Verbier ISIA Training
Our Verbier BASI Level 3 & ISIA training programme is the perfect way to take your ski instruction career to the next level. Delivered by expert coaches over the course of a season, this 140-hour programme will give you the skills and knowledge you need to achieve Level 3 qualification.
With the option to work as part of our team part-time. This is an excellent opportunity for those who are looking to progress their career in the ski industry. Our goal is to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed as a ski instructor, and we are committed to supporting you every step of the way.
Our experienced coaches will be on hand to provide guidance and inspiration throughout the programme and your career. Spaces are limited!
- Training Only
- 01/01/2023 – 01/04/2023
- 140 Hours of Coaching
- 1400 chfs
- Training & Accommodation
- 01/01/2023 – 01/04/2023
- 140 Hours of Coaching
- 6000 chfs
Why is this course Cheaper Than Others?
We believe in supporting the future of our industry by investing in the development of new Ski Instructors. This investment means our programme is much better value than our competition, making it accessible to everyone who wants to develop their career in this exciting industry. So if you’re looking for the best way to take the next step, look no further than New Generation. We can’t wait to help you reach your potential.
Designed around you!
We Schedule training around the ISIA exams that take place in Verbier. Allowing you to sit your exams in your home resort, saving you a fortune as you can use your existing pass and accommodation.
It will be possible to sit all of your training and up to 4 weeks of exams in a 90day period.
You need to book your exams independently with your qualification provider. The BASI dates are listed below.
DATES TBC BY BASI
(Please talk to your coach before booking any exams.)
Not only is our training scheduled around your exams we work to ensure it is also scheduled around key periods where demand for instructors is higher than normal. And we don’t just mean Christmas, Half Term and Easter. We have studied the numbers and scheduled the programme to ensure you maximise any Ski School teaching hours across the entire season.
- 140 hours of coaching over the season
- The Opportunity to Work – see below
- Maximum 8 in a group
- A pre-course fitness training programme
- Individual action plans, mentoring and career support
- Weekly individual video analysis
- Avalanche & Mountain Safety Training
- Freestyle Training
- Race Training
- Discount with Ski Service our partner shop
Detailed Course Programme
The first training phase intends to improve fundamental ski technique, improving how we align ourselves and move with the skis. We will use plenty of slow speed drills and exercises to help and guide you into the correct movement patterns. This block is a skills-based approach to skiing, and you will be encouraged to experiment and try new things with your ski technique.
After the Christmas & New Year’s working period, we begin the second training phase and move into various environments, terrain, different slope angles, aspects, and snow conditions. The main block intends to continue developing those new movement patterns whilst skiing within the strands (Shorts, Long, Bumps, Steeps) and begin to expose and challenge them to different terrain. Generally, we experience the best winter snow conditions during this period and make good use of it and secure a lane on the Bruson Stade to introduce training in stubbies and gates. This is also a great time to explore the vast 4 Vallees sector and learn and practice how to travel safely off-piste, practice avalanche awareness skills, and familiarise ourselves with the essential kit for safe off-piste practice (transceiver, shovel, probe).
In the final training phase, the overarching goal is to refine movement patterns and exam preparation. We will gradually increase the tempo and performance outcomes during this training block. This training phase is geared towards skiing on Level 3 terrain and skiing at the Level 3 standard. Conditions permitting, we aim to secure some more time in gates/stubbies to improve our timing and agility.
The training program is broken into three mesocycles, each with a specific intention and aim, as detailed in the chart below.
Mesocycle 1 – Foundation Phase
Key Focus: Balance, Coordination and Steering
The first training phase is slowed down and targets your balance, agility, and mobility. It’s an opportunity to develop and correct movement patterns and challenge the fundamental skills of skiing. A clear template of what is required at the ISIA L3 Technical and Teaching standard will be outlined. These critical foundation weeks will inform your training action plan that will aid your development throughout the course. You will be training in all mountain areas, including piste-performance, long and short turns and variable snow (off-piste), bumps, and steeps.
Instructing – Christmas Holiday & New Years
This busy period provides a perfect opportunity to work and deliver lessons to various customers. Also, a chance to shadow other full-time instructors and learn group management, interpersonal skills, drills, and exercises. This period is an invaluable knowledge sharing exercise with other experienced instructors and is very helpful for your ISIA Teaching exam.
Mesocycle 2 – Development Phase
Key Focus: Terrain Change, Performance Outputs, Racing Skills, Mountain Skills
The second training phase is the largest and allows focused and structured practice time to reinforce the new movement patterns. The purpose is to minimise ineffective movements and maximum movement efficiency (making sure the movements above your feet are connected to the skis and result in quality performance outcomes). Gradually, you will begin to ski exam criteria turns (shorts, longs, bumps) on the appropriate Level 3 terrain.
Scheduled into this training phase is time in gates/stubbies. Each course set is designed with specific performance outcomes in mind, and this will be significantly influenced by the areas of development needed in the group. A Giant Slalom or Slalom course has set perimeters and tempo that promote effective movements and develop foot placement, rate of movement, and agility. – this has proven to be an invaluable experience.
With so much terrain and generally fantastic snow conditions, we will develop our comfort levels in the off-piste environment. The ability to ski off-piste will develop our piste skiing and is a great playground to challenge our fundamentals. We find this is a great way to develop a well-rounded skier who is comfortable in any terrain. It is also an opportunity to share methods of acquiring practical knowledge:
- Snow reports,
- Avalanche safety
- Safe travel practices
- Using avalanche equipment
Instructing – February Half Term
Perhaps the busiest period of the season and a great time to practice all your hard work during training. These work periods are a brilliant way to log the required teaching hours towards your qualification. Perhaps of equal importance is the structured periods of rest away training, which allows you to recover from training demands physically.
