10 Week BASI Level 1 & 2 Ski Instructor Course

Course Type Ski Instructor
Dates 4th Dec-11th Feb | 8th Jan-18th Mar | 19 Feb-29th Apr
Price From £9250
Venue Switzerland - Verbier
Qualifications BASI Level 1 & 2 Ski Instructor
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About the Trip

10 WEEKS – Verbier, Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Join our BASI 10-week Ski Instructor Course in Verbier and train with experienced BASI level 4 instructors in the Swiss Alps. You’ll spend 10 weeks living in Verbier, the gateway to the 4 Valleys, and enjoy the vast 410km ski area. On this ski instructor course in Switzerland, you will make friends for life and gain invaluable experience from your instructors and examiners. This BASI course includes training, accommodation, meals, exam fees and more.

Ski Level required: Intermediate.

Features

10 weeks level 1 & level 2  BASI training

BASI level 1 exam and membership

Full Season Lift pass sold separately

Accommodation in private chalets.

Meal plan 5 breakfasts & dinners

24hr support in resort

Benefits

3 different start dates; come before or after Christmas.

Massive amount of training to prepare you for a successful Level 2 exam.

Guaranteed interviews for returning clients wanting employment with a Level 2 certificate.

Further bolt-ons available.

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Resort

Verbier is a snow lovers’ playground. Renowned for its December to April snowfall, Verbier sits at 1,500m, with pistes extending up to 3,330m.

The 4 Valleys area provides over 400 km of piste, all on your one ski pass. It’s the perfect place for training and skiing, with runs for all abilities. Famous for hosting freeride competitions, Verbier is the home of legendary off-piste runs, perfect for those wishing to improve their powder skiing and explore off the beaten track.

Chalet Accommodation

Half board, high-quality chalet accommodation. Located within walking distance of the nearest lift, the Verbier chalet has all the amenities you require to make it a home-from-home. In addition, you have the comfort and close proximity of the lifts and resort amenities to make the most of the resort living.

Accommodation is exclusively for the BASI level 1 & 2 courses.

Facilities

  • Breakfast and Evening Meals
  • Close to lifts
  • Lounge & communal area with TV with seating
  • Kitchen & Dining area
  • Ski Storage
  • Laundry Room

Resort Amenities

  • Ski-in ski-out
  • Shops – including a supermarket
  • Bars/Clubs
  • Restaurants
  • Swimming Pool
  • Climbing & Ice Climbing
  • Fitness & Wellness, including Tennis, Squash and Yoga.

Activities: snow-shoeing, ski touring, cross country skiing, dog sledding & more

Optional: If you already have a place in Verbier or want to find your own accommodation, a course-only option is available for £4900.

Breakfast and Dinner

Meal Plan

Breakfast and evening meals are served 5 days per week, typically Monday – Friday. Meals are served in the chalet, with a continental breakfast each day and a cooked breakfast once per week. Dietary requirements are accommodated.

110% Recommend The Winter Sports Company

Such an amazing company! Despite being in the middle of a global pandemic, the Winter Sports Company have done an absolutes fantastic job of organising and supporting my trip to Verbier this winter. Rik, spoke to me a couple times, giving his expertise and opinions on different resorts, from the type of snow, to the general ‘vibe’ of the place. His knowledge, helped me (finally) decide on a Verbier, where I’m sure I’ll have an amazing time. Furthermore, The Winter Sports Company have been so reassuring and easy to work with, given the situation at the moment. I am so pleased I choose them and I can’t wait to get to go to the mountains with them – 100% recommend!!

Emma Murphy – 10 Nov 2020
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Training Package

Level 1 & 2 Training 

Training averages 30 hours per week. Coaching & shadowing is provided 5 days per week and is run by BASI instructors. You are mentored throughout the course and will receive tailored feedback as you prepare for the level 1 and 2 exams. Training typically runs Monday – Friday. Weekends can be spent freeskiing, resting and enjoying the resort.

BASI Level 1 ski instructor exam

BASI level 1 is included in the price. Level 1 is a 5-day assessment course and qualifies instructors to teach beginners and early intermediate skiers.

A safeguarding children module must be completed before the level 1 exam. This is available through BASI as an online course. It can be done in your own time and costs £25.

BASI Level 2 ski instructor exam

The BASI level 2 ski instructor exam is within the timetable of the course. Level 2 is a 10-day course and qualifies instructors to teach up to and including parallel standards on marked pistes. The level 2 exam takes place in the final 2 weeks of the course.

BASI Membership & Instructor Licence.

As part of your course, we enrol you with BASI. Membership for the year is included. In addition, you will be provided with a login to the BASI website, where you can access online resources. Upon completion of level 1, you will be a licensed instructor.

Shadow Teaching

All participants must complete at least 35 hours of shadowing to complete the Level 2 exam. Ski lesson shadowing & teaching is built into your ski instructor training, help prepare you for exams, and provide observational experience in a mountain environment.

First Aid Course

BASI require all licenced instructors to hold a valid first aid certificate. In addition, first aid and off-piste mountain safety course is included in the price and covers outdoor emergency first aid training.

Visa Assistance & Job Opportunities

Career advice sessions are held during the season. We have partnerships and connections with several sports schools across the world. We can offer guidance to help you find employment as an instructor once you are qualified. Some employment opportunities are available in Europe during peak weeks upon course completion.

We provide comprehensive advice and assistance when applying for working holiday visas.

