This ski instructor course will get you trained and assessed so that you’ll attain a BASI level 2 qualification on completion. The full 8 week course will take you through the BASI system, improving your personal skiing and develop the skills required to become a ski instructor. During the second week, you will take the BASI level 1 exam and start your journey as a qualified ski instructor. From there, the course focuses on the lead up to the BASI level 2 exam during weeks 7 and 8. The whole course takes place in Tignes, including the exam elements –conducted by independent examiners from BASI. If successful on the level 2 qualification, you will become qualified to teach skiing on snow in many different countries.
Who is this course for?
Our courses are perfect for those wanting a once in a lifetime gap year pre or post university, those who want a sabbatical from work, those who want to retrain for a new career as a ski instructor, or because you simply love to ski.
Ability Level Required?
We advise that you have skied 10 or more weeks on snow and are happy on all groomed terrain and to tackle moguls and easy off piste skiing. Please email or call us to make a fair assessment of your current level.
Week 1 is all about getting out there and skiing. Building the team, building the skills and understanding the ‘fundamentals’ of skiing and how to break down the ‘movements’ and ‘skills’ of ski technique. All Snoworks instructors and GAP trainers are passionate All-Mountain ski teachers who will give you the skills and knowledge to become fabulous and passionate ski instructors yourselves. On week 1 we also look into the ‘Central Theme’, which is the BASI progression for teaching beginners, this will put you in a fantastic position for your first level exam.
This week is your first assessment and as a BASI business partner (British Association of Snowsports Instructors). They provide us with the highest quality examiners, who will join us in Tignes to train and assess you as level 1 ski instructors. It is continual assessment throughout the week, thus giving everyone a perfect opportunity to train and learn the necessary skills and knowledge throughout the week. SnoworksGAP trainers will still be on hand to help with your questions and support.
IMPORTANT: Any students that are unfortunately unsuccessful at BASI level 1 will be given further training on week 3 (instead of ‘race’) and then presented for re-assessment on the Friday in order to be able to continue the remainder of the programme towards and including the level 2 examination. (If this situation were to arise, it will not prevent your chances at full course completion).
Time to step up the speed! Race training is the best way to develop all four of the ‘Performance Threads’ needed for BASI level 2. ‘Technical’ – a full week developing the skills of carving and edge control, perfect for BASI level 2. ‘Psychological’ – increasing your threshold with the buzz of flying past the gates and the progressive increase of speed. ‘Physical’ – our off snow fitness sessions will be nurturing the athlete within you and thus making you a better skier and giving you the competitive edge! ‘Tactical’ – you will gain knowledge about speed and line – the where and when of ski racing (This is giant slalom for all students, unless Test Technique training has been pre agreed) Race will be for a half a day (due to it’s physical intensity) with out of gate training and teaching practice for the other half of the day.
By now you will have a fantastic grasp of where your skiing level is, understanding ski techniques and breaking down the ‘Fundamentals’. This week allows us to develop the individual aspects that you need to become a rounded and versatile skier and put you in a fantastic position for the level 2 assessments. We will look at all the ‘Strands’ – bumps, piste performance and variables/off piste. Also starting this week will be the opportunity for ‘mock’ lessons, as we start to give you the opportunity for structured teaching practice.
The last two weeks under the Snoworks GAP family umbrella are a fantastic combination of gaining invaluable shadowing hours, both an essential part of BASI 2 and your future as a professional ski instructor. With various different Snoworks courses running you get the opportunity to shadow the lessons, video sessions and day to day running of a busy group lesson environment. Combine this with the opportunity to teach our generous Snoworks clients, who volunteer for ‘free mock lessons’ giving you real time experience and structured practice opportunities. Mix those with continued personal performance tuned to your individual needs in preparation for your final exam, and you will then feel completely ready and prepared for BASI level 2.
The BASI level 2 qualification, which if/when successful will allow you to teach skiing around the world, with potential ski instructor job opportunities in Japan, Italy, Austria and Switzerland.
IMPORTANT: Students that are unfortunately unsuccessful at BASI level 2 will have to take further training following their action plan and then take a re-assessment at their own cost at a later date. Continued support and advice will be given towards the best way to move forward.