04 | RESORT: Banff
Work Hard & Play Hard in Canada’s Premier Alpine Resort
THE HILL - Although there are a bunch of ski hills in and around Banff, locals and visitors alike will tell you that it’s all about the ‘Shine. If you say you’re going shredding in Banff, you’ll be talking about Sunshine Village. The ski area is spread over three individual mountains – Mt. Standish, Goat’s Eye Mtn and Lookout Mtn - and each has something totally different to offer. For lessons days, Sunshine has some incredible training terrain: beautiful, big, wide-open green and blue runs that are ideal for nailing the drills required to pass your instructor exams. But, when not in training, you can smash it on some of Canada’s toughest in-bound slopes... entry into the notorious Delirium Dive is only permitted with an avi pack and a buddy! Sunshine has it all from awesome tree-skiing to big-mountain powder faces and from sick parks with monster hits to some of the most insane backcountry terrain.
THE COMMUNITY - Banff is a very cool little town in the middle of the Canadian Rockies. You’d think the town planner was a rad shredder herself as the whole town seems geared towards skiers and snowboarders and then to entertaining them when the chairlifts stop running!
BANFF IS A SKI AND SNOWBOARDING MECCA... WITH A NIGHTLIFE TO MATCH! If Carlsberg did instructor training courses, HQ would be Banff! There’s a bunch of pubs & bars if you fancy a drink or two. But if two becomes three becomes four, you can get your boogie on at Auroras, The Dancing Sasquatch or Hoodoos! As well as nights out, we will also organise trips to the ice hockey, bingo bowling (more fun than it sounds!), cinema & DVD nights, football & basketball tournaments, fancy dress parties and poker nights. Banff is where it’s at. Your SnowSkool reps will be there to ensure that you make the most of your season.
ACCOMMODATION - On the SnowSkool course you will be living at the Banff Alpine Centre. Essentially it’s a lodge and it is the ideal destination for young SnowSkool students allowing you to live, eat, drink and socialise together. It’s an awesome set-up - the sense of international community, of camaraderie and of atmosphere is the most important thing about this accommodation and has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. The hub of the lodge is “SnowSkool HQ” – a large chilling area where it’s all about sitting in front of the fire with your laptop, listening to some tunes, checking out Facebook (via the free WiFi!) and chatting (yes, actually chatting!) to your new best buddies about the day’s riding. The Banff Alpine Centre has incredible facilities too; we mentioned the free WiFi but we didn’t tell you about the ice-climbing wall, the restaurant – Cougar Pete’s - or the Stormy C!!! The Storm Cellar is the on-site pub and is a perfect hang-out for SnowSkool students. For your amusement is free pool, free darts and table football…also FREE! The TV is always pumping out sick movies like the Art of Flight or, at times, Premiership matches! Wednesday night is open-mic jam night so if you fancy a strum, a drum or a sing, you can get involved. Friday night is karaoke night and every night is cheap drinks night. The Storm Cellar has developed legendary status in Banff and it will be approximately 50 paces from your bed!
Laura Roberts, 19 Snowboard Instructor Banff, 2010
RESORT STATS Average Annual Snowfall: Area: Number of Runs: Terrain Breakdown: Top Elevation:
30ft 3,358 acres 107 named runs 20% beginner - 55% intermediate - 25% expert 9,000ft / 2,730m
Freestyle: Rogers Terrain Park with range of jumps (from 5ft to 35ft), XL hip, various boxes & rails (from flat-down box to 40ft kinked rail) and the 24ft Mail Trench!
SKOOL BREAKDOWN AGE PROFILE
TYPICAL GENDER RATIO
A year after her SnowSkool course, Laura was back in Canada working as an instructor at Nakiska – “thanks SnowSkool!”
If Carlsberg made
training courses, would be
17-20 21-24 25+ AVERAGE AGE
“SnowSkool Banff! My memories – riding hard, great instructors, big nights out, chilling at SnowSkool HQ, fancy-dress parties, poker nights… lots of laughs – you get the picture? Oh, and I nailed my Level 2 instructor qualification and park certificate! It really was the best 13 weeks of my life – I lived the dream!”
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Snowskool's 2012 Brochure, showing ski and snowboard instructor courses.