Tell me about Nakiska 

Nakiska Logo Resized2Nakiska Ski Area is the closest mountain to the city of Calgary and was purpose-built for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

Skiers and snowboarders that visit Nakiskta will enjoy varied terrain suitable for all ski levels. Nakiska also boasts of a world-class infrastructure including a freestyle terrain park, a half-pipe, hidden powder stashes, and excellent groomed trails.

Nakiska offers 413ha of ski terrain and is a favourite for families and Calgary locals. 

Nakiska Ski Resort Facts

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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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70% Intermediate Runs

70% of Nakiska's ski runs are considered intermediate, so there is plenty of variety

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71+ Ski Runs

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

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Guaranteed Snow

Nakiska's impressive state-of-the-art snowmaking infrastructure means there is always snow to enjoy

Become a Ski Instructor at Nakiska Ski Area

EA Ski & Snowboard offer keen skiers the chance to learn, earn and play at Nakiska on a Ski Instructor Internship. At Nakiska Ski Area, you'll receive world-class training, gain an internationally recognised qualification, and get a guaranteed instructor job offer. 

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  • Accommodation is included until after the level 1 exam
  • Guaranteed job offer
  • Full season employee lift pass 
  • World-class level one training
  • Level one exam costs
  • Association membership
  • Mountain transfers
  • Support from an EA Program Manager
  • Training webinars 
  • Discounted flights and insurance
  • Future job opportunities with our network of 27+ resort partners around the globe 


$5,975 USD

Working at Nakiska Ski Area 

Instructor training for EA Interns at Nakiska receive a four week Lake Louise training lift pass in addition to a Nakiska employee season lift pass.

Nakiska a 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 $6 
  • Big Nak Burger at Finish Line Louise $18 
  • $0.75 for chicken wings on Wednesday Wing Night 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 accommodation in groups.


Certification Overview 

Our internships and training courses allow you to obtain a globally recognised qualification with CSIACSIA CASI

CSIA is an internationally recognised ski association and the governing body for instructors 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 use your skills coaching.


Program Manager 

EA Ski & Snowboard want you to have the best season possible at Nakiska. 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.




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

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Big White
Castle Mountain
Cypress Mountain
Lake Louise
Nakiska Ski Area
Mt Norquay

Big White

Train and become a ski or snowboard 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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Castle Mountain

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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Cypress Mountain

Cypress Mountain is located only 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver and offers the most vertical drop, terrain, lifts and best snow conditions on the highest skiing and riding peak of Vancouver's North Shore Mountains.

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Lake Louise

With pristine views and varied terrain, Lake Louise Ski Resort offers skiers and snowboarders an authentic Canadian winter experience.

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Nakiska Ski Area

Welcome to Nakiska Ski Area. Purpose-built for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, Nakiska has a low key local vibe perfect for anyone looking for an authentic winter experience.

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Mt Norquay

Mt Norquay Ski Resort is the best-kept secret of the Canadian Rockies. Located close to Banff, Mt Norquay offers outstanding conditions for skiers and riders of all levels.



Fast becoming the biggest and best ski resort in Canada, Revelstoke is a powder paradise. If you're looking for big snowfall, big vertical and big terrain, look no further than Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

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