The Austrian Antwärter Ski Instructor Qualification
So you’re thinking about becoming a ski instructor? You’ve looked through the various options and qualifications you can train for, your skiing is up to the minimum required levels to start the journey and you’re ready to take the first step in gaining a qualification to teach on snow.
If you’re based in the UK then BASI (British Association of Snowsports Instructors) is the number choice for many part time and full time instructors and we run courses linked with BASI here at Snoworks GAP.
But there are alternatives and the Austrian Antwärter qualification is one of the most interesting – plus there’s a guaranteed job in the famous resort of St Anton available once you’ve passed.
So what is the Antwärter and why is it an interesting alternative to the BASI course?
The Antwärter is the entry level Austrian ski instructor qualification and allows you to work exclusively in Austrian ski resorts. It requires a certain level of German language – something like A level standard, to enable you to get through the training and pass the exam at the end of it.
It’s a comprehensive qualification that involves eight days of initial training, followed by a 10 day exam. Once passed, Snoworks GAP can offer newly qualified ski instructors a job for the whole winter season in St Anton – one of the premier ski resorts in the Alps, famous for its extensive piste network, off-piste skiing and energetic après ski.
One of the biggest benefits for anyone considering this course, is that it takes place in the summer, on the glacier, in Hintertux, Austria – some of the most reliable snow conditions and extensive summer ski terrain in the Alps is available and because it’s out of season, our accommodation is good value for money, despite the very high standard it offers.
For post graduates, the obvious benefit is that the course takes place during the summer break, leaving some time in the autumn before the winter starts to earn extra money or relax before the start of winter (December) and for students taking a GAP year between their A levels and university, it’s also ideally placed so that you can maximise your time working on the snow during the winter whilst qualification way before those who choose to join GAP ski courses over the winter.
Once you have an Antwärter qualification, you can be employed by a ski school in Austria – it’s the first of 4 stages of ski instructor qualification, much like any other system in other countries, including Great Britain. It’s also possible to follow the pathway all the way through to the very highest qualification, which allows you more freedom to work independently and take skiers off-piste.
But one step at a time – the Antwärter is a highly respected qualification to hold and ski schools will use their discretion in regards to the kind of clients you’ll be teaching, just like qualifications of a similar level. Typically you would expect to teach all ages and ability levels ranging from complete beginner to intermediate skiers looking to progress.
If you compared the Antwärter qualification to others, it would be similar to holding a BASI level 2 or a Canadian (CSIA) level 2.
So if you’d like to get qualified during the summer, turn up to one of the best ski resorts in the world before the season gets going and wear one of the prized uniforms of the Alberg Ski School (established in 1921!), then consider enrolling on an Austrian Antwärter ski instructor course with Snoworks GAP now.