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The Basecamp Jobs board for Ski Instructor Jobs

We often get a request to reach out to past Basecampers who have qualified as a ski instructor or snowboard instructors and are looking for work or their next adventure.

This list is all the current vacancies for ski instructor jobs around the world that we have been asked to help fill.

Keep checking back or watching our Facebook page for more jobs as we get them.

– If you haven’t yet qualified here is a guide on how to become a ski instructor.

Mt Seymour in Vancouver, BC, Canada 

They are looking for full-time instructors both ski and snowboard for the 2019/20 season.

Situated 30min from downtown Vancouver in the North Shore Mountains they are blessed with great snow as well as a world-class city to live and play in.

Check out the video and apply now – https://mtseymour.ca/jobpostings / email: hr@mtseymour.ca

Evergreen International Ski School, Japan

We are currently recruiting for experienced English speaking instructors at Evergreen International Ski School based in the Hakuba Valley, Japan. If you are looking to experience an authentic Japanese ski town while working in Japan this winter, we strongly advise you to apply.

We are looking for instructors who share our passion for snowsports and the mountains, who can provide a high quality of ski and/or snowboard instruction along with a high level of guest service and extend themselves to ensure that our guests experience is a rewarding holiday in Hakuba.

For all the information and how to apply go to –  https://evergreenoutdoorcenter.bamboohr.com/jobs/

Please note that you will must either be eligible for a working holiday visa or be eligible for a sponsored visa (minimum 36 months teaching experience).

Halsbury Ski – PEAK SEASON

If you hold a BASI Level 2 or equivalent and some spare time in February you could bag your self a week of paid ski instructing in the Alps.

Our parent company Halsbury are looking for experienced and qualified ski instructors to accompany them on a trip to provide a week of ski lessons for one of the school trips they have booked for 2020.

This is a great opportunity for past Basecampers who didn’t move into full time instructing after completing their training with us or who have moved back to the UK after working as an instructor in the mountains and would love the chance to get on the snow and use the skill they have.

For all the details go to – https://www.basecampgroup.com/blog/peak-season-ski-instructor-jobs/ 

Interski, Italy

So you’ve completed your Level 2 Qualifications and are ready to pursue your career as a ski instructor in Italy. Look no further than Interski in the Aosta Valley.

Over the years Basecamp has built a strong relationship with Interski. They love the way we train our instructors and are always keen to employ anyone how has been on one of our courses.

Get all the info here https://www.basecampgroup.com/blog/work-with-interski/

If you would like to add your vacancy to our list of ski instructor jobs email Jim.Duncombe@halsbury.com

More helpful articles







Get the lowdown on our ski instructor courses in Les 2 Alpes, New Zealand and Banff in Canada.

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Guide : Ski & Snowboard Kit made in Britain

Making stuff is something the British were always good at. The truth is that we still are. In recent years there has been a resurgence in manufacturing products in Britain. Even more exciting is that the ski and snowboard industry is part of this movement.

For many years it seemed as though we were only good at chalet holidays and aprés. Now we are fighting back with ski and board equipment that is being designed and manufactured here in the UK.


Leading the way with UK manufacturing was Whitedot Skis. In 2006 they released their first ski onto the market. Since then their focus on creating the best All Mountain and Freeride ski hasn’t changed. They now lead the market in the use of innovative design and use of pioneering materials, Their skis have been clipped to the feet of the winner of the last two Freeride World Cups, Eva Walker. Best of all they are designed and made in the UK!

Website : www.whitedotskis.com


It was probably inevitable that David Ombler would start making snowboards. When he wasn’t being a snowboard instructor or riding the hill he was building bespoke furniture to fund his lifestyle. Eventually in 2012 he started DOUK snowboards. They now offer a full range of boards as well as a custom built service which are all hand made in their midlands workshop.

