The classic and comprehensive ski instructor training programme in the 3 Valleys!
Our Meribel BASI Level 1 & 2 course is perfect for anyone who wants a fast track into the ski instructor industry. Whether you are pursuing a career path after school or university, or looking for a career change, our Basecamp BASI Level 1 & 2 course sets you up perfectly for this dream lifestyle. A more intensive coaching itinerary expects a higher level of skiing right from the start and deliberately leaves time for Basecampers to make the most of the comprehensive coaching program.
We are dedicated to building students up for success and take the training side of the course very seriously. BASI Level 2 should not be underestimated but we have action plans and support systems in place to provide a good learning environment. We provide regular assessment during the programme to ensure students are on track for the standard required to sit their Level 2 exams.
If you wish to progress further along the BASI pathway, we also run a BASI Level 3 programme, with scholarships and sponsored positions available on this course for high-achieving students.
What to Expect
- 190 hours coaching from BASI ISTD Level 4 Instructors and Trainers (120 hrs training, 35 hrs BASI 1 exam, 35 hrs shadowing)
- Final week taster sessions in freestyle skiing, ski touring and an intro to BASI Level 3
- BASI Level 1 exam fees included (BASI Level 2 exam optional)
- Centrally located chalet accommodation - close to pistes and town amenities
- Breakfast each morning, afternoon tea and dinner 6 days a week
- Incredible après-ski and nightlife
- Social events throughout the season
- Opportunity to work in Italy after the course
- Support the whole way from a team in the UK and in resort
- Basecamp ski jacket for training
On the Mountain
- Video analysis and weekly feedback sessions
- Dedicated trainers, mentors and resort managers to help you pass your exams
- 20 hours coaching per week
- Varied coaching covering piste performance, variable conditions, moguls and some freestyle
- Teaching theory coaching
- Exam preparation
Basecampers will be introduced to Interski in Italy for the chance of employment. Our UK team are also always on hand after your course to help you find work or provide references. There are also BASI Level 3 scholarships available for those who prove their worth to our partnering ski school.
Here you'll find a week by week breakdown of your course.
Focused Level 1 Training and Personal Development - Avalanche Safety Talk
BASI Level 1 Exam
Level 2 Training
Focussed Level 2 Training and Extended Personal Development
Building up experience
Shadowing Week , shadow your instructor in their lessons
Concentrated BASI Level 2 Training working on technique and teaching
Level 2 Exam
BASI Level 2 Exam
Step Up Week
A week to relax after your exam. Hang out with friends, chill in the sun or take advantage of freestyle, touring or Level 3 taster sessions we will put on for you.
If you are looking to work in the ski business, this course provides the best path into the industry! This course is ideal for anyone looking to qualify as a Level 2 instructor and wishing to travel, work and live the life in the mountains.
We ask that you are a Level 3 or above on our ability scale. Generally having 4-6 weeks on snow prior to the course is enough, and often it is more about confidence and those who are really up for improving, regardless of their ability, are the ones who progress the most.
If you would like to head out to the resort beforehand in order to have a week or two of skiing and dust off the cobwebs this is something we can arrange. If you are unsure of your ability please speak to your course advisor.
The Level 1 isn't too difficult to pass as the entry level qualification and we generally see 100% pass rates. Participants will be assessed on their ability to perform and teach on the mountain. The Level 2 in a pretty big step up from the Level 1, however the course's sole focus is getting you this qualification, so all the training you receive gears you up for the awards; as well as being given specific programmes to work on when you are skiing in your own time.
The BASI Level 2 is difficult but achievable, and the programme is designed to walk you through it, however it does require a level of commitment from you and you need to be prepared to focus hard on achieving the qualification.
With your Level 2 you can teach around the world, and we would be happy to point you in the right direction to get a job. If you want to progress further along the BASI pathway, we now offer an exclusive BASI Level 3 training programme, along with scholarships and sponsored mentor positions for high-achieving riders.
Basecamp provide you with 140 hours of training, your Level 1 and 2 exam, first aid course, CRB check and make you an associate member of BASI. Having done these you will need to complete the Safeguarding Children Module on the BASI website for a cost of £25 and then call the BASI office and pay £20 to become a full BASI Member and get your licence.
All of the training on this course is focused on becoming a Level 1 and Level 2 BASI Instructor, which are great qualifications to get and a great way to get into the industry. However if you don?t see yourself ever working as a ski instructor or using the qualification we don?t recommend taking the course, as it adds cost and with the coaching being focused solely on the qualifications you don?t receive as much performance coaching. Instead, we would highly recommend our 11 week All Mountain Instructor Course or 11 week Performance Course as more rounded adventures that will improve all elements of your skiing.
The course's sole focus is getting you this qualification, so all the training you receive gears you up for the awards. The instructors build you up for success with regular assessment and action plans to ensure you are at the level you need to be to sit the Level 2 qualification. We take our instructor course seriously and would love 100% pass rates every year. We offer other courses in Meribel if the instructor route isn't for you, so check out our All Mountain or Performance courses.
We will organise a re-sit for the Level 1 soon afterwards for anyone who may not have passed. You would then move onto a separate parallel pathway of training towards your BASS NVQ qualification. There may still be a chance to sit your BASI Level 2 if the instructors felt that you had improved sufficiently to be at the standard to sit it.
Throughout the course, your instructors will be assessing your ability to make sure you are reaching the necessary standard. If at any point they feel you are not quite there, there is an option to not take your Level 2, but focus more on your own technique and varied skiing ability by moving onto a pathway towards taking your BASS NVQ (still a recognised skiing level). This would incorporate more off-piste, freestyle and varied skiing into your training, away from the BASI checkboxes.
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