We believe we deliver a great product at ICE, but don't just take our word for it. Here is what the guys who attended in 2011 thought of the course. Or read the case study of Donna Clegg, an inspiration to all aspirant ski instructors.
Testimonials from 2012
I just wanted to tell you how successful Ross has been in his chosen career since completing his Level 1 and 2 skiing instructor qualifications with ICE in 2011. As you know he had only skied for 5 separate weeks on school trips and needed expert tuition in order to improve his skill level. He certainly received this and far more besides. Your team inspired confidence in him and gave him the knowledge, ability and teaching techniques to become a successful instructor. He was employed for the winter season in Rusutsu, Japan, skiing on some of the best powder snow in the world. He is now in Thredbo, Australia where he underwent 5 days of assessment before being selected as one of 17, out of 36 instructors from all over the world to be employed until mid September.
I cannot thank you enough and fully endorse the wonderful training which you provide. You have the highest professional standards and expect the same from those who train with you. You certainly taught Ross to be resilient and to work exceptionally hard to achieve his ambition. I certainly think this stood him in good stead when competing against others for the season in Australia.
Sue Woollard Mum of Ross who is now 20 and trained with ICE after completing his A levels.
"The ICE ISIA course is a fantastic way of completing modules in a short time frame. It is a cost effective method in comparison to travel, accommodation and lift pass to complete modules in other resort throughout the Alps. As well as completing ISIA modules it also prepares you for futures modules with ski training that is of the highest quality. I would advice anyone searching for a high quality, enjoyable ISIA course to choose ICE"
Mark Horsthius, ISIA Course 2012,
"The level 3 training course far exceeded my expectations. Not only does it give you world class training but also incorporates 4 of the 8 modules towards the ISIA qualification. If you tried to do this all separately it would be far more expensive and the 4 weeks paid teaching in Italy binds it all together for a fantastic 14 weeks skiing. Thank you guys!"
Joe Buck ISIA training course 2012
Testimonials from 2011
Just a quick email to say a massive thank you to you guys and everyone else involved with the 6 weeks of the course, they were 6 of the best weeks of my life- hands down. Your course was immense and definitely an experience that I know we will all remember for the good times! It was great to be taught by such a professional and experienced outfit.
Ryan Slaney-Smith (23) Summer Course 2011
Would just like to say a massive thank you for the amazing ten weeks in Val, and also the amazing training you have given us. Glad to say I have managed to get myself down under and working as an Instructor in Australia, really enjoying it, putting the skills to good use and glad Im getting the experience I wanted. Gotta say it's amazing the high level you guys at BASI have trained us in comparison to others! Cheers James
James Halliwell (18), Ski Course 2011
If Carlsberg did ski instructor courses, they probably wouldn't be as good as ICE's
George Davies (19), Ski Course 2011
If I said I had the time of my life, it would be an understatement
Lawrance White (18), Ski Course 2011
A really great way to spend time in a great environment with top-class instruction being delivered. It really doesn't get better than this
(46), Ski Course 2011
Dave's a lad!
Jo Davidson (18), Ski course 2011
What an experience, great trainers, great friends, great venue. You can't help but improve. Val d'Isere you....
(22), Ski Course 2011
ICE, ICE, Baby!
Ed Campbell (22), Ski Course 2011
Definitely feel that my skiing has improved loads. all the instructors have been friendly and easy to talk to as well as giving really useful feedback. On and off the slopes, everyone on the course has been a great laugh and I have really enjoyed my time here
Isla Stewart (18), Ski Course 2011
Truly one of the greatest things I have ever done. The skiing, the people, the place. ALL AMAZING!
Elly Fitzgerald (18), Ski Course 2011
I really like skiing, and I was good at it before. Now I am the best skier on the mountain - with the goggle marks of a God (Ski God). Life is good.
Madeleine Lewis (18), in trademark modest style.
Just amazed at how much I learned. Just cannot wait to get out in the open and shake my stuff.
(21), Ski Course 2011
This course has been extremely enjoyable. The ski teaching is way above anything I have ever experienced and my skiing has improved exponentially. All other aspects of the course are a lot of fun too.
Matt Turner (21), Ski Course 2011
Plough Parallel isn't a technique, it is a lifestyle. Born to shred.....
