Making the case for a southern winter…

Rupert Goldring spends his year living back to back winter seasons and coaching BASI’s future ski instructors.  Despite a self- confessed fear of flying, Rupert sets out the case for experiencing a southern hemisphere winter in New Zealand.     Every time I fly I assume the plane will crash. It is not rational I…

How can I become a better snowsports instructor?

Following on from Lesley’s first blog; Researching snowsports instruction; What’s it all about? Lesley’s second blog draws from research findings in the education sector and offers guideposts for snowsports instructors looking to improve their teaching skills. Written by Lesley Page, BASI Trainer and National Education Team Member How do I improve my teaching skills? Is…

BASI – ENSA Exchange

BASI – ENSA Exchange 28-31 January 2019 Ecole Nationale de Ski et d’Alpinisme – Chamonix By Lynn Mill At the end of January 2019, ENSA invited a delegation from BASI to visit their headqaurters in Chamonix and take part in an information and skills exchange. BASI Chairman, James Lister, led the BASI mission team that…

Ever wondered what it’s like training to become a BASI ski instructor?

Written by EA Ski & Snowboard Ever wondered what it’s like training to become a BASI certified ski instructor? We caught up with Tom McGeoch, who is currently studying towards his BASI Level 1 and 2 instructor qualifications with EA Ski & Snowboard. Tom is working as a ski instructor at Saas Fee in Switzerland. Here’s his experience of becoming an instructor…

Researching snowsports instruction: What’s it all about?

Written by Lesley Page, BASI Trainer and National Education Team Member In 2016, I found myself in a position I never thought I would be in. I had applied for and been accepted as a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh. This was surprising because I had never thought of myself as an academic….

Skiing Bumps to develop the BASI Performance Threads (TTPPEE)

Written by Lynn Mill, BASI Trainer and BASI National Education Team Member The Five Strands = the five sections which we divide the mountain into that covers most types of alpine skiing. Piste Performance Long radius turns & Short radius turns Bumps Steeps Variable Freestyle The Performance Threads = all the factors that will influence…

How to run a GCSE skiing video session

Written by Wayne Naylor – BASI member & maestro di sci at the Scuola Italiana Sci Folgarida Dimaro The demonstration video and resources associated with this article can be found here. Introduction It is not possible, at GCSE level, to take any qualifications in Snow Sports, although students may elect to use their, non-academic, alpine…

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…