Whistler Blackcomb Ski Instructor Jobs
Earn money as a qualified ski instructor in Whistler Blackcomb. This programme will give you access to an extremely sought-after job in one of the most exciting ski resorts in the world. Work with our highly experienced team, who will provide visa advice and organise your accommodation and job before you head to Canada.
In the first 4 weeks, you will take part in the Whistler Blackcomb University Programme. The world-class, certified ski pros will help you to gain your CSIA level one qualification. For the rest of the season, you will have a job at Whistler Blackcomb Snow School, coaching children how to ski.
Welcome to Whistler, North America’s #1 ski resort. The powder’s thick, the snow is deep and the terrain is legendary. Train as a ski instructor and work the season in one of the world’s most famous resorts.
How to Become a Ski Instructor
We have worked with Whistler Blackcomb to design this instructor internship, which includes a 4 week training course, so that you receive all the necessary training to focus on ski improvement and for you to pass the CSIA Level 1 certification. During the course you will be taught by first-rate Level 4 instructors. We are proud to say that, since 2011, we have a 99% first-time pass rate. If you have at least 5 weeks of skiing experience and you are confident on all terrains, we are confident you will pass!
The CSIA Level 1 is internationally recognised and allows you to instruct in other countries. Your Level 4 instructors will not only help you to pass the exam, but they will also share their knowledge of both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, setting you up perfectly for your season instructing children.
Direct applicants to Whistler Blackcomb typically require a minimum Level 2 CSIA ski instructor qualification before being considered for employment. However, with Oyster, you can step straight into an instructor role as a newly qualified instructor with your CSIA Level 1!
On successful completion of the course, subject to passing the selection process, you will begin working for Whistler Blackcomb. Before departure, Oyster are here to advice you how to pass this selection process and run a thorough pre-departure briefing to fully prepare you for life in Canada. Whilst this isn’t a guaranteed job, since 2004 we are pleased to say that our record of finding people ski jobs with Whistler Blackcomb is excellent.
We ask for a £180 payment when booking this programme. If, in the event you are unsuccessful in the interview, or we cannot find a job for you before you leave home, the money that you pay Oyster is fully refundable.
You’ll be spending your days working with children between the ages of 3-11. Your work as an instructor will include teaching basic skiing in the beginner area as well as teaching on green and blue runs, depending on the level of children in your group.
Given the level of responsibility, we ensure that all participants are well suited and prepared for their job in Canada. You will be interviewed by Oyster and by the Whistler Kids General Manager at our briefing course in the October before the season begins.
This is a full-time position with hours averaging 32 hours per week across the season. Expect to be paid fortnightly C$13 per hour (approx £7). If you have any childcare qualifications or can speak other languages, take details with you to Canada and these could increase your hourly wage. People have been known to receive tips as well!
The season generally finishes for Whistler Kids in mid-April. The exact date depends on how good the snow is! Our programme runs until the end of April to give you some time to enjoy the spring skiing and relax after a busy season, before heading home or continuing your travels.
“I’ve just returned from Whistler & I can definitely say it’s the best thing I’ve ever done with my life (so far..!) For my first time leaving home and travelling, I’d say Oyster were the best company to go with, as we later found out that other programs didn’t offer the support that we were guaranteed OR a job confirmed before arrival” Jasmine, Whistler Kids instructor
What Experience Do I Need?
In order to be eligible for a place on our programme, you will need childcare experience in a variety of situations and a good rapport with children. We are looking for more experience than just babysitting. Some of the children you will be teaching will be new to the sport and you will be nurturing them through the first steps of putting skis on and getting them to stop in the beginners area. Others will have been skiing almost since before they could walk and will already be confident in their ability. You’ve obviously got to be a better skier than them!
Your experience should be with children aged 3-11 or you should be willing to gain the relevant work experience before the start of the programme.
Some examples of the childcare experience that our participants come to us with (or can get before the start of the season) include:
- Volunteering at a local Beavers or Brownies group
- Coaching sport to younger years at school
- Volunteering in a nursery or primary school as part of work experience
In addition to having good childcare experience, you also need to be a confident intermediate skier who is able to ski parallel, pole plant and be confident on all intermediate slopes.
Rather Not Work With Children?
We have instructor positions available for people who would rather teach skiing in the adult snow school at Whistler Blackcomb. On our adult programme you would receive the same service from Oyster and take the CSIA Level 1 in the same way, you would just work with adults rather than teaching children. These places are limited so book your place as soon as you can!
Accommodation and Food
You will have a guaranteed place to live in Whistler Blackcomb staff housing which is located on Blackcomb Mountain very close to the lifts. You’ll live here for the whole season, even during your training when you are not officially employed. Housing is a real premium in Whistler, and our participants always comment how pleased they are that it is confirmed before arrival.
The accommodation is made up of self-contained flats, each having two bedrooms, a lounge, bathroom and small kitchen. Each caters for four people so you should expect to share a room. You will usually get lunch provided on the days that you are working and there is a meal deal for staff in a building close to where you will be living (currently $7 for a three-course meal!), however for the rest of the time you will be self-catering.
During the four week Level 1 course the fee for the accommodation is included. Once you finish the course and start work, the money for the accommodation will be deducted from your pay cheque at the rate of approx $13 (roughly an hour’s pay) per night. WiFi is included in the rent.
- Qualify as a CSIA Level 1 ski instructor at the beginning of the season, leaving the majority of the season to work and earn.