Website : www.douksnow.com

Ski & Board Qualifications

BASI (British Association of Snowsport Instructors) have been manufacturing ski and snowboard instructors since the 60’s. BASI also work with course providers like Basecamp to train instructors located in resorts such as Méribel. Recently BASI has teamed up with SCQF and Edinburgh University to bring the qualifications in line with mainstream academic certificates.

Website : www.basi.org.uk


The story of Butta is a classic seasonnaire dream turned reality. In 2011 Butta boss Jim started working on the formula for a low carbon, eco friendly wax for snowboards. They now make wax for skating and surfing and their products is used by pros around the world. It is all manufactured from their factory in Surrey.

Website : www.butta.co.uk


If you’re looking for cool looking, hard wearing gloves that are built to last then you need look no further than Sheffield where you will find LOVEINC. Sick of gloves that fell apart after a few weeks riding they have designed leather gloves and mitts that ill last for endless sessions on the slopes and manufactured them here in the UK. The gloves are hard wearing and come with a snow cuff allowing them to dangle from your sleeves without losing them off a lift.

Website : www.loveincsnowboardcompany.com


Winter sports clothing made in the UK is harder to find. One company leading the way is another sheffield based company, Buffalo. They predominantly make clothing for UK outdoor activities but they do have a range suitable for the casual skier. All their garments are handmade in the UK. While you may not look the coolest in the park with this kit you will be warm and dry.

Website : www.buffalosystems.co.uk


Burnt Custard are offering customised and off the peg baselayers made from technically superior, AKA warm, fabric from a specialist in the Midlands. The cloth is then transported 150 miles to the HQ in the Cotswolds where it is transformed into stylish and toasty layers.

Website : www.burntcustard.com

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Get yourself a peak season ski and snowboard instructor job

If you hold a BASI Level 2 or equivalent and some spare time in February you could bag your self a week of paid instructing in the Alps.

Our parent company Halsbury are looking for experienced and qualified ski instructors to accompany them on a trip to provide a week of ski lessons for one of the school trips they have booked for 2020.

This is a great opportunity for past Basecampers who didn’t move into full time instructing after completing their training with us or who have moved back to the UK after working as an instructor in the mountains and would love the chance to get on the snow and use the skill they have.

The Package

The trip will be last a week with instructors teaching groups of young people for 4 to 6 hours per day over 6 days.

Your package will include transport to and from the UK, medical and travel insurance, full board accommodation, ski lift pass and remuneration of £250.


To be selected you will need the following.

– CRB/DSB Check.
– BASI level 2 or equivalent.
– Previous experience.
– Fluent in English/German speakers also required.
– Outstanding interpersonal skills, great patience and a good sense of humour.

How to apply

To register your interest please send your details to berenice@halsbury.com.

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Skiing Superfoods – What your body needs for a day on the mountain

It can seem like all you can buy to eat on the mountain is cheese, bread, fries and burger. It would be fair to say that these don’t really appear in many athletes diets and are not considered superfoods.

Making sure you are fueled for the day and eating healthy should be a priority if your skiing from first to the last lifts.

To help we have made a list of skiing superfoods that you can easily find in the mountains.

Skiing Superfoods: Breakfast

Oats are a great source of Carbohydrates that digest slowly releasing energy over a long period of time. It is packed full of fibre protein and unsaturated fats all of which will help you ski for longer.

Porridge has long been a standard offering at the breakfast ski table for these reasons.

Another staple of the skier’s breakfast has been the humble egg. The egg provides the body with Vitamin D and protein as well as essential amino acids.

It is amino acids that are crucial in aiding your body’s ability to repair its self which your muscles will need after a long session on the slopes.

Milk has similar properties to eggs and is great at providing the energy needed to help muscles repair after exercise.

It is also full of calcium that helps to keep your bones strong and healthy which in turn can make you ski for longer, be more resistant to damage and increase your balance.

