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Course Introduction

BASI GAP Courses Verbier 

The Verbier ski instructor course runs for 10 weeks alongside our ski school, and on successfully passing your exams, you will have the opportunity to work within our school to put your new qualifications to use.

Altitude ski school started running the first ever Verbier ski instructor gap course back in 2000, and since this time our goals have remained the same. We wish to provide you with the most fun and memorable Verbier ski experience possible.  Last year we trained 93 students on our various Verbier courses, and we hope to welcome a similar number to Verbier this winter. 

Why Choose our BASI Gap Course IN VERBIER?

We believe there is always room to improve and learn. That’s why each winter we try our best to make our Verbier courses even more fun than the previous winter!  However, some key points remain which help us stand out from the crowd.

Our coaching team

Experienced team including BASI 4’s, BASI Trainers & Swiss Brevet Federals.

Our High pass rates

Consistently high results in Verbier 20+ years.

Accommodation & Food

We provide the best Verbier Gap Course accommodation and food.

The best Job opportunities

We remain the only course to guarantee jobs in our own ski school.

Who is the course for?

10-week BASI 1 and 2 ski instructor gap course.

This Verbier course is ideal for those who are on a gap year, career break, looking to improve your skiing or thinking about becoming a ski instructor as a new career, we can help you achieve your goals.

You must be at least 18 to apply to the course, with no upper age limit. All we ask is you are able to confidently ski a red run and have the desire to improve your skiing, train hard, and have fun!

Course Prices

2024 / 2025

Prices are set and invoiced in Swiss Francs.

(Updated on the 10.4.24)

Bookings are open for the 2024/25 courses

Job opportunities

10 weeks of training

Accommodation in Verbier

Freestyle Coaching

Off-Piste Adventure Day

Performance clinics

Video analysis

Safety Training

Airport transfer

Exams Fee’s

Bio Mechanics Sessions

Support in resort

Maintenance clinic

Career advice

Futures hoody

Also included

Optional Add-Ons(1)

Anything else not included?

(1) Lift Passes are not included in the course price as the lift pass price varies significantly based on your age and some people already have their lift pass. However, we are happy to purchase this for you so it’s ready for you on arrival.

Week 1

Team building, assessment of your skiing and creation of an individual action plan. Meet the Altitude Ski School team and settle in.

Week 2

Team building, assessment of your skiing and creation of an individual action plan. Meet the Altitude Ski School team and settle in.

Week 3

Level 1 BASI Instructor Exam.

Week 4

Ski the 4 Valleys. Off-piste training and technical development + teaching skills.

Week 5&6

Practical ski school teaching experience working with instructors and clients from our ski school.  Or developmental tasks, and challenges to aid ski improvement and teaching skills.

Week 7

Work on your individual goals set by your mentor.

Week 8

Final training before the level 2 exam and psychological exam preparation.

Week 9&10

BASI level 2 Ski Instructor Exam

The precise schedule may change slightly each year due to the holiday weeks and BASI exam dates, but the overall content will remain the same. The 70 hours of Ski School Experience might also be replaced in a Pandemic by other developmental tasks and challenges on snow.

How good do i need to be?

If you’re considering joining our Level 3 or 4 work and train programs the minimum requirement is to have passed the technical level (or equivalent) of the below qualification. If you are looking to join our BASI 1 & 2 Ski Instructor Gap Courses, you will need to already have some ski experience. As a general rule, you would need to be able ski confidently linking turns down the fall-line of a red run. You also need willingness to try and improve your skiing in bumps, steeps and powder.


How long should I have been skiing for?

Generally speaking, you need to have about 7 weeks of skiing experience as a minimum, but this can vary from person to person. We’ve had people join us who’ve been skiing since they were 3 years old, and some who only started recently as an adult. There is no upper ability level for participating in the course.

Still not sure if you’re at the right level?

It’s normal to be a bit nervous about whether your skiing is good enough as joining the ski gap course can be a bit commitment, but we’re here to help! If you’re able to send us a video of your skiing we can let you know where we think you’re at. If you’re coming from the UK we’re also more than happy to meet you over the summer for a ski in one of the snow-domes or dry slopes and give you some one-on-one feedback on your skiing, with a few tips too!

Are you hoping to get a job after the course?

On successful completion of the course, you will have gained your BASI level 1 and 2 ski instructor qualification.

The Futures course is built by instructors for instructors and operates in conjunction with our ski school. Your coaches also work as instructors within our school, and their expert teaching knowledge is invaluable if you’re thinking of making the jump to ski instructing as your future career.

Unlike other companies in Verbier we do employ our own trainees and prioritize you over other applicants. Each season we receive applications from students who chose to train elsewhere and were disappointed to not get offered any work within the school they trained with.

Altitude Ski School has 7 ski schools in Switzerland and is one of the largest schools in Verbier. This places talented ski instructors who train with us at a huge advantage when it comes to finding employment after the course.

Please note until further notice only students with a valid EU passport will be eligable to be considered for a job after completing the course.

Accommodation in verbier

Our most popular accommodation choice over the last 22 years with our students has been our private Swiss chalets option.  This allows you to stay with 8-14 other trainee instructors together in a typical Swiss Verbier chalet.