Tell me about Castle

Located in the Rocky Mountains, Castle Mountain ResortLOGO Castle Canada
has regular snow dumps, quieter pistes and huge mountain 
peaks. It's not a heavy trafficked ski area like some of the 
others, so no matter how much snow has fallen its guaranteed 
you’ll be shredding fresh tracks all day. Even the Ski Patrollers find the powder at Castle mesmerising “It’s tough when every turn has face shots and I like to be able to breathe while I am skiing” Rushyk – Castle Mountain Ski Patroller.

Due to the terrain, the quiet slopes and the mantra of Castle Mountain, to be a mecha for passionate skiers and boarders around the world, riders flock here and have the experience of a lifetime. It's no wonder that this is one of our most popular resorts. Who wouldn't want to sample some of the best lift serviced fall line skiing in North America? 

Jack O'Grady

Castle Resort Facts

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Canada’s Longest Continuous fall-line

The legendary Lone Star run at Castle Mountain is well-known as it boasts 520 vertical metres of consistent 40-degree pitch. This run is indicative of the hard-core riding culture at this fantastic resort. 

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SNOW, SNOW, SNOW

Castle has a massive snowfall average of 910cm per year. Yes, you read that right, over 9 metres!!!

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Legendary terrain

There's side-chutes, bowls, advanced lines, powdery glades and an overall rugged terrain not to be missed

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Great lift system

You'd think that 4 chair lifts, 1 T-bar, and a rope tow wouldn't take you far but this lift system is designed to access a surprising amount of terrain

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Spread of easy to difficult terrain

104 marked trails – Beginner: 15%, Intermediate: 40%, Advanced: 35% Expert: 10%

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Surprise fact!

Longest run: 5km!

Becoming an Instructor at Castle Mountain, Alberta 

There are two ways to become an instructor at Castle, a snowboard instructor internship plus program or a dual internship. Alberta. You don't have to worry too much about this now, our team will help you ensure that this is the right program for you, based on your season goals and skills - but for now, check out some of the inclusions and benefits!

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SNOWBOARD INTERNSHIP PLUS

INTERNSHIP INCLUSIONS:

  • Accommodation during training
  • Guaranteed job offer
  • Full season lift pass 
  • Level 1 training
  • Level 1 exam costs
  • Association membership
  • Mountain transfers
  • Future job opportunities with our network of 30+ resort partners around the globe 
  • Program managers at each location
  • Training webinars 
  • Special deals on flights and insurance

    +

  • First aid certificate
  • Advanced technical and theory training
  • Level 2 instructor training
  • On-snow analysis 
  • Avalanche safety course
  • Park and/or freeride training (resort dependent)

STARTING AT

$10975

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DUAL CERTIFICATION


INTERNSHIP INCLUSIONS: 

  • Accommodation during training
  • Guaranteed job offer
  • Full season lift pass 
  • Level 1 ski training
  • Level 1 ski exam costs
  • Association membership
  • Mountain transfers
  • Future job opportunities with our network of 30+ resort partners around the globe 
  • Program managers at each location
  • Training webinars 
  • Special deals on flights and insurance

+

  • Level 1 snowboard training
  • Level 1 snowboard exam costs
  • First aid certificate
  • Advanced technical and theory training
  • On-snow analysis 
  • Avalanche safety course

STARTING AT

$10975

Living and working at Castle 

Castle Mountain Resort falls of the Alberta side of the Canadian Rockies, near the bordering British Columbia and Pincher Creek. it's friendly laid-back atmosphere means you will basically become a local within your first week as instructors! After a day of riding fresh powder during your instructor course, you will likely end up in the classic T-Bar pub if not at a staff party. “A big bonus is not having to travel miles to the resort each day, you literally live on the mountain”. 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 Cafe

 

Message from our Trainer, Lars 

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

WHAT ABOUT ACCOMMODATION?

EA instructor course accommodation is at the Castle Mountain Ski Lodge, located in the heart of Pincher Creek. Roll out of bed, strap on your board and start shredding for the day!

  • TV room
  • Pool table
  • Laundry facilities
  • Ski storage
  • Luggage store
  • Fully equipped kitchen and dining room

For those on our Instructor Internship Program accommodation once you start working at Castle will either continue on at the Lodge or in Chalets that are managed by Castle Rentals. 

Castle accommodation

 

CERTIFICATION OVERVIEW

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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.  CSIA 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.

 

EA CASTLE PROGRAM MANAGER

Instructor course interns at Castle Mountain Resort are lucky enough to have Sam out there with them as their program manager. He's been described as a "sick boarder" and will, without out doubt show you the ropes for your first season. He will be your first point of contact with any questions, local resort tips and will be that fa

miliar face to make your gap year and first winter season, that much easier!

Hear from Sam about working at Castle as an instructor.

 

Disclaimer: The above information should be used as a guide and is subject to change 

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WHERE CAN YOU GO IN CANADA?

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Big White
Castle
Cypress
Lake Louise
Nakiska
Norquay Banff
Revelstoke

Big White

The name say's it all. Big White is a BIG resort and gets slammed year after year with that powdery good stuff! Our ski and snowboard instructor courses at Big White are famous for powder and good times.

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Castle

Castle Ski Resort is tucked in the southwest corner of Alberta and is surrounded by towering peaks. Castle is known for being dealt massive dumpings of powder, fifty centimetres a night is not uncommon!

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Cypress

West Vancouver's Mountains, Cypress mountain resort has the largest vertical, the most coverage, the highest number of lifts, and the best snow conditions. Read more below about why this resort could be your internship location next winter!

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Lake Louise

Authentically Canadian, pristine views, plenty of variation and pitch. Lake Louise, the largest Banff Canada ski resort, prides itself on its 4,200 acres of skiable terrain, having some of the most challenging terrain in the Rockies and being able to provide the coveted alternative to a 9-5 job, working as an instructor.

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Nakiska

Welcome to Nakiska, this purpose built resort is not only quaint but has a great local feel which makes all visitors and seasoners feel like home! Expect to improve your riding skills and ability.

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Norquay Banff

Norquay Ski Resort in Banff is a fantastic place to spend a winter season and perfect for those that want it all - snow, terrain, work and a town with an awesome nightlife.

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Revelstoke

With over 6 metres this season already, Revelstoke knows how to turn on the powder hose and it just doesn't stop! If you want a resort MADE for serious skiers and snowboarders then look no further than Revelstoke.

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