Mesocycle 3 – Shaping Phase
Key focus: Refinement, Accuracy & Consistency, Exam Tactics &Preparation
The training shifts focus now, and it’s time to turn up the performance and tempo of our skiing. A typical day will consist of an off ski warmup, a few warmup laps, a task (short turns) and then skiing the set task whilst working on personal development, lunch break, and a new task (bumps) focusing on personal development. We intend on another short stint in gates/stubbies at this point as a complementary training exercise to piste performance.
The final phase allows for plenty of structured practice and consolidation time. We have found this to be an effective method in preparing people for their exams. It is a tried and tested; it aims to ensure that you enter the exam feeling prepared and confident in your physical and technical ability.
Coaching is an art, and our coaches are true masters.
When it comes to coaching, we only want the best for our students. That’s why we only employ the world’s best coaches. Our coaches have years of experience and know how to get the most out of their students. They’re passionate about skiing and love sharing their knowledge with others. As a result, our students are able to progress quickly without losing their love for the sport.
Meet your Coaches
Are you Eligible?
To join the training team we require one of the following qualifications:
- BASI level 2
- CSIA level 2
- APSI level 2
- NZSIA level 2
- Swiss Snowsport 1
- Other equivalent qualification*
*If you hold a different qualification please get in touch
Flexible work Opportunities
Every trainee has different needs and focuses for their season so we have built flexibility into the core of our programme. You have 3 main options.
- Work For New Generation
- Work For Another Ski School
- Just Train
1. Teach for New Generation
We never guarantee a job as part of our course, but all students are eligible for an interview to join our Ski School Team.
We are the only Ski School able to support you throughout your Career across Europe as you progress through your ISIA and work towards becoming fully certified.
If you think you have what it takes to join the team apply today!
2. Teach for another Ski School
While we are always on the hunt for talented young instructors, if you already work as part of another Ski School Team you are still welcome to join our training. We schedule all training to ensure you’re available to teach during the busiest periods maximising your earnings and ensuring you don’t have to choose between the two focuses.
Thinking about changing Ski Schools? We offer a unique commission setup for all clients you introduce to New Generation.
3. Just Train
For some, the best way to progress through their exams quickly is to focus exclusively on the training aspect of the programme. If this sounds like you then don’t delay and get booked on before all our spots fill.
How do you Join the Training?
Our training course is intensive, but it is also extremely rewarding. You will learn from some of the best instructors in the industry and you will get to meet like-minded people from all over the world.
If that sounds like it suits you then you can reserve your space online instantly. Don’t delay as space is limited.
How do you Apply for Work?
Applying to work for New Generation is an entirely separate process. Please complete the form linked below.
We are unable to reserve you a place on the course while you wait to see if your application has been successful. As our course is so heavily subsidised by New Generation training places are filling up quickly. So don’t delay in reserving your spot.
Our coaches are experts at spotting the true potential of our trainees.
We regularly handpick training team members to join our Full-Time Teams in Verbier and across the Alps. It’s a competitive industry, but we are always on the lookout for those with that something special.
Unlike other Ski Schools though the opportunities go way beyond teaching Skiing. Our unique international presence and unparalleled size mean we are regularly looking for people to open new locations, lead on new projects and occasionally take on an existing resort.
Verbier is a notoriously difficult place to find accommodation. So we have done the hard work for you. We have 8 places available that can if you want, be booked alongside accommodation. We have two options to choose from, Chalet Carlotta or Chalet Eric. Take a look at the photos of the accommodation below.
Advice and Information
A solid piste ski is ideal because it will give you the best chance to display the skills and outcomes required for the Level 3 standard. You should be able to cleanly carve long turns and ski short turns with this ski. The skis should have a 75mm maximum width. Something wider may impact the performance of the ski on piste.
We recommend that you use a ski length of 160-180cm, depending on your height. As a rough rule of thumb, we recommend a ski approximately the same size as you or up to 10cm longer.
The longer the ski, the more stability it will have at higher speed, but the more difficult it will be to steer it through short turns.
Your height, weight, and strength will largely influence this element. Over the years, we have found that people perform best on skis within a 14-18 meters radius. Skis with a larger radius will likely mean you will spend too much time in the fall line. Stick to this sweet spot; solid technique will allow you to mix a little more edge angle into the turn and achieve more performance out of the ski.
If the ski is too stiff, bending the ski to change the radius of the turn will be difficult. If the ski is too soft, you won’t be able to maintain an edge when carving, and the ski will feel unstable. The appropriate stiffness of a ski is dependent on the individual. Your body weight and strength determine it. If you’re tall and powerful, you’ll likely need a stiffer ski with a race plate (this will help stiffen the ski up).
Training towards Level 3, we advise that you get a slightly softer ski rather than too stiff. Over time skis will become softer and lose their energy. So, ideally, if you are starting a ski instructor training program, we recommend starting with a new ski.
Ski Servicing Equipment
This is a vital skill that we will teach you straight from the get-go. We find if your skis are maintained and kept sharp you can get the best out of the training conditions, as sharp skis will allow you to grip the firmer snow easier than blunt skis. Little and often is the key here, if you go weeks in between servicing your skis and snag countless rock during that period you will likely need a grand service at a ski shop and then things get expensive quickly and worst of all put you out of action.
- Bench and Vices
- Rubber bands
- File guide
- Base bevel guide
- Chrome file
- Diamond file
- Sidewall remover
- Plastic scraper
- Brushes: brass and nylon
- Ski waxing iron
Supporting you, Supporting the World
We consider our impact on people and the planet in everything we do. We continually ask ourselves how we can make our work an even greater force for good in our communities and in the wider world.