If you’re looking for the trip of a lifetime in one of the biggest and most beautiful ski resorts on the planet, look no further than Basecamp’s BASI ski instructor course in France.
You’ll have access to the biggest cross-border ski area in the world covering 12 resorts across Switzerland and France. The Portes Du Soleil is home to our French base, Morzine; a truly stunning location in the Alps.
This course has everything a snow-lover could possibly want. You’ll not only achieve your Level 1 and 2 BASI qualifications, but you’ll do it across a seemingly endless 660km of stunning terrain. You’ll get to explore some of the most notable European ski resorts, including Châtel, Champéry, Les Gets, Morgins, and our Morzine-Avoriaz base, to hone your skills.
You’ll receive 190 hours of on-slope ski coaching, as well as 70 hours experiencing our ski school. As well as your BASI Level 1 and 2 exams, you’ll also get additional modules including avalanche safety, child protection, first aid, and HD video analysis. And let’s not forget the incredible after-school activities with plenty of tipples!
You’ll be able to explore so many different terrains based on your experience level. Beginners can hone their skills on the polished red and blue pistes, while the more experienced amongst you can take on the steep black pistes. Really want to challenge yourself? This incredible landscape is also home to the Swiss Wall, considered one of the scariest runs in the world. Are you brave enough to tackle this world-renowned terrifying challenge?
Get in touch with us today to start the journey of a lifetime.
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What you'll get
You’ll get so much more than a qualification with Basecamp. In addition to everything below, you’ll also get unforgettable memories – you can’t put a price tag on that!
The best tuition
Upon completion of your Basecamp course, you’ll get your Alpine Level 1 and 2 BASI ski instructor qualifications.
Our partnerships with the British Alpine Ski School (BASS) and the British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI) means this is one of the leading ski instructor courses on the planet. As the original British ski school, BASS has been around since 1999 and boasts members of the BASI interski team and BASI national education team as trainers. Impressive, right?
You can trust that our instructors are qualified to the highest level possible because of France’s strict qualification requirements. They’re required to hold BASI Level 4 ISTD qualifications, which means they truly are some of the best instructors on the planet.
You’ll train Monday to Friday, giving you the chance to explore the area on your weekends. Plus, you’ll get to sample the incredible nightlife – something we know is a big draw!
The resort life
For our courses, we scour the areas to find only the best accommodation for you. We’ve cherry-picked the perfectly located and central Hotel Les Dents Blanches, for your stay.
This hotel is perfectly placed, just a short walk away from the bustling town centre and within easy access of the gondola that will take you straight up into the heart of the Ports du soleil surrounded by the stunning surroundings and vast mountains. You can easily explore all of the other resorts in the area with the connecting ski bus that stops just along the road from the hotel. You’re really spoilt for choice here!
The last thing you want on your trip of a lifetime is to worry about cooking all your meals. That’s why you’ll be pleased to know you’ll get half-board here, which equals five evening meals a week and a daily continental breakfast on offer. We recommend taking advantage of the sociable bar and authentic restaurant as well as some of the hotels partnered bars and restaurants for further discounts.
The good stuff...the nightlife
Now that you know all about the training on offer at our Morzine-Avoriaz resort and what you can expect from the accommodation, we’ll get to the good stuff – the extra-curricular activities and the nightlife.
If you’re a seasoned partyer, you’ll love Morzine-Avoriaz because it’s renowned as one of the most lively resorts in the entirety of France and the Alps. It would take us quite a while to get through all the incredible bars, restaurants, and clubs on offer! You’ll have plenty of time to explore – and you’ll find your favourite hangout spots in no time.
But we haven’t even got to the best bit yet – Avoriaz is home to the out-of-this-world Rock the Pistes and Snowboxx festivals, and they’ll be on during your course. Welcoming world-renowned DJs and unforgettable parties, you can sign off your trip in style. By the way – you’ll get a Snowboxx wristband as part of your course. Enjoy!
“An awesome way to gain a qualification and skills on a gap year/career break! I qualified as an instructor, had 11-weeks of top notch training, lived in one of the most beautiful countries in the world and had three months of insane fun with a great bunch of people. This course is one of, if not the, best experiences of my life.
