Why become a ski instructor on your gap year? Gaining an internationally recognized teaching certification in any field is like getting a jump on the rest of your life. It teaches you: • Communication skills • Self-confidence • Leadership skills
Let’s face it… when you can say that you’re a ski or snowboard pro, it sounds pretty impressive! But - why Ski le Gap Adventures? 20 years of happy memories shared by people just like you! Mont Tremblant is jaw-droppingly beautiful. You won’t believe your eyes! The top ski and snowboard pros in the world. Unlike some other programs, we have our own snow school and we do not farm out instructors weekly. Many of our pros have more than 18 years of experience working with us! Francais! Oui! French! Although you don’t need to know a word of French to participate, you will soak up the culture and pick up a few new words along the way. If you’re serious about it, we provide French lessons, too! Live the most powerful, inspirational experience on AND off the snow – we’ll keep you busy offpiste with weekly parties, nightly social events and trips around Canada. Start friendships to last a lifetime and connect with people from around the world.
Ski le Gap was definitely the best part of Holly’s gap year. She made so many good friends and had an absolute ball. Now she is back to work doing the long grind… and fully relaxed. - Sir Richard Branson
Ski le Gap Adventures has more than 20 years of experience providing ski and snowboard instructor training courses to youth in their Gap year.
On the slopes: We remain the best by hiring the best. Ski le Gap Adventures provides world-class instruction you won’t find anywhere else. Olympic champions, World Cup champions, Canadian National Team coaches... they are all here to push your personal skiing ability through the roof and to prepare you for your future job! Live your passion to ski and ride with state-of-the art teaching techniques, outstanding coaching, and intensive programs. Our seasoned pros will help you master your craft thanks to video seminars, technical seminars, and individual daily goals.
Off the slopes: Having the best gap year is about living new experiences and enjoying life to the fullest. We know this well, and that is why we have the best afterski programme in the world, bar none. Ski le Gap Adventures will inspire you off the mountain – take trips around Canada, pick up a new language, and keep the fun going with nightly social activities – all whilst living with the best friends you will ever make. The best part is that weekend trips and activities are included in the price! Turn your gap year into an incredible human adventure. Write your future history with memories of thrills, spills, and the great people who persevered (and partied) by your side. Our team will be filming your best moments and creating a video just for you, so the memories are sure to last a lifetime!
Watch video highlights of the Gappers who came before you!
The Ultimate Experience is your chance to bring your skiing or boarding to the next level and become a pro.
It’s a real winter adventure that you’ll never forget! From January to March, you’ll perfect your skiing or boarding skills, become a professional teacher, and share your passion with others. Whether you are an expert or you have never put on skis before, you will enjoy professional coaching five days a week, working directly with the top ski and snowboard instructors from around the world. Don’t want to be held back or pushed too hard by your fellow skiers? We get it and we agree. The best way to learn and to improve is to progress at your own speed. We’ve structured our courses so you’ll be practising in a group with a similar level of experience. As you get better, your group will change, so you’re always in good company. From beginner to expert, from racing and coaching to freestyle, you’ll always find a good fit. We offer training for the following exams – but taking the test is up to you: Level 1 Ski/Snowboard Instructors Certification Level 2 Ski/Snowboard Instructors Certification Level 3 Ski Instructors Certification (offered during the extended two weeks at the end of the course and to exceptional skiers only) Ski Race Coaching Certification Ski and Snowboard freestyle instructor certification Mountain First Response Canadian Association of Disabled Skiers Certification
Ready to jump into this frosty adventure? Here’s what awaits you: Professional coaching 5 days a week by top instructors in the world State-of-the-art video analysis of your own practise Full accommodation in shared rooms Breakfast, lunch and evening meals for every taste and appetite, 7 days a week (brunch on weekends!) 7-day lift pass for the entire season Nightly social events: Pub quizzes, theme nights and more Weekend activities including: Trips to Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City A winter wonderland experience A live ice hockey game (aka the true Canadian experience) Access to the Tremblant Snow School where you’ll gain experience as an instructor Level 1 CSIA (Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance) / CASI (Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors) examination fees paid 1 year subscription to the CSIA / CASI Free video of your one-of-a-kind experience Mountain first response – first aid course on slopes!
