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10 Week BASI Gap Course - Ski

  • Mark Jones - BASI/ICE Trainer

    10 Week BASI Gap Course - Ski

    Gain your BASI Level 1 and 2 on the classic residential course

    The ultimate fast-track course, a fantastic opportunity to spend the best part of a season in the world's finest ski resort, broaden your horizons and of course receive the best ski tuition on your way to a internationally-recognized qualification.

Overview

The course kicks off with a week's intensive personal performance course given by BASI Trainers covering all areas of skiing - high-speed, off-piste, bumps, steep slopes, racing, snowpark and freeride, mountain safety and off-piste awareness.

This is followed by the BASI Level 1, six weeks of further training during the afternoons (including racing with Alain Baxter and freestyle) and then the BASI Level 2 in the last two weeks. It includes all elements required to achieve the BASI Level 2


What's included?

  • All training course fees.
  • BASI Level 1&2 courses
  • Accommodation for 10 weeks.
  • Evening meal 5 days a week.
  • Airport Transfers.
  • Lift pass
  • And more...
  • Personal Performance Training
  • Exclusively BASI Trainers
  • Biomechanical assesments
  • Hands on boot fitting advice
  • Free ski testing
  • Up to 40% off your equipment
  • BASI Level 1 course
  • BASI Level 2 course
  • Training within the Performance threads
  • Avalanche awareness course
  • Race training with Alain Baxter
  • Freestyle clinics
  • Ski tuning clinics
  • Fitness sessions
  • Freeride clinics
  • Psychological training
  • All training course fees
  • Accommodation for 10 weeks
  • Evening meal 5 days a week.
  • Airport Transfers
  • Lift pass
  • French lessons (optional extra)
  • Male and Female mentors
  •  
  • Before the course
  • Pre-course information pack.
  • Telephone support
  •  
  • After the course
  • CV advice
  • Professional references
  • Industry contacts
  • Career advice
  • Discounts on equipment
  • BASI Magazine
  • Further courses with BASI

Below is a timetable of the course for the 10 Weeks you will be with us in Val d'Isère.

Week 1

The course begins with a personal performance week, focussed entirely on your own personal skiing or riding. The basic fundamentals of ski technique are covered this week and it is designed to lay the foundations of the course to come. It is full days on the hill, Monday to Friday, and a couple of hours spent off the hill going through video analysis and attending specialist presentations on Biomechanics, Injury Prevention, Equipment and Mountain Safety. It is a busy week, but it sets you up well for the rest of the course. Here is a summary of what to expect this week:

  • Personal Performance Training with a BASI Trainer
  • Core fundamentals of ski/snowboarding technique
  • Video Analysis
  • Boot-fitting advice
  • Free-ski testing
  • Presentation on bio-mechanics and injury prevention
  • Presentation on Ski Equipment
  • Presentation on Mountain Safety/Avalanche Awareness

Time spent with your Trainer on the hill: 25hrs
Time spent with your Trainer off the hill: 5 hrs
Time spent in specialist evening presentations: 5hrs
Total training time: 35hrs




Week 2

The BASI Level 1 course. The Level 1 Instructor course is a five day course and is the first instructor qualification within the BASI system of training and grading. It is the initial step on the route to becoming eventually an internationally recognised Snowsport Teacher. The course aims to provide you with the basic information and skills which will enable you to develop your practical performance. You will be introduced to the Central Theme which is the BASI progression from no skiing experience through to parallel turns and you will begin to deliver some short lessons. Here is a summary of what to expect this week:

  • BASI Level 1 curriculum.
  • The BASI Manual and Course resources for this level.
  • Personal Performance Training.
  • Introduction to the Central Theme.
  • Introduction to the Teaching Principles.
  • A comprehensive action plan and review with your BASI Trainer on how to develop through the rest of the course.
  • The Level 1 course ICE party - a chance to let your hair down after a busy couple of weeks!

Time spent with your Trainer on the hill: 25hrs
Time spent with your Trainer off the hill: 10 hrs
Total training time: 35hrs




Week 3

Ongoing performance training with BASI Trainers. This will be an opportunity to work on your action plan from the first two weeks. You will also have some free time to ski and practise on your own or with friends. Here is a summary of what to expect this week:

  • Personal Performance Training with a BASI Trainer
  • A chance to work on your action plan from Weeks 1-2

Time spent with your Trainer on the hill: 15hrs
Total training time: 15hrs




Week 4

Race training and freestyle week. This week you will do some slalom race training with former World Cup skier and Olympian Alain Baxter. Alain is the most successful skier ever in British history and is a great guy. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to ski with racing royalty and hone your skills at the same time. You will also have a Giant Slalom session with one of the ICE race coaches and do a freestyle clinic with Olivier Renassia, which will be a chance to explore the Val Snowpark and develop your freestyle skills. We also say goodbye to the 4 week course at the end of the week so will have an ICE party to send them off in style. Here is a summary of what to expect this week:

  • Slalom Race training with Alain Baxter
  • Giant slalom race training with ICE race coaches
  • Personal Performance Training with a BASI Trainer
  • Freestyle training with Olivier Renassia.
  • The 4 week course ICE party!

