East to West Coast Canada
This is a once in a lifetime gap year adventure to explore Canada. Over three jam-packed months you’ll travel from the east to west coast making the most of what Canada has to offer.
Canada is big. The skiing is epic. The lifestyle is unbeatable. There is so much to explore – from big mountains with back country skiing to buzzing cities. With so many unique experiences, this trip has it all.
Immerse yourself in the cultural scene in Canada’s top cities, gain your instructor qualifications, and ski in powder that you could only have dreamed of.
A weekend doesn’t go by without visiting extraordinary places or experiencing new adventures – all whilst living with some of the best friends you’ll ever make.
⭐️BOOK NOW for Jan 2023 BEFORE 8th Jan 2022 and take advantage of this winter’s prices
The ultimate gap adventure - explore the best of Canada, travelling from east to west coast. Visit extraordinary places and new experiences while gaining your instructor qualifications and skiing the best powder days of your life.
3 month trip around Canada filled with adventure and fun
6 weeks on the east coast in Mont Tremblant. An epic resort with quiet slopes and the number 1 voted après ski bar in Canada!
6 weeks on the west coast in Big White. With acres of off-piste to explore, you’ll get your powder fix here. Progress your off-piste technique no end.
Live the skier dream with coaching 5 days a week from the best instructors in Canada.
Gain your CSIA Level 1 & 2 ski instructor’s qualifications
Complete the AST Level 1 avalanche safety course before an unforgettable backcountry skiing trip
Weekend city breaks to Montreal and Quebec City. Experience the largest winter carnival, visit an ice hotel and watch a professional ice hockey game.
Activities not to be missed - dog sledding, igloo building, snowshoeing…the list goes on!
You'll have coaching throughout the trip from the best instructors across Canada. A total of 300 hours on hill training.
We have a maximum of 8 students in each class with the possibility of changing groups weekly, ensuring students remain in a group that best suits their ability. You will be allocated an instructor as a personal mentor who is responsible for providing extra support and guidance to ensure maximum progression.
This enhances the coaching process by providing invaluable personal analysis.
Full season pass provided, including weekends, valid for the entire winter season in both resorts - Mont Tremblant and Big White.
CSIA Level 1 & 2 exam fees
Level 1 AST Avalanche safety training
We provide specialist back country equipment when needed.
Accommodation & Meals
Accommodation provided throughout the trip. All students live together creating a great community. Speak to us for more specific details about the accommodation in each resort.
While in Mont Tremblant, breakfast, lunch and freshly prepared evening meals are included every weekday. At the weekend, when students might like a lie-in, we provide a hot brunch and full evening meal.
While in Big White, no lunches are included.
Trips and Activities
Enjoy the picturesque cobbled streets of Quebec City. We visit an ice hotel and night tubing park.
Go to an a professional ice hockey game after a day in downtown, trendy Montreal.
Learn to build a quinzhee (ice cave) before enjoying an evening around the campfire.
Drive your own team of huskies on a dogsledding excursions through the forest
Ski le Gap organises a number of different evening events and activities throughout the trip - sports nights, theme nights, pub quizzes, ice-hockey matches, yoga, cookery, house parties and much more!
A member of the Ski le Gap team is available 24/7. In case of emergencies a member of staff will always accompany or follow you to the clinic or hospital as necessary.
We remain a family run company and so a director will be in the resort throughout the season to ensure courses run smoothly.
Transfer to and from the airport on official course arrival and departure dates, if coinciding with group flights.
Internal flight between Montreal and Kelowna
Bus pass provided so you have access to downtown, the village and Tremblant resort.
12-20% discount available to Ski le Gap students in local shops at the mountain. VIP access to bars and clubs.
We will provide advice on the best flights to get.
To attend Ski le Gap you must be comprehensively insured for your entire stay with us. Snow sports coverage is a prerequisite in our terms and conditions, so you must have adequate insurance.
We recommend buying your equipment in resort, if you don't already have it. Our coaches will give you expert advice on the equipment needed for the course. You will also receive between 15-20% discount.
Without the appropriate visa you will be denied entry into Canada. Visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to Canada need to have an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA), which costs $7.
No lunch when on the west coast and no meals on away trips (you will want to explore local cuisine)
Dates & Prices
Dates are flexible; please contact us to see if your preferred dates are possible. Prices include everything shown in the ‘what’s included’ tab. Prices are in British Pounds (£GBP). If you would prefer to pay in another currency, please contact us. An additional non-refundable fee of £250 is due upon registration to secure your place.
3rd Jan – 27th March 2024
KICK THINGS OFF ON THE EAST COAST
For the first 6 weeks of this trip you’ll settle into life in the Laurentides. Voted the number one ski resort on the east coast, Mont Tremblant has diverse, varied terrain, with breath-taking scenery. The picturesque resort hasn’t lost any of its old-world appeal making it the perfect place to connect with French Canadian culture. Pick up conversational French lesson if you wish. Tremblant has everything you need after an action-packed day on the slopes…shops, bars, restaurants and the best après ski bar!
Spend your days on the slopes with great friends, enjoying the seasonaire lifestyle…it’s hard to imagine that you are also learning and gaining useful qualifications at the same time! You’ll have the opportunity to gain your CSIA Level 1 instructor’s certification.
On the weekends, you’ll visit the historic, cobbled streets of Quebec City. Experience the largest winter carnival with ice sculpting and night tubing to enjoy. Explore downtown Montreal and watch a professional ice hockey game – a true Canadian experience, before heading to the west coast for some epic powder days.
HEAD TO THE WEST COAST
For the second half of this trip, fly all the way across Canada to Big White in beautiful British Columbia to experience a totally different side of Canada. Renowned for an abundance of champagne powder and quiet slopes, progress your ski technique to the next level and train for your CSIA Level 2. You’ll also have the chance to take the AST Level 1 avalanche safety course, before heading into the backcountry with professional guides for the best powder days.
The village of Big White has a fantastic community vibe – you’ll be a local in no time! There are lots of winter activities to explore; snowshoe trails, dog sledding, snowmobiling and an epic ice climbing tower. If you’re seeking even more adventure, take day trips to Kelowna which is just 45 mins away with lots of shopping, restaurants, micro breweries, trampoline park…the list goes on!
Don’t miss out on this epic adventure
This trip balances on hill training and weekend trips with plenty of free time for you to relax or explore at your own pace. Our reps are on hand the entire time, everything is thought of and taken care of for you to make sure you get the most out of your time with us. You’ll benefit from our network and relationships, giving you access to the very best experiences across Canada.
THINGS TO DO
Canada is a Winter Wonderland. There is world-class skiing and buzzing cities to enjoy across this mesmerizing country. From snowshoeing to skating on frozen lakes, there is so much to do!
- Enjoy a drink served from ice glasses at the Ice Hotel in Quebec City
- Lace up and skate on the myriad of paths on the surrounding lakes
- Enjoy the outdoor pools and hot tubs at a Scandinavian wellness centre
- Enjoy a sweet treat – Canada is famous for its maple syrup taffy lollipops
- Snack on a Beaver Tail, a fried dough pastry – they are truly delicious!
- Shout yourself hoarse at an action-packed ice-hockey match
- Face the mountain differently and try alpine touring or snowshoeing
- Drive your own team of huskies on a dogsledding excursions through the forest
- Wind down and get artistic painting pottery
- Dig a hole in the ice and try fishing
- Feel as if you’re in the heart of a video game at the laser tag arena