What a winter it has been! With brand new courses, more students than ever on our old classics and the biggest dumps of snow in half a decade this has been a winter to remember. Check out our highlights from this winter and see what you could be getting involved in next year.
The white stuff began falling hard in December… and never stopped. This winter has been without a doubt the snowiest of this century – with the word “Snowmageddon” being bandied about more than once.
Daily snow reports were talking in meters and there was barely a week without fresh pow all winter. At times this even caused logistical problems with road closures and people finding themselves stuck in resort. While we cannot deny this meant hard work for some we think that having too much snow is a pretty cool problem to have.
Making the most of the amazing conditions have been students working towards every level of the BASI system and getting some great results across France, Switzerland and Austria.
BASI 1 and 2
This year saw our first preseason gap course kick off in Villars on the Glacier 3000. With just 8 short weeks to tackle both the BASI 1 and 2 we were so impressed with the 100% pass rate! Next up our BASI 2 Fast Track kicked off in Tignes and again everyone smashed it out of the park.
Our oldest course – the classic 11 Week Residential BASI 1 and 2 – was more popular than ever this year. With two full groups in Verbier and Meribel and a team in 10 in Courchevel. Everyone left resort a qualified ski instructor with their BASI Level 1! A 94% pass rate for the Level 2 in France and 75% in Switzerland is incredible. Nice work guys!
BASI 3 ISIA
Our Level 3 training courses came back to Courchevel and Verbier this year with teams making the big jump from Level 2 to 3. This included season long training teams and a number of people joining us for shorter prep weeks in the run up to exams.
This year we were also really excited to introduce our new Work and Train Programme in St Anton. 16 new ski instructors, many of whom had completed their Level 2 with us, donned their New Gen instructor uniform to work with us while also training towards their BASI 3.
Not only did you all get fantastic feedback from the clients that you taught but 4 of you have already smashed your Level 3 Tech exam and all 8 of you sailed through the Teach! We can’t wait to work with you again next year as you all get closer to that Level 3 finish line.
Our Level 4 Work and Train Programme in Verbier was as popular as ever this year. With Tom and Jon putting 3 teams through their paces over the winter. It is impossible to explain properly in words what it takes to get those final Level 4 results. We are so proud of what so many of you have already achieved. Four of you passed the elusive Eurotest and 4 others gained the 4 Tech. This is even before the bulk of exams taking place in Hintertux at the very end of the season – good luck all.
You have also had amazing feedback on your lessons – with 100% of the reviews left on Feefo this season rating you guys at 5/5!
As well as getting early results for BASI exams this year BASI selected 7 new trainers. They will join their team of assessors training and examining new instructors coming through the system. We are really proud that 3 of these 7 new trainers are part of our team! We are so proud of you guys for being selected.
As we have said the season is not over yet. The snow is still falling and there are lots more exams to be taken. But this has already been a season to remember for us.
We want to thank everyone who has trained with us across our courses. It has been a real pleasure working with you and we can’t wait to see you back on the hill next year. Over and out.