Calgary's closest ski resort, Nakiska offers a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to get lots of practical teaching experience to kick off their snow sports career.
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Nakiska is located a mere 83km from Calgary along the highway and close to the ski towns of Banff and Canmore. It was purpose built for the 1988 Calgary Olympics, particularly for the ski racing - this means the resort has long, wide runs perfect for cruising! The resort also has a snow park and 413 hectares of skiable area!

The resort is perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers/snowboarders, and attracts a lot of local traffic from Calgary. Due to it's location and suitability for lessons, Nakiska has a small but busy ski school with plenty of work opportunities.

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Ski Internship

Ski Internship

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
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What it's like working at

What it's like training in


Being the closest resort to Calgary, Nakiska is busy and is a great opportunity for someone looking to get into practical work experience. Working as an instructor at Nakiska offers great opportunities for anyone interested in pursuing their instructor career. High levels of professionalism and an enthusiasm to work is required, and Nakiska offers a great springboard for someone looking to bolster their CV and build a wealth of experience in their first winter season instructing.


Accommodation for those on an EA Internship Program is organised through Nakiska within their staff housing. This is very affordable accommodation which is well located for the resort and has a great social vibe. Here are a few quick details:

  • Single bed
  • 2-4 share rooms
  • Shared kitchen facilities
  • Coin operated washing facilities

Note: For those on our Internship Programs, EA covers the cost of your accommodation for the duration of the level one program. Once employed you will be able to stay on for the remainder of the season with payments deducted from your pay. You may be required to pay a bond on arrival. You will also need to purchase bedding, towels plus some basic cooking and eating utensils. You can either bring these with you (if practical) or purchase these fairly cheaply as we organise a shopping stop to allow for this.

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

Program Manager

EA want you to have the best season possible this winter. We have two program managers who oversee the running of our instructor courses who are easily contactable and there to offer advice and support at all times. Not only are they familiar with Nakiska itself, but they also work for the ski school and will be a familiar face to make your gap year and first winter season that much easier.

Certification Overview

Our Internships and instructor courses allow you to obtain a globally recognised qualification with either the CSIA (Ski) or CASI (Snowboard).

Both the CISA and CASI have internationally recognised ski associations and are the governing bodies for ski/snowboard instructor qualifications in Canada. CASI and CSIA teaching qualifications are highly regarded in the industry and a qualification with the Canadian system will build your technical understanding and allow you to effectively instruct skiing or snowboarding.

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



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