(19), Ski Course 2011
The best 10 weeks of my life. Well worth waiting 2 years for. Don't want to leave
Matt Fielding (the third of three brothers to attend) (18), Ski Course 2011
One of the best decisions of my life!
Matthew Sreeves (24), Ski Course 2011
Amazing skiing, amazing people and definitely something I would do all over again!
Charlotte Rice-Mellor (18), Ski Course 2011
Had a wicked time. 10 weeks have flown by. My personal goals have been achieved.
Sarah Carruthers (28), Snowboard Course 2011
It has been unreal, really fun and I am gutted to be going. - The skiing was good too!
Gavin Donaldson (19), Ski Course 2011
Experience of a life time. Would recommend to anyone who loves to ski.
Graeme Park (23), Ski Course 2011
One of the best decisions I made for my Gap Year. Everyone involved has been supportive and friendly. I have loved it.
Freddie Drummond (18), Ski Course 2011
Tres bon, messieurs, tres bon.
Alun Davies (36), Ski Course 2011
ICE, ICE, BASI !! Amazing! ♥
Natalie Campbell (18), Ski Course 2011
A really top course, I am going to destroy my brothers at skiing now!
(20), Ski Course 2011
Essentially, both an inwards and outwards quest for perfection and happiness....
William King (18), Ski Course 2011
Live fast, die young? Live too bloody fast sometimes...but die old. Vis a vis, ergo, good course!
(21), Ski Course 2011
ICE helped me find myself...and I love me.
Harry Richardson (18), Ski Course 2011
They told me that the older participants on the ICE 6 week course enjoyed it more and more as each week passed. This I found to be ture - highly recommended - you skiing will improve too!
Andy Foster (56), Ski Course 2011
I had a great time. Thanks for everything. Hopefully we will meet again and I can learn some more.
Ross Woollard (19), Ski Course 2011
I am writing to thank you and the team for the care and support you gave Ross while he was in Val d'Isere. From the moment I spoke to you and you answered all of my queries, I had every confidence that he would be well looked after and the course would meet the highest professional standards. After an initial settling in period, Ross thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of living away from his family and improving his skiing so that he could gain his qualifications and prepare for a career on the slopes. He has grown in confidence, made new friends and is far more resilient and planning where to go next. I really cannot thank you and the team enough
Testimonials from 2010
At twice the price and with no qualifications it would have been a bargain. I may learn to ski so that I can come back again.
Chris Walker (25), Snowboard Course 2010
Thanks guys for an incredible 10 weeks, couldn't recommend it enough to anyone. Currently trying to convince my sister that experiences like this are the reason why she should take a gap year.
Tim O'Brien (18) Ski Course 2010
The ICE course offers excellent training to improve your skiing to its maximum potential. Definitely worth the time and every single cent.
Alex Abbey (19) Ski Course 2010
Couldn't have asked for more from my BASI training. 'Twas magic! Thank you so much for a brilliant 6 weeks.
Kirsty Clydesdale (23) Ski Course 2010
A great 2 weeks. Simon, our trainer ensured that everyone gained a massive amount of technical ability whilst providing us with plenty of information to prepare us for the world of snowboard instruction. Fun and relaxed, whilst always informative and encouraging. Thank you!
Corinne Mayhew (25) Snowboard Course 2010
Having done CASI 2, I can safely say that BASI 2 has been much more of a challenge, but I have really enjoyed learning new things and constantly being tested.
Kunal Modi, Snowboard Course 2010
Alliance = First Class **********
Martin Amott, Snowboard Course 2010
Had the time of my life, I could write an essay but really all I want to say can be summed up in two words - frikin' awesome!!
Sophie Moynihan (22), Ski Course 2010
Best part of my gap year, a great experience xxx
Henry Brodie (18), Ski Course 2010
The funnest 10 weeks ever - the rest of my gap year has a lot to live up to!
Lizzie King (18), Ski Course 2010
Really well set up. Had such a good time and well worth going on!
Tom Bryant (18), Ski Course 2010
I had a really good time and my skiing has improved more than I could ever expect.
Alex Wylde (18), Ski Course 2010
I had a fantastic time during the course. My skiing has really improved and it has opened my eyes to a career in a sport that I love. Thanks for all the support and advice.
