What do Basecampers go on to do?

It is all very well signing up to do an instructor course and having the dream to become a ski or snowboard instructor but what is the reality of it? How many people actually go on to teach and travel the world doing ski seasons? And what sort of jobs do they do? We asked some of our past Basecampers what they are doing now and how life post-Basecamp is going for them…

Niamh Gale – CASI Level 1 & 2 Snowboard, Banff, 2014

Georgia Hinton – CSIA Level 1 & 2 Ski, Banff, 2017

Joe Milnthorpe – BASI Level 1 & 2 Snowboard, Val D’Isere, 2012

Resort Manager 2013 – “I completed this course about 4 years ago now, and it is fair to say that it has opened up all sorts of doors for me in the industry. I have a passion for both boarding and teaching, and from my course have such a wide range of friends and contacts who now work, teach and ride all around the world. I’m still mates with my instructors, have spent multiple seasons in Val since, and from the back of it all have launched and now run my own ski and snowboard clothing brand. The course obviously only runs for 10 weeks, but it’s the contacts you make, and the passion it instills in your that are timeless!”

Rhydian Morris – BASI Level 1 & 2 Ski, Meribel, 2014

George Bell – NZSIA Level 1 & 2 Ski, Mt Ruapehu, 2016

Jeremy Johnson – BASI Level 1 & 2 Ski, Meribel, 2004

“Basecamp was an incredible experience. I gained my level 1 BASI, met incredible people and was able to be on a mountain everyday for 3 months. My best memory was riding a powder day with our Basecamp instructor early on in the season, we all came down through this bowl, high up in Meribel valley. I was the last to ski it and at the bottom I looked back up to see our tracks perfect and parallel with the sun glinting through the cloud. I couldn’t believe I had just done that… From that moment on skiing became and still remains today my private love affair. Because of Basecamp i went on to becoming Keele University snow sports society president for two years running and have taught a little voluntarily since then using my BASI qualification. I would recommend this course to anyone looking for that first adventure out of school. You’re really well taken care of whilst given the freedom to do your own thing. For me it was the first adventure of many and 7 years after my Basecamp course I’m cycling solo around the world! Everything comes from something and my adventurous spirit flourished on my gap year, and for that I have the ladies and gents at Basecamp to thank.” Jeremy Johnson, Meribel

Holly Matthews – CASI Level 1 & 2 Snowboard, Banff, 2016

Gwil Thomas – BASI Level 1 & 2 Snowboard, Val D’Isere, 2016

Andy Macleod – SBNIZ Level 1 Snowboard, Mt Ruapehu, 2017