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…

Why do a GAP course now?

Written by Peak Leaders Instructors courses  THE EXAMS ARE FINISHING – SO WHAT NEXT? With the end of A-Level exams a lot of people have started thinking about gap courses – and we think that now, perhaps more than ever, it’s a great time to do a gap course in the mountains. OK, at Peak…

22nd Congress of the International Society for Skiing Safety (ISSS)

Innsbruck April 2017 By Dave Renouf http://www.isssweb.com/ “The International Society of Skiing Safety exists to bring together researchers and other interested parties from around the world to discuss and advance all aspects of snow sports safety.” “The Ski Trauma and Ski Safety Congresses held by the ISSS every two years have brought together a wide…

Telemark. Do it all year….

By John Eames, BASI Trainer and Telemark Director The Telemark Festival at the Chill Factore on 20 May organised by the Manchester CrossCountry Ski Club was blessed with good snow (they had finished ‘redoing’ the whole slope the evening before!). With a well prepared slope and no queues, approximately thirty freeheel skiers ranging in age…

Knee injury recovery timescale – a personal diary

BASI Member, David Walton, tells his own story of how a beautiful day went wrong on the slopes! His accident confirmed a ruptured ACL, torn MCL and LCL and detached meniscus! Dave had the presence of mind to document his knee injury at the time of the incident and kept a diary of his progress through…

Want Something Different? Try Telemark!

by John Eames In September 2016, BASI ran the first ‘Introduction to Telemark’ Continuous Professional Development (CPD) day at the Chill Factore, Manchester. This was an opportunity for Alpine BASI Members to try Telemark and tick their CPD off. There was a group of eight and we could have had two groups of that size,…

Ski Instructor Salaries 2017 – How much do Instructors earn?

Written by SnowSkool Instructor Training If the SnowSkool FAQ page were a team-sheet and questions were names, the first name on that team-sheet would be: How much does an instructor earn? It is an obvious question to ask given the investment of time and money that would have to be made to get working the…

Piste colours, are they gospel?

Written by Joe Beer from Alpine Learning Curves Piste colours – can you trust them? When I started writing my #ALCblogbook project and I got to Dealing with Fear and piste colours as a subject I hit a problem that comes up all the time; “one man’s meat is another man’s poison” – what people think of piste colours…

‘30 Days of Snowsport’ back for third year

70 free or discounted taster & recreational sessions running nationwide Returning for its third year, ’30 Days of Snowsport’  (www.30daysofsnowsport.org.uk), part of Snowsport England’s GO SKI GO BOARD campaign (www.goskigoboard.org.uk), returns to slopes up and down England from Saturday 24th September until Sunday 23rd October 2016. The initiative aims to give people new to skiing…

The Benefits of Taking a Gap Year

Written by Peak Leaders With A-Level results day just past, Peak Leaders have taken the opportunity to research and explain why so many people decide to take a Gap Year, and specifically those who decide to become a BASI ski or snowboard instructor. If you’re dreaming of travelling the world, embarking on exciting new adventures…