BASI ISIA Level 3 Training

Verbier, Zermatt, Klosters, Gstaad

Our popular ‘work and train’ Level 3 BASI ski instructor 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.

Altitude has been training instructors towards BASI 3 exams for over 20 years. This experience cannot be beaten and ultimately guarantees that you will be prepared really well for your BASI exams. In addition we are the largest employer of BASI instructors in Switzerland (possibly Europe), so if you are talented instructor we are able to offer you a huge career potential in one of our ski schools.

Is our ski instructor training right for you?

Our courses are designed for those wishing to work within a busy professional ski school environment, whilst also receiving training from top coaches towards their next level.

To be on the course you will have already achieved your: BASI 1 & 2, CSIA, or PSIA level 2, or the APSI or Swiss Snowsport level 1 or similar.

As part of a small team of trainees you will need to be prepared to work hard to maximize your technical skiing and teaching performance throughout the season. We are extremely proud of our pass rates and our goal is to maintain these great results over the coming years by providing high quality training to really motivated instructors.

Not sure if your qualifications are enough?

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


We have options to suit everyone

For all our Altitude Futures courses, we are happy to offer you support finding  your ideal  self-catered accommodation .  After being here for many years we have lots of contacts in the resort and we are very happy to advise you on pricing, locations, agencies and forums to search for your ideal place.  A popular choice for trainees is often to live together, and of course we will happily put you in contact with other trainees or instructors who are also searching for accommodation. We know how important it is find somewhere nice to live, so we are very happy to help !

Course + Accommodation Support 

  • We will help you find accommodation suited to your needs and budget
  • Choose to live with with fellow instructors and trainees in Verbier
  • Benefit from our knowledge and advice throughout the process
  • Shared and single room options available.

Alternatively, if you have already sorted your accommodation or prefer to arrange this without any support then please select the course only option when booking.

Course Only 

Already sorted for accommodation? Our course-only option is great if you already have your accommodation sorted. This is ideal for people who already know Verbier and perhaps have friends or family based here with whom they can stay.

Give us a call or drop us a line to chat regarding the course options and availability for this coming winter

We are an Official BASI affiliated training partner

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SIXTEEN 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
Applications open for the above work and train package until the 15th August 2020
2021/08/15 00:00:00

Dates and Prices

If you already have place to stay     
£ 2,650 £2,500
Verbier, Zermatt, Klosters, Gstaad
From 1st December 2020 until 11th April 2021

A few reasons to choose Altitude?

Guaranteed Employment

Altitude employs our own students ahead of any other trainees from other smaller schools.  The reason for this is that throughout the training we are able to build a confidence and trust in your abilities and the types of clients that we believe are most suited to your skill set (its like a really long interview).  Having this confidence in your teaching ability enables us to make sure we guarantee a high level of service to our clients.

Employment is on a part time basis and we provide 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.

Experienced Coaching Team

Over the last 20 years we have prepared hundred’s of instructors for their level 1,2,3 and 4 exams.  Our team includes BASI Trainers, BASI 4’s and Swiss Patents, all equipped with the skills and knowledge to help you reach your full skiing potential.

Off-Piste Day with FWT Competitor

In Verbier you will be lucky enough to spend a day with one of the top world freerider’s who is currently competing on the Freeride World Tour.  This will be an inspirational day and hopefully one to inspire you in your skiing.

A Training Package including 200 on snow Training Hours

That’s a lot of training (more than most companies offer) and we believe this extra time helps to account for our students continual high pass rates (last winter the highest pass rates in Verbier).


What is included?

  • 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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