Spend a season living and working in one of the world’s top ski resorts – Whistler Blackcomb. Since 2004, we’ve been finding people work with Whistler Kids each winter where you can gain your CSIA Level 1 instructor qualification. You receive a good wage and get great experience on the slopes.
Arrive mid-November at Vancouver Airport and meet Tory, the Oyster rep. You will then transfer with the rest of your group to a hostel in the city for your first night.
Receive assistance with organising your Social Insurance Number, after which we will transfer you by coach up to Whistler to then settle into your new home.
We will run a group tour of Whistler village and give you a thorough orientation of what to expect during the season. You’ll receive bank account advice; help with organising SIM cards and buying skis.
We also run a ZipTrek tour during the orientation with your fellow group members. This is a great way to get to know each other and the ecology of the area whilst getting to experience the thrill of being attached to ziplines between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
First Monday of the week to the end of week 3
During this time you will be on the Whistler Blackcomb Snow School University course, being trained to pass your CSIA Level 1 exam. The qualification allows you to instruct in other countries, as well as Canada, and looks great on your CV. The course runs 4 days a week and mainly takes place on snow. Expect some classroom days as well.
This is exam week! During this week you will take the CSIA Level 1 exam and the Teaching Children Module – a prerequisite for teaching children as a ski instructor. All exam fees are included.
(Or, more likely, the end of week 4) begin your job which has been arranged with Whistler Blackcomb before you even arrive in Whistler. We arrange for our applicants to be pre-interviewed by a senior manager from Whistler Kids before you head to Canada. For the remainder of the season you will be working full time for the Snow School, teaching young children the basics of skiing. Expect to work an average of 4 days per week. You will earn a good wage of around $13 p/hour.
You will live in staff housing on Blackcomb Mountain. We pay for the accommodation during the first 4 weeks (whilst you are on the course) and then the cost of accommodation comes straight from your pay cheque (approx $12 per night), when you start working.
Whistler offers over 8,000 acres of skiable terrain and an average snowfall of over 10 metres. Need we say more? When you’ve exhausted yourself on the slopes you can find your Oyster friends or work colleagues in one of the many bars and restaurants nearby. Just make sure you’re up in time for work the next morning!
Our UK staff will work with you to make sure everything is in place for your trip. Once in Canada you’ll have excellent support from our local rep, Tory who will become a great friend to you throughout your time in Whistler. During the season there are monthly meet ups for dinner and activities.
What experience do I need?
Being a confident skier and having childcare experience is needed for this programme. Having a good rapport with 3-11 years olds and prior work at Beavers or Rainbows is ideal.
We have a limited number of jobs available within the adult snow school for this season. If you do not feel confident working with children, we can discuss your suitability for the adult programme during the application process.
Approx C$13 (£7.00) per hour
Includes cost of the accommodation for the first 4 weeks
You will need a Canadian working holiday visa to take part in this programme. These are limited each year so you need to act fast!