If you’re down for an epic European season, our 10 week instructor course in the heart of the French Alps is the one. With expert coaching on the menu from our team of pros, this course will equip you with your BASI Level 1 and 2, as well as hone your all-mountain shred skills, in one of Europe’s highest and largest resorts.
Based in beautiful Les 2 Alpes, you’ve got everything you need for an unforgettable season alongside a crew of like-minded adventure lovers. From its high-altitude glacier to freestyle scene and bouncing après culture, L2A is a big hitter with powder bowls, a finely-shaped park, immaculate groomers, plus some tough off-piste zones to test your mettle.
You’ll stay in a chalet-style hotel on the main street where you’ll wake up to mountain views, just steps away from the slopes. Each week features specialist coaching with technique sessions, race training and freeride clinics to propel your skills. You’ll also spend time honing your teaching with peer-to-peer simulations, plus ski school shadowing to learn the tricks of the trade.
Perfect for a gap year, a season with Nonstop isn’t complete without our epic events organised by your host and the roster of weekly adventures we lay on. Dubbed our MORE Program, they’ll be everything from mountainside après at the infamous Pano Bar, to away days at nearby resorts like backcountry-mecca La Grave.
So buckle up and get involved, we can’t wait for you to join this one.
Situated in the heart of the French Alps, Les 2 Alpes is one of Europe’s highest and most snow-sure resorts, linked to off-piste paradise La Grave. Boasting glacier skiing, a finely-tuned terrain park and legendary après, we love L2A for its buzzing alpine feel.
The ski area is massive, split into 7 sectors with a whopping 200km of marked pistes and 90 runs, mostly long and open for clocking up speed. You’ve got immaculate groomers, powder bowls and 2,300m of vertical descent, plus the freestyle park is one of the best in Europe. There are features for all levels with different kicker lines, boxes, rails, hips and a halfpipe.
The lower-mountain features a series of steeper pitches that funnel to the base and when the powder falls there are some fantastic off-piste options, but adjoining La Grave is where you’ll find the best freeride lines, with the old climbing community boasting a rich ski heritage of unpatrolled terrain.
And we can’t talk about L2A without a nod to the après. Known for its mountain-top parties and seasonaire nightlife, there are more than 30 bars to bounce between, from Le Pano Bar to the Polar Bear. The main village is surrounded by frosted peaks with tons of great shops, hangouts and eating options. The lower medieval village of Venosc, accessible by gondola, is a great place to escape for a quieter atmosphere on down days.
One of the top features of this course is the high-quality coaching by our team of BASI specialists. We combine technical coaching, race training and freeride clinics to furnish you with all the skills you need to become an instructor and pass your BASI assessments. You’ll boost your ski technique, learn about mountain and avalanche safety, and be taught how to pass on your knowledge to others.
Each week features pro coaching from Monday through Friday. Covering areas from piste performance to bumps, shorts and powder, expect to come away as an all-round skier with qualifications to back it up. Split into groups of 8, the intensive coaching is designed to prepare you for your BASI Level 1 and 2 exams. We’ll also be developing your freeriding throughout and exploring some of the best off-piste in the Alps. When the powder comes, we’ll be scoring face shots as a crew and recounting the day’s sends and stacks.
The first phase of the course is focussed on developing your skiing and teaching ahead of the 5-day Level 1 assessment. We then move on to Level 2 training as we continue to push your skiing, plus you’ll be clocking up snow school shadowing hours and learning what it takes to be an instructor. This is followed by the Level 2 assessment, a 10-day course that will develop and assess your technical and teaching skills.
They’ll also be regular video analysis, workshops in ski tuning and injury prevention, plus an avalanche course that will broaden your mountain know-how and teach you essential backcountry knowledge for ski missions beyond resort boundaries.
A season with Nonstop is all about throwing yourself into mountain life with all that L2A has to offer. We’ve made a fine art out of weaving the most epic adventures and activities into your schedule. The added extras can’t be hyped up enough.
Whether its trips to nearby resorts like steep and deep holy grail La Grave, sunset beers atop a mountain before skiing the glacier under moonlight, or our weekly après gatherings, we’ve got you covered. Alongside workshops and socials, this is all part of our MORE Program, and you can add as many extras as take your fancy. Here’s a sample.
You'll stay in a beautiful, centrally-located chalet-style hotel Le Cret, a 15 bedroom ski lodge in the heart of L2A, exclusively for Nonstop. It's walking distance to the lifts, just 200m from the Diable chair and 900m to Jandri 1 gondola. We have private, twin-share and triple-share rooms available, depending on your budget and preferences.
For evening meals, we'll be heading out to two different local restaurants, The Spot and Smithy's. Both are just a 3 minute amble from our hotel. Smithy’s and Le Spot are long-established L2A venues and will provide a delicious set-menu for our Nonstop group.
Coaching Sessions take place Monday to Friday. 20 hours coaching per week combined with plenty of free-skiing time leads to huge progression in your skiing.
Those taking the 10-week course will sit BASI 1 and 2.
As part of the BASI syllabus, a extentsive shadowing with local instructors and in local ski school is arranged. 35 hours shadow experience is required for both Level 1 and for Level 2.
Boost your backcountry know-how with a must-do avalanche course
An outdoor focused first aid course recognised by BASI.
A super comfortable, centrally located, hotel in the heart of Les 2 Alpes.
Continental breakfasts and 2-course dinners, 7 days per week.
Our course is hosted by a local resident who is familiar with both the program, BASI, and the resort. Alongside our instructor team, they'll ensure your season both on and off snow is as amazing as possible. Also available to support you if things don't go to plan or you simply need some advice.
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This course is suited to a range of abilities from intermediate to expert. We recommend that you have at least 4-5 weeks experience and can make consistent parallel turns down blue/red runs. Any doubts, get in touch.
This course is designed for snow-mad people who want to push their skiing, land instructor certifications and have a great time. Most come solo, some have designs on becoming an instructor, and others are on an adventurous gap year or career break. The usual age range is 18-30 but we welcome anyone 18+ with a passion for snow.
You should fly to Grenoble. This is where our transfers depart from and return you to on the start and end date of the course. You can also depart one week later. The transfer to resort is around 2 hours.
BASI Level 1 is an entry-level qualification and you’ll be assessed on your skiing and teaching. The requirements are relatively straightforward, and we usually expect a 100% pass rate.
BASI Level 2 is a jump up in terms of technical and teaching skills that must be achieved. All the coaching you receive is designed to set you up for success, so with the right commitment expect to have a great chance. Pass rates vary from 80-90%.
After successfully achieving your BASI Level 2, you can work in countries all over the world, including Austria, Switzerland, Canada, Japan and New Zealand – with many of our graduates going on to do so. On course you’ll make valuable connections and we’ll help point you in the direction of ski schools for the chance of future employment. You’ll also receive a ‘Working as an Instructor’ guide which covers useful information, CV tips plus a database of contacts. Your coaches and our UK team are also on hand for advice and to provide well-respected references.
We look forward to speaking with you.