Gap Year Skiing

After hours, days, years of formal education in the classroom, who has not dreamed of the freedom and excitement of a gap year?

If you’re a skier or a snowboarder, no doubt you will have considered spending a ski season out in the mountains and a year out is the perfect time to do it, by joining on of our gap year ski courses. By planning your year out carefully and doing something that is constructive, you’re sure to have a year to remember.

If you do decide that you want your gap year to be in the snow, ALLTRACKS have a variety of appropriate courses. You can train to become a ski instructor at Whistler, hone your all mountain skills, learn about avalanche safety and backcountry travel or take your freestyle skiing to the next level – whatever your goals, you’ll do it at Canada’s best ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb.

We offer a wide range of different courses. The most popular options for gap year students are probably our ski instructor courses but many people on a gap year also choose our off piste courses too or take our ski instructor internship if they wish to work in Whistler too.

Benefits of a Gap Year with ALLTRACKS

There are many reasons why a gap year that will look great on your CV and training to become a ski instructor does sound impressive, but we also feel it is important to do something you are passionate about and really enjoy. No doubt you’ve been in education for as long as you remember, so take this opportunity to get out of the classroom, breathe some fresh mountain air, and take your skiing to the next level whilst making friends from all over the world.

ALLTRACKS is a proud member of the Year Out Group, an organisation promoting the benefits of a well structured gap year, and represents the best, established companies and charities in the sector. Joining the Year Out Group involves rigorous assessment of our financial security and a thorough examination of our operating procedures. What’s more, ALLTRACKS is one of the very few gap year companies that is both ATOL & ABTOT Bonded so our packages offer financial security regardless of whether you book flights with us or not.

Key Features

Become Brilliant

Become a brilliant skier! A skill that will stay with you for good. It might sound unimportant to some, but all skiers can appreciate the ability to slide down mountains with style and confidence. After one of our courses, you’ll ski like a legend for evermore.

Recognised Qualifications

Qualify as a snowboard or ski instructor. By earning recognised Canadian Ski Instructor Alliance qualifications on our courses you’ll gain the satisfaction of completing a rigorous assessment. Furthermore, it will demonstrate that you’re able to work hard to obtain a goal.

Work as an Instructor

Many or our gap year students go on and spend part of their year out working as an instructor. Not only will you get to earn $$$ while you ski, it is great to put into practice all the new skiing and instructing skills you learn on the course. What’s more, it gives you the ability to live and work in a new environment.

Improve other life skills

By undergoing instructor training, you will improve your communication skills and learn to teach people in an adaptable and engaging way. These skills are critical for virtually all management jobs and will stand you in good stead for your future.

Meet new friends

Meet people from all over the world. On virtually every ALLTRACKS gap year ski course, we attract people from all over the world. In today’s connected world, you’ll enjoy making friends with people from different countries. Please note that all our training is conducted in English though.

Learn about Avalanche safety

As well as gaining your instructor qualifications and improving your technique, you’ll also learn about avalanche and mountain safety on the vast majority of our courses. We understand that as people become better skiers, they may want to venture beyond the resort. It is important that you are educated in avalanche safety before doing so.

Popular Gap Year Ski Course Options


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  • "ALLTRACKS put me on a completely new level that I had never expected to reach. I shared the experience with a fantastic group of like-minded people who I became great friends with, in what I consider to be the best ski area in the world. ALLTRACKS made the process enjoyable and easy, supporting me the whole way as I applied for jobs after the course, and I returned to spend my first season as a Whistler Blackcomb employed ski instructor after graduating from Exeter!"

    Cody Yellowlees-Bound