Time spent with your Trainers on the hill: 15hrs
Total training time: 15hrs




Week 5

Personal performance week. An opportunity to work on your action plan in all areas of skiing towards the BASI Level 2 with training exclusively from BASI Trainers. Here is a summary of what to expect this week:

  • Personal Performance Training with a BASI Trainer
  • Continued development towards the Level 2 exams

Time spent with your Trainers on the hill: 15hrs
Total training time: 15hrs




Week 6

Performance training and teaching sessions. This week continues your personal development with BASI Trainers as part of the overall programme towards level 2, but you will also do some teaching sessions to practise your teaching skills, giving you time to develop this side of your progression. We also say good bye to the 6 week course at the end of the week so will have one of the (now legendary) ICE parties on Friday evening. Here is a summary of what to expect this week:

  • Personal Performance Training with a BASI Trainer
  • Teaching development sessions
  • Continued performance development towards the Level 2 exams
  • Ski tuning clinic
  • 6 Week Course ICE party

Time spent with your Trainer on the hill: 15hrs
Time spent off the hill: 2hrs
Total training time: 17hrs




Week 7

Ski school experience week. This week will see you go out with an experienced instructor and a real group of students to see what life is like as a ski or snowboard instructor. An important part of the BASI syllabus and also an opportunity to experience the rigours of ski school life. Here is a summary of what to expect this week:

  • Ski school experience sessions
  • The highs and occasional lows of teaching skiing
  • A warm sense of satisfaction from seeing a group develop and enjoying the sport we all enjoy

Time spent with your Instructor on the hill: TBC
Total training time: TBC




Week 8

Performance training and teaching sessions. This week continues your personal development with BASI Trainers as part of the overall programme towards level 2, but you will also do some teaching sessions to practise your teaching skills, giving you time to develop this side of your progression. Here is a summary of what to expect this week:

  • Personal Performance Training with a BASI Trainer
  • Teaching development sessions
  • Continued performance development towards the Level 2 exams
  • A thorough assessment of where your level lies prior to the Level 2
  • Employment seminar on how to find a job and how to progress through the BASI system beyond the course

Time spent with your Trainer on the hill: 15hrs
Time spent off the hill: 2hrs
Total training time: 17hrs




Week 9-10

BASI Level 2. This is the second part of the BASI curriculum and the climax of the course. It is a continuously assessed course which, if successful, culminates in the much coveted Level 2 qualification. The course is physically demanding, as you will spend two blocks of five days involved in lectures, self study, skiing/riding and teaching. Here is a summary of what to expect this week:

  • Personal performance training with a BASI Trainer
  • Personal performance assessment to the Level 2 criteria
  • Teaching development sessions
  • Teaching assessment to the Level 2 criteria
  • A mid-course action plan for week 2 of this course
  • A result on the last day of the course
  • The final party!

Time spent with your Trainers on the hill: 55hrs
Time spent off the hill: 20hrs
Total training time: 75hrs




The program is subject to some variation depending on weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances, but where possible, this program will be adhered to as closely as it can.


Skiing standard

We can cater for a large range of abilities since there are many groups on the course. Because of this, if you are already a good skier your level will be pushed with other good skiers around you. Our trainers train and assess to the highest levels in BASI so there is no ceiling to your improvement. Similarly if you are an inexperienced skier or rider you will be in a group with similar abilities so your needs will be met in this respect too.

Insurance:
It is vital that you are properly insured against injury, loss of personal effects and curtailment. Students will need to purchase an insurance policy, details of suppliers that prevoius students have used will be posted when you receive your booking form.

In the background.
Whilst this is an opportunity for you to expand your horizons and get the most from the time you spend abroad there will always be the guidance of the ICE team should things go wrong. Whether it is for medical reason or just a shoulder to lean on, the ICE team will be there to help, should you require it.

Call us on 0870 760 7360 for more information. If you choose option 3, you can speak directly to a BASI Trainer who will happily discuss the course content, accommodation, what to do with your qualifications, how to find work and answer any questions you may have about the course or skiing and snowboarding in general.

Key dates

Gap Course - 10 week full-time - Ski
4th Jan - 14th March 2015
£8595 - Spaces available

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Gap Course - 10 week full-time - Ski
3rd Jan - 12th March 2016
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Gap Course - 10 week part-time - Ski
4th Jan - 14th March 2015
£7795 - Spaces available

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Gap Course - 10 week part-time - Ski
3rd Jan - 12th March 2016
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