About Mt Norquay
Mt Norquay Ski Resort is located near the township of Banff and is famous for being the training ground of Olympic and World Cup athletes. It is a boutique ski resort that offers 503 metres of vertical and 28 trails spread across 190 acres of terrain.
Mt Norquay is a family-friendly, uncrowded resort offering sensational views and the closest ski resort to Banff. A favourite among EA Ski & Snowboard Interns, Mt Norquay is the perfect place to become an instructor offering a close-knit working environment, night skiing and guaranteed snow. This is the best-kept secret in the Canadian Rockies.
Mt Norquay Ski Resort Facts
Norquay consists of 28 runs spread over 190 acres of skiable terrain. It has a vertical Drop of 503m (1650ft) and the longest Run is 1.17km
Mt Norquay is the training ground for Canada's finest race teams
Mt Norquay is the closest ski resort to Banff meaning an easy morning commute to work
Mt Norquay receives an average seasonal snowfall of 300cms (120 in) and there is expert snowmaking on 85% of the terrain.
Mt. Norquay's night skiing also includes a fully lit terrain park
Become a Ski or Snowboard Instructor at Mt Norquay
EA Ski & Snowboard offer three ways for skiers and snowboarders to learn, earn and play at Mt Norquay this winter. Choose from a Ski Instructor Internship, a Snowboard Instructor Internship or our Instructor Training Course. At Mt. Norquay, you'll receive world-class training and gain internationally recognised qualifications.
SKI INTERNSHIP PLUS
- Accommodation is included until after the level 1 exam
- Guaranteed job offer
- Full season employee lift pass
- Level one training
- Level one exam costs
- Level two training
- Internationally recognised qualification
- Association membership
- Transport to resort for training if applicable
- EA Program Manager at your resort
- Preseason preparation webinars
- Future job opportunities with our network of 27+ resort partners around the globe
- First aid certificate
- Advanced technical and theory training
- On-snow analysis
- Avalanche safety course
Living and working at Mt Norquay
EA Ski & Snowboard Interns will live in Banff, the highest town in Canada. Banff is a bustling resort town with a fun nightlife scene.
Working as an instructor at Mt. Norquay offers great opportunities for anyone interested in pursuing their instructor career. Mt Norquay employees are well supported and provided with internal training opportunities. A high level of professionalism and organisational skills are expected, and you can expect to be busy during the holiday weeks such as Christmas and public holidays, with less work available during the remainder of the season.
What about accommodation?
Accommodation for those on the internship program in recent years has been located at the HI-Banff Alpine Centre. The HI-Banff Alpine Centre is rated in the top ten of the network of hostels worldwide! Here is a quick run-down of what you can expect:
- On-site Pub (The Storm Cellar)
- On-site Restaurant (Cougar Pete's)
- Shared rooms
- Laundry facilities
- Linen included
- Large self-catering kitchen & dining room
- Free Wi-Fi
- After the level one exam, you will be able to stay on for the remainder of the season (you may have to move rooms depending on numbers, etc.). The rate for this is between CA$14-17 per night, depending on room type. You will receive 25% discount on all HI-Banff food and beverage services. When you arrive you will be required to sign a Terms and Conditions of the Tenancy Agreement.
Rates and locations may vary from time to time, and if they do we will endeavour to let you know at the earliest opportunity.
Both the CISA and CASI are, internationally recognised ski associations and are the governing bodies for ski/snowboard instructor 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 instruct skiing or snowboarding.
EA Ski & Snowboard want you to have the best season possible at Norquay. This means that we have a program manager on the ground, who is easily contacted and there to offer advice and support at all times. They will be a familiar face to make your gap year and first winter season that much easier.
Message from former EA Program Manager, Nigel
If skiing is your thing, check out Nigel’s ski instructor update from Norquay here and see what the training and exams are really like.
REVIEWS FROM EA ALUMNI
The highs are making other people happy, on the snow everyday, there is nothing I would want more ...see more
With the internship, it secured me a job and I think that was pretty crucial. I don't know if I'd have been able to go to the places I've been without that opportunity. Read more
I’m doing the Level one snowboard instructor course here at Big White. Absolutely loving it! The mountain is awesome, the instructors are even better. ...see more
Not only the fact that I get to snowboard everyday but also the fact that awesome people did the same program... and it's been an absolute BLAST! ...see more
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