10 Week Big Mountain Ski Instructor Course

The Professional Ski Instructors of Canada (PSIC) Big Mountain Pathway is an exciting development in Canadian ski coaching. Our 10 week course is aimed at keen skiers wishing to develop their BIG mountain skiing and freeride skills.

Regardless of whether you are taking a gap year, a career break or wish to begin a career in the mountains, this course is for those of you who enjoy skiing in more challenging “off piste style”  terrain and want to develop your skills in that arena.

From Spanky’s Ladder, the Sudan Couloir, Whistler’s Horseshoes and countless secret spots throughout Whistler, our specialist big mountain expert coaches will lead you to the goods and transform your skiing in this type of terrain. Whistler Blackcomb is home to by far the biggest and most varied ski area in North America and is Canada’s snowiest major resort. This new program really maximises what Whistler can offer.

After an initial few weeks of all mountain technical ski improvement and the PSIC L1 instructor course, we move onto the Big Mountain Pathway for weeks 5-10 which culminates in the PSIC L2 Big Mountain Coach Certification and also includes the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) Avalanche Skills Training 1 too.

As with all our courses, the foundation really is the quality of coaching provided by our expert team. Our hand picked coaches, led by one of Canada’s top Level 4 Examiners,  administer the ALLTRACKS Training Formula. This rigorous training program will challenge you, transform your technique but also be great fun along the way.

Your coaches will give continued supportive and constructive feedback along with video analysis. With ski coaching limited to a maximum of 6 per coach, you can be sure of receiving plenty of individual attention while still enjoying the dynamics and camaraderie of a group of like minded skiers.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Small Coaching Groups of 6 per Coach
  • Comfortable Accommodation
  • ALLTRACKS Training Formula
  • PSIC L1 Included
  • AST1 Avalanche Skills Included
  • PSIC BIG Mountain 2 Scheduled into the course
  • Approx 25% On-Piste / 75% Off-Piste
  • Minimum Ability Required: AT Level 2.5

Course Dates

12 January - 21 March 2025

Included In The Course

The course is based at Whistler Blackcomb, consistently voted North America's #1 ski resort.

TRAINING

Thorough & Considered Coaching
ALLTRACKS training formula devised by Guy Hetherington, ALLTRACKS Head Coach & Level 4 Examiner.


Expert Pros
Professional & personable coaches. The overwhelming majority are Level 4 supported by a few excellent Level 3s.


Coaching Groups 6 MAX
Maximum of 6 guests per ski coach for personal attention, more fluid training sessions allowing you to improve faster.


Specific Modules
Defined coaching for instructor training, moguls, all mountain freeride and powder.


PSIC Level 1 Exam Fee
Examination fee for the Level 1


CAA AST 1
Canadian Avalanche Association Avalanche Skills Training Level 1. Learn about backcountry skiing and avalanche safety. AST1 is taught in groups of 8.


Video Analysis
A useful tool for ski technique analysis and feedback.


Lift Line Priority
If there is a lift queue, skip it during coaching sessions.


Equipment Maintenance
Learn more about how to look after your ski equipment.


Training for PSIC Big Mountain 2
Training for PSIC Big Mountain 2 is provided and the exam is scheduled into the course. However, the exam fee (approx £550) is not included.

ACCOMMODATION

Comfortable Accommodation
We offer various accommodation options in Whistler at different price points. The chalets and condos are well located close to central Whistler Village and all include welcoming living rooms and full kitchens. Some have a hot tub and swimming pool.

We also have a budget friendly hostel option which despite being further out from resort centre, is a great base at a lower price.


Dinner
Choose between group dinners four nights per week or self cater and save.

OTHER

Season Pass
A full Season Pass valid for the entire winter in included so feel free to arrive early or extend your stay after your course ends.


Group Airport Transfer
A group transfer from Vancouver Airport on the official course arrival date is included.


Resort Director
Available 24/7


Welcome Party
Get to know everyone on your course and the coaches on Day 1.


Socials
Various socials throughout the course.


Extend Your Stay
For an additional cost and subject to availability, you can arrive early, stay on afterwards or combine further courses.


Job Recruitment Service
If you wish to work as an instructor either immediately following your course, or some time in the future, we can provide 1:1 assistance. Let us know your goals and we will do our utmost to support you.


Financial Security
ALLTRACKS Ltd is ATOL & ABTOT Bonded

NOT INCLUDED

Flights
Flights are not included, but ALLTRACKS can provide advice on suitable options


Travel Insurance
Insurance is not included, but adequate cover for all aspects of your course and holiday is mandatory and an ALLTRACKS requirement.


PSIC Big Mountain Exam Fees
Although the training for the PSIC Big Mountain 1 is included and the exam is scheduled into the course, the actual exam fee (approx £550) is not included

Prices

Our prices are guaranteed, which means the price you see on our website is what you’ll pay if you book today. Unlike our competitors, there is no small print or hidden exchange rates that allow us to increase the price once you’ve booked.

There are zero hidden extras. Prices include everything shown in the ‘What’s Included’ table above, leaving you to experience the best the resort has to offer.

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Schedule

We publish a highly detailed course schedule and calendar on our Guest Member Intranet Site. In the meantime, this weekly course breakdown should give you a rough idea of what to expect.

Course Schedule

Weeks 1 & 2
Arrival
Settle In and Welcome Party
Split into training groups
Familiarisation of the Ski Area
All Mountain Advancement Training


Week 3
All Mountain Advancement Training
Methodology Clinics to prepare for PSIC L1


Week 4
PSIC L1 Exam


Week 5&6
All Mountain Advancement Training
Canadian Avalanche Association AST Level 1


Week 7&8
All Mountain Advancement Training
Methodology Clinics to prepare for Big Mountain Qualification


Week 9 &10
PSIC Big Mountain Assessed Training Exam
Departure

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