1. In Brief
There are of course many ski resorts but there is only one Espace Killy! This vast French Alps ski area encompasses the world famous resorts of Tignes and Val d’lsere. Come join one of the most experienced group of fully qualified instructors in the Alps including British Demo Team members and BASI examiners, to take to the slopes and gain an internationally recognised Ski Instructor qualification. With over 300km of piste and endless off-piste, Espace Killy offers the most challenging slopes in Europe and is rated the best all-round resort in the world.
The Frontier 10 week ski instructor course is brought to you by Gapski, the market leader in delivering quality professional BASI training to aspiring instructors.
This course is the first step to getting a foot in the industry. With a balance of practice and coaching, along with post training support, we will help you along your path to becoming a top ski instructor. All this, whilst staying in the heart of Tignes and experiencing the best part of the season! You’ll feel a part of the life and vibe of Tignes whilst loving the awesome ski and board opportunities that one of the world’s best resorts has to offer.
Train with top ski professionals
Enjoy the best off mountain activities, après ski and night life in the Alps
Professional references and access to networking with industry contacts
A good base level is expected from the start, we recommend that you are able to ski parallel with ease and cope with red runs. You should be in control in off piste conditions and be able to make rhythmical turns close to the fall line at a steady pace. An average experience across courses of this type is roughly 10 weeks previous skiing, but you may wish to travel out a couple of weeks early to gather the experience and enhance your technique beforehand. Let us know if you wish to arrange this and we can advise appropriately for transport and accommodation.
Tignes, Espace Killy, France
BASI Level 1 Instructor Course
BASI Level 2 Ski Instructor Course
Freestyle, race and personal performance training
State-of-the-art video analysis
Emergency first aird training
Airport pick up on arrival from Geneva airport
Lodge in Tignes le Lavachet
Before you go
Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Discounted equipment and clothing
Free Frontier t-shirt
Dinners 7 days a week in a restaurant in town
Hot lunch on the hill 7 days a week during course
Project orientation and over 150 hours coaching Espace Killy lift season pass (covers both Val d'Isère and Tignes ski areas)
2 day approved BASI first aid course
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up
Train with Espace Killy’s best instructors who are all BASI Level 4 certified
Three full days per week on hill training. The first two weeks are full time five days per week
Video analysis and regular feedback sessions
Centrally located accommodation with sky TV and free wireless internet
Practice your jumps in the two best snow parks in France
No hidden costs, all exam fees included
Experience Tignes’ incredible après ski and vibrant night life
Receive seasonnaire prices in the bars and clubs
Ski service workshops
BASI Associate membership
BASI Alpine Level 1 and Level 2
70 hours shadowing and ski school experience
Child protection module
Avalanche awareness course
Discount treatment and massages alongside optional lectures on health and fitness at a physiotherapy clinic
Work opportunities after the course with a ski school
Male and female liaison
Early bookings receive a free pair of top of the range head skis worth US$1,050
Off mountain activities arranged by your resort rep
Try out heli-skiing in the spectacular landscape
End of course party
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2. The project
WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
BASI (The British Association of Snowsport Instructors) is the UK's professional snow sports training body, together with the team they have worked to set up an all round Ski instructor course designed to refine and improve your skills. BASI courses offer the best chance of employment, so that you can become a certified instructor with worldwide opportunities.
The training provided includes: instructor courses, coaching, ski tech, bio-mechanical assessment (optional at an additional price), physiotherapy back-up, First Aid course and state-of-the-art video analysis. The support doesn’t end after the training. Post-course you will be given CV and career advice, professional references and access to our network of snow sports schools and industry contacts worldwide
WHAT WILL I BE DOING
You will start with an intensive personal performance course covering high-speed, off-piste, bumps, steeps, racing, snow park and free ride, mountain safety and off-piste awareness. This is followed by a BASI Level 1 Instructor Course, then five weeks of full-time training and shadowing of ski instructors in the workplace, and culminating in the two week BASI Level 2 Instructor Course. Generally training runs from Monday to Friday with the weekends off for free skiing.
Week 1 and 2: Personal Skiing Development Course
The first two weeks are very busy but fun. When you arrive in Tignes you will have welcome drinks at The Alpaka Lodge where you can meet the team. There will be a resort orientation and the chance to settle into resort life. You will be skiing hard with 10 full days training, to prepare yourself for your first exam. You will have the weekends to relax.
Week 3: BASI Level 1 Instructor Course
Monday to Friday will be full days on the slopes doing your BASI Level 1.
Weeks 4 to 8: Training
During these weeks you will receive three full days performance training per week to improve your personal skiing the rest will be taken up with your own personal training and the other subjects mentioned below. With the aid of your trainers you will put your action plan from your BASI Level 1 Course into practice and aim to maximise your potential.
Ski School Experience
You will complete 70 hours of shadowing and ski school industry experience. You will follow instructors at work and get a first hand view as to what it's really like to be a ski instructor.
Avalanche Awareness Module
Learn to use a transceiver properly, how to minimise risk when travelling in off piste terrain, how to spot the danger signs and the procedure to follow in the event of an accident. Most GAP courses don’t include this module.
First Aid Course
You will complete a 2 day first aid course recognised by BASI, without which your BASI license will not be valid.
Child Protection Module
This compulsory module is essential for working with children and gaining your BASI qualifications.
Try your hand at racing, trained by our own highly qualified and experienced race coaches.
Weeks 9 and 10: BASI Level 2 Instructor Course
This course is two weeks of continual training and assessment, with the weekend off in the middle. On successful completion you will gain the BASI Ski Instructor Qualification. A party and celebrations will be held on the final evening to mark the end of your time and to congratulate you.
Read more about this project on our gap year blog.
3. What to expect
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
When you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your ski rep who will take you on the 3 hour coach transfer up to the resort. Once in Tignes you will be taken to your comfortable lodge and given time to settle in before the evening meet, greet and welcome drink. You will also be given your Espace Killy lift pass which covers the whole of the Tignes and Val d’lsere ski areas, which comprise of over 300km of piste runs to explore.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
You will be staying alongside your fellow trainee instructors in lodge style accommodation, Tignes le Lavachet. These are genuine ski-in / ski-out (simply cross the road to reach the slopes), and right in the centre of resort. No buses needed, no cold long late night walks home. Your lodge has sky TV, free wireless internet, and proper beds, not just bunks.
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
The lodge will provide breakfast each day. The course is very sociable and for seven nights of the week dinner is provided for all trainees in a local restaurant in town. In addition a bar will offer a hot lunch seven days a week.
In your free time during the weekends or evenings there are a vast amount of other activities. Tignes après ski and night life is legendary, so get involved and immerse yourself in all the resort has to offer. Try your hand at heli-skiing, paragliding, parapenting or an overnight mountain hut trip with your new friends. Work on your technical knowledge in ski tuning clinics and specialist classes. Or brush up on your French in lessons and practice it whilst making the most of the resort facilities. And if you’re visiting in March, take the opportunity to get inspired by the professionals as they show off at the Winter X Games in Tignes. You can enhance your learning with lectures on health, wellbeing, injury prevention and rehabiliation in a Physiotherapy clinic in Val d’lesere. Discounted treatments and massages are available for your use. Also work opportunities after the course are available at a ski school.
7. Dates and Costs
The 2016 course runs from January - March 2016.
PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY WHEN APPLYING FOR THIS POPULAR PROJECT!
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.
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of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best
to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project.
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Your insurance should include the following:
- Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
- Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
- Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).
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8. How to apply
To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.
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