One of the best aspects of ski instructor courses is that they take place at world-class ski resorts. For most ski enthusiasts, just going to top ski resorts is an experience worth paying a fortune for. When you enrol for these courses, however, you get a lot more than just a magnificent skiing holiday. These courses take place in ski resorts in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries where skiing is a major activity.
One such venue is the Fernie Alpine Resort in the Crowsnest area of British Columbia, Canada. The resort, which features first-class lodges and accommodations, has a long, colourful history, rich in ancient legends, going back to the discovery of coal in 1897. It has the best packed and powder conditions in western Canada. The area reported 11.5 meters of snow in the past season and boasts of an average of 48 cm. every week.
Banff is another resort town in Alberta, Canada. It has the second highest elevation in the country and is surrounded by mountains like Cascade Mountain, Mt. Rundle, Sulphur Mountain and Mt. Norquay. Banff is a famous destination not just for skiing but for other outdoor sports like hiking, biking and scrambling. Banff National Park was declared by the United Nations a World Heritage Site in 1985.
Another Canadian resort town where these courses are conducted is Whistler in British Columbia. North of Vancouver, it is a popular destination of young people, especially from Australia and Europe, for alpine skiing and snowboarding. Whistler hosted most of the events of the 2010 Winter Olympics, proudly showcasing the mountainous glaciers on both sides of the town. The town also hosted the 2010 Winter Paralympic Games and is known among conservationists around the world for its efforts and techniques in dealing with black bears.
In Canada's Monashee Mountain Range, the Red Mountain Resort is the site of these instructor courses, earning a reputation as Canada's No. 1 Outdoor Town. A short drive north of the US-Canada border, the resort has over 100 years of skiing experience, influenced by Scandinavian miners who first settled the town in search of gold. The first downhill race from the top of Red Mountain was held in 1896 marking the first ski competitions ever recorded in Canadian history.
Courses are also held in New Zealand in venues like Porters Ski Resort. Less than 100 km. from Christchurch, the resort features slopes for beginners and mountainous terrain for expert skiers. The resort provides access to New Zealand's club ski fields which were first established in 1929. The club ski fields refer to small, non-profit ski areas operated by ski clubs for members who pay annual dues and help out in summer work parties on a voluntary basis. There are now 10 of these no-frills skiing clubs throughout the country which are becoming increasingly popular among non-members.
In France, courses for the demanding French system are held in resort areas like Serre Chevalier, one of the largest ski areas in the Alps. The resort, spread over 4 areas encompasses 13 villages where a student not only goes through a gruelling training program but also has the opportunity to learn French and get to be part of the community.
The excitement and allure of these exotic ski resorts can make ski instructor courses a unique lifetime experience.