Becoming a Teaching Assistant

Our youth development program, “Teaching Assistant” (TA) continues to be the perfect way for youth skiers and snowboarders to:

-  Improve technically;

- Develop confident communication and interpersonal skills;

- Gain hands-on experience;

- Prepare to become a certified ski/snowboarding professional;

 The benefits of becoming a TA:

 -  Ski and ride with a discounted season pass;

 - Assistants are considered ‘volunteers’ not ‘workers’. They will receive regular on-snow training at no cost, discounts in our cafeteria on days scheduled to assist and may be remunerated at the end of the season based on hours committed.

 Eligibility to become a TA:

  • Must be age 13-14 

  • Outgoing

  • Novice+ skier/boarder

  • Enjoys interacting & playing with children

  • Punctual, Responsible, and dependable;

  • Register for the mandatory “Youth Instructor & Teaching Assistant Program”

$132.00( first year rate/3 days) or $82.00 (2 yr +/ 2 days) – Dec 18-20, 2021

  • Attend entire on-snow & in-class training

  • Complete and submit homework assignments

  • Complete and submit TA commitment forms

  • Ability to commit to a minimum of 1 day per weekend Jan to Mar.

 At the end of the 3 day TA Program, TA’s will be evaluated. Those who meet the TA requirements may be asked to participate in up to 10-hour apprentice training, assisting our certified Instructors. The TA will track his/her hours throughout the season; this is easily done with our TA journals & sign-in/out sheets. 

*Due to Covid-19, the apprentice portion of the program may need to be modified throughout the season. However improvement sessions/training will continue to occur. Please see below*


Included in the TA program is the opportunity to “session” with some of our more qualified Snow School certified ski and snowboard instructors.  “Sessioning” is skiing/riding improvement training and takes place regularly on weekends throughout the season.  TAs are highly encouraged to participate in this sessioning, as it will continue to develop their technical and teaching skills. Timing will be decided at a later date.

Please review our Covid-19 policies for this season- we have limited seating in our lodge this year, face coverings are required in the lodge, while loading lifts and while assisting with lessons.

If you have any other questions please contact:

The Snow School Team                                                                        

Mount Pakenham                                                               

613.624.5290 x231                                           

  updated 08/2020