Ski Instructor Internship Banff
Update from Jordan Pierce
Since my last blog I spent a few weeks travelling around the West Coast of Canada before heading to Castle Mountain. I was able to check out Mountains such as Whistler, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mount Norquay. The last two mountains named also have EA programs and I was able to catch up with a few interns in Banff over a friendly game of futsal. One thing is for sure is that EA has a ski slope for any age, ability and style.
After checking out these slopes it was time to meet my future training partners and housemates at the EA Castle orientation in Calgary. The orientation was a great introduction into the program getting some much needed down time in a 4 star hotel and preparation for the season ahead such as organising our SIN numbers, bank accounts and snow gear.
After the orientation it was time to hit the road to Castle. The anticipation built up as we arrived to a bluebird day, and we were fortunate enough to squeeze in a quick session that morning on the first open day, with nearly 3 metres of total snowfall to play with; in early December! My stoke was not left unnoticed by the local news which can be viewed here.
After a few days of exploring what the mountain had to offer and an orientation with 200 other staff members from all over the globe it was time to get stuck into our three-week training stint to prepare for our Level 1 exams in early January. The training was really intense and our instructors Peter and Fabio made sure that we were working our more than prepared for the exam.
The result was not only passing the level 1 exam, but also learning how to ride ‘properly’ and fix some of the bad habits including riding my snowboard like a surfboard. We celebrated our 100% success rate at the local T-Bar, which is where all the fun occurs when you are not on the slopes. The community-feel of not just the bar but also the whole resort has ensured this was the right mountain for me.
However, the night was short-lived as I had to prepare for my first instructor shift the next day. In my first lesson I had a ball teaching three 11 year olds the basic principals of turning and left them with some homework to work on their toe-side turns. If you want a resort with awesome terrain, rewarding work and a place where everyone knows your name then you cannot look past Castle!
You can see more of my adventures in the video made by myself and fellow interns below: