• Canada
26 - 52 weeks

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- Certifications
- Employment opportunity
- Training
- Accomodation
- Trips
- Local Timberline Advantage
- Social Events
- Airport Pickup
- Insurance
- Timberline Swag bag
- Equipment consultation
- Helicopter tour of Banff National Park
Aug 12, 2016
Dec 31, 2022
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About Program

The Instructor Internship Program is designed for someone looking to have a fun,team-based experience during their first ski season here in Banff. This program incorporates a wide range of ski/snowboard training, certifications and expeditions over an entire winter season in the Canadian Rockies. Students are also able to put their training to use while working as paid interns at ski schools in Banff throughout the winter season with colleagues from all over the world.

Additionally, we put a strong emphasis on independent and healthy living. As a result, our students are housed in fully furnished apartments and houses in the Banff town centre. We believe that our students should be able to cook, enjoy privacy and have a home while they’re with us here in Banff. No hostels and no hotels.

Program Reviews

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  • Housing 4.85
  • Support 4.9
  • Fun 4.95
  • Value 4.95
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Timberline Alpine Academy

I spent 7 months doing the winter internship and white water course in banff, with Timberline. I had the best time of my life. I learnt so many new skills and met the best people. They have great connections in town, so you are well looked after. The staff are just a lovely as they see on the phone. Not one bad word to say. If you need them for anything they are there and if they can’t help you they will help you find someone who will. I worked up at Mt Norquay, and I had the best time ever. I couldn’t recommend working there anymore for your internship. You get to study subjects such as photography which I learnt so much from and discovered new passions. Timberline organise fun activities for everyone to enjoy such as curling, skating and heliskiing. So much fun to be had. Heliskiing was the best day of my life. I also did my AST 1and 2 and I learnt so much. We also did our 40 hour advanced wilderness first aid certification, which I really enjoyed. I learnt so much during the 6 months skiing and fell in love with the industry. After this, I did the white water course, where we got certifications in swift water rescue, canoeing and rafting. This was the best month ever. My favourite part was going on a 5 day canoe trip in BC on the Kootany River. I learnt so much and made lifelong memories. Weather this is a gap year for you or you want to pursue a career in the outdoor industry Timberline is an experience you will never forget and I am so beyond grateful I got spend 7 months with them. It’s the most magical experience in the most beautiful national park. A big thanks to all of the Timberline Staff for all they did to make our winter the best one ever.

  • New skills
  • Life long friends
  • A winter of fun
7 people found this review helpful.
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Best Experience

My time at the Timberline Canadian Alpine academy was the best Winter I’ve ever had. I decided to go on the Winter Skills Instructor Internship Program. This course was amazing, and I experienced everything that I could have dreamed of on a Ski season. Which included getting my Level 1 ski instructors’ licence and a helicopter tour around the Banff National Park, which is stunning.
All the team who worked at the academy were fantastic, very professional and were on call 24/7 to help you with any problem that you may have. The director James McCutcheon is also extremely hands on and is always ready to take your call if you have an emergency or just need someone to talk too.
While I was in Banff, I worked at the Lake Louise Ski resort as a Ski instructor which was a really great experience, I was working alongside others that had been working in the Industry for over 40 years they all made me feel very welcome. They were also very helpful giving you a hand with your lessons if you ever got stuck or had to many kids to handle.

I would just like to say thank you to James and his team at Timberline, it was never about the money for them it was about taking care of there students and making sure they had the best experience ever.

