The original and comprehensive snowboard instructor programme in the 3 Valleys!
If you're looking to carve a career path as a snowboard instructor, then our Meribel BASI Level 1 & 2 course is designed to give you a solid introduction to the industry. By joining the 11 week course, you'll be able to enjoy all that this amazing resort has to offer, while gaining your globally recognised BASI qualification. An intensive BASI coaching itinerary ensures that our pass rates are high, and that each and every one of our riders has the best possible chance of passing.
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
On the Mountain
On the 11 week Meribel course you will receive BASI specific coaching to help you pass your BASI Level 1 and Level 2 Awards with flying colours. This includes:
- 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)
- Opportunity to work in Italy after the course
- Regular feedback and assessments to ensure you are progressing to the appropriate standard
Off the Mountain
- 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
- Support the whole way from a team in the UK and in resort
- Training jacket
Your dedicated Resort Manager will ensure the course and your mountain life goes more than smoothly, from arrival straight through to your final goodbyes. With social events, snowboard clothing and trips included as a given, you're guaranteed the season of a lifetime.
Basecampers will be introduced to Interski in Italy for the chance of employment during the peak Easter Holidays after the course. 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 board school.
Here you'll find a week by week breakdown of your course.
Familiarise yourself with the resort and how BASI operates
Level 1 preparation
Fine tune technical skills in advance of the Level 1 exam
Continued Performance Training
Covering Moguls, steeps, freestyle and off piste sessions along side piste performance riding - short and long turns
Shadowing the instructors and project work
Skills & Technique Progression
Improve and fine tune key skills, techniques and teaching methods in advance of your Level 2 exams
BASI Level 2 Exam
The exam focuses on technical ability and teaching ability
Step Up Week!
A week to relax after your exam. Hang out with friends, chill in the sun or take advantage of freestyle, splitboard or Level 3 taster sessions we will put on for you.
Level 1 Exam
Time to put that training into use and take your Level 1 exam
Get an insider's view of what it's like living and learning in resort.
This course is best suited to anyone who is looking to gain all their instructor qualifications with the aim of working, travelling and living the life as a qualified instructor.
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 snowboard instructor or using the qualification we don't recommend taking the course, as they are fairly expensive and with the coaching being focused solely on the qualifications you don't receive as much performance coaching. Instead, we would highly recommend our All Mountain Course in Banff as a more rounded adventure.
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.
You are not guaranteed the qualification as you must pass the assessment to be granted it. The course's sole focus is getting you the Level 1 and 2 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 free-riding.
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. Our pass rate is generally around 85-90%.
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.
There will normally be between 60-70 people in resort. Each training group has a maximum of 10 people to one Instructor, ensuring you get the best possible coaching.
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.
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