Are you passionate about skiing and snowboarding?

Our Winter Sport School offers you the opportunity to pass that on to others in the beautiful setting of the Canadian Rocky Mountains

Introduction of Nakiska Snow School

Our mountain is the gateway to the Canadian Rockies and the proud site of the 1988 Winter Olympics, Nakiska features some of the best cruising and carving trails in the Rockies. A great resort to learn the sport of skiing and snowboarding with wide-open runs groomed to perfection. Nakiska also offers gladed and steep natural terrain for all ability levels. As the closest ski resort to Calgary, it is a family favorite not only because of the short drive but also because of easy on-mountain navigation and a variety of terrain suitable for all levels.

This makes Nakiska Winter Sports School one of the busiest schools in the Rockies. Due to Nakiska's close proximity to the city we are known as 'Calgary's learning mountain', making our Group and Private lessons very popular during the whole week plus we have a wide range of multi-week programs on most weekends.

Apply to Become a Ski or Snowboard Instructor at Nakiska!

Ski/Snowboard Instructor

To provide guests with a high quality of ski and/or snowboard instruction in accordance with the standards set out by CSIA/CASI. Guests will be of all ages and ability levels and lesson types will vary. Your job will be to ensure that every guest has a safe, fun & informative experience, and carry out all duties and other tasks set out by the Winter Sports School as and when required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Delivery of excellent ski &/or snowboard instruction, in accordance with standards established by the snow sports school.
  • Be willing to accept all assignments that fit within your level of qualification and position in the Winter Sports School.
  • Provide guidance and feedback in a manner that is supportive, encouraging and that helps students achieve their goals.
  • Provide a superior level of guest service & mountain safety to all visitors & staff.
  • Ensure all communication is professional, timely and supports the best interests of Nakiska Resort.
  • Assist other mountain departments/management with operational or service tasks assigned by your Supervisor/Manager

Key Skills:

  • Minimum level 1 internationally recognized qualification(s) in ski &/or snowboard instruction
  • The ability to interpret and apply ski &/or snowboard instructing concepts and terminology in to simple guest friendly terms.
  • The ability to work without supervision in a methodical and responsible manner.
  • Have a positive attitude and a team orientated work ethic.
  • Be punctual, reliable and responsible.

The two-week pay period ends every second Sunday at midnight. Your pay will be automatically deposited into your bank account on every second Monday. You will be required to open a bank account for direct deposit here in Canada. It is very easy to open a bank account in Canada as long as you have some form of identification; there are some banks that require a minimum deposit of $50. It will be your responsibility to pick up your pay stub and make sure that it is correct or you can opt to have an electronic version.

Position Pay Rate
Instructing $15.50 and up
Sales $15.00
Daily Lead Up to $22.50
Supervisor Up to $23.50

Space is limited and may or may not be an option. If you are offered an accommodation placement we have shuttle services which are also subject to availability. Housing will be discussed with each successful applicant. There is absolutely no tolerance for smoking, drugs or theft; any association or involvement will result in immediate eviction and dismissal from your job at Nakiska Ski Resort.

Lift Access

  • Free access to all RCR Resorts: Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort & Kimberely Alpine Resort
  • Free access to other Resorts that RCR has reciprocal agreements with Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and other resorts that join annually.


  • 50% discount on mid-range rentals
  • 20% discount on high performance rentals

*Rental discounts are based on availability.

Snow School

  • Free group lessons based on availability
  • 50% off private lessons based on availability
  • 20% discount on programs for staff and families of staff

Food and Beverage

  • 40% discount in the cafeteria
  • 20% discount in the lounge
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and pop – a $0.50 environmental charge will apply for each paper cup or $0.25 when using your own cup
  • No discounts on alcoholic beverages, Starbucks, packaged/bottled products

Training is available for Level 1 Instructors. You must be a Canadian Resident to be eligible for financial support for the course.

The Level 1 ski instructor certification is for any skier over the age of 15 that is a competent parallel skier. The Level 1 candidate can expect to be exposed to a variety of terrain, snow conditions and terrain features. The 3 day level 1 course is an introduction to ski teaching, CSIA technique and methodology, and the role of ski teaching within the ski industry. It combines the basics of practical ski teaching methods, technical understanding and development of guest service skills, specifically addressing children's skiing.

The level 1 certification course includes:

  • An introduction to CSIA skiing and teaching methodology
  • Strategies to develop skiers from entry level to intermediate
  • Techniques and strategies for effective assessment and development
  • Personal feedback on ski performance
  • Interactive preparatory online module.

Module concepts that will be used through the course include: Technical Basics, Fast Track to Parallel (beginner progression), Lesson Planning, Responsible teaching and Guest Service.

Upon successful completion of a Level 1 CSIA course, you become a member of the CSIA and are billed annually for membership dues by the National Office. Membership benefits are available to you provided your membership dues are fully paid.

For further information about Nakiska Ski Resort and Winter Sports School Employment, please contact:

Leo Carey
Nakiska Winter Sports School Director
Nakiska Ski Resort
Tel: 403.591.7777 ext 250
[email protected]


What do previous staff members have to say:

What's one of the best benefits for working for Nakiska?

KristenSeason 15/16
The awesome reciprocals, awesome staff, awesome hill!

What's the best part of your day?

DaneSeason 15/16
Meeting new people and sharing your passion with others!