Snowboard Internship @ Whistler Blackcomb – WBSSU Program

WBSSU Internship

YES are proud to present the Whistler Blackcomb Snow School University (WBSSU) Internship program. The opportunity of a lifetime, this program is designed to recruit new staff into the snow 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 boarding and preparing for the CASI 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 Snowboard instructor for the entire season!

Spaces are strictly limited for this selective program, and each participant must complete an online interview process with YES and 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 and pass the Level 1 CASI certification, will be offered a full-time instructor position by Whistler Blackcomb. You will start work immediately 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:

GENERAL

  • WB Accommodation (during training - 4 weeks )
  • Whistler Blackcomb Lift Pass (during training)
  • Staff Accommodation - most affordable in town!
  • Staff Uniform (once working)
  • Resort rep available 24/7
  • Equipment & store discounts
  • Staff Discounts and pro deals on equipment
  • Weekly YES social après
  • YES hoodie
  • The greatest time of your life!

TRAINING, EXAMS, MANUALS & MEMBERSHIPS

  • Professional on-snow training (20hrs, 5 days/week)
  • CASI Level 4 Instructors
  • Training to ride using the CASI methodology
  • Training to teach in the CASI methodology
  • CASI Level 1 Certification
    • CASI Level 1 exam fee
    • CASI Membership (valid for 1 year from the successful completion of your L1)
  • Basic snow school operations training
  • Staff induction and safety training
  • CASI Level 2 Training: train with top instructors once employed
  • CASI Level 2 Exam: Free! Paid by WB once you are working
    • Schedule certification with your supervisor when you are ready

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

  • Meet and greet package
    • Group meet on arrival
    • 1 night hotel stay in Vancouver
    • Assistance to get SIN card
    • Transfer to Whistler accommodation
  • Full season accommodation
    • Pre-pay accommodation for the full season – keep all your salary to live on!

So you want to be a snowboard instructor?

You should! Here’s why:

How good a boarder do I have to be?

As long as you are comfortably linking turns on a blue run (intermediate) we can accept you on the course and turn you into a riding god or goddess!

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

Stage 1 – Contact YES at info@yestours.com to make sure you meet all the requirements (see below) and we can get a feel for your goals for the season. We are also happy to call you to chat through the program – just email us your phone number to set up a time.

Stage 2 – Apply for your working holiday visa for Canada through IEC – if you already have an approved working visa you’re in a great position! We can provide you with a very helpful guide to the process.

Stage 3 – Book in to the program online and pay a $1,000 deposit to secure a place on the program. Send us an up-to-date copy of your CV or resume by the end of June to be submitted to WB.

Stage 4 – Informal online pre-interview conducted by YES around the end of June, to help prepare you for your WB interview.

Stage 5 – The official interview with Whistler Blackcomb will be held in July/August – actual date TBA. The interview will be online with a senior member of the WB Snow School.

Stage 6 – If successful you will receive an acceptance email inviting you to join the WBSSU program around early September, time to start planning your arrival in November!

Requirements

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 snowboarder – able to comfortably link turns on blue runs.

  • Candidates must have a legal right to work in Canada, usually a valid Canadian Working Visa.

Program Pricing

Our WBSSU program is now full for 2023. If you would like to be added to our waitlist, please email us at info@yestours.com

WBSSU Program: $7,750

Optional add-ons:

  • Meet & Greet Package – $250
  • Full Season Accommodation – $2,250

Program Dates

The WBSSU program runs from mid-November 2022. The exact start date will be confirmed after the summer. Our current working assumption is a start date of November 19th.

More Info

For your season you will be fully embedded into the Whistler lifestyle. Accommodation for the program is offered by Whistler Blackcomb, in twin share rooms. The first 4 weeks’ accommodation are covered under the cost of the program. On successful completion of the course, 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!

This year we are offering an optional add-on full accommodation package for $2,250 – this will cover your accommodation in staff housing for the full season until mid-April. That way you will be able to budget once you are here knowing that your rent is already covered.

For more information about obtaining a Working Holiday Visa for Canada, visit the Canada International Experience Canada website. There is a useful guide to the application process here.

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.
  • If you are lucky enough to be a Canadian citizen or have Canadian permanent residence you can definitely join us too!

You can now choose to join our meet and greet for just $250. This will include:

  • Meeting in Vancouver
  • 1 night in a Vancouver hotel
  • Assistance to get SIN (Canadian tax number)
  • Transport to Whistler
  • Assistance checking into WB Accommodation

You can pre-pay your accommodation for the entire season if you prefer for only $2,250.

This covers your accommodation in Staff Housing until mid-April when your employment ends. Otherwise your rent will be taken directly from your pay each pay period by WB.

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