Verbier BASI Level 3 ISIA Training Programme

The step from BASI Level 2 to BASI Level 3 (ISIA) is a big one but with the help of our BASI trainers, students will be coached towards the key modules. This hard and intense but extremely effective ISIA training course prepares students for the Alpine BASI Level 3 (ISIA) Technical, Teaching, Off-Piste Mountain Safety and Alpine Performance Modules. You will also study French to ensure you are working towards passing your second language exam.

Choosing your ISIA training course is a big decision.  We believe that our BASI Level 3 ISIA training in Verbier gives you a complete training package for going on to take your BASI Level 3 Ski Instructor exams. The course is run from our biggest training school, Verbier, and puts students in the perfect environment not just to pass their Level 3 exams but to take their career to the next level. The New Generation BASI Level 3 ISIA training in Verbier runs from mid-December to the start of February, with a break over Christmas/New Years. The focus is all on preparing for the March exams, or the end of season exams on the Hintertux Glacier.

With off and on snow preparation and training this course has a high success rate and often feeds graduates in to our Swiss ski schools.

  • 3,295chf
  • Dec 2017 – February 2018
  • 8 Spaces Remaining

What’s included?

  • Up to 6 weeks of work

  • Career and Recruitment support

  • Race Training

The ISIA Fast track course consists of 180 hours on-snow training (including race training) spread throughout the season. Sessions generally take place Monday to Friday, although there will be occasions where sessions may take place at the weekends. Scheduled video feedback sessions throughout the course. Each session will have a clear format e.g. the first 30 minutes will be presenting the outcome/task.

The following 2 hours on performing the task with feedback and the remaining time will be taken up on summary/video/personal action plan and training. The training which includes race training and mountain safety sessions will prepare you well. Meaning you will know what to expect in terms of terrain and task for your exams. Each student is given a coaching mentor who will monitor their progress and help the student to structure their practice time by regular debriefs and action plans.

The Skiing & Training

Verbier – The Ultimate Training Resort

With training programmes covering every level of the BASI Instructor system Verbier really is the ultimate training resort. Situated in the 4 Vallees, Verbier has amazing access to a huge ski area and world famous off-piste. Due to it’s reputation for off-piste Verbier has attracted many pro skiers to make the resort their home. Unlike some resorts, however, it also boasts great beginner areas and easy pistes making it popular with holiday makers as well. With an altitude ranging from 1500 at Verbier Village rising to 3330 at Mont Fort there is always good snow to be found.

All of your training will be delivered by BASI Level 4 ISTD instructors or BASI trainers. Their aim is to make you the best skiers possible, you will spend time on piste refining your technique, in the backcountry developing your all mountain skills, preparing for the exams and having some fun.

Of course, it’s not all about the skiing. Verbier boasts some internationally renowned apres ski and nightlife venues such as the famous Le Farinet, giving you plenty to do at all times of the day & night.

Useful Information before starting your course

We know you will have loads of questions about what else you might need for your course, how much money you will need, and more…

What additional costs do I need to consider?

There are always extra costs you will need to consider when applying for any instructor course, from lift passes to accommodation. Therefore the following list will help guide you through the extra costs:

Lift Passes

  • Verbier Lift Pass – 1,539chf
  • 4 Valleys Lift Pass – 1,245chf


To live in Verbier, you are looking at between 3000chf and 4,500chf for a shared room. For your own room you are looking at over 5000chf for the season.

If you are happy to live further down the mountain in Le Châble, then you will find that you get a lot more for your money. There is a gondola which runs from Le Châble to the centre of Verbier for training, and a bus that runs from 7am till 10pm so a car would not be essential.

Food and living

There are small supermarkets in Verbier and Le Châble, but it is advantageous to have a car, or a friend with a car as most people will want to shop down the mountain.

Verbier is one of the more prestigious resorts, so you can expect high prices for lunch on the mountain. However in the resort centre there are plenty of supermarkets, cafes and bars with reasonable costs for food and drink. Find out more about Verbier here.

Are there possibilities to work during the course?


The courses breaks during the peak periods of Christmas, New Yeras and the Half Term weeks. You are more than welcome to plan your work independently but we have several partner ski schools who look to us to provide them with staff during this period which makes your life slightly easier. The majority of these partners are big international ski schools that will give you really valuable work experience.

If you wish to work during the course in resort this is also possible, transfer driving and cleaning are not the most glamorous jobs but pay well and normally fit with the course schedule.

Where can I stay?

The village of Le Praz is one of the more reasonably priced parts of Courchevel, and you are looking at between €2500 and €4000 for a shared room. For your own room you are looking at €5000+ (€5000 would be a lucky find!).

If you are happy to live further down the mountain in Bozel then you will find that you get a lot more for your money. There is a bus that runs from 7am till 8pm so a car would not be essential but you may feel a bit stranded with out one.

This Facebook group is used a lot to find accommodation as the season comes closer:

Exam Availability

Level 3 Technical Exam Dates

Dates TBC for Winter 2017/18

Level 3 Teaching Exam Dates

Dates TBC for Winter 2017/18

Mountain Safety Exam Dates

Dates TBC for Winter 2017/18

FREE Indoor ISIA Sessions

Throughout the summer and autumn months we will be running FREE ISIA training sessions at snowdomes around the UK.  The sessions will be a great chance to meet out trainers, have a ski and to get an action plan of things to work on before the winter.  The training you will receive is completely free, all you will need to pay for is your slope pass.

Places on these sessions are limited, to secure a place please email

Manchester Chill Factore – Dates throughout summer 2016  – 1:30 – 3:30pm

Hemel Hempstead Snow Centre – Dates throughout summer 2016 – 2-4pm

Your Future

As soon as you start your ISIA qualification you will realise that there is no right way to complete your instructors qualifications, it is all about finding the way that is right for you.

For students who successfully complete their ISIA qualification as part of this course or any of our other programmes we have our highly successful Verbier training team. This team combines work during the busy periods of the season with an intensive 6 week training programme leading up to the Level 4 tech and teach exams.

If spending a whole season training is not for you then you could consider our exam prep weeks. Run by our Tech team which consists of BASI trainers, Eurotest openers and BASI demo team members these weeks are the perfect way to make the final changes before your exams.

We quite often find that upon completion of their ISIA students who did decide to join the Verbier training team quite often stay on and move into one of our French ski schools. In some cases going full cycle and running the same instructor course they started on.

Other BASI Level 3 ISIA courses

If our Verbier BASI level 3 ski instructor courses are not right for you, then not worry, we have others available in Courchevel and a Work and Train option in St Anton.