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Our popular ‘work and train’ Level 3 BASI course is open to anyone who has already achieved their BASI 1 and 2 qualifications or equivalent. This course allows you to train towards your level 3 exams while working within our ski school for the peak weeks of the season. Working and training within our established ski school means that you will not only benefit from expert training, but also will enable you to work towards the 200 hours of teaching you need for your BASI level 3, gaining invaluable experience whilst working alongside our experienced team.

Who is the course for?

For those wishing to work within a busy ski school, while training to the next level

You will be part of a team of trainees together with your trainer who will be on hand for any questions you may have, to help develop your technical skiing and teaching throughout the season.

For anyone who has already achieved their:
BASI, CSIA, or PSIA level 2, or their APSI or Swiss Snowsport level 1 or similar.


We have options to suit everyone

For all our Altitude Futures courses, we have an option for trainees to live in self-catered accommodation which we will help to arrange for you. A great way to meet other trainees and take the stress out of that start of season accommodation hunt!

The self-catered chalet option 

  • Stay in accommodation suited to your needs and budget
  • Fully equipped kitchen for preparing your own meals
  • Live with fellow instructors and trainees in Verbier
  • Benefit from our knowledge and advice throughout the process
  • Shared and single room options available.

Alternatively, you are welcome to take a course-only option which does not include accommodation support.

Already sorted for accommodation? Our course-only option 

We also have options to come to Verbier prior to the start of the course, or extend your accommodation right until the end of the season. Give us a call or drop us a line to chat about these options if you’re interested!

Weekly breakdown

So, what will you be doing on the course?

A typical day from Monday to Friday 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.


    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

Dates and Prices

Self-catered chalet accommodation
If you already have place to stay     
£ tbc depending on your needs * £2,500*
Verbier, Zermatt, Klosters, Gstaad
From 1st December 2019 until 11th April 2020

16 Free Training Places!

To celebrate our 20 year anniversary Altitude Ski School would love to give back to those that make us great, our ski instructors!  So for next season we will be offering 16  instructors the opportunity to join us on a ‘free’ work and train program.  This will include 100 hours of free training towards the ISIA and a part time Job working with Altitude in one of our 4 top ski resorts!

If you might be interested then please email  and let us know the following:

  • Which resort you would be keen to apply to – Verbier, Zermatt, Gstaad or Klosters
  • What makes teaching skiing wonderful?
  • If you ran a ski school, what would be your USP?
  • Short covering letter indicating why we should choose you.
  • Please also include your updated CV

We will be accepting applications for the above work and train package until the 30th July 2019.

What is included?

Altitude employs ISIA trainees on a part time basis and provides students with a uniform and work permit. Work is during the holiday weeks of Christmas and New Year, Half Term Holiday weeks in February and the Easter Holidays.

  • 200 hours of training
  • Training from BASI Level 4’s, BASI Trainers and Swiss Federal Qualified Instructors
  • Develop performance in Piste, Bumps, Variables and Steeps
  • Maximum of 8 trainees per group
  • Pre Course Fitness Plan
  • Personal BASI mentor
  • Individual Video analysis sessions
  • Mountain safety training
  • Off-Piste Ski Touring
  • Race Training
  • Optional ski specific yoga sessions
  • Join the Altitude Ski School Formation Week
  • Job with Altitude Ski School
  • Swiss Work permit
  • Free Altitude Uniform
  • Futures Hoody
  • Pro-deals on equipment with Rossignol and SunGod Goggles
  • Weekly team socials

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