Programs

Winter Skills Instructor Internship Program

November 15, 2018 – May 15, 2019

The Winter Skills Instructor Internship Program is designed for someone looking to have a fun, team-based experience during their first ski season in Banff.

This program incorporates a wide range of ski/snowboard training, certifications and expeditions over an entire winter season in the Canadian Rockies. Students are also able to put their training to use while working as paid interns at ski schools in Banff throughout the winter season with colleagues from all over the world. Students will have the opportunity to leverage their training and experience with Timberline into instructing positions across the globe for future seasons.

Timberline Academy is locally owned and operated so our students can expect a positive, team-based atmosphere with a high level of on the ground support from the ownership team. We make the extra effort to engage our students in the community through weekly group activities, like Hockey, family dinners and by participating in local volunteering initiatives.

Additionally, we put a strong emphasis on independent and healthy living. As a result, our students are housed in fully furnished apartments and houses in the Banff town centre. We believe that our students should be able to cook, enjoy privacy and have a home while they’re with us here in Banff. No hostels and no hotels.

* International Students enrolled in this program are eligible for a Student Work Visa. This visa allows you to fulfill your paid work component of the program while also being eligible to work an additional 20 hours a week off-campus

12 Week CSIA/CASI Level 1 & 2 Instructor Program

January 3, 2019 – March 31, 2019

The 12-Week CSIA/CASI Level 1 & 2 Instructor Course is designed for someone looking to have a fun, team-based experience during their first ski season here in Banff. This program incorporates a wide range of ski/snowboard training at Lake Louise Ski Resort, certifications and expeditions over a three month period during the winter season in the Canadian Rockies.

Students on this program engage in a diverse range skills training and experiences with a commitment to earn certifications across several disciplines related to the outdoor adventure industry. Students will have the opportunity to leverage their training and experience with Timberline into mountain sports positions across the globe for future seasons.

Timberline Academy is locally owned and operated so our students can expect a positive, team-based atmosphere with a high level of on the ground support from the ownership team. We make the extra effort to engage our students in the community through weekly group activities, like Hockey, family dinners and by participating in local volunteering initiatives. Additionally, we help students secure part-time jobs while taking part in the program if they wish.

4 Week Instructor Clinic

Nov. 15 – Dec. 15, 2018, January 2019, April 2019

The 4-Week Instructor Clinic is designed for someone looking for a fun and productive ski/snowboard training experience in a relatively brief amount of time. This program focuses on improving our students’ skills with the intent of successfully completing their Level 1 CSIA/CASI certification at Lake Louise Ski Resort. Students will have the opportunity to leverage their training and experience with Timberline into instructing positions both within Canada and around the globe for future seasons.

Timberline Academy is locally owned and operated so our students can expect a positive, team-based atmosphere with a high level of on the ground support from the ownership team. We make the extra effort to engage our students in the community through weekly group activities, like Hockey, family dinners and by participating in local volunteering initiatives.

Many of our students who enroll in this program stay on to work in Banff for the remainder of the ski season. Students are eligible to remain in Timberline accommodation for the remainder of the winter.

Whitewater Canoe/Raft Guide School

May 1 -22, 2019

This exciting program is designed for someone looking to gain the skills and experience necessary to work as a professional River Expedition Guide. This program incorporates the fundamental skills required to safely guide clients down whitewater rivers.

Students will earn at least four industry recognized certifications on this program while having opportunity to learn from some of the best instructors in the industry. Finally, students will be able to put their skills to test on a spectacular 6-day river expedition in nearby Kootenay National Park.

What’s Included:

  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid (40 hours) certification
  • Flatwater Canoeing clinic
  • River Theory
  • Whitewater Canoeing clinic/certification
  • Whitewater Raft clinic/certification
  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician certification
  • 6-day River Expedition

The price is $5,450USD + 5%GST

Mountaineering Adventure Skills Program

May 24, 2017 – June 30, 2017

This program is designed for someone passionate about exploring the heights of what the Canadian Rockies have to offer. The Mountaineering Adventure Skills Program includes a wide-range of skills and experiences. The goal of this program is to expose our students to many different facets of the mountain guiding profession while having meaningful learning adventures and earning industry recognized certifications.

The program begins with introductory orienteering and graduates slowly culminating with a multi-day glacier traverse of the iconic Columbia Icefields.

Getting Started:

  • Airport pick-up
  • Five weeks of accommodation split between Banff + Jasper
  • Helicopter Tour
  • Discounted gear
  • Welcome dinner/social event
  • 24/7 local support form Timberline staff

Curriculum

  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid (40 hours) certification
  • Hiking/Navigation Course
  • Indoor & Outdoor Rock Climbing Course
  • Apprentice Interpreter Certification
  • Glacier Travel Course
  • 4 –day Alpine Glacier Expedition

Fact: The Columbia Icefield is the largest ice field in the Rocky Mountains of North America. Located in the Canadian Rockies astride the Continental Divide along the border of British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, the ice field lies partly in the northwestern tip of Banff National Park and partly in the southern end of Jasper National Park.

Price: $5,450USD + 5%GST