How to eat well: Season Survival Guide

Skiing Superfoods: Snacks

The Banana is natures portable treat and in the UK we eat over 100 a year per person. The yellow fruit contains potassium which is great for helping your muscles work harder.

The banana is also full of quick releasing carbs which is perfect for when you’re at the top of a hike and need an energy boost for the return turns.

Nuts are good but walnuts are the superfood for riding all day. Not only do they taste great but they are a good source of Vitamins B & E, fibre and protein.

The other bonus of snacking on a walnut is that contains Omega 3 that can act as an anti-inflammatory aiding your daily recovery.

SkiingSuperfoods:: Mealtimes

Spinach is full of Iron and that is an important nutrient of your looking to be active all day. Iron will help metabolise your energy keeping it at a higher level throughout the day.

It also plays an important part in helping oxygen circulate around your body and when working hard your muscles require a lot of O2.

If you’re looking for a carb alternative to keep you moving all day maybe put some Sweet Potato in your belly!

Not only does it have the energy you get from traditional carb sources it also has the added bonus of containing a load of vitamins and minerals.

We talked about recovery after a day on the slopes and how Omega 3 is essential to that process so why not have a nice slice of Salmon to boost your it.

Salmon is a fatty fish that is full of Omega 3 making it the perfect apres ski dish!

A super food list wouldn’t be compleat with our mentioning Kale. If you’re looking for an ingredient that will provide all of the above then look no further than this green god of a superfood.

Hidden in the unappetising leaves is protein, fiber, Omega 3, Vitamins K & C, magnesium and calcium. Essentially you could survive on kale alone but you wouldn’t want to.

Pasta is easily available in the mountains and is an option in most restaurants. It can give you vital energy reserves to enable sustained exercise throughout the day.

If you have the option go for whole wheat pasta as that has a lower GI score and will release the energy from the carbohydrates over a longer period.

Drink loads of Water

Eating all this super food is not going to be worth it if you allow yourself to dehydrate as the body needs the fluid to help extract the good stuff from your food during digestion.

In the mountains and especially when skiing or snowboarding you will dehydrate much faster than normal so you should make sure you are regularly drinking water throughout the day.

Basecamp run catered performance and instructor courses for skiers and snowboarders and we understand the importance of a balanced diet and include most the foods on our list in the menus we cook and serve.

From a breakfast of porridge and eggs to a hearty evening meal designed to help you maintain and recover, we make sure you are fueled for your time on the mountain.

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All you need to know about doing a season in Les 2 Alpes

When you go and do a ski season the resort plays a big part in the experience so you need to choose a place that can deliver on your expectations we know Les 2 Alpes can.

We have been looking for somewhere new to do a ski season, and after some immersive research, we have finally found it.

Les 2 Alpes has the full package when it comes to doing a winter season from guaranteed to snow to a town made for seasonaires.

Here is the lowdown on all the resort has to offer season workers.

1. The skiing in Les 2 Alpes

The Facts: The ski area covers 415 hectares, within that there are 96 runs totalling 200km, a world-class snow park, and high glacier area.
During a season the average snowfall is 520cm meaning there is quite a few powder day to help make the most of the seemingly endless off-piste possibilities.

You will be surprised at the full range of terrain you can find in the resort with plenty to challenge you over the entire season.

There are long reds and fast blues to help you work on your turns as well as some of the best bumps and itinerary routes in the Alps to challenge you all winter long.

All of this is linked up with some impressive and well thought out lift infrastructure that makes navigating the mountain a breeze.

2. The resort

If there was ever a resort designed for seasonaires, it could well be L2A.

The town is all on one strip at located 1300m above sea level. You enter the resort and make your way down the main street lined by cool bars, an eclectic mix of eateries and brand shops like DC, Volcom, and Billabong.

At the far end of the strip, you come to the southern, sun-soaked trendier area of the resort, home to best hangouts like Smithies, PolarBar and the Yeti.

