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SKI INSTRUCTOR COURSE, THREE VALLEYS
Intensive Ski Training in the World’s Largest Ski Area
SnowSkool’s favourite thing about the Three Valleys is the diversity of skiing and lifestyle on your doorstep. Being able to cruise slopes of the quality of those in Méribel, Val Thorens and Courchevel in one lifetime is a dream but to do it all in one day is nothing short of a sheer delight. It is the skiing equivalent of Brad Pitt/ Megan Fox (delete as appropriate) in nowt but a pair of undercrackers! 600 km of piste, 296 lifts, 16 villages, 8 resorts, three huge valleys...need I go on?
Operating a ski instructor course in the world’s favourite ski area and working with a Ski School that we didn’t feel was the world’s best would be a little anti-climatic and so we 50:50’d every rail, 360’d every table-top and back-flipped every booter until we found Parallel Lines, a British Ski School based in Méribel. What clinched it for us was the knowledge that all PL ski instructors are all qualified to BASI ISTD (International Ski Teachers’ Diploma) – the level at which ski instructors morph into demi-Gods! Not only that but the ski training takes place intensively over the 11 week duration, we expect you to be on snow 35 hours per week...and at the weekends too!
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Who chooses this ski course?
Although the average age tends to be around 24 years old, there is normally a range of 18-50ish! People who grew up skiing the Alps will often deviate towards this ski instructor course and we always have a few that have to nip home to the UK on the odd weekend or two.
Of all the SnowSkool courses, the Three Valleys programme has the strictest entry requirements. Because the BASI level 1 exam takes place in week 2, we expect you to turn up as a very strong skier. Don’t stress the technique too much as we can iron things out there but you need to be happy to ski all types of on-piste terrain with good speed and control. Because we expect you to graduate this course with your instructor qualifications and Ski School experience, a career as a ski instructor is the next logical step.
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BASI Ski Instructor Qualifications
Level 1 & Level 2 Ski Instructor
The SnowSkool Three Valleys ski instructor course includes training for two ski instructor exams - BASI level 1 and BASI level 2 - as well as a first aid qualification (British Association of Snowsports Patrollers First Aid). You also have to complete the BASI Child Protection Module as well as logging 70 hours of Ski School experience. You are probably picking up that if you are considering training as a BASI ski instructor, you have to be pretty committed to the task. And that is exactly how BASI like it – they did not get authorisation for their members to work as ski instructors in France by sending out half-baked ski teachers. Passing the BASI level 2 ski instructor exam allows you to think of yourself in pretty flattering terms!
As part of the instructor training, you will complete training in freestyle, race as well as developing your all-mountain skiing.
Flexibility over your course choice
Tim Fagan, 24, SnowSkool Three Valleys, 2011 (& 2012).
“I decided I wanted to do a ski instructor course and wanted to qualify to BASI Level 2 standard. But I needed to be able to do it over two seasons as I could not get 11 weeks off work. I put this to SnowSkool expecting them to be unable to help but Phil told me he’d look into pricing and warned me that it would be more expensive doing a ski instructor course over two seasons. It was more expensive ... but kept me gainfully employed and I can’t wait to get out there again next year!”