“Ski Le Gap gave me the opportunity to travel, learn a new skill, and meet people from all over the world. I gained even more confidence as a person than I already had, as well as gaining a thirst to travel to different parts of the world. The experience is definitely one-of-a-kind in its class. The way in which you live, train, and play forms a real sense of a small community. I didn’t have 1 student or staff member on Ski Le Gap that I couldn’t relate to in some way or have a conversation with.” — Mark Ruddock (Gapper)
Without forgetting: Airport transfers to and from Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport on specified programme arrival and departure dates Shuttle to and from the mountain 12 – 20% discount on ski or board equipment at local shops 24hr staffing onsite – if ever you need someone, we are here! Make the most of your gap year with the most fun, the most travelling and the most qualifications. Do what you love while discovering real French Canadian culture, visiting new places, and making new friends. Perfect your style on the slopes, enjoy the breath-taking scenery of one of the most beautiful national parks in Quebec, and gain up to 7 internationally-recognized professional qualifications at the same time! Seize the opportunity and live the Ultimate Experience.
Intensive Training is a condensed course for those who dare. Are you a good skier or boarder with a taste for adventure and challenge? Well, buckle your seatbelt and get in the fast lane. Gain your professional instructor qualification in only a month and start the new season as a freshly qualified teacher! On the docket: intense downhill skiing or snowboarding, snow, and an overdose of adrenaline! From November to December, feel the exciting call of the mountain, practice with intermediate and expert level skiers and boarders, and share in the chills and thrills of the winter slopes. Become the trainer you’ve always wanted to be and, before you know it, you’ll be the one leading others up to the snowy mountain peaks, helping them to explore their potential and push their limits. This is your chance to share your passion, put your skills into practice, and show your true colors!
Have a look at what’s included; you certainly won’t want to miss it: Professional coaching 5 days a week by top instructors in the world Full accommodation in shared rooms Breakfast, lunch and evening meals for every taste and appetite, 7 days a week (brunch on weekends!) Level 1 examination fees paid + 1 year subscription to the CSIA (Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance) or CASI (Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors) 7-day lift pass for the entire season Nightly social events: pub quizzes, theme nights and more State-of-the-art video analysis of your own practise Potential job in Tremblant Weekend activities, including a trip to the exciting city of Montreal Live ice hockey game (a true Canadian experience) Assistance in finding accommodation for the rest of the season Free year-end video of your one-of-a-kind experience Mountain first response – first aid course on slopes!
Without forgetting: Airport transfers to and from Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport on specified programme arrival and departure dates Shuttle to and from the mountain 12 – 20% discount on ski or board equipment at local shops 24hr staffing onsite – if ever you need someone, we are here! If you’re short on time with a big craving for action, our Intensive Training is the perfect fit. Intermediates and experts from around the world rave about their experience and you’ll soon know why. Make every moment count and don’t waste another second – put yourself to the test and dive head-first into an intensive gap year that you won’t soon forget!
A big thank you to all at Ski le Gap
for the one-month course our son Matthew did this last November/ December. He has been waxing lyrical about the skiing, food, experience and companionship.” — Roger & Janet Forster (parents of a thrill-seeker)
Improvement courses are for skiers and boarders of all levels who want to hit the slopes with style.
Even if you’re just starting out as a beginner, you’ll soon be impressing your family and friends thanks to the expert skiing and boarding techniques from our all-star team of qualified instructors. It’s just you and the mountain, with all the snow, sun, and best mates you could ask for. Whether you want to join our course for three or four weeks, you’ll make amazing progress and reach a new level of skill that will allow you to really enjoy yourself on the slopes!
Believe it or not, here’s what’s included in your course: Professional coaching 5 days a week by top instructors in the world Full accommodation in shared rooms Breakfast, lunch and evening meals for every taste and appetite, 7 days a week (brunch on weekends) Lift pass Nightly social events: bonfires, pub quizzes, theme nights, and more State-of-the-art video analysis Weekend activities included Airport transfers to and from Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport on specified programme arrival and departure dates Shuttle to and from the mountain 12-20% discount on ski or board equipment at local shops 24hr staffing onsite – if ever you need someone, we are here!
