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01 January 0001

Skiers in the off pistes snow on a Snow Academy course

Not sure whether to sign up? Then hear it from the horses mouth! Read our testimonials from those who have already been on our ski & snowboard courses and had such great experiences.

Ryan Pearce Whistler Canada 2013

"I did the 2012/2013 11 week course in Whistler, and it was the time of my life! I was in a twin share, and am still in contact with my room-mate and others that were in the house with me! It's true what they say about Whistler, the BEST resort in the world, that I've been to at least! Powder, trees, piste, jumps, all of it, just fantastic. The instructors and the Yes! team are brilliant, the girls running the house did a great job. My riding has improved hugely, and the experience I gained there was invaluable for the rest of my gap year." 

Giovanna Pirro Lake Louise 2011

"I am now back home and getting ready - reluctantly - to resume work on Monday after a year off. By now I have had a chance to reflect a bit on the program and what it has meant to me. For the past 10 years, I have been a regular weekend skier at my local hill here in Saskatchewan. I first learnt about IA last year while I was doing my re-test in Lake Louise. At that time, it became clear to me that the IA program could provide an excellent opportunity to spend 3 months doing nothing but skiing in the big mountains under the direction of some of the best ski instructors in our country. I did check other programs, but IA seemed to offer the best arrangements. This is how I came to enroll in the program. I must say that I have truly enjoyed every aspect of the program and will recommend it to others without any hesitation. I liked the diversity among participants (in terms of age, life experiences, backgrounds, etc) and the energy and enthusiasm they brought to the training. The instructors were phenomenal - they made the program what it is! All arrangements were great and it was quite easy to fall into a routine. In fact, I am experiencing a bit of a "withdrawal syndrome" as I try to get used to being home and not skiing."

Neil Dugan, age 18, Cardrona 2008

"I just want to thank you for an amazing time, I have had the time of my life out in Banff, and its horrible being home! Luckily I have got myself a job instructing down in Italy for the next 2 weeks until their season ends. I got my CASI 1, 2 & my park, and I've got my visa for next winter and hope to be instructing in Lake Louise providing there are jobs available and the instructors are going to give me some good references. I can definitely say I made the right choice in choosing IA. Everything was made so easy for us out there, great communication, restaurants to eat in, accomodation and the people. Even speaking to people on other courses out there, they wish that they had booked with IA."

Abi Phillips, age 29, Lake Louise 2008

"At the age of 28 I was unsatisfied with my job and craved a dramatic change! Having previously worked in the winter sports industry I was aware of the Academy's reputation for offering high quality training combined with great in resort support. I bit the bullet, put down my deposit and have never looked back! I went from being an unconfident but enthusiastic boarder to tackling steeps and jumps that I never dreamed I could! The training we received was world class. Each of our instructors offered something different in terms of style and experience. More than this, they were so much fun that even on the hardest days when you were really challenged, you felt totally supported. Aside from the training element, I have made friends for life. We had such a great mix of people who all came together due to their love of snow and we have already had a riotous weekend reunion! After coming home, I have moved back into a career in travel and now look forward to showing off my styles on winter holidays. I can't thank the team at the International Academy enough and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. You will NOT be disappointed."

Kate Royle, age 19, 2007

"Definitely better than I expected - IA offers a lot better product and level of service than other providers in resort."

Toby Read, age 19, Whistler Blackcomb 2007

"In one word, immense! I had the best three months of my life doing what I love every day in one of the world's most prestigious resorts. Everyone’s skiing improved in all aspects of the sport; on piste, in powder, steeps, moguls or in the park."

Heath Wakelin, age 36, Cardrona 2007

"An excellent blend of freeriding and tutorial. The course has improved my riding to a higher level and furthered my knowledge of snowboarding. I now have the skills and ability to make a career change!"

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