  • Great team - all from Canada
  • It gets cold !!!!
25 people found this review helpful.
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Timberline Review

Timberline Alpine Academy is an experience of a lifetime. I did the six-month internship program at Lake Louise ski resort. The program provided us with all the required training to become level one ski instructors, and most students became full-time instructors. They also presented a variety of opportunities to us that enriched the main course of the program. These opportunities included avalanche training, touring, ice skating/ hockey, wilderness first aid, cat-skiing, heli-skiing, trips to Calgary and surrounding ski resorts. I highly recommend this program to anyone looking to improve their skiing or is outdoorsy in any sense.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Have fun and ski as much as humanly possible. Also, university can wait, don't be afraid to extend your visa.
28 people found this review helpful.
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Timberline Winter Skills Instructor Program

The 2020/2021 season with Timberline was unreal!
It was a time where I met amazing people from around the world, spent every day in the magnificent Canadian Rockies and learned so much about myself!!

Over the winter my skiing changed massively, and I became a much stronger and confident skier than I ever imagined. The training team at Mount Norquay were incredible, and Timberline did an excellent job at organizing our trainings, education and certifications to come out of the program with so much knowledge. The staff were extremely supportive when challenges arose and helped work with you to be able to keep everyone happy and safe.

This year was an incredible opportunity to pursue my passions and challenge myself, when most of the world was in lockdown. And because of my great experience on the course I didn't want to leave Banff and decided to stay in town and continue exploring the connections Timberline helped me establish.

I will be forever grateful for this experience and will cherish the memories & friends I made :)

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Whatever you put into the course is what you'll get out of it! It's a once in a lifetime chance, so push your comfort zone, be social, make friends and train hard (:
30 people found this review helpful.
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The Best Gap Year Out There

I ended up on the Timberline website the summer before my gap year and registered without really knowing what to expect... the mountains alone had sold me on the experience, and to me that was enough. I never expected to end up with a program like Timberline, and count myself lucky for it every day. From the first day when I talked to James on the phone I felt like a part of a greater family already. I only went on to meet more people on the program where we all connected over our love for the Rockies and formed a bond that was deeper than any of us expected, I'm sure. Although my time with Timberline was cut short do to circumstances beyond their control, I can safely say that these were some of the best months I've ever spent. I can't recommend it enough, and will treasure every moment in Banff for years and decades to come.

39 people found this review helpful.
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All around good time!

I would absolutely recommend timberline to anybody; it was such a good experience.

When you are apart of timberline, you truly gain a family that you will be friends with for life. The timberline team is friendly and is always trying to make your time with them the best that It can be.

Your skiing and or snowboarding skills change so much throughout the season it is crazy! But I think that you also grow as a person immensely. I am still super close with the friends that I made on this program.

Banff is also such a beautiful place I would easily go back!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I were to go back and do it all over again, I would have probably appreciated every moment even more. I would have taken more risks and not wasted any time.
36 people found this review helpful.
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Timberline overall experience

Could not rate it high enough. Excellently run programme that I would recommend to literally anyone.
It is a well rounded programme that helps develop you as an athlete, a leader and a person. Everyone leaves timberlines programmes as a more well rounded individual.

There is an excellent support system and in the case of emergency there is always a maximum level of support. Lifts to hospital and help maintaining the house were very standard affairs.

The location is unbelievable. Banff is a heaven on earth and the house is 200 metres off the centre. Enough to have a quietness outside the house but still be seconds from everything you need

What would you improve about this program?
More evening classes so ski days aren’t spent in classrooms
40 people found this review helpful.
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Best program!! Timberline 2020

The programs that Timberline have are all once in a lifetime opportunities, whether it's a summer or winter program you are choosing they will meet and exceed your expectations making it almost impossible to have to leave at the end. Timberline is so unique because of the incredible friendly and personal nature surrounding the company, we had constant support and check-in's with all of the staff at Timberline, making it super easy to ask any questions and do everything we wanted. The other people on my course that I met and lived with were all the most amazing people who became some of my closest friends from almost every corner of the world. I met so many new people and tried so many new things, all thanks to the opportunity given to me by Timberline.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you're considering it even slightly, just do it. Everybody I met on my course came by themselves, we made the jump, but we all left having made the strongest bond and best memories together. Definitely an experience I will remember for the rest of my life.
40 people found this review helpful.

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