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

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Terrain Overview

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

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Training Ground for Olympic and World Cup athletes

Mt Norquay is the training ground for Canada's finest race teams

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Closest Ski Resort to Banff

Mt Norquay is the closest ski resort to Banff meaning an easy morning commute to work

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Guaranteed Snow

Mt Norquay receives an average seasonal snowfall of 300cms (120 in) and there is expert snowmaking on 85% of the terrain.

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Only Night Skiing in Banff - Lake Louise Area

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.

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  • 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


$10,975 USD

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? 

We have a shared house in the heart of Banff! Accommodation is located 250m from the centre of Banff. This really is a dream location.

Other amenities/notes:

  • Coin operated washer and dryer on site
  • Rooming will be twin share with 4 primary bedrooms split between 8 people. However many of the rooms have divides meaning more privacy/space can be created
  • On Street Parking if you have a vehicle
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Cleaner included
  • All utility bills included
  • Wifi is not included and will need to be arranged on arrival. your Program Manager will assist with this. 
  • You may need to provide sheets and bedding however the main furnishings will be provided. If required, we will organise for a stop at a large retailer on the way out of Calgary for you to purchase items at a lower cost.

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Certification Overview 

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Our ski and snowboard internships and training courses at Norquay, Banff allow you to obtain a globally recognised qualification with either the CSIA (Ski) or CASI (Snowboard). 

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. 

Program Manager 

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. 





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