Deux Alpes is full of all types of seasonaires from workers to the bums all hanging out, having a good time and enjoying the slopes without the pretentiousness of other ski resorts.

The resort attracts a wide range of nationalities including a strong British contingent, but at its heart, it is a fun loving French affair.

Jim from the Ski Podcast recently visited the Les 2 Alpes – Check out his review.

3. Season length

The season is one of the longest in the Alps and runs from the first of December until the last weekend of April with a season pass costing around €980. Cheaper half-season passes are available.

If you are there from first lifts until the last, you could get in 175 days of skiing which is pretty much half a year on snow.

And if you love the place that much and need more sliding in your life, the glacier is open for nine weeks in the summer from the last week in June to the end of August.

And it also opens for a week at the end of October for anyone in need of a bit of help getting to December without clipping in.

4. Events in Les 2 Alpes

The resort is home to some of the biggest events in the Alps and they pop up all the way through the season.

Winter is kicked off with Powder Week where with a little help from nature riders get to celebrate the first turns on the winter with a load of activities, comps, and parties.

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Next up is Rise, a fun alpine festival with the best musical lineup you will find at altitude. Past acts include Craig David, Skream, Wilkinson and
Annie Mac. 6-day Lift pass and ticket combo starts at €239pp.

Snow Jam appears on the calendar in the spring. It is a large scale freestyle event held up in the park. Alongside this are parties and open-air gigs.

5. Location of Les 2 Alpes

It may sound like the sort of thing your folks might procrastinate over when planning a ski trip, but the location of L2A makes it truly unique.

Firstly it is close to the Airport. Grenoble is an hour and a half away, and Lyon is just over two. Handy if you plan on popping home to the UK for a few days or have mates who want to pop over.

Nearby Alpe d’Huez can be reached in around 35 minutes in a car. This makes it perfect for a day trip. Plus your season pass gives you ten free days.

Even more spectacular is legend next door, La Grave. Dominated by the mythical Meije and famed for its freeskiing and unforgiving terrain it is where reputations are made.

La Grave can be accessed by a short drive and ride up the gondola. Or you can reach the area via short traverse at the top of the Glacier. To safely play and access La Graves routes, you should be accompanied by a guide.

6. The Les 2 Alpes Snow Park

The L2A park is designed, built and tested by a group of passionate and dedicated riders lead by respected park shaper Sylvain Garabos.

It is truly one of Europe’s best parks that caters for all levels. You will find slopes style, Big air, boxes, rails, ski cross, and quarter pipes. All handly served by two chairs.

Throughout the season, the snow park hosts a variety of comps from big international to local invitationals.

Beef Roast Rail Jam Les 2 Alpes 2019 - YouTube

7. Apres ski

Not only does 2 Alpes have incredible skiing it also has some great places to unwind and socialise.

On the slopes, there is the supper cool Pano where you can meet friends and chill at 2600m. Then every day between 3 and 5 there is live DJ’s creating an alpine clubbing vibe.

Off the slopes in the town for aprés and evening there are plenty of cool bars to pick from small and intimate to big a busy.

A few of our faves are the Umbrella Bar, located piste side for ultimate apres ski access, Polar Bar with its chalet pub vibe, Smithys is the spot for live music and sport, and if you wanna stay out late, the Avalanche is the night spot for you.

If you are thinking about become as seasonaire in Les 2 Alpes and you fancy becoming a ski instructor at the same time check out our courses.

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Make great GoPro ski videos

More people than ever are making skiing videos of themselves and their mates and uploading them to social media for their friends to enjoy.

Which means that you need to be making slicker edits to make yours stand as well as promoing your skills.

All this means a thirty minute, unedited, shakey headcam shot won’t cut it. Not even your mum will be interested!

So it is time to up your game and make some slick look vids. Here are our top tips.

Which GoPro?

Realistically you need to be buying a Hero5+ or above. They are fully waterproof [Read snowproof] without the cumbersome outer casing of the older cameras.

