Ski/Snowboard School - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why does Whistler Blackcomb need to know so much reservation information?
    Whistler Blackcomb's system does require many specific details to make the necessary preparations for your booking! This information helps them with scheduling etc. Your privacy is protected.
  2. Are the Instructors certified?
    All Instructors are trained by Whistler Blackcomb and the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance (CSIA) and Canadian Snowboard Association of Instructors (CASI) - the national body recognized in Canada. Instructors hold different levels of certification and years of experience.
  3. What are these CSIA/CASI Levels?
    Level 1 - An Instructor who is qualified to teach beginner skiers/boarders.
    Level 2 - An Instructor who can teach intermediate level skiers/boarders.
    Level 3 - Instructors that can teach all ability levels and train other Level 1 Instructors.
    Level 4 - This is the highest level. These Instructors have mastered the sport and can teach all levels and train all levels of Instructors as well.
  4. What is the difference between a group lesson and a multi-day program?
    Group lessons are held daily any day of the week and your Instructor/Group will most likely change.
    Multi-day programs alternate between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Groups stay with the same Instructor for the full lesson duration.
  5. What's so great about Private lessons?
    Private lessons are taught by Whistler Blackcomb's top Instructors. These Pro's have been teaching their craft for over 20 years in some cases. Dedicated to the mountain lifestyle, living the dream and willing to share with you is what they do best. One-on-one instruction means the lesson moves at your pace, works on things you want to work on, and takes specific trails suited to you.
  6. Can I share my private lesson?
    You can share with up to 5 people of similar abilities. This is a great way for 5 friends to instantly get lift-line priority and maximize time on the hill.
  7. What about race specific programs?
    Check out the Dave Murray Program. This program is suited for the racer who wants to train gates, run drills and get specific feedback from top coaches.
  8. What Mountain is better for beginners?
    Whistler Mountain has a great learning area called Olympic Station just off the Gondola mid-station stop. On Blackcomb mountain, the Magic chair is great for beginners as it sits low to the ground and moves slowly for easy loading and unloading.


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