Entering the French ski instructor 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.
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 thanks to a high snow record (average 600cm per year) and an unusual abundance of Larch Trees.
As well as race training, you'll spend a lot of your time "working" on free-skiing all over the mountain and enjoying all of Serre Chevalier's terrain.
The French ski instructor 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.
For you to be successful, 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, we also teach you how to pass on your highly refined skills, whilst working towards your "Préformation", the French equivalent of a Level 2 ski instructor qualification. Christian Delafield, our course director, 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.
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.
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 course begins with a minimum 2 - week physical preparation. Expect to take part in some or all of the following: running, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, football, touch rugby, volleyball, basketball, plyometric workouts, core work & stretching!
The training primarily focuses on preparing you for the infamous Test Technique Slalom Examination. It will also provide trainees with the foundation in technical and all terrain skiing. 16 weeks of ski coaching is provided.
Your trainers will take advantage of video analysis sessions to help fine tune your progression
Rental costs for access to Slalom stdiums are taken care of.
You'll be living with your fellow international course mates in a chalet in Briancon. It is well serviced by bus routes to downtown Briancon as well as up the valley to various chair lifts.
Help yourself to breakfast at the chalet - get fuelled up before a morning packed with training.
You will be provided with all the ingredients you need ot make a packed lunch for the mountain - Monday - Friday.
A hearty meal will be prepared & served to you in the chalet Monday - Friday.
We will be able to offer career advice to you personally and guide you in the right direction, almost certainly encouraging you to keep training hard!
Your season pass gives you free access to all 'Ski Buses' that run throughout the valley. However, if you have a car, then our advice is to bring it! Chuck some snow tyres on the front wheels and away you go! Serre Chevalier is not a dangerous place to drive around in the winter compared with a lot of places you may have previously experienced.
These things are not included in the package:
We look forward to speaking with you.