Choosing a ski instructor training programme can be a minefield; nowadays there are so many companies offering packages out there that it can be tricky knowing where to start! Courses are offered across resorts and are competitive in both price and number of training hours, so how do you make your decision?
Over the years we’ve learned what’s important to deliver a great training course that will have students recommending us to their friends, siblings or elsewhere, as well as want to continue to further training within our Altitude Futures programmes.
So, wherever you’re looking to take part in a course, here are a few tips on just what should you be looking out for.
A good first impression!
Perhaps a given, but if a company who doesn’t come back to your straight away with answers to all your questions, you’re probably best opting for one who does. Look for a breakdown of everything you need to know in terms of costs, payment deadlines, accommodation options and anything else specific you have in mind.
Look out for courses taught by a team of highly qualified, experienced instructors. Most companies will have the credentials of their training team advertised on their website; if not, don’t hesitate to ask. We operate our course by having two primary trainers who will mentor you throughout the course, and other qualified and experienced coaches who may deliver some specific sessions such as off-piste, race or touring days.
Depending on where in the world you are looking to do your course will probably determine the qualification you end up with, as almost every country has its own qualification system. Make sure you chose a system which is respected and if you are wanting to pursue instructing after the qualification, will allow you to work wherever you would like to. We use the BASI system which is well respected across the globe and once qualified, most schools in Switzerland will accept those from BASI level 2 and up.
Where you live can be very important, so check what’s included when you book your course! Most BASI 1 & 2 courses will have a price with half-board accommodation, so make sure you’re comfortable with how many students will be sharing a room, or if there’s an option for having your own room.