Career Break Programs

Ski Instructor Programs

Are you looking for a change of career? Have you always dreamed of escaping the rat race and becoming a ski instructor? Do you need a break from work for a few weeks or months to recharge? Or do you just want to take your skiing to the next level? If so, one of our Career Break Instructor Training Programs will get you where you want to go AND you’ll have the time of your life along the way!

Program Overview

Our Career Break Programs are aimed at guests aged 30+, who want to dedicate time to their skiing and have some certifications to show for their efforts, but don’t want to share a house with a group of 18 year olds while they do it. We offer a broad variety of programs:

  • 11 week Instructor Programs – the full package, takes you from a capable intermediate (or better) skier to CSIA levels 1 and 2, AST 1 and AST Advanced, CADS 1, Park Teaching Training, or BASI 2, or additional Ski Improvement.
  • 7 week Instructor Programs – get your CSIA levels 1 and 2 and AST 1
  • 4 week Instructor Programs – certify as CSIA level 1 and AST 1
  • 3 week CSIA Level 2 Upgrade Programs – for those who already have their CSIA level 1, certify as CSIA level 2. You can add additional weeks of Ski Improvement beforehand if needed too.
  • 2 week BASI level 2 Program – if you already have your CSIA level 2 you can add this European certification
  • 1 week CSIA Level 3 Training Program – already passed your CSIA level 2 and want to do more? Join us to train towards your level 3!
  • Ski Improvement Programs – not sure that you actually want to qualify as an instructor? Join us for as many weeks of Ski Improvement as you like!

To find out more about what is included in each program, follow the links above to look at the program-specific page, or find out more about the course elements through the links here:

Here’s What’s Included*:


  • Accommodation
  • Season’s Pass or Epic Pass
  • Resort rep available 24/7
  • 20+ Hrs of professional on-snow training per week
  • CSIA Level 4 Instructors
  • Small groups to maximize your training
  • Weekly personalized report by your pro
  • Lift line priority during instruction
  • Weekly video analysis
  • Weekly fun video
  • Two social group après per week
  • Optional fun off-snow activities every week!
  • Equipment & store discounts
  • Job assistance
  • YES hoodie
  • The greatest time of your life!


  • CSIA Level 1 And 2 Certifications
  • CSIA Teaching Children Module
  • Recreational avalanche certification AST1


  • Customer Service Workshop
  • Communications Course
  • Injury Prevention Seminar
  • Risk Assessment Training
  • Equipment Tuning Clinic
  • Boot Fitting Talk

*Note inclusions vary based on program type and duration

Check individual program pages for more details.

How good a skier do I have to be?

As long as you are linking turns on a blue run (low intermediate) we can accept you on to a CSIA Level 1 course and turn you into a ski god or goddess!

More Info

YES offers a range of accommodation options so you can choose your own experience.

  • Stay in a single or twin share room in the comfortable Downhill House. This chalet is virtually ski-in ski-out and definitely the fastest way on and off the slopes. The house is typically shared by 3 – 5 guests max in 3 bedrooms and is very spacious and has a fully equipped kitchen. Ideal for those travelling alone and looking for some like-minded housemates.
  • Alternatively stay on one of our 2 bedroom condos (Wintergreen Villas or Tyndall Stone Lodge) if you would prefer less housemates – the condos are close to the slopes and fully equipped too.
  • If your really would rather have your own space, we can organize a suitable private apartment for the duration of your program (or to fit your personal travel schedule). Just let us know what you are looking for and we will get you some quotes.
  • If you are joining a shorter program (1-2 weeks) we can also help you find a hotel deal that meets your needs. Just let us know what you would like and we’ll get you the best prices.

Wondering what you’ll be doing while you’re here? View sample itineraries for our programs:

11 week7 week and 4 week

Program Pricing

All Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars (CAD).

Select your preferred program and start dates to see the prices.

Note that prices shown are for Downhill House only, please enquire for pricing for our other accommodation options.