I can’t recommend this course enough to anyone looking for a worthwhile way to spend their gap year or for someone who wants to get away from the grind of their job on a career break.”
“Best experience of my life!
The 11 week snowboard program with basecamp was definitely the best decision, we had great instructors who really knew what they were talking about. I have grown very much as a person and as a snowboarder the basecamp course really helped me with that!”
“I had the most amazing winter season with Basecamp. I met friends for life and experienced so much. The coaches and Basecamp staff are great fun.
It is an unreal thing to do and would recommend it to anyone with a keen interest in skiing / being outdoors, or doing a Winter season!
The resort is extremely fun and there are all the facilities you could possibly want such as a gym/ pool/ good bars and clubs/ 3 supermarkets etc! Amazing experience I just wish I could do it all again!”
“Basecamp provided the most amazing experience this year. I have made so many lifelong friends and my snowboarding has improved ridiculously when I compare to the beginning of the season. The coaching we received was world class and I am so excited to begin instructing! I would recommend Basecamp to anyone wanting to become an international instructor, improve their riding, or looking for a challenging, exciting and awesome gap year adventure! Thank you so much Basecamp!”
With our course, you’ll get mentors, friends, and advisers in the form of our experienced and highly qualified coaches.
The best service
Our in-resort team will do everything it can to make sure you have the time of your life – both in your training and your social activities. Our friendly resort reps are on hand 24/7, whenever you need them, whatever you need them for.
The tuition low-down
You’ll get five days of professional coaching a week, ensuring you get the best learning experience possible. We’ll never put you in huge groups because we know this can hinder your learning. You’ll always get a personal education tailored to your needs.
Value for money
Basecamp is confident in the knowledge that our courses offer incredible value for money that goes way beyond your qualification. We can’t be beaten for like-for-like value.
Upon completion of your Basecamp course, you’ll get your BASI Level 1 and 2 Instructor Licence. These qualifications are recognised globally, meaning you can teach at most locations around the world.
The good news is that, with this course, we can guarantee you a job as a paid ski instructor in our Japan or Austria ski schools. So, once you’ve experienced the French-Swiss Alps, you can move onto a new stunning location!
You must be a minimum of 16 years old before you arrive into resort on our Austrian Courses.
You must be a minimum of 18 years old before you arrive in resort for our Canada, France or Argentina Courses (unless parental consent is obtained).
You must be a minimum of 18 years old to join any of our courses or internships which rely on a working holiday visa.
Although Basecamp courses are amongst the largest in the World, we manage to maintain very intimate training groups of between 4 and 8, but with no more than 8:1 students per trainer in Austria, Argentina and France and up to 10:1 in Canada. This allows us to match similar ability levels per group and means no student should ever feel as if they are falling behind, or being held back because of the group they are in.
We have various options for accommodation on our courses, all of which are very comfortable. We use a combination of apartments, hotels and chalets. There are options to to include a single room, half board meals or both! (subject to course and availability). See our Accommodation page for more details on your options.
Yes! All of our programs include accommodation for the full period you are with us at Basecamp. Unlike other providers, even our Banff internship programs include accommodation for the full 22wk season!
Sure! We love it when friends come together and share this amazing experience – after all sharing is caring! We can make sure you live together too so you can enjoy the time and make memories forever… just be sure to let us know who you’re travelling with.
We are so confident that we offer the very best value courses in the industry that we have a Basecamp Price Guarantee. We pride ourselves that we offer more training, higher quality coaching, better off-hill programs and more fun aprés events than any other course.
That’s why if you find a better value comparable course anywhere, not only will we match the course cost, but we will also give you an additional £50 off your course fees for good measure!
Get in touch to find out more about our Price Guarantee.
Yes! Once you have booked and paid your deposit then you will have the ability to pay off your course how you see fit as long as our minimum criteria has been met (see T&C’s). You can decide how much and how often you pay to suit your circumstances.
As much as we love dogs at Basecamp the simple answer is no for most courses. Unfortunately Dogs are not allowed within most Basecamp Accommodation.
Our hotel accommodation in Banff is pet friendly and do allow pets under certain conditions, get in touch to find out more.