Villars Residential BASI 1 & 2

Villars Preseason Residential BASI 1 & 2 Course

If you want to tick off your BASI 1 and 2 fast and then have the rest of the season to work (or play) then our 7 week Villars course is for you. Run on the snow sure Glacier 3000, the highest point of the Vaudois Alps, this autumn pre season course gives strong skiers the chance to fast track through their Level 1 and 2 in just 7 weeks while enjoying some incredible skiing in the heart of the Swiss Alps. 

In 7 weeks we will fit in piste performance training, freeride and mountain safety, and of course your BASI exams. Don’t worry though there is still time for the odd apres ski session or free ski. If you are a strong skier looking for an affordable fun way to do your BASI level 1 and 2 then look no further.

  • £6795
  • 4th November 2018 – 24th December 2018
  • Bookings Closed for 2018

What’s included?

  • 120 Hours of Training

  • Lift Pass

  • Avalanche Awareness Training

  • Catered Accommodation

  • BASI 1 & 2 Exams

  • Video Analysis

We have taken all of the best bits of our classic BASI Level 1 & 2 ski instructor courses and compacted them into a fast track pre season program. Serious skiing combined with a lively and friendly atmosphere make for an amazing experience.

We design our courses from the ground up every year with 2 goals; make sure we have a programme we are really proud of and make sure that it will help every student achieve their goals. Our Villars course is ideal for strong skiers who need some help and support to polish their skiing ready for the BASI exams. With 30 hours training a week there is also time to practice with your brand new avi safety kit on mountain safety training and then all the career support you need to set yourself up as a ski instructor for the season.

New Generation ski instructor training centres Villars residential programme is an 7 week course. Training for 4 weeks of this course is delivered by New Generation. The other 3 weeks of this course are delivered by BASI Trainers supplied and approved by BASI under our BASI Partner Agreement.

New Generation are a BASI Partner

The Skiing & Training

Villars – the perfect pre season training ground

The charming villages of Gryon and Villars offer a fun friendly base with access to world class skiing. With pistes to suit skiers of all levels and abilities there is a great variety of runs to work on every aspect of your skiing. From the lower gentler runs around Villars, perfect for practicing your carving, to the epic Glacier 3000 there is something here for everyone. A lively, friendly atmosphere combined with some serious skiing make for an amazing ski instructor course.

All of your training will be delivered by BASI instructors or BASI trainers. These guys are with you for about 30 hours each week but don’t worry it is not all drills and skills. We will work with you to make you the best skiers possible, looking at all round skiing and teaching skills, and of course we will make sure you know how to use your brand new avi kit!


Before starting this course we recommend that students meet the following prerequisites:

  • Be able to ski confidently in a variety of conditions, not just groomed runs.
  • Be confident to ski short radius turns on a steep red or groomed black run.
  • Be able to perform rhythmical carved turns on a blue run.

Accommodation & Food

We know how important it is for you to be well fed and get a good nights sleep to keep your energy up for training. And how much it helps to have somewhere nice to relax in your down time.

For this reason we have teamed up with Chalet Martin to give you a comfortable, homely base during your stay. Enjoy home-cooked meals together with the rest of your group. Breakfast is supplied every day with dinner 5 days a week.

Enjoy comfortable dorm bedrooms and a cosy communal lounge area, with big sofas and Wifi. There is also a garden and outside terrace so you can enjoy the autumn sun. Don’t take our word for it though – check out the pictures below.

chalet view
ChaletMartin villars
chalet lounge
chalet kitchen
chalet martin dorm

After the Course

The 7 weeks are up, you have had the best time of your life but what’s next? All you know is you want to keep skiing. The good news is that the BASI Level 2 will open up doors and allow you to teach all over the world. Many of our students go straight into teaching.

This is a great opportunity to test your new found skills and explore further a field in the European Alps while being paid. This teaching time takes you through to the end of the season but the snow melting does not mean you have hang up the boots just yet. For the serious snow addicts it is about time to head to the southern hemisphere as their winter starts to kick off. Your BASI level 2 qualification will allow you teach in both New Zealand and Australia. You won’t earn a fortune there but you will cover all your costs, and it’s an incredible experience to see two of the most beautiful countries on earth.

What happens next depends on your long term goals. If this is a career we recommend continuing your training and aiming for your ISIA. This can be done as part of a work and train program or you can focus on a training only program. Make sure you talk us through your future goals so we can help you find the perfect course.

If this was a gap year it is time to return to reality, you can rest safe in the knowledge though that you will be able to get paid to go skiing if you want to teach through the busy periods.

The Full Course Schedule

Week 1

Before you begin training you will meet your mentors and meet your course mates at our Welcome weekend to break the ice and receive your course materials.

Week 1 is spent preparing for the Level 1 exam, working on your personal performance, teaching and revising ski theory. You will do full days of training with your mentor focusing your all round performance.

Week 2

This is the real deal a full week with a BASI trainer who will assess your technical skiing and knowledge of BASI’s teaching models and methods. The exam runs for the whole week and the trainers role is to develop your knowledge of the sport while simultaneously ensuring you meet the ability requirements to pass the exam.

You can not pass or fail your BASI 1 on one run or teaching session, your performance over the whole week is taken into consideration. So if you have a bad run don’t let it get to you, it is not the end of the world and there is plenty of time to demonstrate just how good you are.

Week 3 - 5

Weeks 3 – 5 are a real mix of personal performance training and off snow activities including;

  • Performance training with mentors
  • Teaching practice
  • Shadowing
  • First Aid Course
  • Mountain Safety Courses
  • Freeride and Off piste skiing with our in-resort specialists
  • Child Protection Module
  • Careers Seminar and CV support
  • Assistance with finding work either for us or our friends and partners
  • Ski Tech & Servicing Session
Week 6 & 7

The BASI Level 2 exam is in a similar format to your BASI 1 but over 2 weeks instead of 1. At the end of the exam we have an end of season party to celebrate!

Other BASI 1 & 2 courses to consider

If our residential Villars ski instructor course is not right for you, then not worry, we have others courses available in StubaiVerbier, Meribel and Courchevel. If it’s just Level 2 your are looking for then why not check out our BASI Level 2 Training and Exam packages