Pre-season training for the Eurotest

Written by JJC/PDS Training To give yourself the best chance of succeeding and progressing throughout the season, you need to be working towards making yourself physically strong, right now. Below is a selection of circuits made up of exercises which I recommend to use in order to prepare you so that we can make the…

China is where it’s at!

At World Winter Sports Expo 2017 in Beijing, Tania Alliod, BASI’s Partner Programme Manager, had an opportunity to catch up with Peter Tupper who runs Imagine – an adventure company in China. Peter has been employing BASI Members in China for the last couple of years and he is looking for more BASI Members interested…

Club Med Asia Seeks BASI Instructors for China and Japan Operations

Following a successful week at the World Winter Snowsports Expo 2017 in Beijing, I headed south to China’s cosmopolitan commercial centre in Shanghai. My visit to China was made possible with the support of an SME grant from Heathrow Airport, part of an initiative to encourage and support small organisations to explore export opportunities outside…

World Winter Sports Exhibition – Day 3

Wang Lei invited to join BASI Performance Athlete Programme Wang Lei was a Chinese National Team Member in ski jumping but since his retirement from jumping his passion is now snowboarding and he is a pro snowboarder and national hero for the discipline, promoting the discipline throughout China. Wang Lei is current Chairman of the…

World Winter Sports Exhibition 2017 – Day 2

Day 2 at  (WWSE) in Beijing kept everyone busy again… Andrew Lockerbie interviewed by Chinese Central Television Sports Chanel 5 The Exhibition Forum Theme for Day 2 was Ski Resort Operation and Management. Key speakers included BASI CEO, Andrew Lockerbie along with industry CEO’s Andy Wirth, President and CEO of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and…

World Winter Snowsports Exhibition 2017 – Day 1

Day 1 at the World Winter Snowsports Exhibition 2017  (WWSE) Beijing was super busy for BASI We had a busy Day 1 at the exhibition and even sold 3 course places! There were lots of enquiries from visitors looking for everything from ski and snowboard lessons  to instructor courses and plenty of resort operators looking…

How do you tackle the ISIA Level 3 exams?

Written by Will at Element Ski School, Verbier The ISIA qualification may seem like a daunting prospect for those thinking of taking their skiing and instructing to the next level. However, once you break down the different elements of the BASI Level 3 qualification and fully understand what is required it feels a lot more manageable. The…

What’s the value of your BASI Membership?

It’s approaching that time of year again. Membership subscriptions are due on 1 October, so we thought we’d have a look at what Members actually access with their BASI subscription and the potential value of your investment. Full Membership for 2017/18 = £78 (or £68 if you’re paying via Direct Debit) Here’s the conservative figure…

BASI and the SCQF

Over the last 5 years, BASI has been going through an alignment process with the University of Edinburgh to align BASI Qualifications with the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). The aim of this exercise was to have a nationally recognised scale to which BASI qualifications are aligned. This will give Members, potential employers and…

The 10 best things about teaching skiing…

Guest post on the best bits of being a ski instructor by Sam Taylor, BASI Level 4 ISTD instructor and resort manager in the New Generation La Tania Ski School. In 2005 I began my training with New Generation, and after completing BASI Level 4 became a full-time instructor in the 3 Valleys. Working as an instructor has its…