Kirsteen Maclean (35) Ski Course 2010
Unbelievable, unforgettable, c'est bon!
Alex Rusling (24) Ski Course 2010
I think you guys have done an amazing job. What can I say, all in all, 12 out of 10.
Ana Redondo (37), Ski Course 2010
Easily some of the best weeks of my life. Everyone was helpful right from signing up on the course to the day we left.
Tom Cargan-James (18), Ski Course 2010
Great skiing and a personal experience that has led me towards professional skiing.
Roberto Marchesi (43), Ski Course 2010
I had an amazing time, improved my skiing more than I ever thought I would and from the help and advice of my trainers, I am going straight into Level 3 training.
Ellis Fuller (22), Ski Course 2010
Where did the 10 weeks go? Testament to a great course and instructors.
Russ Newman (34) Ski Course 2010
First class, professional training
David Cross (41) Ski Course 2010
Best 6 weeks of my life - it's never too late!
Lucy Daynes (31) Ski Course 2010
Fab course, fab people, fab time.
Emma Brindley (22) Ski Course 2010
Best thing I have done in the last 10 years!
Hugh Osmond (48) Ski Course 2010
I loved every moment and it feels fantastic to now consider myself a Level 2 ski instructor. Thanks for everything.
Oliver Flannagan (22) Ski Course 2010
Really enjoyed my six weeks with ICE. Met loads of great people and the skiing was top quality.
Graham Melvin (23) Ski Course 2010
Loved the course, had a great six weeks, didn't regret a thing.
Jonathon McSpedden-Brown (18) Ski Course 2010
An amazing course with top instructors in the best ski resort in France
Oli Morgan-Williams (18) Ski course 2010
Testimonials from 2009.
I loved every bit, it has been brilliant fun and challenging. I really feel I have improved and hope to become an instructor. The ICE trainers are really inspirational.
Emma Prince (22) Ski Course 2009
Arrived in the first week and got to know people very easily and all the instructors were very nice/helpful. Skiing throughout the whole course has been fantastic and I have got some great feedback and learnt more than I thought I would. Val is a great village, good nightlife, friendly people and all in all a great laugh. A great ten weeks and I would advise everyone to do it.
William Matthews (19) Ski Course 2009
The ICE course has provided extremely high quality training in a fun environment. The best tuition I have ever had
Phil Smith (42) Ski Course 2009
The best ten weeks of my life!!!
James Taplin (18) Ski Course 2009
Great experience, I don’t want it to end.
James Fielding (21) Ski Course 2009
It was nuts. Bon soir.
Tim Masson (25) Snowboard Course 2009
Excellent training, excellent people, excellent experience.Thanks!
Sandy Jackson (19) Ski Course 2009
I have had the most exhilharating experience. ICE took me from a nervous novice to a confident advanced skier in the short space of 10 weeks. I have thoroughly enjoyed this experience and think it has been invaluable. Thank you to Mark Jones, Rupert T and Dave C who completely reformed my skiing ability. I also think that all the other people on the course that I skied with really helped me to improve and it is great that there is a real cross-section of different skiing abilities on the course. With best wishes, Donna.
Donna Clegg (27) Ski Course 2009
Amazing course, one of the best experiences of my life. Extremely enjoyable.
Henry Shephard (18) Ski Course 2009
Wicked group of supportive instructors, good layout and great location.
Robyn Moate (18) Ski Course 2009
Cheers!! Chill out!!
Luke Jackson (19) Snowboard Course 2009
I loved it. Thanks guys for the experience xxx
Daniel Brookes (19) Snowboard Course 2009
ICE is better than Basecamp because of everything. Alliance A+
Owen Horsley (17) Snowboard Course 2009
I went on the ICE Performance and Preparation course thinking that I could ski pretty well. However, the faults in my technique soon became apparent. Mark did a great job in setting me right over the week and I came out of the experience a much better skier than I started. If you are serious about improving, this is a great way to spend a week. In-depth instruction by an exceptional trainer in a great location (and it’s fun, too!). I went on to pass the BASI level 1 course the following week, so it must have worked.
Keith Auchterlonie, Performance Course Dec 2009
Had an absolute blast, the experience of a lifetime
Kevin Pink (37) Ski Course 2009
Best 10 weeks of my life!!!!
