Big White



Train and become a ski instructor at Big White Ski Resort. Known worldwide for its light, dry, champagne powder; Big White is an award-winning resort that offers a variety of terrain.
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Big White

Located in the heart of British Columbia, Big White is an award-winning resort and ski town that offers ski-in, ski-out accommodation.  

Big White receives 750cm of light, fluffy powder each year and is known for its deep powder bowls, wide-open glades and long groomed trails. The ski resort has more than 2,700 skiable acres suitable for even the most advanced skiers and powder hunters.

All up, Big White offers 118 runs, 5 alpine bowls, 1 massive terrain park, night skiing, and Canada's biggest tubing park. Big White offers an unforgettable winter experience.

Courses Available At

Big White

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Ski Internship Plus

Ski Internship Plus

Serious about becoming a ski instructor? Train, qualify & work all in one season. Work in Canada, Japan, Switzerland, New Zealand or the USA.

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  • Guaranteed Paid Job Offer
  • Course Prep & Advice
  • Visa Planning & Support
  • Welcome Pack & Schedule
  • Online login area with live updates and group chat

City Orientation*

  • Airport Meet & Greet
  • Hotel Transfer
  • Sightseeing
  • One / Two Nights Accommodation
  • Bank Accounts, Tax Numbers, Sim Cards, etc.
  • Evening Meal, Breakfast & Social Event

Please be aware that the City Orientations are an extra cost for the Internships. There is no City Orientation option available for Queenstown (NZ), Imagine Niseko (Japan), Niseko Village (Japan), Niseko GoSnow (Japan) & Rusutsu (Japan).

Arrival - At Resort

  • Meet & Greet
  • Full Season Program Manager
  • Ski Area Orientation
  • Shared Accommodation*
  • Equipment Advice & Deals
  • Social Events


* Accommodation differs from resort to resort, please speak with our team to check on this for your preferred resort. Usually accommodation is covered until the end of the level 1 exam with an option to remain at your own cost for the remainder of the season.

Training - At Resort

  • Level 1 Training
  • Level 1 Exam Fees
  • Digital Training Manuals
  • Association Membership
  • Lift Pass
  • Social Events

Rest Of Season - At Resort

  • Employee Induction
  • Start Work
  • Instructor Uniform
  • Resort Employee Season Pass
  • Additional Benefits

Internship Plus Inclusions - At Resort

  • Ongoing Analysis & Development
  • First Aid Course
  • Level 2 Training
  • Avalanche Course
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Message from former Big White Ski School Director, Josh Foster

“Hello and thank you for considering Big White Ski Resort and EA Ski and Snowboard as the starting point for your ski instructing career. We’re confident that this experience will provide the education, skills and memories that will last a lifetime...

...We only hire the best of the best so the training program here is second to none and we’ll custom tailor that daily training program to meet your goals and expectations as well a give you a leg up on working as a professional ski instructor. Join us this season, we look forward to showing you your new 7,355-acre office.”

Josh Foster, Former Big White Director of Snow Sports

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What it's like working at

What it's like training in

Big White

Big White is only 45 minutes away from Kelowna, the third largest city in British Columbia offering shopping, restaurants, nightlife for you to enjoy in your free time. On a ski instructor internship plus program at Big White, new instructors will work in the Kids Center, initially on a part time style contract as this fits in with your training demands and schedule as you work towards your level 2 depending on course type. You can expect to be busy with work over the Christmas and New Year period with less work during the quieter weeks in January onwards. Your further training towards your dual certification or level 2 is designed to make the most of this period.


Accommodation during our Internship Plus Program at Big White is typically located at the Urban Retreat Hostel.

  • 4 person shared rooms with bunk beds
  • Ski in, ski out location
  • Approx. $675 CAD monthly (to be prepaid) for the full season
  • Bedding is provided
  • In-room lockers
  • Communal ski locker available to use for ski/snowboard/gear storage
  • Rooms are cleaned daily, however it is expected you would TIDY the room and sign a behavioural policy prior to arrival
  • They have a free internet kiosk and paid wi-fi, a wax station, day storage
  • A massive kitchen/common area big enough for the whole hostel to take part in dinners or games
  • The kitchen is equipped with everything you’ll need to cook, lots food storage, 5 fridges, 2 deep freezers, 3 cooking areas and 2 sink areas.
  • There are coin operated laundry facilities
  • 4 fully functioning bathrooms
  • A safe at the front desk for safe storage
*The above is an indicative based on last season and is subject to change based on availability and updates to pricing

Program Manager

Every season we have a resort representative at Big White who is easily contacted and there to offer advice and support at all times. Not only are they familiar with Big White itself, but they also work for the ski school and will be a familiar face, ready to make your gap year and first winter season that much easier.

Certification Overview

Our ski internship plus program at Norquay, Banff allow you to obtain a globally recognised qualification with CSIA.

The CSIA is an internationally recognised ski association and are the governing bodies for ski instructor qualifications in Canada. The CSIA qualification is highly regarded in the industry and a qualification with the Canadian system will build your technical understanding and allow you to effectively instruct skiing.

Remember that if you are taking a plus internship, the level 2 exam fees are not included as not everyone chooses to sit these.

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Where else can you go in



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Boasting long winters, deep powder and terrain suitable for all skiers and snowboarders, Canada is the perfect destination to become a ski or snowboard instructor.
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