Tell me about Nakiska 

Nakiska Logo Resized2Nakiska is not only the closest mountain to the city of Calgary, it was purpose built in 1988 for the Calgary Winter Olympics. As a result, you can enjoy various slopes for beginners right through to the advanced riders. They have a freestyle terrain park, a half-pipe, secret powder stashes in its monster glades and excellent groomed trails to enjoy every day. 

Nakiska is also only a stone's throw away from other mountains such as Lake Louise, Mt. Norquay, and Sunshine Village so during your training each day you'll find yourself frequenting these other resorts and enjoying all that Banff Canada has to offer. Training for the Nakiska Internship is based at Lake Louise - so you'll get the chance to experience Banff in all it's glory and will know both mountains like the back of your hand! 

Nakiska Ski Resort Facts

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Great lift & snowmaking system built for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics

To ensure that the Calgary Winter Olympics went off with a bang, Nakiska was fully equipped with an extensive snowmaking system, 3 High Speed Quads Chairs, 1 Double Chair and 2 Magic Carpets. This ensures skiers and snowboarders snow coverage from top to bottom right throughout the winter season. On a great snowfall season, this means consistently epic snow conditions! 


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Nakiska's longest run 3.3kms

Longest run – Gold Road to Lower Homesteader – 3.3 km

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Nakiska has plenty of marked trails

71 marked trails – Beginner: 13%, Intermediate: 59%, Advanced: 28%

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Environmentally friendly snowmaking

New closed loop cooling system for the snowmaking compressors. Prior to this the compressors were cooled using water, eliminating this saves 800
gallons per minute. The water saved is used for more snow production and is no longer dumped back into the river.

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Usually the first resort in Canada to open each season

Nakiska has a record number of first resort opens to it's name! 

Becoming a Ski Instructor at Nakiska 

We offer a ski instructor internship at Nakiska. You don't have to worry too much about this now, our team can help you choose the right course based on your season goals and skills - but check out some of the inclusions and benefits!

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  • 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



Living and working at Nakiska 

When you become an instructor at Nakiska you receive a 4 week Lake Louise training pass in addition to a Nakiska employee season pass.

Life at Nakiska Banff, Canada is known for its friendly, tight-knit atmosphere and famous staff parties. People are often keen to know how much it costs to buy food each day so here’s our shopping list rundown:

  • A well-deserved handle at The Last Call in Canmore CA$6 
  • Hope you're hungry for a Big Nak Burger at Finish Line Louise CA$18 
  • 75c wings to fix your cravings on Wednesday wing night at Patrinos in Canmore 


What about accommodation? 

Accommodation will be provided for the duration of the level one coaching and examination part of the program which runs at Lake Louise. Accommodation, once you start working at Nakiska, will either be in staff housing which is close to the mountain, or in the town of Canmore. Assistance will be provided so that you can move into the accommodation in groups.


Certification Overview 

Our internships and training courses allow you to obtain a globally recognised qualification with either the CSIA level 1 or 2 (Ski) or CASI (Snowboard).CSIA CASI

Both the CSIA level 1 and CASI have internationally recognised ski associations and are the governing bodies for instructors qualifications in Canada. CASI and 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 use your skills coaching.


Program Manager 

EA want you to have the best season possible at Nakiska, Banff Canada. This means that we have someone on the ground every day, who is easily contacted 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.


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



Click the resort names or dots to learn more about each resort

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Big White
Lake Louise
Norquay Banff

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 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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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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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.



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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