Start DateProgramAccommodationCatered?Twin ShareSingle Room
23-Nov-1908-Feb-2011 weekDownhill HouseNoSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
23-Nov-1911-Jan-207 weekDownhill HouseNoSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
23-Nov-1921-Dec-194 weekDownhill HouseNoSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
21-Dec-1911-Jan-20Level 2 UpgradeDownhill HouseNoSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
21-Dec-1911-Jan-20Level 2 UpgradeYES CondoNoSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
11-Jan-2028-Mar-2011 weekDownhill HouseNoSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
11-Jan-2029-Feb-207 weekDownhill HouseNoSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
11-Jan-2008-Feb-204 weekDownhill HouseNoSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
08-Feb-2025-Apr-2011 weekDownhill HouseNo$15,450$21,000
08-Feb-2028-Mar-207 weekDownhill HouseNo$12,400$15,225
08-Feb-2007-Mar-204 weekDownhill HouseNo$8,600$10,100
08-Feb-2029-Feb-20Level 2 UpgradeDownhill HouseNo$7,475$9,800
08-Feb-2029-Feb-20Level 2 UpgradeYES CondoNoSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
07-Mar-2025-Apr-207 weekDownhill HouseNo$9,900$12,100
07-Mar-2004-Apr-204 weekDownhill HouseNo$7,000$8,300
07-Mar-2028-Mar-20Level 2 UpgradeDownhill HouseNo$7,475$9,800
07-Mar-2028-Mar-20Level 2 UpgradeYES CondoNoSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
28-Mar-2004-Apr-20Level 3Downhill HouseNo$2,150$2,850
28-Mar-2004-Apr-20Level 3YES CondoNo$2,300$3,000
04-Apr-2025-Apr-20Level 2 UpgradeDownhill HouseNo$7,475$9,800
04-Apr-2025-Apr-20Level 2 UpgradeYES CondoNoSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
21-Nov-2006-Feb-2111 weekDownhill HouseNo$19,000$27,900
21-Nov-2009-Jan-217 weekDownhill HouseNo$14,800$18,400
21-Nov-2019-Dec-204 weekDownhill HouseNo$9,000$10,600
19-Dec-2009-Jan-21Level 2 UpgradeDownhill HouseNo$7,850$10,300
19-Dec-2009-Jan-21Level 2 UpgradeYES CondoNo$7,850$10,300
09-Jan-2127-Mar-2111 weekDownhill HouseNo$17,300$24,150
09-Jan-2127-Feb-217 weekDownhill HouseNo$13,000$16,000
09-Jan-2106-Feb-214 weekDownhill HouseNo$9,000$10,600
06-Feb-2124-Apr-2111 weekDownhill HouseNo$16,200$22,000
06-Feb-2127-Mar-217 weekDownhill HouseNo$13,000$16,000
06-Feb-2106-Mar-214 weekDownhill HouseNo$9,000$10,600
06-Feb-2127-Feb-21Level 2 UpgradeDownhill HouseNo$7,850$10,300
06-Feb-2127-Feb-21Level 2 UpgradeYES CondoNo$7,850$10,300
06-Mar-2124-Apr-217 weekDownhill HouseNo$10,400$12,700
06-Mar-2103-Apr-214 weekDownhill HouseNo$7,350$8,700
06-Mar-2127-Mar-21Level 2 UpgradeDownhill HouseNo$7,850$10,300
06-Mar-2127-Mar-21Level 2 UpgradeYES CondoNo$7,850$10,300
27-Mar-2103-Apr-21Level 3Downhill HouseNo$2,250$3,000
27-Mar-2103-Apr-21Level 3YES CondoNo$2,400$3,150
03-Apr-2124-Apr-21Level 2 UpgradeDownhill HouseNo$7,850$10,300
03-Apr-2124-Apr-21Level 2 UpgradeYES CondoNo$7,850$10,300

Already have your own accommodation? You can join any of our programs (excluding accommodation and lift pass) for $750 CAD per week. We can also help you with a Season Pass or Epic Pass if you don’t have your own, just let us know.


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