No matter your level or experience, there’s always more to learn. Hone your talent with improvement courses and make the most of your time away!
Jan. 8th - Mar. 15th 2014* $12500** (CAD) OR £7810** (GBP)
Nov. 26th - Dec. 22nd 2013* $6040 (CAD) OR £3775 (GBP)
2013/2014 winter season
Jan. 7th - Mar. 14th 2015* $12760** (CAD) OR £7975** (GBP)
Nov. 26th - Dec. 22nd 2014* $6235 (CAD) OR £3895 (GBP)
3 weeks: $4320 (CAD) OR £2700 (GBP) 4 weeks: $5640 (CAD) OR £3525 (GBP)
Dates are flexible; please call us to see if your preferred dates are possible.
An additional $250 (CAD) registration fee is due upon registration. Dates subject to change. For further dates and costs, contact Ski le Gap Adventures. * The dates are the arrival and departure dates in Canada – most flights to the UK will arrive back the following morning. ** Please note that due to popular demand, we are NO longer including flights in our costs. The prices have been reduced accordingly.
Set off for a mystical journey in the heart of the Laurentides... Apart from being one of the most exhilarating ski resorts in North America, Mont-Tremblant is an incredibly rich and diverse terrain, where you’ll discover natural wonders at every turn. This vast expanse of lakes, rivers, and beautifully untamed wilderness are set against the highest summits in the Laurentians and are bound to make an unforgettable impression on you.
Proud defender of the fauna and flora, the National Park of Mont-Tremblant is the biggest park in Québec, where you can enjoy an incredible amount of outdoor activities and breathtaking landscapes. Explore by ski, by snowboard, or even by snowshoe! With more than 400 lakes, six rivers, and many impressive waterfalls, Mont-Tremblant has enough to leave any nature-lover stunned! Recharge your batteries in the picturesque village of Mont-Tremblant, which offers a uniquely charming setting for relaxing and exploring. This is where you’ll find everything you need after an action-packed day! Excellent restaurants, lovely boutiques, rustic buildings, and many cultural and artistic events are waiting for you! Nestled in the National Park of Mont-Tremblant, the cozy village hasn’t lost any of its old-world appeal, making it the perfect place to unwind and to connect with French Canadian history and culture!
Frequently Asked Questions Q: How competent would I need to be before the Intensive Training course to pass in such a short period of time?
Q: After qualifying as an instructor would the student be able to stay in Tremblant and earn some money during the rest of the season?
A: You must be able to ski / ride a blue run in a comfortable parallel or in linked turns.
A: To work in Canada, you will require a valid work visa. You must apply for a Canadian work visa as early as the January prior to coming out on the Ski le Gap Adventures programme. There is a limited number of working holiday visas issued per calendar year and they usually run out very quickly.
Q: Is there a skill requirement for the three-month Ultimate Experience course? A: No – you can be a beginner and come on our course… Your ability will be assessed at the start of the course and you’ll be placed in the appropriate group.
Q: Where can I work afterwards with my qualifications? A: The various qualifications obtained whilst on a Ski le Gap Adventures programme are invaluable and are recognized internationally. Our snow staff can assist you in finding work as a ski instructor post Ski le Gap Adventures programmes. Go work in South America, Japan or New Zealand for a season – how cool is that? Q: Once I have completed the Ski le Gap Adventures programme in Tremblant, am I able to teach in Europe, South America, Japan or New Zealand with my qualifications? A: CSIA (Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance) and CASA (Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors) are internationally recognized qualifications. We have had clients teach in ski resorts all over the world after completing Ski le Gap Adventures programmes.
Students who are interested in working after their Ski le Gap Adventures programme usually get together and decide where to find accommodations. Some Gappers remain in Tremblant and teach at the snow school or work at any of the ski resort’s pubs, cafes or hotels. Others head off to New Zealand or South America to teach/work there. We have several instructors and past Gappers who can help you with additional information if teaching, skiing or riding abroad is something that interests you.