Alltracks Academy
98% Rating
(5 Reviews)

Alltracks Academy

ALLTRACKS Academy run extensive ski & snowboard instructor courses as well as freeride, backcountry and freestyle camps in Whistler, Canada. Whistler is home to North America's biggest and most varied resort with plenty of terrain for advanced skiers and snowboarders. We provide expert training, accommodation and 24/7 support. If you are a keen skier or snowboarder looking for a constructive but fun gap year or career break, please get in touch.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Adam

Best Experience Ever

9/10

I joined the Alltracks Academy as a novice skier looking to improve my skills over the 5 week course. I left 11 weeks later qualified as a CSIA Level 2 Ski Instructor and never wanting to leave. Going to Whistler with Alltracks is one of the best decisions I have ever made - my skiing improved in ways that I could not imagine and I had immense fun and made many lifelong friends in the process. This is a result of the breadth of the Alltracks system that Paul and Guy have put together; having organised accommodation of excellent location and quality and being taught by some of the very best instructors Whistler has to offer. In all, I would very much recommend Alltracks to anyone who is looking to improve their skiing in arguably what is the best place in the world.

Ryan
Male
33 years old
Northumberland
Northumbria University

Become an Alltracks Academy Graduate. Safeguard your ski or board future.

10/10

Whilst I sit here at Heathrow Airport, beer and laptop at hand, waiting to board yet another long flight to Vancouver for my now annual stint in Whistler, I find myself reflecting on my time out there. You see, I’ve become somewhat of a Whistler Blackcomb fan boy, a regular fixture on both hills, the many bars and fine restaurants, dare I say it, part of the snowy furniture out there. Tomorrow I’ll be standing atop some loved run, steep couloir or snowy bowl I know intimately by now, but for the time being, I simply reflect.

Alltracks Academy is to blame for my annual affliction! OK, I had previously fallen in love with Whistler some five or six years ago, but it was my time on the Alltracks instructor and off-piste combined course that cemented my love affair with this epic corner of the world. I’ve been very fortunate in my ski life to have skied all over the world, spending many weeks in Europe, Canada, the USA and Japan; all that and still, many of my fondest ski memories are found in my time with Alltracks.

I joined Alltracks with quite a bit of ski experience already built up, but boy was I in for a shock. I still had so much to learn. And I did! Easy (well, after a few bouts of self doubt and such, part of the rebuild process, it’s natural). How could I not learn when skiing with some of the top pros in Canada? Seriously, this is one of the things I commend the Alltracks programme for. The level of pros you’re skiing with is immensely top notch. Each and every Alltracks pro I skied with I got on with personally, but more importantly, I was inspired by their skill and ability to imprint their message into my own ski legs. Orchestrated by the truly amazing Guy Hetherington, sporting crush aside (hey, don’t judge till you ski with him!), the team of pros he has put together will be there to inspire you, push you, crush your bad habits (yes, you have them!), and build you into a better skier than you could ever imagine being. Boarders don’t fret, the famous Yuki manages that area and from what I’ve heard, she’s as good as it gets. You’re learning from the cream of the crop here people.

Which brings me to my main point. Quite simply, if you’re serious about your skiing, Alltracks is an investment for your future skiing or boarding. You’ll be cashing this wintry investment in each season that follows. Not only do you improve immeasurably on this programme, they arm you with the tools to continue your development on your own dime. I felt like I left Alltracks the best skier I would ever be, but it’s simply not true. Three seasons passed now and I’m twice the skier I was then (hopefully the coaches would agree…), because I developed the key tools by these top CSIA pros to keep working on myself. I left knowing what could be better, what were my lazy flaws, what my strengths were, how to spot funky goings-on, and so forth. That, for me, is priceless. I paid for an amazing season, a means to improve my skiing, further my experience, add more miles under my skis, have a blast with new found friends, but I left with so much more.

Yep, I left with so much more, for not only did I leave with new skills, my ski future safeguarded for my years to come, but I also amassed a whole bunch of friends for life. Ski buddies for the future. Apres partners in crime. People that all had so much in common, thrown together in an amazing environment to have the best time possible. Legends were made and broken, we had the time of our lives! Believe you me, as a place to call home for a season, Whistler allows for this. It has everything you could want in town. Hey, as I say, I keep coming back, year after year. Never been bored once.

Anyway, stop thinking about, do it. You won’t regret it. Alltracks Academy will take your ski or boarding not only to the next level, but to a level you’re yet to fathom. You’ll party, meet great new people, all in one of the most epic resorts in the world (trust me, I’ve skied most of the contenders). You’ll see the mountains with different eyes, you’ll learn about the “backcountry”, technique, your own level, your own limitations, your own goals. Heck, stop reading my review, ring Paul Beard (he’s very helpful and will always try and accommodate your season hopes and plans) and lay down that deposit. Life’s short, you may as well spend your winters at the top of your game. As I say, safeguard that future. Become an Alltracks graduate. Be the rider you dream of.

Hopefully I’ll see you on these amazing hills in the future. But for now, I best finish this beer, my flight is calling. Whistler beckons… again.. and I’ve a sneaky feeling it won’t be the last time. There’s something rather magical about this place.

How can this program be improved?

It's excellent as it is. I guess, I would have liked to do even longer. Maybe a more backcountry focused aspect. Oh wait, they've added that...

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Alexander
Male
23 years old

AllTracks

10/10

AllTracks Academy offers a fantastic and complete package for the gap year instructor course. The accommodation provided is first rate, the instructors are superb and there was a great group of people on the course. Also, if you have any queries before or during your stay in Canada, they will be resolved very promptly by the AllTracks team who are hugely supportive and ready to help with any issues. By signing up with AllTracks for anyone of their courses, you will be guaranteed a fantastic and trouble free experience skiing at one of the best resorts in the world. Highly recommended!

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Tom
Male
19 years old
Cheltenham, UK

AllTracks

10/10

AllTracks deliver a fantastic course that is comprehensive, thorough and most importantly great fun. They really strive to deliver a quality experience and feel that they 100% do! They go above and beyond to accommodate and help you and really take care of you whilst over here in Canada but beforehand you also can call at anytime with worries or queries. The housing is phenomenal and the group of people you'll get to meet are quality. Although it is a sizeable amount of money the courses offered are extremely goo value for money.
All in all an incredible experimce and worth every penny.

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David
Male
32 years old
Whistler, British Columbia.
University of Canterbury

Great life decision

10/10

I took the Alltracks off piste course as part of a career break. It was one of the best decisions I have made.

The course was a mix of first rate ski coaching from senior CSIA instructors, avalanche safety courses (AST levels 1 and 2) which included back country touring days focussing on route planning and decision making, and a two day cat skiing trip in the Hurley Pass.

We were very fortunate with the conditions (great snow always means a great time) but, snow aside, the course was well organised and involved a good mix of people from diverse backgrounds and locations. There were a lot of young people on a GAP year but also a number of people at a similar stage to me - taking time out after working for a period - and a few older participants (with children who could have been on their GAP year).

The accommodation was well appointed and conveniently located. I would certainly recommend the programme to anyone interested in ski improvement, an introduction to back country touring or just general shredding.

How can this program be improved?

I wish I could have stayed longer. As it turns out, I have returned to Whistler for a full season.

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Alltracks Academy
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