Originally Posted by lotsoffun
Does anyone know what the best way to get to canada is? I'm going to have a tough time getting there without a work permit or a ton of cash (to show I can support myself, some requirement if I don't have a job offer). I can't get a job offer from the resort because, they don't give them out, some policy they all have.
I usually get to Canada in a motor vehicle of some kind, although I did fly into Calgary once.
You aren't going to get a work permit to be a ski instructor. Period. There are plenty of Canadians who want to be ski instructors; they don't need minimally qualified people from South of the Border. There is a government Human Resources department that controls whether a temporary work permit can be issued for a particular job with a particular employer. You can't get some kind of generic one allowing you to work for a variety of employers. I got one when I came north because I'm an engineer. They need engineers.
Anyway, that's why the resort isn't going to give you a job offer. They couldn't sponsor you in even if they wanted to. If you had a Level 3 and considerable experience, a big resort (e.g., Whistler) might be willing to make a case for insufficient local talent of the desired skill level. It helps if you speak Japanese fluently. French is good, too, of course. The L1 won't do it.
Most (not all) ski areas will then require that you join CSIA. CSIA provides some insurance coverage that the resort may not provide.
Then you go to work. You don't free ski, except on your days off. You don't "bum around." You work. You teach children. You teach beginners. You pick them up when they fall down and you pull up their socks and you buckle their boots and you wipe their noses. You go to clinics and discover that you don't actually ski as well as you thought you did. If you go anywhere except your home area, you have to buy lift tickets like everyone else. (I am very much aware that certified instructors are often comped or given substantial discounts in the States, but the practice is far less common in Canada.)
Despite the length of time I've been in Canada, I still hold a current PSIA L3. Even so, I came to Canada as an engineer, not as a ski instructor.
I've had a CSIA membership, but since I don't teach here, I've dropped it.
I am now a dual citizen. If I wanted to teach, I could join CSIA and teach. Or I could drive down to Schweitzer every weekend and teach. But to move directly into ski instruction in Canada from the US with a L1? Ain't gonna happen.
So live in Sandpoint or Whitefish or somewhere, and, as Posaune says, go to Canada occasionally to ski. Cost of living is lower in the US anyway. Save your money. Buy a standby day on a snow cat if you can afford it.