even that enthusiastic about skiing and now... well I’m writing this review in Australia because I’m skipping USA summer to be a ski instructor here. So yeah... you could say YES Didn’t just make me better, but also much more passionate about skiing. Beyond preparing you extremely well for the instructor exams, YES gives you a loving and wildly fun family. I’ve never laughed as hard, smiled as much, or had as much fun as I did with YES on Whistler mountain and in the village. You’ll never be bored. Do not miss this amazing experience... just say YES and click on your skis to get ready for the best run of your whole life!!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Attend every YES apres. They give out free beer or wine AND FREE NACHOS. There are two a week and it’s a great time for the whole group: instructors, other staff, and everyone participating in YES improvement to hang out and catch up. They show funny videos from the week and the lovely PJ always gives a speech with highlights from the past few days. I would always feel the YES family strongest at YES apres and I know if I’m in Whistler again I will be welcome back in a second.
55 people found this review helpful.

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