13 WEEKS: La Tzoumaz – Verbier, Switzerland

BASI-Partner-ColourThe most comprehensive BASI ski instructor course in the Alps. Fast track into your first ski instructor job on our BASI Alpine level 1 & 2 course in Switzerland.
La Tzoumaz is part of Verbier and the four valleys ski area, one of the largest in Europe. There is over 400km of piste, varying in every terrain you can imagine and with instruction provided by certified BASI examiners, your chance of success is higher than any other programme.

BASI qualifications are internationally recognised and our BASI ski instructor course is delivered by highly qualified BASI ISTD level 4 trainers specifically selected for their skills, knowledge, experience and expertise.

On top of your BASI Alpine training, you’ll take courses in Freestyle, Race Coaching and Avalanche Awareness during your time in resort. There will also be opportunities to join our Free Ride camps which run throughout the season, taking you to the greatest off piste powder in the Verbier ski area.

During this course you will become an associate member of BASI and will complete the BASI Alpine Level 1 and 2 Ski Instructor Course exams. Upon successful qualification you will receive your BASI ski instructor licence*.

Work Opportunities During and After The Course

Ski instructors are in high demand at peak periods including February half term and Easter, so there is plenty of potential for work after your course at a variety of resorts in Europe. Level 2 training starts after the level 1 exam.  During February, there is a 3 week break in training and you will be invited to shadow the ski school. There will be some opportunities for paid work as a BASI level 1 Ski instructor. Level 2 training continues throughout March.

At the end of the course, successful candidates who achieve BASI level 2 will be put in touch with our school group partners in Austria and Italy.** Jobs include teaching a variety of lessons from beginners to high-end intermediates, from 12 to 17 years old. You’ll have the same class for 6 days, and will monitor their progress throughout the week.

*A requirement of holding a BASI licence is that you have a basic Criminal Record Disclosure. These are issued by Disclosure Scotland and need to be applied for before you start your course.

**Any job recommendation is subject to passing BASI Alpine level 2, performance and behaviour.

What they said


BASI Levels 1 & 2

How long for?
13 weeks

La Tzoumaz, Four Valleys, Switzerland

4th Jan 2017

Level required?
You must be comfortable skiing European Blue runs


What you’ll get

The Course
  • 3 weeks BASI Level 1 training
  • BASI Level 1 course exam
  • 4 weeks BASI Level 2 training
  • 2 week BASI Level 2 course exam
  • All training with experienced BASI ISTD ski instructors
  • 70 hours’ ski lesson shadowing/teaching*
  • First aid training course & certification
  • BASI membership and licence
  • Race Coaching Course
  • Freestyle Coaching Course
  • Avalanche Awareness Course
  • Easter work as an instructor**
  • Snow Ready Fitness Plan
*any work opportunities are subject to clients passing BASI Alpine Level 1 whilst demonstrating an exemplary performance and behaviour throughout the course. Clients must also show an understanding and respect for the BASI Alpine code of conduct.
**Easter work is subject to *above and passing BASI Alpine Level 2
The Trip
  • Return flights from the UK to Geneva**
  • Transfers: Geneva to La Tzoumaz
  • Accommodation
  • Meals – 3 times a day, 7 days a week
  • Season lift pass for the full 4 Valleys ski area
  • Resort discount card
  • VIP ski memberships with Rossignol – up to 40% discount
**Return flights are included, however if you wish to stay on in resort and work, we will discuss a return flight allowance.
Tzoum Hostel
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Lounge with TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry Room – free to use
Course Schedule

6 days a week training & shadowing

  • Week 1: Settling in, explore the resort and introduction to the BASI programme
  • Week 2: BASI Alpine Level 1 instructor training
  • Week 3: BASI Alpine Level 1 instructor training, including race coaching and freestyle coaching courses.
  • Week 4: BASI Alpine Level 1 Instructor Exam
  • Weeks 5-6: BASI Alpine Level 2 instructor training
  • Weeks 7-9: Teaching or shadow teaching with the local ski school
  • Week 10-11: BASI Alpine Level 2 instructor training, including first aid course
  • Weeks 12-13: BASI Alpine Level 2 Instructor Course Exam. End of course Celebrations

The programme includes 7 weeks training, 3 weeks for work experience and 3 weeks BASI Level 1 & 2 Course exams.
For those who pass BASI level 2 there is potential for employment as an instructor in resort as well as in other resorts in Switzerland, Italy and Austria.