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Verbier ski instructor training Nikola
Nikola Blom

Verbier BASI Level 3 trainingThe first time my parents put a pair of skies underneath my little feet, I was two years old. Since then I have always skied in the freeride Mecca of the world, Verbier. After skiing my first itinerary when I was six years old, I developed a strong love for off-piste skiing and I started using the piste only as a connection between itineraries and off-piste runs. Thanks to this I developed a skiing style that looks a bit crazy and uncontrolled.

After finishing high school in 2015 I decided to train and work as a ski instructor in my Gap Year. I went to New Zealand to join the NZSIA Level 1 and 2 ski instructor exams and arrived in Verbier right at the beginning of December.

ISIA BASI Level 3 Training Course Verbier

When the training started I was trying to convince the coaches to go off-piste all the time, probably because I was the ‘benjamin’ of the course. They promised me ski off-piste in the course, but only after breaking down bad habits. We had to kick-off with working on the fundamentals and do a lot of low-end skiing in the first week. I decided to accept things as they were and focus on the training.

As we progressed we started to build up the performance. Then I finally understood why we had to work on the fundamentals as the entire group’s high-end skiing became much better. Although I am not the biggest fan of the BASI skiing style I noticed that the training improved my overall skiing and made me even enjoy fresh groomed pistes early in the morning.

Altitude Futures Coaches

The Altitude coaches were really helpful and their different teaching styles helped me to improve my personal skiing level. The season flew by and it was actually great to have a mix of training, teaching and free skiing throughout the season.

When I’m skiing off-piste I know I can use a mix of my own unorthodox skiing style and the controlled BASI skiing style. This makes me come down the mountain with even more confidence and ease then before!

Altitude Futures Ski Instructor Courses

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Caitlin Miller

Caitlin Miller

My level 3 (ISIA) has always been a goal for me since completing my CSIA level 2 in 2013 in Canada. I worked 3 seasons in Canada and then decided to bring it closer to home. Choosing to do the Altitude ISIA course turned out to be the perfect decision for me as it helped me not only transition to the BASI system but also train and make huge improvements in my own skiing bringing me closer to my level 3.

Sophie Studd

Sophie Studd

Meeting Jon on the lift he got me thinking ahead for the following season, so I started to look into my future with Altitude and booked on to train for my ISIA.

Elliot Bates

Elliot Bates

Just wanted to say a quick thanks for the last 10 weeks, with all the organising and supporting etc. I really enjoyed it and loved every minute, could you say thanks to the coaches as well, for all their help in passing.