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… BASI would like to thank Heathrow Airport for the “World of Opportunity” SME award that has helped BASI attend the World Winter Sports Expo 2017 in Beijing. BASI’s objective here is to raise the profile of the BASI snowsports instructor qualification and course programme in China 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…

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…

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…