Becoming a ski instructor lets you escape the 9-5, enjoy an alpine office and make the most of the beautiful white stuff 24/7! But how do you make this dream a reality? Here’s the complete guide on how to become a ski instructor, from deciding on where to go to choosing the right ski instructor course.
What steps should I take to become a ski instructor?
Who are BASI?
BASI, the British Association of Snowsports Instructors, is the national training and grading provider for professional snowsport instructing and coaching qualifications. It is the most widely accepted qualification for British (and other nationality) snowsports instructors teaching across the globe.
Decisions Made… What do You Need to Get Started
The world of ski instruction is competitive so to have a real chance at succeeding in becoming a ski instructor, you really need your BASI Level 2 qualification at least.
The BASI Level 2 is a gateway qualification and is recognised all over the globe. With your BASI 2 under your belt, you should find it easy to find work during the peak weeks and support yourself as you continue through the season. At this stage, you should also have a basic understanding of the language of the country in which you wish to teach.
In order to make a real career in ski instruction, you need to achieve your ISIA award. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect: BASI Level 2 Exam
How good do I need to be to become a ski instructor?
BASI Level 1 is the entry-level for people that are looking to become a ski instructor. It allows you to teach skiing in a non-mountain environment, like in a snowdome or on a dry-slope. In order to do a BASI Level 1, you need to be able to ski parallel confidently, coping with a variety of conditions, including skiing parallel on a red run, making rhythmical short turns at a steady pace, and skiing parallel long turns on a green/blue slope with the skis carving the last two-thirds of the turn. We recommended that people do at least 16 full weeks of skiing before applying.
Speaking other languages
At New Generation, we provide weekly language lessons for our trainees. Learning to speak another language is a great idea for ski instructors as it gives you extra desirable skills, integrates you into the local community and can even help you in an emergency. Not to mention it’s fun! Find out more about our French lessons here.