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Course Introduction

Verbier BASI Level 3 Training Course 

On our Verbier BASI level 3 training course you will not only benefit from expert training from BASI Trainiers (examiners) and Level 4 Coaches, but you will also be able teach approximately 250 + hours.

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Why is our Verbier course such good value?

Since we started over 20 years ago it has always been our philosophy to invest in our future ski instructors and to offer the best support available for their development. To enable this to happen, each winter we offer free places on our Verbier level 3 training courses and in addition to this, we have also reduced our prices on our regular training to offer the best value training option in Verbier.

New Accommodation Package in Verber! 

We understand it’s now very hard to find seasonal accommodation in Verbier.  To make things easier for our students Altitude Futures decided a few years ago to provide a Verbier BASI level 3 training together with an accommodation option, taking the stress away of finding accommodation in Verbier meaning you can train, work and live in Verbier with The Altitude Team!

Why Choose Altitude?

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

Guaranteed Employment

Altitude employs our own students ahead of any other trainees from other smaller schools.

Our coaching team

BASI Trainers, BASI 4’s and Swiss Patents, all equipped with the skills and knowledge to help you reach your full skiing potential.

150hr Training Package

That’s a lot of training, and we believe this extra time helps to account for our students continual high pass rates.

Off-Piste Day with FWT Competitor

Spend a day with one of the top world freerider’s. This will be an inspirational day and will inspire you in your skiing.

Free Intership Program

BASI ISIA Level 3 Training.

In addition to our Verbier BASI Level 3 training,  10 lucky students will have the chance to join our L3 Internship program in Verbier, Zermatt, Grindelwald, and Gstaad. Interested applicants should send their CV and covering letter  before the 1st September.

75 hours of training

Train towards your level 3 exams while working within our ski school for the peak weeks of the season.

To be on the course

You will have already achieved your: BASI 1 & 2, CSIA, or PSIA level 2, or the APSI or similar and have a valid EU passport.

Course Prices

2023 / 2024

Prices are set and invoiced in Swiss Francs.

(Updated on the 10.4.24)

Bookings are open for the 2024/25 courses

Job with Altitude Ski School

150 hours of training

Accommodation in Verbier

Experienced trainers

Formation Week

Performance development

Video analysis

Ski Uniform

Small groups

Work permit

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.

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.

A typical day on the Verbier BASI level 3 training includes 5 training hours per day (allowing for 1 hr practice at end of day), video analysis sessions at set times during the week and individual debriefs with training mentor at the end of the week to go over action plans and help structure practice time.

This is the breakdown for the work and train program. It may vary depending on students goals, and the BASI exam weeks.

The classic BASI level 3 course will follow the same content but teaching weeks will be replaced by shadowing weeks.

Week 1 & 2

Re-visit the fundamentals of skiing and develop a strong understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses.

Week 3 & 4

Working with Altitude over busy Xmas and New year period.

Week 5

Mountain Safety week with training specifically towards BASI L3 MS. This will normally include an off-piste ski touring trip.

Week 6

BASI Mountain Safety Exam (can vary based on BASI course dates).

Week 7

Race training – both an introduction and development week used to both improve your own skiing in a new environment whilst also having a fun experience in the gates.

Week 8 & 9

Continued exploration of performance in Piste, Bumps, Variables and Steeps.

Week 10

Consolidation of action plan towards both Technical and Teach exams. Setting up clear goals to aim for over half-term working period.

Week 11 & 12

Working with Altitude over busy half-term period.

Week 13

Final exam prep week skiing exact terrain that will be used in exams.

Week 14

BASI L3 Tech exam.

Week 15-18

Working with Altitude over Easter / BASI Exams.

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 work and train program you are very likely to reach the required level to sit and (fingers crossed) pass your BASI 3 exam.

With many years of experience preparing students for all levels of BASI exams we are very confident that and our team will provide you with the tools to become a great ski instructor.

Our schools employ a large team of instructors throughout the alps and we are always on the look out for talented instructors to join us in one of our resorts on a full time basis. It goes without saying that we always prioritize any new jobs to instructors that have performed well on one of our training programmes.

Our team will be there to support you and give you the best possible chance of success!

We provide all our students with career advice and support throughout the course, however following completing this program many instructors go on to work full time with Altitude in one of their schools in Switzerland.

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.