- Work as a children’s English speaking ski instructor for the world-renowned Whistler Blackcomb.
- Receive comprehensive support and advice throughout, particularly during our orientation in Whistler which includes a ZipTrek tour.
- Feel fully supported throughout the programme; take part in monthly meet-ups with Tory and the rest of your group.
- Live as a local in one of the world’s best and most popular ski resorts, regularly voted #1 in North America.
Whyshould I do this?
There are lots of ski instructor courses in Canada and we believe that this is the best. Not only will you receive an internationally recognised CSIA Level 1 qualification, but you will also gain a job at an iconic ski resort for the ski season.
This is our most popular long-term programme for people looking to spend their gap year skiing. We are proud that so many of our participants have come through recommendations from family and friends.
If you are a confident skier and have a great rapport with children, this is a perfect opportunity to boost both areas, gain a qualification and also improve your ski instructing experience.
You will feel fully supported throughout the programme. In the UK, you will receive comprehensive and personal pre-departure support and advice. Once in Canada, you will receive airport transfers, accommodation, a Zip Trek Tour, 24/7 support from our experienced rep, Tory and monthly Oyster social meet ups.
As an ATOL bonded company we can book flights for you from the UK or elsewhere. If you are flying with the group from London, we will see you off at Heathrow on departure day. On arrival, our rep Tory will pick you up at Vancouver Airport and transport you into the city.
We will pay for you to stay in a hostel in Vancouver for your first night (assuming you arrive with the rest of the group) so that you can get over your flight. The next day, Tory shows you where you can register for your Social Insurance Number before you hop on the coach and head up the Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99) to Whistler. The journey takes about two and a half hours. On arrival, we’ll get you checked in and give you time to settle into your accommodation before beginning our thorough orientation.
If you want to arrange your own flights to Vancouver, that’s fine too. If you arrive at the same time as the rest of the group, the airport transfer will be included, otherwise you will just need to make your own way to the hostel for the first night.
Dual-national Tory (she is British and Canadian) took her gap year in Tremblant, went back to the UK to complete her degree and returned to Whistler to become a ski instructor. She is married to Mike, one of Whistler’s most respected ski instructors, and they have two young children. Tory’s full time job is as the Senior Manager at Whistler.com. She has been our representative since 2004 and knows what she’s talking about, having done it herself!
On arrival, Tory will arrange a short orientation course and be in close contact with you over the first couple of days. As time goes on, Tory will take more of a back seat and be there as a helpful friend should you need any help or advice. Once a month Tory hosts a meet up with the Oyster group where we provide either a meal, drinks or activity which gives you the opportunity to chat through any issues you might have. Tory is a local expert on where to go and what to see in the area.
Our representatives are there to be a helpful friend to you and steer you through difficulties of any kind. Tory will keep us updated on your health and welfare throughout.
What is provided
- One-to-one interview and informal briefing
- Access to your personal ‘My Oyster’ account – our online portal where you can find out much more about the programme and manage your booking.
- UK briefing day covering childcare issues and work advice
- Meeting a senior manager from Whistler Kids at our UK briefing course
- Help and advice from our UK office before departure and whilst in Canada
- A job with Whistler Kids on successful completion of the Whistler University course and pre departure interview.
- Organisation of staff accommodation before arrival (free during the Whistler University course and then approx $12 per night taken directly from pay cheque, which is roughly £50 per week)
- Whistler University fees including tuition from Level 4 instructors, exam fees for the CSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor exam and accommodation fees during those 4 weeks. (In the unlikely event you fail you will need to pay for a re-test)
- 4 week ski pass, including 20% discount off food, for the duration of the Whistler University course
- Full season ski pass, with staff discounts, once you begin your job
- Optional flight with fixed return date. Total cost including flights £5445 for Whistler Kids Instructor (if you want a more flexible ticket this can be organised)
- Your money is protected with Oyster. We have ATOL Protection (as long as we book your flights) and a bond with IPP (if we don’t book your flights)
- Arrangement of transportation to your accommodation from the airport
- One night in a central Vancouver hostel when the group arrives in Canada
- Thorough orientation when you arrive in Whistler, including some meals
- Assistance organising your Social Insurance Number and bank account (with TD Canada Bank in Whistler)
- Assistance and support from our representative whilst on the programme with us in Whistler, including regular social ‘meet ups’
- Wages once you begin your job (approx. C$400 per week, before tips)
- In-resort discount on buying skis and boots when you first arrive in Whistler
- Oyster Whistler Kids ski season hoody
- Oyster luggage tag
- ZipTrek tour during the orientation
- Bus ticket back to Vancouver Airport on the Oyster programme end date
On your return:
- Welcome home pack
- Certificate of Recognition (on request)
- References (on request)
What do I need
- Be eligible for the Canadian IEC Working Holiday Program (sign up for our free application guide)
- Valid passport
- Have experience working with children and be a confident skier
- Insurance covering winter sports and any planned independent travel, we can introduce you to a policy
- Independent travel costs during or at the end of your season
- All home-country travel costs
- Accommodation and food costs, approximately C$20 (£12) per day. Accommodation cost is taken directly from your pay cheque
- Cost of retaking your Level 1 examination in the unlikely event you fail first time
- Police Check for Immigration purposes (approx. £45)
- Cost of IEC Working Holiday Work Permit – C$250