Making the decision to take a ski instructor course is a big step – and the start of an amazing adventure. But the next step is deciding which resort is best for you. So unless you’ve already got your heart set on a resort, how do you decide?
Here are a few simple bits of advice to help you choose – but no matter where you end up, we know you’ll have an incredible season. Snow is snow no matter where you are!
Choose Your Dates
Before anything else, you need to think about the dates you’d like to be away. For us, if you’d like to be at home for Christmas, you could rule out Verbier. If you have a holiday booked in March, Courchevel and Meribel would be out. That said, if you have a 2 or 3 day trip or visit booked during course times, it can sometimes still work! We’ve had people join late due to Ultimate Frisbee Championships, visit home to see their sisters newborn or for a job interview. We can usually find a solution!
Think About Your Priorities and Goals
We think each resort has something unique to offer. And the best way to match them to a trainee is by considering their aims and personality.
Are you there to start a career, or is this a constructive gap year? Do you want a lively resort or are you happy with a chilled pub atmosphere and some live music? Do you dream of powder skiing off-piste or happy to cruise the blues? Importantly, what’s your budget? High-end ski areas like Val D’Isère will cost a lot more for everyday expenses than a regular resort.
Try writing down a list of things the resort needs to be (ie. lively/chilled, back-country options/mainly piste, large area to explore/small and local feel). Keep them in mind for the next step…
Do Your Research
We get lots of questions about the resorts we train in. So to help out, we put together an in-depth profile of each of them. Give them a gander and see which ones match your priority list. There’s always one to suit you.
Do The Quiz
If you’re still struggling and want someone to give you a guiding hand, why not try our quiz? Just five minutes and you could have your answer!
The main priority is to find a resort which reflects your personality and what you want from the season. There’s no point choosing the liveliest resort if you’re not keen on partying, or choosing a small, restricted resort when you love nothing more than exploring the back-country.
If you’re still stuck or have any questions about any of our resorts, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re always happy to help!