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BASI 1 + 2 Ski Instructor CourseLes Deux Alps, 10 Weeks

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.

 

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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.

Coaching

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.

Activities

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.

Accommodation

You'll stay in centrally located chalet-style hotel La Brunerie, 5 minutes from the slopes featuring a snow bar and alpine restaurant plus an indoor pool. Choose from private, twin or triple rooms.

Course Milestones What to expect in L2A
Weeks 1-3
The first phase is all about developing your skiing and teaching. You’ll be clocking up vertical, scoring powder days and nailing the fundamentals. We’ll introduce you to BASI methodology and work through drills and video analysis. Enjoy the vibrant après scene L2A is famous for, get to know the local bars and hang out as a group.
Week 4
The BASI Level 1 exam and first step on the ladder. This is a 5-day assessment which is both challenging and super fun. They’ll be personal performance training and an introduction to BASI’s Teaching Principles. At the end of the week expect a huge Level 1 party with your friends and coaches.
Week 5
Level 2 training. You’ll work on dynamic performance and high-end skiing, plus practical teaching sessions. We’ll be freeriding too, jumping into the park, and exploring some of the epic off-piste in La Grave. L2A will be feeling like home, with days off for tracking down pow stashes and seeing out the days at Le Pano Bar.
Weeks 6-8
You’ll get your shadowing hours in as you head out with an experienced instructor and learn the tricks of the trade. You’ll be pushing yourself to the max, fine-tuning your demo skills and getting plenty of teaching practice. Boost your backcountry know-how with an avalanche course and explore the local area on a ski touring day.
Weeks 9-10
The climax, BASI Level 2 kicks off. Two blocks of five-days, this an intense but rewarding two weeks featuring skiing, lectures, workshops and teaching. By the end, you’ll be an internationally qualified instructor. This all culminates with an almighty end-of-season party. Stay around at the end of the course for an extra week of spring skiing.
Dates & Prices

What's Included

Professional coaching +

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.

BASI Level 1 + 2 exam fees +

Those taking the 10-week course will sit BASI 1 and 2. 

Ski school shadowing +

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.

Avalanche course +

Boost your backcountry know-how with a must-do avalanche course

First aid certification +

An outdoor focused first aid course recognised by BASI.

Hotel Accommodation +

A super comfortable, centrally located, hotel in the heart of Les 2 Alpes with a pool, sauna, bar, sun terrace, a seminar room for post-ski training, and a ski locker. All rooms have a TV, free wi-fi and an ensuite bathroom.

Breakfasts + Dinners +

Continental breakfasts and 3-course dinners, 7 days per week.

Hosting +

24/7 support in resort from our host

Optional extras +
1 week post-stay +
1 week extra stay to make the most of your season pass, in a twin or private room. Longer extensions are available, let our team know.
1% For The Planet +

1% of revenues support environmental non-profits, including Protect Our Winters

Carbon Offset +
We make your trip carbon neutral by offsetting emissions we can't reduce, including flights.
On behalf of all participants, we offset the measurable carbon emissions of your trip based on the duration, location and type of course, as well as the journey you’re taking to reach your course. Through our partnership with Climate Impact, we contribute to effective carbon reduction projects.
Not included +
Ski equipment +
We arrange a local ski shop to provide a couple of packages (skis, bindings, boots) of suitable equipment for the course at a discounted price. Avalanche packs are also available.
Airport Transfers +
As mentioned above, we run optional coach transfers from London - Les Deux Alpes, with pick up points along the way. If you opt to fly to France then there are lots of public transfers available, making it super easy to make your own way to the resort.
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FAQs

How good do you need to be? +

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.

Who is the course suited for? +

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.

Which airport should I fly to? +

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.

How likely am I to pass? +

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%.

What are my employment prospect like after the course? +

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.

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