Castle Mountain

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Canada

Tucked in the southwest corner of Alberta, Canada is Castle Mountain Ski Resort. Known for its dry powder and challenging terrain, Castle Mountain was created by skiers, for skiers.
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3500+
Skiable Terrain Acres
78
Runs
5.94m
Annual Snow Fall
853m
Vertical Drop

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Castle Mountain

Located in the Rocky Mountains, Castle Mountain Resort

offers regular and consistent snow, quieter pistes and huge mountain peaks. It's not a heavy trafficked ski area, so no matter how much snow has fallen its guaranteed you’ll be shredding fresh tracks all day.

Due to the terrain and the comparatively quieter slopes, the mantra of Castle Mountain, to be the Holy Grail for passionate skiers and snowboarders around the world. Skiers and snowboarders flock here annually for a winter experience of a lifetime.

It's no wonder that this is one of EA Ski & Snowboard's most popular internship destinations. Who wouldn't want to sample some of the best lift serviced fall line skiing in North America?

Courses Available At

Castle Mountain

Click "See What's Included" button to see inclusions for each course at this resort.

Snowboard Internship Plus

Snowboard Internship Plus

Designed to fast track your instructor career. Train, qualify and work as a snowboard instructor all in one season. Work in Canada, Japan or New Zealand.

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Pre-Course

  • 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

Note:
*
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


Note:

* 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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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.

See What's Included

Pre-Course

  • 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

Note:
*
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


Note:

* 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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Castle Mountain

Overview

Message from our trainer, Lars

"What keeps me coming back here, is the terrain! If you want to come to ski some of the wildest, steepest terrains in the west, get out here & challenge yourself. See if you can keep up!"

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What it's like working at

What it's like training in

Castle Mountain

Castle Mountain Resort falls of the Alberta side of the Canadian Rockies. It is delightfully non-commercialised, friendly and reasonably low key. The ski area has an old-school vibe and is ideal for those who enjoy skiing and snowboarding without all the extra frills. As this is a plus program, once you have completed your level 1 your schedule becomes a mix of part time work and training towards your level 2 certification, there can also be opportunities to do additional roles (e.g. lifts, janitorial work etc.) for those keen to earn a little cash to help with living costs.

After a day of riding fresh powder during your instructor course, you will likely end up in the classic T-Bar Pub for a beer and pizza. People are often keen to know how much it costs to buy food so here’s our shopping list run down:

  • A handle and pizza to share for CA$15 each at the famous T-bar Pub
  • A coffee and fresh muffin for CA$7.50 at Joe’s Café

If you want to read more about life at Castle, read Jack's blog from his 2017/18 winter season here

Accommodation

In recent years, EA instructor course accommodation has been at the Castle Mountain Ski Lodge located in the heart of the resort. Roll out of bed, strap on your gear and start shredding for the day!

  • Quad share bunk rooms
  • Common room
  • Laundry facilities
  • Ski storage
  • Luggage store
  • Fully equipped kitchen

For those on our Instructor Internship Plus Program, accommodation is included with EA from when you arrive at Castle, through until the end of the level 1 exam. Once you are an employee of Castle Mountain Resort you will be able to stay on for the rest of the season, provided you abide by the Terms of Residency. The rate will be around $17-18 CAD per night with a prepaid damage deposit of $350 CAD.

Rates and locations may vary from time to time, and if they do we will endeavour to let you know at the earliest opportunity.

*The above is an indicative based on last season and is subject to change based on availability and updates to pricing

Program Manager

Instructor course interns at Castle Mountain Resort are lucky enough to have Anne Marie out there with them as their program manager. She will show you the ropes for your first season. She will be your first point of contact with any questions, local resort tips and will be that familiar face to make your gap year and first winter season, that much easier!

Certification Overview

Our instructor course at Castle Mountain Resort, Canada allows you to obtain a globally recognised instructor certification with CASI (Snowboard).

CASI is an internationally recognised snowboarding association and is the governing bodies for snowboard instructor qualifications in Canada. If you are completing a Dual Internship, you will also gain PSIC qualifications. These are highly regarded in the industry and a qualification with the Canadian system will build your technical understanding and allow you to effectively instruct.

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

Castle Mountain

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