Timberline Canadian Alpine Academy

Timberline Canadian Alpine Academy

About

Timberline Academy is a full-service outdoor adventure college offering unique Gap Year experiences in Banff National Park. Timberline clients engage in skills training programs related to ski/snowboard instruction, mountain rescue, wilderness first aid, avalanche safety and are able to earn industry certifications all while working as paid interns in Banff. Timberline Academy is the only local provider of Gap Year programs in Banff National Park. As a result, Timberline is able to create a truly local experience for their clients that includes trips throughout the rockies, independant housing and industry internships. If you are looking for a unique Gap Year ski season experience choosing a local provider is where you will find the most value and knowledge.

Headquarters

P.O. Box 4755
Banff AB T1L1E9
Canada

Reviews

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Grant
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had such a good experience that I dare say it had a life changing effect on me and I wish that every young person out of high school of college could get to experience it. Obviously not everyone is sports or snow inclined but it has such a good positive effect in teaching one about oneself and what they want out of life. Not to mention the lasting friendships that I now have from young people all over the world. You really do get exposed to lots of different people and ways of life that whether you wanted to or not you're bound to learn loads of lasting life and valuable life skills. If you are one with a bit of ambition and adventure, Timberline is definitely for you. I wish I had done the course when I was even when I was younger because of the lessons I learned.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Having to teach a friends middle aged mom to ski and then having a bit of trust in her ability when all of a sudden she wiped out.
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Paul
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I first came to Cananda eight years ago, and ever since then I've wanted to return. I've spent a big chunk of my life dreaming about just going snowboarding for weeks at a time. When I eventually returned, I chose the Timberline program, and I couldn't have been happier with my choice. James and the Timberline team consistently did whatever they could to make everyone's experience the best it could be for each person. They did everything possible to accommodate for and take into consideration peoples travel plans, financial restraints, personal preferences and needs. They ensured that a 12 week dream experience was exactly that, a total dream.

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James
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

James and his team made every effort to make sure that our needs and were catered for and sought after, even beyond the scope of the program. Where they could not help they provided the best possible advice going forward. Being far away from home they provided a sense of belonging and care which put many of us at ease throughout the entirety of the course. The interpersonal relationships developed throughout the time made all the difference. I would highly recommend this to any individual looking to do the course.

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Lorena
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spending a month at Timberline was one of the best choices I've ever made! This is really an extraordinary experience. The team behind Timberline are some of the most relaxed people I know and also some of the best skiers. They do everything to fullfill every wish. The town the area and the people you meet there are things you'll never forget.
So go and spend your winter in one of the best places to ski with some of the best people you'll ever meet.

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Sam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend my winter, or a better group of people to spend it with for that matter. James, Brett and Logan would always go out of their way to make sure everyone in the group was happy and everything was running smoothly. With countless day trips to other resorts and additional courses such as wilderness first aid and avalanche training, Timberline really helped me to get the most out of my time in Canada and without doubt, at the first opportunity i get, i'll be straight on a plane back.

Programs

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Brett Knox

Job Title
General Manager
Brett was born and raised in Canada's nations capital, Ottawa, Ontario, spending most of his early days ski racing, mountain biking, and camping around eastern Canada. His move to the Rocky Mountains a few years ago was fueled by a childhood dream to live in a mountain town and seek out new adventures and untouched snow. He now is a member of the Timberline team in Banff, Alberta and is helping others around the world realize that same dream.

What is your favorite travel memory?

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My favorite travel memory has to be when I was around 11 years old and my parents decided to take my brothers and I on a cross Canada road trip starting in Ottawa and ending in Tofino, BC.

It was the first time I had spent a substantial amount of time away from my home town and was shocked to see how beautiful and different the rest of Canada is. We spent a few days riding our bikes around Fernie and I think it was then that I knew I wanted to live near mountains for the rest of my life.

Which destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

I believe Kananaskis is probably one of the most underrated areas I have ever explored. There is so much untouched, natural beauty packed into such a small area and it rarely gets the credit that it deserves.

In terms of overrated destinations, I think anywhere you go has something to offer, you just have to be resourceful and dig a little deeper in some places more so then others.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Forward thinking. Putting forth the best possible product and always finding new ways to make it better.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have begun to realize that we have put something amazing out into the world that has the potential to have a profound impact on someones life for many years to come. This is what drives me to continuously work with Timberline to help enrich the quality of the programs and the overall experience.

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What unique qualities does your company possess?

Timberline is locally owned and operated. The owners live in Banff year round and are the ones who pick you up from the airport, take you out for dinner to celebrate achievements throughout the season, and play pond hockey with you on your off days.

This kind of customer service cannot be replicated by other companies and creates a superior experience unparalleled to anything else.

Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of your current team

We recently took our students on a day trip to Kicking Horse Resort in British Columbia. They were immediately blown away by the stunning beauty of the area and one of our students proclaimed, "I am more excited right now then a kid on Christmas day!" It is little comments and reactions like this that reaffirms you are doing the right thing.

US visitors, meet us in person!

  1. Tuesday 25 February
    Palo Alto, CA Gap Year Fair
    Gunn High School
    Fair:
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Presentation:
    6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
  2. Wednesday 26 February
    San Anselmo, CA Gap Year Fair
    Sir Francis Drake High School
    Fair:
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Presentation:
    6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
  3. Thursday 27 February
    Berkeley, CA Gap Year Fair
    Maybeck High School
    Fair:
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Presentation:
    6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

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