Ski instructor training for CSIA exam - better than studying

Calendar February 26th, 2013

Who thought training for a Ski Instructor CSIA level 1 exam could be so fun? Put down your pen and paper, get your goggles, ski and boots on. Then ski all day taking your skills to the next level with top trainers new friends and partying into the night - That my friend is how you train to become a ski instructor for your exam.

Here's more detail on what its actually like from Katarine Ely who is currently living the dream in Lake Louise Canada this winter with her 2nd skiing instructor course diary update.

Check out Katarine's other updates here:
course diary update 1 - Katharine's ski instructor diary at Lake Louise
course diary update 3 - Being a ski instructor in Canada

I’m writing this blog whilst waiting for my dinner to go down, so that I can eat my ice cream. The rule is no ice cream until you have done 13 sit ups... Just watched my new friend Lachlan do his, now he is sitting nicely on our sofa eating his ice cream.

Anyway to the skiing.

So the first day on the snow was the day we would start training as we were settling in and sorting our stuff out. A lot of people had new equipment to test out and get used to so people got to the mountain early to get a test run in before we met our instructors.

The 40+ EA people were split into skiers and snowboarders. Then the skiers were all numbered and split into three groups. Our EA rep Darren (who had met us at the airport and had settled us in) was one of the instructors with another English instructor, Stuart and a French guy called Pat. I was in Pat’s group with 9 other skiers. Then we were all on the chair lift and going up the mountain. I think it’s safe to say that all of us were apprehensive and scared as to what to expect. Would we be good enough, what would the next four days have in store for us?!

Our group loved Pat, he was obviously an amazing skier we loved watching him ski and all wondered how on earth he could ski like that! He has worked at Lake Louise Ski School and been a ski instructor for 15 years that’s how!

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I love breaking an exercise down into skills and seeing how to do it correctly. This is what we were doing. Learning the skills to develop the competency, to improve our skiing. Our drills included everyone’s favourite, the javlin turn. I found that it took quite a while for the drills to click with my skiing but normally in the afternoon I felt like it was starting to take effect, whether Pat thought it was or not was another story!

We learnt how to assess a person’s skiing, and what to look for;



    1. Are they centred and mobile?


    1. Are they skiing on their edges?


    1. Are they turning with the lower body?


We all had to look at each other and other skiers to start to assess other people. We were filmed on one of the days and had to look at how we skied. And say what we needed to improve on. Who was turning with their shoulders and not with their hips? Who was leaning too far forward or who was standing up too high? It helped us all improve our own skiing and make us think of what we were all doing wrong and right.

By the end of our first four days of learning we had two days off, me and my roommate Sasha (an Aussie from Adelaide) went off to Banff for some supplies we had run out of meat, fruit and vegetables they were the top of our list!