TRAINING PROGRAMS

The choice has never been so obvious. The simple fact that our two mountains provide 8,100+ acres of unparalleled terrain, a rockin' village at the base of the mountains, and by far, the most highly certified trainers in Canada, highlights Whistler Blackcomb as the industry leader when considering your course destination.

CERTIFICATION COURSES

Whistler, Canada

CANADIAN SKI INSTRUCTORS ALLIANCE

Your first step to becoming a certified ski instructor and a member of the Canadian Ski Instructors' Alliance (CSIA). Level 1 program information.

CANADIAN SKI INSTRUCTORS ALLIANCE LEVEL 1

This 3-day course covers the basics of current skiing technique and teaching methodology and includes video analysis, skiing and teaching evaluation. Suitable for those looking to improve their skiing skills, starting with the basics, and those preparing to become ski instructors. Skiers must be 15 years of age and able to ski a strong basic parallel turn. Please note that all courses are on Whistler Mountain. For an overview of the program, watch this video.

LEVEL I CSIA - COURSE DATES 2016.17

 

CONSECUTIVE 3-DAYS
Nov 21-23 Nov 28-30
Dec 5-7 Dec12-14 Dec 9-11 Dec 19-21
Jan 9-11 Jan 16-18 Jan 23-25
Feb 6-8 Feb 10-12 Feb 13-15 Feb 27-Mar 1
Mar 17-19 Mar 20-22 Mar 27-29
Apr 3-5 Apr 21-23

Index:

  • Monday to Wednesday
  • Friday to Sunday

CSIA LEVEL 1 WITH CHILDREN'S TEACHING MODULE

  • This additional day, CSIA module is designed to improve your ability to teach children:
  • Develop your understanding of how children develop both mentally and physically at different ages.
  • Build your toolbox with tactics for age groups and skill levels
  • Learn practical approaches for safety and class control.
  • The indoor component focuses on communication with children.
  • This module counts as 10 credits toward your Level 2 or 3 CSIA

LEVEL I CSIA WITH CHILDREN'S TEACHING MODULE (TCM) - COURSE DATES

CONSECUTIVE 4-DAYS
Nov 21-24 Nov 28-Dec 1
December 5-7 & 9
Dec 12-15
Jan 9-12

 

Children’s module is included with your registration and can be taken at a later date, or consecutively with your level 1 training when booked through Whistler Blackcomb. See prices below.

COURSE PRICES

COURSE PRICE
Level 1 CSIA (3 day) $549
Level 1 CSIA (3 day)
With Lift
$762
Level I CSIA - Exam Only $275
Level I CSIA with Children's Teaching Module (4 Days)
$649
Level I CSIA with Children's Teaching Module (4 Days)
With Lift
$933

 

All prices quoted in CDN funds and subject to TAX. Prices subject to change.

MEETING & LOCATION

  • MEET BETWEEN 8:30-9:00AM
  • DOWNSTAIRS IN THE ROUNDHOUSE LODGE ON WHISTLER MOUNTAIN

REGISTRATION

Online registration is provided by Canadian Ski Instructors' Alliance: Register Online

 

 

Avalanche Skills Training

Whistler, Canada

PROGRAMS

 AST programs are an essential first step to safe backcountry use in the winter. Based on curriculum established by the Canadian Avalanche Centre, AST 1 and 2 courses provide a blend of practical field days with indoor theory.

AST LEVEL 1+

 AVALANCHE SKILLS TRAINING LEVEL 1+

Our Avalanche Skills Training Level 1+ course (AST 1+) provides an entry-level decision-making framework for recreational skiers and snowboarders in winter backcountry avalanche terrain. This comprehensive 2.5 day program is a blend of practical field days with indoor theory and review based on curriculum as established by the Canadian Avalanche Centre.

THEORY AND PRACTICAL TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Avalanche phenomena, formation, and release
  • Terrain recognition
  • Risk evaluation and reduction
  • Route selection and appropriate travel techniques
  • Factors affecting snowpack structure, change, and metamorphism
  • Snowpack testing techniques
  • The steps required to plan and carry out a trip
  • Self rescue fundamentals and equipment usage

Recommended Ability Level - Please note that this course is suitable for intermediate to expert skiers and snowboarders confident in handling varying snow conditions, such as ice, powder, crust, and slush. Minimum age is 12yrs.

COURSE (3-DAYS) PRICE
Level 1 Course Only $259
Level 1 Course + Lift Package $383

Prices quoted in Canadian funds and does not include taxes.

MEETING TIMES AND LOCATIONS

Day 1: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (theory), The Cabin at Base II
Day 2: 8:00am - 6:00pm (field & theory), EBCB patio
Day 3: 8:00am - 5:00pm (field & theory & debrief), EBCB patio

NOTE: The evening session meets from 6-9pm on the Friday at the "The Cabin" located at 4890 Glacier Drive, Whistler V0N 1B4 (upstairs in the Fireside room) - Park in Lot 6. It is important to bring a notebook and pen to the evening indoor session. If you are running late or having trouble finding it please contact us at 604-938-9656. The course provider will inform you of meeting times and places for Saturday and Sunday on Friday evening.

SUPPLIED TO STUDENT

  • Avaluator v2.0 (CAC)
  • Backcountry Avalanche Awareness, 8th Edition, Bruce Jamieson (CAC)

RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENT PURCHASE:

  • Backcountry Whistler – John Baldwin (2013-4 ed. preferred)

EQUIPMENT AND PREPARATION:

Equipment

AST LEVEL 2 DATES

COURSE # DATES REGISTER FOR AST2
1

 

Decmeber 27-30

(4 days together)

 

Book Online
2

 

January 7-8, 14-15

(split over 2 weekends)

 

Book Online
3

 

February 4-5, 11-12

(split over 2 weekends)

 

Book Online
4

 

March 4-5, 11-12

(split over 2 weekends)

 

Book Online

AST Level 2 meeting is 8am at the Carleton Lodge. More Information and to book call: 1-800-938-9656

CREVASSE RESCUE / GLACIER TRAVEL COURSE 

Glacier travel is a reality of ski touring in South Western British Columbia and can be one of the most dangerous and limiting parts of a ski or snowboarders day. Whether to develop safe travel skills for glaciated ski traverses or to reach new lines accessed via glaciated terrain. This is an essential course designed for experienced backcountry skiers and boarders.

If you intend to spend any amount of time traveling in glaciated terrain this intensive and comprehensive two day program provides the foundations of roped-glacier travel and crevasse rescue. Rigging for glacier travel, travel techniques both up and downhill, snow anchor construction, Initial Load transfers, and self-rescue are the focus of day one. Raising systems (modern and improvised) with up to 6:1 mechanical advantage is the focus of the final day.

  • ABILITY LEVEL: Advanced Skier or Snowboarder
  • PREREQUISITES: AST I & previous rope skills recommended but not required
  • CLIENT RATIO 6:1 (min. 3)

PROGRAM PRICE
Crevasse Rescue/Glacier Travel Course $325

Prices quoted in Canadian funds and does not include taxes. To book call: 1-800-766-0449

DATES:

  • January 16-17
  • February 13-14
  • March 12-13
  • April 9-10