Spending 10 Weeks in a ski resort is something that many people will only dream of doing.  Last year Matt Kirkland made that dream a reality by joining our BASI Level 1 & 2 Course in Courchevel.  Here Matt tells us about some of the highlights of his 10 Week Residential course.

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Resort Life

What can I say about life in a ski resort? For me living in a ski resort has always been a dream and it didn’t disappoint. To wake up every morning and the view from you bedroom is beautiful White Mountains you cannot help but get excited. The best thing about living in resort is everyone there shares the same passion as you skiing, whether they work as an instructor or they work behind the bar we all love the same thing. Incredible night life is a given when it comes to ski resorts and Courchevel is no different, with bars and restaurants to suit even the wildest of nights out. My favourite part about living in resort is how relaxed the lifestyle is, everyone is there for the same reasons and it’s that mind-set that really makes a season enjoyable.

Bar and Restaurant Work can be good if the hours are flexible

Meeting New People

One of the best parts of doing the gap course is the new people you get to meet. From all the people you
live with, to the trainers who teach you and the wide range of people that come from all over the world for the experience of a lifetime. Over the season you will make friends for life with opportunities to create your dreams together. It can always be daunting meeting people for the first time but when you ski a live together you soon end up becoming like a family watching out for each other and making memories you will never want to forget. It was amazing having the opportunity to ski with such talented skiers as our coaches. Their passion for skiing and helping you pass your exams really rubbed off making the season one I will never forget.

Sitting the exam on the BASI Level 1 & 2 course

Taking the Exam

We all know that exam weeks can be both tough and stressful, but when you spend your exam skiing all day with your new found friends you can’t help but enjoy yourself. The sessions are varied and that makes them interesting, with both full days of skiing and evening training and reflection, the course coverage was never dull.

 BASI Level 1 & 2 Course – End of Season Party

Finishing the season with a high note makes all of hard work more than worth it. A massive shindig is just the thing you need. A big party with your friends is the best way to celebrate all you have achieved over the season. Over the season we managed to make so many good memories from incredible falls to silly antics at nights. At the end of season party we had the opportunity to reminisce over all the best moments of the season and have an award ceremony for people’s best moments.

Matt and his training team during the BASI 1 and 2 course

friendships for life – BASI Level 1 and 2 course

To find out more information about our 10 Week BASI 1 and 2 courses, follow the links below:

10 Week BASI Level 1 and 2 Course – Courchevel

10 Week BASI Level 1 and 2 Course – Verbier

10 Week BASI Level 1 and 2 Course – Meribel