Ski Internship @ Whistler Blackcomb – WBSSU Program

WBSSU Internship

YES are proud to present the Whistler Blackcomb Snow School University (WBSSU) Internship program. This program is designed to recruit new staff into the ski school, and provides all the training you need to be able to work for the full season in the #1 resort in North America!

Program Overview

YES has been offering instructor courses in Whistler for over 25 years and together in partnership with Whistler Blackcomb snow school, we bring you this amazing 4 week internship that will lead you into working a full season (or more!)

The program covers the training portion of your internship. You will spend the first three weeks learning about the Whistler Blackcomb way of life, improving your own skiing and preparing for the CSIA 1 Level certification that you will take in the fourth and final week. Once you have the certification you will begin to live the dream of working as a fully fledged Whistler Blackcomb Ski instructor for the entire season!

Spaces are strictly limited for this program and each participant must complete a Skype interview process with Whistler Blackcomb in order to be accepted into the WBSSU Internship.

As you are pre-interviewed for a job, all candidates who successfully complete the 4 week training program, pass the Level 1 CSIA course and complete the Teaching Children’s Module will be offered a full-time instructor position by Whistler Blackcomb. You will start work soon after the completion of the program.

In order to be eligible for this program, you MUST have a valid work permit to work in Canada. See below for more information.

Here’s What’s Included:


  • WB Accommodation (first 4 weeks)
  • Whistler Blackcomb Lift Pass (during program)
  • Staff Accommodation & Staff Pass upon employment
  • Resort rep available 24/7
  • Professional on-snow training
  • CSIA Level 4 Instructors
  • Equipment & store discounts
  • Training in the CSIA technique
  • Training to teach in the CSIA methodology
  • CSIA Level 1 exam fees and annual membership
  • CSIA Teaching Children Module
  • Basic snow school operations training
  • Safety training
  • YES hoodie
  • The greatest time of your life!


  • CSIA Level 1 Certification
  • CSIA Membership

    Your CSIA Membership will be valid for 1 year from the successful completion of your L1

So you want to be a ski instructor?

You should! Here’s why:

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 the course and turn you into a ski god or goddess!

YES I want to work as a Ski Instructor. How Do I get In?

Stage 1 – Contact YES at to set up the first stage pre-interview to make sure you meet all the requirements (see below) and we can get a feel for your goals for the season.

Stage 2 – Apply for your working holiday visa for Canada through IEC – if you already have a approved working visa you’re in a great position!

Stage 3 – If successful in the pre-interview conducted by YES, you will make the short list and your resume (CV) will be submitted to Whistler Blackcomb.

Stage 4 – The official interview with Whistler Blackcomb will be held in July/August – actual date TBA. The interview will be a Skype interview.

Stage 5 – If successful you will receive an acceptance email inviting you to join the WBSSU program.


The competition is fierce so you need to make sure you meet all the requirements set by Whistler Blackcomb. If you don’t have the right experience yet, it’s not too late to find a volunteer opportunity where you live to get some experience.

  • Candidates must have previous experience working with children or adults in a coaching or teaching environment.

  • Candidates must be at least an intermediate level skier – able to comfortably link turns on blue runs.

  • Candidates must have a valid Canadian Working Visa

Program Pricing

We are fully booked for the 2021/22 season.

We are now accepting bookings for the 2022/23 season!

Email us at to reserve your place on this popular program.

More Info

You will be fully embedded into the Whistler Blackcomb lifestyle. Accommodation for the program is offered by WhistlerBlackcomb, in twin share rooms. The first 4 weeks are covered under the cost of the program. If you receive a formal job offer you will have a guaranteed bed in WB staff housing and the rental cost will be deducted from your wages by WB. It is probably the most affordable accommodation in Whistler.

For more information about obtaining a Working Holiday Visa for Canada, visit the Canada International Experience Canada website.

Note the following:

Depending on your nationality and / or age there may be restrictions so please view the IEC link for more details as it is country specific.

If you hold more than one nationality you may want to consider applying more than once, or check which nationality has a better chance of success as it varies considerably by country.

You must have obtained your own visa before you can join the program, there is no possibility of being sponsored for a visa by either by YES Tours or by Whistler Blackcomb.

The “Working Holiday” visa is the only option for most candidates.


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