The latest Hero7 release has a variety of version to suit any budget. Each version comes with a range of features from super x8 slow-motion capture to differing levels of video stabilization.

You can get the basic Hero7 White from £200 online, but we recommend getting a Hero7 Black as it has been tweaked to be the ultimate adventure camera.

GoPro image set up for skiing.

Before you head out to make your movie make sure you set the record-setting to capture the best images of your adventure.

Go for a higher Frame Per Second (FPS) 60 FPS or more. This will give you a cleaner image and also make any clips you want to slowdown look even better.

If you want to get the best quality finish you need to set your resolution as high as your GoPro will allow. The high-end version will allow for 4-5k video capture.

At that level, you will use up memory cards fast so if you only have one you will probably capture great video set at 1080p.

To get your snowy shots looking super white set your GoPro to Protune and bump up the Exposure Value ( EV) for added crispness.

Planning your shoot

If you want to make a compelling video that will capture your viewers, it is essential to have a plan when you head out on to the slopes.

Think hard about what you want to film and the “story” you want to tell. Take inspiration from ski and snowboard movies you have watched.

When you are out on the mountain to get some planned shots on your SDcard but also experiment, try new angles and see if they work.

If you want to feature more of you in your edit, then you are going to need to rope in someone to capture you.

POV Series #1 | The Faction Collective - YouTube

Filming accessories

When you head out filming, there are two significant bits of kit that will make your movie look pro.

The first is a gimble. This bit of kit will help stabilize your image and allow you to create smooth shots of your subject.

There are loads on the market you to procrastinate over, but you would do well if you invest in the Karam Grip, GoPros own tool.

A cheaper option is the LanParte Gimble that comes with a variety of add-ons and is also smartphone compatible.

And the other bit of kit is a drone. There are 1000’s on the market, and the subject really deserves its own blog.

If you are using one, we do recommend that you check the local laws on their use and behave responsibly.

Where to mount your GoPro for skiing

The GoPro is known for its versatility when it comes to mounting it on yourself and your kit, but what are the best options.

Mounting a GoPro to a helmet is a popular option, but this does deliver the worst results. Heads aren’t very still or stable, so you will end up with loads shakey images of you looking behind to find your mates.

A nice but slightly silly looking option for a head mount is the 360 swivel mount like the GoSpin360. This can help you capture great selfie vids, as well as decent follow shots.

Snowboard with your friends in GoSpin360 swivel mount & GoPro - YouTube

A key thing when using a mount is including something that give the viewer a point of references like your head, body or skis. Try to make sure you don’t wholly obscure the shot with yourself.

If you are heading out on your own but want to capture the moment try a chest mount. Check the video below where Chris Davenport shares his top tips for chest mounting.

GoPro Athlete Tips and Tricks: Skiing with Chris Davenport (Ep 5) - YouTube

Finally, try a pole mount – Essentially this is just turning your ski pole into a selfie stick.

But its simplicity is the key. You can capture a wide range to shots with it without the need to carry around the extra kit.

Final tips for capturing skiing with your GoPro

Altitude and cold will drain your battery fast. So make sure you have some backup ones. We have found the Smatree 3 pack replacement set to be a great option.

If you are filming in 4k high def always carry some spare memory cards around. Also before you leave the house check your memory card is in the camera to start with!

Editing your ski video

Only include the best footage that either looks great or includes exciting moments. Life is to short to watch your whole day.

When you buy a Go-Pro, you get access to the in-house editing suite with a variety of post-production options, and you can create some excellent edits from this.

We also love using filmora an excellent editing suite that is affordable and easy to use. It has helped us produce many of our shorts over the years.

Happy film making – We would love to see your ski flick so make sure you tag us or send us a message once you have hit that publish button.

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Have You Skied The Top 5 Pistes in the Three Valleys?

