Off Piste Course




BASI Ski Instructor Course


Our 10-week Ski Instructor and Off Piste 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 off piste skiing or thinking about becoming a ski instructor as a new career, we can help you achieve your goals.

Who is the course for?

Is a ski instructor/ off piste course right for me?

Designed for skiers who want to experience an incredible winter season in the Swiss Alps, improve their off piste 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 action plan. Meet the Ski School team and settle in


    Week 2

    Technical Ski Development in piste, moguls, steeps and off-piste


    Week 3

    BASI Level 1 Exam


    Week 4

    Off-Piste Mountain Safety Training and Technical Development


    Week 5

    Practical Teaching Experience alongside Instructors from our School


    Week 6

    Off-Piste Powder Days and Technique for steep and deep


    Week 7

    Develop further your technical ski goals


    Week 8

    Tactical Tips for Off Piste – Including day with Freeride World Tour Competitor


    Week 9

    Ski Touring – Explore the back country


    Week 10

    Explore Bruson’s tree run’s and refine ski technique


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 Date:   9th January 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 off piste ski training
  • Avalanche Safety Skills Training
  • BASI 1 Course Fee
  • Half Board Accommodation**
  • Off-Piste Day with FWT Competitor Carl Renvall
  • Specific Powder Days – Steep and Deep Technique
  • Ski Touring to find fresh powder fields
  • Coaching for instructor training, moguls, all mountain freeride and powder.
  • Video analysis sessions on and off snow
  • Optional ski specific yoga sessions
  • Airport transfer
  • 24 hour support in resort
  • Ski maintenance clinic
  • Career advice sessions
  • Regular Team socials
  • Ski servicing deals
  • Exclusive Verbier Deals on skis, boots, goggles, helmets
  • Pro deals with Rossignol UK
  • Welcome drinks
  • Team Photo

Anything else not included?

* (Average 25 hours per week)
** (Food Monday > Friday)

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