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

Insanely beautiful glacier skiing and high-performance coaching, all set in a mega fun resort. Sound good? Our 10-week ski instructor course in the heart of the French Alps will equip you with your BASI Level 1 + 2, push your level on snow, and serve up adventure you won’t forget in a hurry. Based in Les 2 Alpes, expect open slopes and huge vertical, plus a world-level snowpark and awesome off-piste options. Designed for serious skiers, and all abilities from intermediate to expert, you’ll live in the heart of L2A in chalet-style ski lodge, meet new friends and create plenty of ‘back-in-the-day’ stories.

 

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A perfect training ground of open glacial slopes, awesome freeride terrain and a top-notch freestyle park. L2A’s ski area has a massive 200+km of marked pistes accessed by 43 lifts that will keep your legs pumping for weeks on end. High-altitude slopes mean great snow, and a huge vertical drop from the glacier will get your heart pounding.

 

The lower mountain features the most challenging and steep pitches, and you’ve also got adjoining La Grave for some of Europe’s best off-piste lines. L2A is also a freestyle hub, with its world-renowned snowpark facility ‘Freestyle Land’ to challenge all levels of freestyler. The après matches the skiing and at the base you’ll find 30 plus bars and a big selection of shops and eating options. A real all-rounder.

Coaching

This course features a blend of technical and all-mountain coaching from the get-go. Coaching covers areas from piste performance to bumps, shorts and powder, so expect to come away as an all-round skier with qualifications to back it up. You’ll be out on the hill everyday working towards your BASI Level 1 and Level 2, which will open up the door to a world of teaching opportunities in countries from Japan to New Zealand.

 

Our coaching team are certified BASI ISTD Level 4 with French equivalence, on hand to help you navigate your way through the BASI system. Coaching features personal development plans, technical sessions, workshops, simulated teaching and video analysis to ensure progression. Well also be developing your freeriding throughout and explore some of the best off-piste in the Alps, and add to your arson of snow skills with avalanche and first aid courses.

Activities

This season is all about pushing your limits and maximising your time in the mountains. Well be laying on a series of awesome adventures for you to get involved in throughout your 10 weeks in L2A. Heres a rundown.

 

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 or twin rooms.

Course Milestones What to expect in L2A
Weeks 1-2
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 3
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.
Weeks 4-5
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 +

20 hours coaching per week

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.

Airport transfers +

On the start and end dates of the course, to and from Grenoble

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.
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.
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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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