BASI Ski Instructor Course


Our 10-week BASI 1 and 2 ski instructor course is ideal for those looking for a way to spend a season training and living in the Swiss Alps. Whether you 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. The ski instructor course runs 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 is the most established and experienced Gap Course provider in Verbier. We make a real commitment to achieve the highest pass rates in Verbier (for example 100% for our Jan group last season) and to provide you with great accommodation, the best ski coaches and the best ski teaching job opportunities in Verbier.

Who is the course for?

Is a ski instructor course right for me?

Designed for skiers who want to experience an incredible winter season in the Swiss Alps, improve their skiing, meet like-minded people and achieve internationally recognised qualifications that allow you to work as a ski instructor in countries across the world.

Our ski instructor courses are popular with those looking to take a Gap year before or after university, those wanting to start a new career in ski instructing, people looking to take a career break or sabbatical, or simply those wanting professional training to improve their own skiing.

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!

Wondering if your skiing is good enough?

Weekly breakdown

So, what will you be doing on the course?


    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

    First aid course and technical skiing development
    Improve your skiing in piste, moguls, steeps and off-piste


    Week 3

    Level 1 BASI Instructor Exam


    Week 4

    Ski the 4 Valleys
    Off-piste training and technical development


    Week 5 & 6

    Practical teaching experience working with instructors and clients from our ski school


    Week 7

    Work on your individual goals set by your mentor


    Week 8

    Final training before the level 2 exam
    Psychological exam preparation


    Week 9 & 10

    BASI level 2 Ski Instructor Exam


We have options to suit everyone

Our most popular accommodation choice: Our catered chalet option 

  • Stay in our really popular Swiss chalet style accommodation
  • Includes continental breakfast each day and cooked breakfast once a week
  • 2 course dinner Monday – Friday prepared by your chef (dietary requirements can be catered for)
  • Regular cleaning and laundry service
  • Exclusively for Altitude’s BASI 1&2 course participants
  • Within walking distance of the ski lifts
  • Opposite the Sports Centre and easy access to climbing, tennis, fitness, pool & sauna.
  • Single room options available for an extra fee

“After running courses in Verbier for almost 20 years you can trust that we understand precisely how to make sure you have an amazing 10 weeks stay in Verbier.”

Prefer to arrange your own accommodation separately? Choose our course-only option 

This option can be ideal for more mature trainees, for those on career breaks or if you already have your own accommodation sorted and wish to just book the course only.

  • We will help you to find your ideal self catered chalet or apartment.
  • Stay in accommodation suited to your needs and budget
  • Option to live with fellow Futures trainees in Verbier
  • Benefit from our local knowledge and support throughout the process
  • Shared and single room options available.

Give us a call or drop us a line to chat about these options if you’re interested!

We are an Official BASI affiliated training partner

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Dates and Prices

With catered chalet accommodation
If you already have place in Verbier
£8,900  £4,900
Start Dates: 5th Dec 2021  /  9th Jan 2022 /  20th Feb 2022  



In Switzerland things are very much starting to get back to normal, however as a gesture of goodwill we are happy to confirm Altitude will be offering a full refund of course fees in the event of any travel restrictions preventing you travelling to Switzerland to start the course.

What is included?

  • Full season lift pass
  • 10 weeks of training*
  • Half Board Accommodation**
  • Ski Instructing Job***
  • Off-Piste Adventure Day with FWT Competitor Carl Renvall
  • Video analysis sessions on and off snow
  • First Aid & Off-Piste Mountain Safety Course
  • Optional ski specific yoga sessions
  • Fitness sessions
  • Airport transfer
  • 24 hour support in resort
  • Ski maintenance clinic
  • Career advice sessions
  • Altitude Futures t-shirt
  • Regular Team socials
  • Ski servicing deals
  • Exclusive Verbier Deals on skis, boots, goggles, helmets
  • Pro deals with Rossignol UK
  • Welcome drinks
  • Team Photo
  • Win new skis and a ski instructor job!

Anything else not included?

* (Average 30 hours per week) –Includes On Snow and Off Snow Education
** (Food Monday > Friday)
*** (Subject to interview)

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