Snow Ready Fitness Plan

Created for Winter Sports by a personal trainer & instructor, this 8-week pre-season fitness programme targets the muscle groups used in skiing & snowboarding. It will ensure you are snow-fit in time for the start of your course.

Course Schedule

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An average of 30 hours of training and coaching per week over a 10-week programme. Training is delivered by BASI pro-instructors, typically Monday- Friday.

This schedule is a guide and may change depending on conditions and the group’s requirements. For those who pass BASI level 2, there is potential for employment as an instructor, subject to an interview.

Please note: BASI Level 1 has an online Safeguarding Children Module. This module must be completed before the course start date.

Week 1

Resort orientation, meet the Altitude Ski School. Introductions to BASI method, team building, assessment of skill and creation of individual action plan. on piste technical ski coaching and 2 day first aid course.

Week 2

First aid course and skiing development, improvement across piste, moguls, steeps and off piste.

Week 3

BASI level 1 instructor exam.

Week 4

Ski the 4 Valleys. Off Piste training and technical development.

Week 5

Practical teaching experience. Ski school shadowing week, learn from our instructors working with clients on the hill.

Week 6

Practical teaching experience continues. Review and delivery of lessons shadowed, teach and technical coaching.

Week 7

Continued development, working on individual goals set by your mentor.

Week 8

Final week of training, teaching and technical preparation before level 2 assessment weeks.

Week 9

BASI Level 2 Ski Instructor Exam.

Week 10

BASI Level 2 Ski Instructor Exam and end of season celebrations.

"Winter Sports made us feel like our ski break had already started!"

Alistair - 10 Nov 2020

"Trying to book a Gap Year ski course during lockdown wasn't an easy challenge but Rik Dyson at Winter Sports has been amazing. He offered us great support and guidance when choosing my son's 10 week ski course. Sadly, we couldn't book the trip he wanted in Canada as Covid had closed the borders but Rik found us a BASI and Off-Piste course in Verbier which is coming up in 2 months and my son is so excited!. We never would have found it without his help. Rik has been informative, very friendly and easy-going in his advice and has made us feel really welcome which I'm sure is the Winter Sports ethos - thanks so much for your time and care".

Bolt on courses

WHAT ARE THE VERBIER BOLT ONS?

Because it’s not just about becoming an instructor! Add on something extra, whether another qualification or simply something for fun or on your bucket list. You’ll be able to sign up for your bolt on’s well in advance before you depart and will be sent a link to all the available courses for your stay. There’s something for everyone and everybody’s budget. If you want to look a little more in-depth, then look at our dedicated Bolt On page.

French or German lessons

As well as becoming a more rounded skier/ boarder on this course, you may also want to impress the locals with your language skills

Off piste touring

Go beyond piste barriers and explore everything the resort offers with a ski tour.

Snowshoeing

Exploring or exercise?  Snowshoeing is the way to do it.

Paragliding

See the resort from a hawks perspective with the tandem paraglide.

Yoga or Pilates

Keep yourself in great skiing condition with our yoga and pilate classes

Lessons for your other discipline

Add to your rosta of skill with lessons in a different discipline. Snowboard, Telemark etc.

What's included

WSC 10 Week BASI Training Package

This 10-week course includes a training program designed by Level 4 instructors and evaluators. It includes 20 hours of training per week given by experienced Level 3 & 4 instructors.

Ski School Shadowing

Ski School shadowing is introduced as you progress through the course.

Season Lift Pass

A Season long lift pass means if you want to come out early, or extend your stay then your lift pass will be valid. You also get extra discounts around the resort and reciprocal deals at other resorts.

 

Resort Rep

Sometimes overlooked but one of the most critical parts of your stay. Reps are knowledgeable and experienced skiers and boarders, often having completed their instructor tickets previously. They support you all the way, ensuring everything runs smoothly in the resort.

BASI Level 1 Exam and Membership

The level 1 & 2 course exam and membership is included in the price.

Video Analysis

Well it is the digital age! Instructors will utilse all the equipment available.

Accommodation for your Entire Stay

Staying at the resort, you’ll have everything you need. Ski in/out, and centrally located in the resort. It’s the perfect location for an instructor course.

Transfers

Transfers are included with your package when taking a flight with us. If you choose to arrive separately a free transfer is still available, as long as you are at the airport at the same time as the main arrival group. For transfers outside of this there may be a supplement charge.

Meal Package

5 Breakfasts and dinners are provided every week of your stay.

Regular Team Socials

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Employment Interviews & Job Opportunities

On Successful completion of your Level 2, should you wish to return to Verbier as an instructor then a guaranteed interview can be arranged.
We can also arrange further interviews at other resorts in Europe, Canada and the World, to help you find your first job in the industry

Visa Assistance

We provide comprehensive advice and assistance when applying for working holiday visas.

Video analysis

Within your training sessions you will receive video analysis on and off snow.

Welcome Gift Bag

A goody bag with clothing and gear to make you feel part of the team, and provide you with some extras to help with your stay.

Not Included.

FLIGHTS (add flights for an extra circa £35 one way)
MEALS outside of the Meal Plan (4 breakfasts and dinners)
INSURANCE
ANCILLARY BOLT ON COURSES
EQUIPMENT OR RENTAL

Dates & Prices

Dates Accommodation Prices

5th Dec to 10th Feb

Chalet Accommodation

£9250

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