Our best youth program focuses on youth development, skiing and riding skills and future teaching opportunities. This program is for aspiring young instructors giving them the chance to experience the joy of teaching the magic of skiing/snowboarding!

Teaching Assistant Program

Overview Year 1
Our Teaching Assistant Course is the perfect way for skiers and riders to prepare to become certified instructors. The course is designed to help participants to improve technically while developing solid communication and interpersonal skills. After completing the course, participants will perform 10 probationary hours to assess their competency and commitment. Participants will teach closely with certified instructors, assisting with actual classes. Here they will develop an eye for assessing and developing students while building a "teaching toolbox." Participants also partake in weekly on-snow sessions with certified trainers to further their skills.

Who Is Eligible
Any 12-14 year old intermediate level skier or snowboarder with a desire to become an instructor.

How To Apply
First time eligible candidates must register for the 3 day Teaching Assistant Course from 10:00am-12pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm December 21-23. Register online at mountpakenham.com or call 613-624-5290. The price is $132 plus tax and must be paid in full by Visa, Mastercard at the time of booking. A valid lift pass is required for all participants and those who plan to become Teaching Apprentices and Teaching Assistants may purchase a Season’s Pass with a 10% discount.

TA Responsibility And Commitment
Step 1 - Teaching Assistant Course
Candidates must complete the mandatory 3 day training course Jan 2-4. Certified trainers will provide indoor and on snow instruction to improve technique, introduce teaching tactics and improve professionalism. An on-going evaluation of ski/board performance, teaching skills, and attitude will be conducted. Performance appraisals will be given on December 23rd and candidates will move on to the 10 hour probationary period beginning January 4th or 5th.

Step 2 - Probationary 10 hours
Teaching Assistants (TAs) will assist a certified instructor with teaching weekend programs for a probationary period of 10 hours. The apprentice must commit to 3 hours (10:30am - 3:30 pm, with a lunch break) beginning Saturday January 4th or Sunday January 5th for the duration of 10 weeks. TAs will teach closely with the instructor, gaining real, hands on experience. TAs will be evaluated at the end of each class by the instructor.
Complimentary on-snow training sessions will be offered Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9:30am to help Teaching Assistant candidates enhance their skills.

Step 3 - Teaching Assistant
Successful candidates will continue to assist with classes for the remainder of the 5/10 week programs and March Break programs based on an as needed basis.

Although Teaching Assistants who assist after the initial 10 hours probationary training are considered 'volunteers' not 'workers', they will receive weekly complimentary on snow training sessions, a discounted season pass and discounts in our cafeteria and retail shop when assisting and other perks. TA’s over the age of 14 also have priority placement for other opportunities at Mount Pakenham.

2nd & 3rd Year TA’s
Returning TA’s must participate in the 2-day Assistant Instructor Course for returning TA’s-December 21-22 from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm Participants will be evaluated at the end of course. Successful candidates will be considered for additional teaching opportunities for the 10 weeks of weekend programs and holiday programs. Returning TA’s pay a discounted rate for the Youth Instructor Course and Season Pass. Please call a reservation agent to register.

Age 15+ are able to take the 3 day certification course with either CSIA (Cdn Ski Instructors Alliance) or CASI (Cdn Assoc of Snowboard Instructors). More info available at www.snowpro.com (ski) or www.casi-acms.com (snb)

If you are interested in becoming a TA and would like more information about the program, please email our Snow School - snowschool@mountpakenham.com or call 613-624-5290

Mount Pakenham Snow School Waiver

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  • Program: Assistant Instructor Training Course followed by 5 weekends of practical training. TA’s are then eligible for TA compensation after the 5 weekend training and instructional program.
  • Available: First Year TA: December 21-23, 2019. Second Year TA: December 21-22, 2019. Training from 10:00-12:00 & 1:00-3:00 each day.
  • Equipment: Bring your own or rent ours
  • Fine Print: Snow School rates are for instruction only! Season Pass or lift packages are extra. Please add 13% HST to snow school rates. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling Mount Pakenham at 613-624-5290 with your Visa or Mastercard.
    Bookings made less than 7 days before program start date may be subject to a $25 late booking fee.

    Full refunds, less $25 administration charge, are issued only if cancellation notice is received more than 14 days prior to the start date. Cancellations within 14 days will be assigned an alternate date or credit, less $25 administration charge, at the discretion of Mount Pakenham.
  • Ability Levels:Beginner - Expert


Program Pricing
Teaching Assistant 1st yr Ski or Snowboard (Dec 21-23, 2019) from 10 am - noon AND 1 pm - 3 pm


T A program for 2nd and 3rd Year


Program Options
Lockers keep your equipment warm, dry, secure and makes skiing easy (Rental).
Season Regular Family Sized Locker (12 in x 22 in)


Season Large Family Sized Locker(15 inches x 24 inches)


$25 GIFT CARD (Usable across resort: Cafeteria, Lounge, Rentals, Front Desk, Lessons, etc.)


$50 GIFT CARD (Usable across resort: Cafeteria, Lounge, Rentals, Front Desk, Lessons, etc.)


$75 GIFT CARD (Usable across resort: Cafeteria, Lounge, Rentals, Front Desk, Lessons, etc.)


$100 GIFT CARD (Usable across resort: Cafeteria, Lounge, Rentals, Front Desk, Lessons, etc.)


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