If you have spent as much time in a resort as we have in Méribel you will get to know it quite well. Since setting up Basecamp for our courses in Méribel we have fallen in love with it. This could be because of the people and the amazing places to hangout or it could be something to do with the massive ski area.

Méribel is part of the 3 Valleys which means 600km of piste over an area the size of Bristol to play in as well as miles of backcountry to get our powder fix in. With those sort of numbers, it is no surprise that we made it our winter home.

With love comes obsession which is probably why we found ourselves in a conversation about our favourite run in the 3 Valleys. Naturally, no one agreed so we compromised and decided on a top 5.

1. Combe de Vallon – Location: Down the side of Mont Vallon

We’ve chosen Mont Vallon’s Combe de Vallon piste to start — a wide, open red run cutting down beneath the Mont Vallon gondola to the base of the mountain.

The views out over the terrain from the peak at 2,952 meters are spectacular and the Combe de Vallon’s gradient lets you reach top speed quickly. Mont Vallon is tucked off to the side of Méribel-Mottaret and the through-traffic tends to miss it out. Because of this, the Combe de Vallon piste is usually blissfully empty and when you’re warmed up and looking to carve over the snow at high speed, few runs come close.

Image: Matt Squirell

2. Jerusalem – Location: Saint-Martin de Belleville

Jerusalem is a rolling red run sitting above St Martin. It starts from the ridge between Méribel-Mottaret and St Martin and drops down the St Martin side towards the town below.

It’s the many natural rollers lining the length of Jerusalem that make the run so special. You can drop in, pick up a good head of steam and hit them hard before slowing down for the corner at the bottom. At the end, make the most of the long descent and continue on down Biolley, the blue piste leading straight into St Martin at the bottom of the valley.

3. Christine – Location: Off the Funitel Peclet in Val Thorens

Christine is accessed from the top of the Funitel Peclet in Val Thorens — just come out of the gondola, traverse the cat-track to the right and drop in where the piste bends round to the left.

This red run wins no awards for the pace you can pick up, but chipping through the tight turns that line the way is fantastic fun. There are about 4 sharp chicanes along the length of the piste before it opens up into a broad blue run and heads down toward the base of the Plein Sud chair.

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4. Saulire – Location: Top of the cable car to the bottom of Meribel Village

At #2 we’ve chosen not one piste, but a string of pistes that link the top of the Saulire peak to the base of the mountain down in Méribel Village. There are a couple of different routes down, but so long as you take a look at the piste map and follow the signs you won’t go far wrong. Our challenge is to ski the entire run in one go, non-stop!

From the Saulire peak, drop down toward Méribel. Pick up the pace over the broad, sweeping slopes and make sure to head right near the top of the Dent du Burgin chair. From here, cruise down among the trees through the Altiport sector — careful of beginners — and onward down the steeper slopes into Méribel Village. After a sharp descent before the base of the Golf chair, come to a halt, catch your breath and maybe hit Lodge du Village for a well-deserved drink!

Image: Ian Gratton

5. Folires – Location: above la Tania

Our top pick for the best piste throughout the entire Three Valleys, Folières beginsin the forest above la Tania, near the ridge between Courchevel le Praz and Méribel Village below. It’s basically one of la Tania’s home runs, but in our view it’s a must-do for any intermediate or advanced-level visitor to the Three Valleys.

Take a seat in the snow at the top of the run and soak up stunning views of the forested descent ahead of you – Folières is tree-lined throughout and the scenery is sensational! Kick into your skis or strap into your board, take a deep breath, and go. The run starts with a good, steep gradient then twists and turns down through the forest. Huge, sweeping corners are bordered by natural rollers which make ideal hits as you fly down the mountainside, and you can often find fresh powder off to the sides even days after the last snowfall.

Here’s a link to a load of piste maps as well, see if you can place the runs!

