Katharine's ski instructor diary at Lake Louise

4th December 2012

Here is Katharine's first course diary update fresh from Lake Louise, Canada! The road to becoming a ski instructor has begun, and ski instructor training starts next!

Lake Louise

I arrived in Calgary airport and was met by the EA representative for my resort- Lake Louise. We were then all put on a coach and taken to the Westin Hotel, where we would stay for the next two nights. We were put into rooms with other people who were going to the same resorts as us; I was put with a room with another English girl. Everyone went to a pub that night to meet; we were all pretty jet lagged so it was a pretty early night for me!

The next morning we had a welcome meeting where we met our reps for each resort and the other people that would be in the same resort. Today we sorted out all of our admin, bank accounts, phones and SIN numbers. We had a mooch about Calgary and then met with everyone again in the evening for a group dinner.

We packed up our rooms and were all ready for the morning and to make our way to the resorts, stopping at Walmart on route to get supplies for our ‘units’. I was in a room with two other girls with a third joining us in a couple of days. It took a couple of hours driving threw the national park to get up to Lake Louise. First impressions were that it was stunning!

We got settled into our accommodation and after the bottom bunks were shot gunned we went for a walk down to see the frozen lake and to look at the Fairmount. People were still jet lagged so early nights again! We were shown around Lake Louise the next day by the EA rep and shown the ski school and managed to get our staff passes sorted ready for starting the course in 2 days time.

On Monday we had an orientation of Banff and for anyone who didn’t already have ski/ snowboard equipment this was the chance for them to buy their equipment. We then had the day to explore and get food or whatever we needed. There was another group dinner tonight with everyone excited to start skiing tomorrow.

The group of 40 of us are all settled into the accommodation, excited to start the course and to get on the mountains tomorrow.