Epic glacier riding and high-performance coaching, all set in a mega fun resort. This 10-week snowboard 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 riders, 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.
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 riding and at the base you’ll find 30 plus bars and a big selection of shops and eating options. A real all-rounder.
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 rider 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. We’ll 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.
This season is all about pushing your limits and maximising your time in the mountains. We’ll be laying on a series of awesome adventures for you to get involved in throughout your 10 weeks in L2A. Here’s a rundown.
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 or shared rooms available; depending on your budget and preferences. Please note, that shared rooms are either twin or triple; you can indicate your preference upon booking, but final room type will be determined on the configuration of the participants and available rooms.
For evening meals, group dinners are served at the hotel five days per week, enabling everyone to bond over great homely meals prepared by hostess Marina who, as an Italian specialises, in the flavors of Italy. The other two evenings participants can explore L2A’s many great restaurants and cafes - with options like Le Sport for great alpine burgers - or arrange take-away.
20 hours coaching per week
As part of the BASI syllabus, you'll shadow instructors within a local ski school. 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.
Daily continental breakfasts, and group dinners 5 days per week.
Inclusive meals are buffet dinners. Daily fresh salads, plus main dishes such as:
All accompanied by vegetables, plus a dessert or fresh fruit salad.
On the start and end dates of the course, from and to Grenoble.
During the 23/24 season, we will provide transfers at the following times:
Start date of course: transfer will depart from Grenoble Airport at 2:00pm
End date of course: transfer will arrive at Grenoble Airport at approx. 11:30am
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.
1% of revenues support environmental non-profits, including Protect Our Winters
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.
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.