French Ski Instructor Course
Entering the French system is notoriously hard and this course focuses on helping you to achieve that goal. It takes dedication, drive and talent. If you think you’ve got what it takes, we can help you along the path towards a fulfilling and lucrative ski instructor career.
Boost your speed and Slalom skills in readiness for the Test Technique
The French system is perceived to be a bit of an enigma and, to be fair, it is very different to any other instructor body in the world - it is formidably demanding. Before you can even think about setting foot in a ski school, you need to prove your worth as a talented skier by passing the infamous “Test Technique” special slalom examination. Applicants are required to race down a slalom course and beat a professionally registered time. This requires a very challenging level of training, and that’s where we come in.
Get to the top of your game with focussed high-end training
For you to be successful on this course, we provide an intense program designed to transform you into an athletic ski racer. Not for the faint hearted, we’ll work hard with you to perfect your technique and racing experience, while shaving every possible second off your slalom times. Of course, being an instructor course, we also teach you how to pass on your highly refined skills, whilst working towards your “Préformation”, the French equivalent of a Level 2 instructor qualification.
Serre Chevalier is the best setting for this amazing experience
As well as race training, you’ll spend a lot of your time “working” on free-skiing all over the mountain – ie having fun! With Serre Chevalier as your home, you’ll have an abundance of world-class free-ride terrain right on your doorstep. This resort has a massive amount of off-piste itineraries and is renowned for its fantastic tree runs.
Christian leads the way
Christian Delafield, our course director in Serre Chevalier has skied for over a quarter-century. He is fully qualified under the French system with a Brevet d’Etat d’éducateur sportif (B.E.E.S. 1er Degree) in Alpine Skiing. Originally from Jersey, he is leading the charge to bring more foreign nationals into the French system, with total support from the French themselves.
With a high snow record (average 600cm per year) and an unusual abundance of Larch Trees, Serre Chevalier is renowned for its excellent tree skiing
Join the local community and work on your language skills
While on the course we encourage participants to practice their language skills as much as possible. We hope you will become a part of the community in Serre Chevalier and therefore will do our best to help you find suitable accommodation. We can help you source everything from one bedroom apartments to shared housing for season workers.
The Future is bright once you're in the French system
Over this 20 week course, you’ll work towards your Test Technique and Preformation, but that’s only the start of your journey. With those two qualifications under your belt, you’ll be able to enter a ski school the following season, where you can get a respectable wage as a trainee instructor. Over the following few years, you’ll get loads of on the job training as you pass through the many tests and qualifications leading up to your ultimate goal – a BEES 1er Degree.
Full season lift pass
Additional ski insurance: covers emergency evacuation off the mountain
You will still need to have your own travel insurance with winter sports cover in case you require medical treatment, curtailment cover, cancellation cover or repatriation.
Professional coaching (Mon - Fri)
For 14 weeks of the course you'll be taught by France's top pros on every aspect of skiing but with the focus on preparing you for the Test Technique - the infamous slalom test that sorts the men from the boys - and sets you up for a lucrative career in the French ski instructor system. During the other weeks of the program you'll get 3 weeks of additional training on mountain safety, snowboarding, freestyle/freeride skiing. There is also a week of work experience. These 18 weeks of action packed learning are broken up with a few much needed rest weeks leading to a 21 week season.
Lift queue priority during lessons
Work experience in a local ski school (optional)
Instructor career advice
Ski maintenance tuition
Slalom stadium rental
Stadiums are closed piste areas reserved for race training.
There are options for full board communal accommodation or room-only private accommodation
Medical and travel insurance
Boots- Molded soles or 'comformables' recommended. Skis- 1 pair of Freeride and 1 Pair of Slalom race skis required Contact us for a full list of requirements.
Rucksack, Avalanche transceiver, Shovel & Probe.
Helmet and Hand Guards- Ask us about sourcing equipment.
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Physical preparation. Sports & activities including, running , ski de fond, endurance, etc.
Slalom intro & technical training
Technical & all-terrain instruction
Week 7 (Holiday Period)
Home visit, work experience or snowboard course
Slalom training & initial exam prep
FUAJ training & first Test Technique
Continued technical training
Snowboard training week
Week 14 (Holiday)
Rest & prepare for an intense finale
Work placement & race training
Freestyle & Freride training week
Technical training continues
Test Technique exams