• Canada
    • Whistler
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Subject Areas
Business Design Digital Media Graphic Design Marketing Sports Sustainable Development Tourism

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Degree Level


Starting Price
Price Details
Tuition fee is in Canadian Dollars ($US price will fluctuate according to currency fluctuation)
What's Included
Some Activities Classes
What's Not Included
Accommodation Some Accommodation Airfare Domestic Airfare Airport Transfers Meals Some Meals SIM cards Transportation Travel Insurance Wifi
May 05, 2023
Mar 14, 2022
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About Program

Do you love skiing, snowboarding and/or mountain biking and want to gain skills to work in these industries? The Whistler Adventure School is the only accredited school in Canada to offer this one-of-a-kind program that teaches the essentials to be able to work 'behind the scenes' in these industries. Become a certified Bike Mechanic, build a custom set of skis or snowboard, learn sustainable trail building and more!
Students will enter Canada with a 1 year study permit with work allowance, and will complete 7 courses plus a 300 hour industry-related co-op work experience to earn their diploma.
In Whistler, Canada's number one year-round ski & bike destination, you will get to enjoy living your dream life, studying at this hands' on post-secondary institution and having lots of time to practice your sport and work. The skills taught in the program are extremely sought-after in any resort town, and will open doors to year-round employment.

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Program Highlights

  • Taught in small groups (maximum 8 per group) by certified, experienced professionals in the field.
  • Learn skills to open up multiple job opportunities in the ski & bike industries.
  • Study, Work and Play in North America's # 1 year-round resort playground!
  • Gain valuable, industry related work experience in your co-op term
  • Meet like-minded individuals from around the world, make lifelong friendships while learning new life skills and gaining confidence in ski & bike industry

Popular Programs

Ski & snowboard production

In this course which is included in the Mountain Sport Technician program, students will learn to build their own custom skis or snowboard, and eventually be able to try them out on the slopes of Whistler or Blackcomb mountains!

Bike Mechanic class in action

In the Mountain Sport Technician program, students gain the knowledge and certification to be a Cytech Bike Mechanic - this is an industry-leader in bike mechanic qualifications to get you working in one of the fastest growing sports around the world!

learn to build mountain bike trails like these!

As part of the Mountain Sport Technician program, students will take the Sustainable Trail Building course, learning hands' on and from master Trail Builder Dan Raymond. Whistler is known for some of the best mountain bike trails in the world, so what better place to learn how to build trails in a responsible and sustainable manner. Learn from the best and take the skills home with you!

Experiential Leadership & Guiding

Part of the Mountain Sport Technician Program, the Experiential Leadership & Guiding Elective is taught by certified Mountain Guides and teaches leadership skills, group management strategies and the practical application of leadership in the adventure tourism industry. These skills are valuable for anyone living in a mountain environment and are transferrable to many aspects of life.

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  • Academics 3.5
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  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4.5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Whistler Adventure School | Mountain Sport Technician Program

WAS has been an amazing opportunity and experience all around. The school has given me the ability to live and play in the most beautiful place on earth. WAS has been a very in tune and inclusive school giving me the proper skills and certifications to pursue a job within the action sports industry. Since enrolling and attending WAS, i've been the happiest i've ever been and have made so many close friends through class and work. Having the ability to live, work, and study here in Whistler has been a dream come true. I have made industry connections that i otherwise never would have. The skills and knowledge i have gained from WAS have opened doors for me that I didn't know were possible. I highly recommend !

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Built my very own snowboard from scratch. The school gave me the opportunity to create and learn the process of building a snowboard!
70 people found this review helpful.
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Great Instructors and Location

Studying at WAS is a great experience that can take you to another level of learning. It all depends on how deep you want to go on the learning, the instructors have the knowledge and answer to any questions you might have as well as helping you find the answers if they don't have it already. They also make sure to give you the tools to search by yourself.
You can have fun and learn at the same time, Whistler is an amazing place and you can get experience working there at the same time you learn.
Most of the courses are outdoor and that is amazing, you can enjoy whistler at it's best!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Keep in mind that the school is in a Resort town. Living and eating can be expensive, but not impeditive, since you can work for companies there that will also give you the passes on winter and summer to go up the mountain.
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