How to get your body ski ready

Written by Alps2Alps Whether you’re going solo, with a group of friends or as a family, skiing has a lot to offer. Feel a rush of exhilaration as you slide down the slopes at breakneck speed, let your hair down at the après-ski, and get in some exercise while you’re at it. Let’s focus on…

Nap your way to a Ski instructor qualification

Written by  New Generation Ski Instructor Courses Becoming a ski instructor is a bit of a roller coaster, you will have days you never forget, days you would rather forget, nights to remember and nights you can’t remember.   Spending a season in a ski resort is an incredible experience but skiing all day and having a social life…

Mobility for Skiing

Written by  New Generation Ski Instructor Training Centre Modern day life is incredible. You can work from pretty much anywhere you like, all the answers you have ever needed are at the tip of your fingertips, you can 3D print a completely custom ski boot and get technical advice through a smart footbed. All this has…

What’s the value of your BASI Membership?

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 we’ve come up with… Where does this potential value of £457 come from…? Public Liability…

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…

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…