Gap Year

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How To Backflip

Doing a backflip on skis is a milestone achievement for any freeskier, and it's a trick that requires more commitment to face our own fears than actual technical skills or ability. We're going to break down how to do a backflip into smaller…
Gear Patrol ski kit for the season
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What to pack for your Ski Instructor Course

You're probably wondering how you're going to fit 3 months of kit into one 23kg suitcase. Here are our insider tips and season secrets to make the most of your packing this season!
Gap Year in the Utah Mountains

What Employers Really Think of Your Gap Year

It's that time of year - exams are over and the wait begins. The big question on everyone's lips is: what next? Do I go to Uni, find a job or take a gap year? Are gap years worth it? Many people get caught in the trap of thinking "if I don't…
Verbier gap team photo

What To Do Before Booking A Gap Year Ski Instructor Course

Once you've decided you'd like to become a ski instructor, the next big step is choosing a course! There are loads of providers and schools all over the world who can help you get qualified. So how on earth do you choose the course and provider that's right for you? We've put together a handy guide to help you choose and prepare for your next big adventure.

A Beginners Guide to… Ski Slang

The ski resort bubble has it's very own language, and to be fair, it sounds like nonsense to the casual listener. So if you don't know your death cookies from your pow, read on...
Courchevel Instructor Course 2016

“Best 10 Weeks of my Life” – Courchevel BASI 1&2

Call me sentimental but these were the best 10 weeks of my life. As a course we formed a team not just a series of individual friendships, we all got a LOT better at skiing. The course was a simply unforgettable experience.

Ski Seasons – Why you’ll keep going back

Think you know what it's like to do a ski season? Think again.
Meribel Instructor Training 2016

Course Diaries – Charlie in Meribel

Charlie in Meribel gives us the low-down on why she chose to give up the rat-race for the snowy Alps. Only last year I was commuting almost every day into London, spending hours on packed trains, hot and stuffy tubes and pushing through crowds…
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Top 10 Tips – What you should know before your residential course

We picked the brains of our current Level 3 ISIA students to find out what advice they would give someone considering taking a 10 week BASI 1& 2 "Gap" course. These are their top ten tips!
Where you can use your ski instructor qualifications will vary depending on your level

Using your Ski Instructor Qualifications

Whether you are thinking about doing your ski instructor course as a way of kickstarting a career or as part of a year out knowing what you can do with your qualifications will probably make your decision a little easier. My ski instructor…