Frank Carboneri (18) Ski Course 2009
So glad I did this course, best choice of my Gap Year, I’m sure. One of the best things about the course is the instructors. I enjoyed every week with all of them. I’d recommend it to anyone!
Edward Dennis (18) Ski Course 2009
Brilliant course, excellent location and an amazing time had by all. Would do it all again and recommend it to anyone.
James Goodband (18) Ski Course 2009
The best experience of my life, loved every minute and would recommend it to anyone!
Max Haywood (18) Ski Course 2009
The high point of my course was skiing powder on a pair of Salomon Rockers with Rupert T
Angus Cameron (35) Ski Course 2009
I really enjoyed the course! It has taught me so much about myself and has improved my skiing no end! I cannot believe it is all over!
Tiffany Waters (17) Ski Course 2009
The course has been really good fun and I would recommend it
Mark Winter (46) Ski Course 2009
Words could never do my emotions justice. I had a FANTASTIC time.
Harry Gilbertson (19) Ski Course 2009
Loved it, would recommend it to anyone!
Ali Hope-Morley (19) Ski Course 2009
I thought it was an amazing course. Really enjoyed the atmosphere that went with it. Very hardcore, Chillout!!!
Rory Ewart (18) Ski Course 2009
Absolutely brilliant, really enjoyed it! Savage Craic! Would highly recommend it!
David O’Connell (19) Ski Course 2009
The course was everything I thought it would be and more. Best teaching, awesome skiing and mainly just great fun. Thank you!
Kate Enock (18) Ski Course 2009
The course has exceeded all my expectations of it, I have had the best 10 weeks. Thank you so much.
Caitlin Frost (18) Ski Course 2009
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but ICE have taught this 46 yr old new ones! Thanks Mark, Rupert T, Rupert G and Dave
Craig Jones (46) Ski Course 2009
Best 10 weeks of my life!
Tom Maund (19) Ski Course 2009
Probably the best 10 weeks of my life. Great people, great instructors in a great environment. GREAT!!!
Harry Preston (18) Ski Course 2009
It has been amazing. Way beyond expectations. The instructing is great, good balance of professionalism and fun. Snow has been amazing and everyone on the course is sound.
Edward Tilbrook (18) Ski Course 2009
Testimonials from previous years:
I wanted to send a quick email to thank you and all the trainers for their help during the course. Mark, Roo G., Simon, Rupert T, Phil, Tanzi, Dave and Al. The instruction on the course was first class - many thanks to you all.
Sad to report that I'm now back at work here in England - and desperate to return to the slopes as soon as I can.
Jon Watson, Ski Course 2008
Thanks for the ICE News and pic of all the gang!
Glad to hear that everyone's done so well, and judging by the unrecognisable faces, a whole lot of fun and sunshine's been had since January!!
Thanks again for the excellent course in January.
Catriona Marshall, Level 1 Course 2008
Just a note to say thank you; Angus really benefitted from the course, and we are most impressed by the level of his ski-ing and by his knowledge.
Patti Lean, mother of Angus Lean, Ski Course 2007
"By far and away the best ten weeks of my life"
James Scott, Ski Course 2005
"Fantastic course, my skiing really improved and the trainers were really friendly and helpful"
Sarah Barrett, Ski Course 2004
"The beauty of this course was that we had the same group of trainers all the way through the course, so we already knew them and they knew us when it came to doing the assessment, which made it loads less nerve-wracking!"
Tim Sedgeley, Ski Course 2005
"I met some really cool people and we are already planning a ski reunion for next year in Val d'Isère"
Sophie Blackmore, Ski Course 2005
"Lots of people recommended this course to me before I booked it, but I never realised just how good it would be"
Brian Johns, Snowboard Course 2005
We just thought we would let you guys know how were getting on since last years course. We both decided that we would try and get our ISIA this year, We've currently passed our teaching and technical ISIA courses and are heading to Verbier to do our Mountain Safety at the end of the week. At the end of the season we are heading to Andorra to do a freestyle module, and finally the Common Theory in june. We are based in Les Gets practacing daily (when its good weather)
We'd just like to say thanks because neither of us have had any other training since last year, and we are still working hard on the great information we received on the course.
Ed Brown & Ben Brian, Ski Course 2005