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…

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…

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…

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…

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…