Image: Jonathan Pagel

Basecamp runs BASI Level 1&2 ski and snowboard instructor courses in Méribel. If you are thinking about becoming a ski instructor then gives us a call on 0208 789 9055 or download our brochure.

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Ski Fashion What look do you go for on the slopes?

As skiers, we all have one thing in common. Our love of sliding on two sticks down a snow-covered mountain.

Over time skiing has progressed and different styles, disciplines and subcultures have developed. From piste cruisers to park rats, freeriding to racing there is a focus for every rider.

When you have such a range of niches in a single sport you will inevitably get different tribes and subsequently individual fashions will emerge.

Today there is a wide range of different ski fashion. In this blog, we will look at the range of ski fashions and their style icons.

Then it is up to you to choose what you wear.

The Freestyler

AKA the park rat. Lives in the snow park. Occasionally will venture out to build a kicker away from the crowds.

Originally the park was the home of snowboarders but then skiers joined in and slowly the style and fashion merged.

The syle in the park is baggy, low, hoodie, casual steezy.

Style Icon – James “Woodsy” Woods

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The Racer

When racing the look is strictly lycra suit, helmet and body armour.

When not racing you should look still look fast with a hint of Olympic team dress code.

To perfect the style go for slim fit or stretch pants. Only wear figure-hugging layers to show off your highly tuned physic.

And your coat should be a small light puffer or fitted Spyder jacket (preferably in your national colours).

Style Icon – Lindsay Vonn

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The Ski Instructor

If you want to become a ski instructor you need to dress like one.

The current trend for instructors if to have uniform looking ski outfit with the intention to show off your form and skiing style perfectly.

For many, an instructor isn’t an instructor if they aren’t in red. But a lot of schools are going for blues and greys.

Also, take the opportunity to set an example and wear a helmet.

Style Icon – Us of course

The Punter

Not to be laughed at the punter is the person that enables us all to maintain our mountain existence and keep the resorts going.

They may have not discovered their ski calling yet. Or if they have it is cruising the piste, frequently stopping for drinks and generally relaxing on the 1 week-a-year ski trip.

Most likely to be found wearing a mix of Quechua, Lidl and Decathalon ski gear for the family while Dad wears Helly Hanson or North Face. In extreme cases, the look is more hand-me-down or vintage.

Style Icon Jerry of the day

The Freerider

More than any other group of skiers the fashion for freeriders and backcountry obsessives is lead by technology. If you are heading into the mountains, summitting untracked peaks and risking your life for thrills you are probably going to invest in the best kit.

Utility and comfort should mean that freeriders look functional but somehow they are some of the most stylishly dress skiers on the slopes, or not as the case may be.

And the best fashion bit of being a freerider is the accessorising. Bags, harnesses, ropes, transceivers, spades, poles and the only people truly worthy of a go-pro mounted on their helmet.

Sandra Lahnsteiner

The Seasonworker

Despite what it may look like the fashion of seasoning is deliberate. A dedicated seasonnaire will be wearing at least a seasons old kit patched up with gaffa tape with beer and ketchup statins acting as waterproofing.

Gloves must be threadbare. Beanie hat is often the newest purchase. Hoddie and big goggles are essential.

But underfoot a true seasonnaire will have the best ride they can afford, preferably new each winter.

Subcategory: The ex-seasonworker – Despite doing one season back in 2005 these people will still behave, ride and dress exactly as they did when the took the coach home.

Jenny Jones

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Our 5 point plan to become a snowboard instructor

Getting your certificate to say that you are a fully qualified to become a snowboard instructor is an exciting moment, it is probably up there with passing your driving test, turning 18 and is nearly as exciting as getting your snowboarding Scouts badge (yes it does exist and no we don’t run a course for it).

The reason it feels so good is that it allows you to do one of the best jobs on the planet. If you are considering training to be a snowboard instructor we have put together a summary of the steps you need to take.

Step One – Plan your future

I know, getting emotionally deep in step one! You don’t have to your life mapped out, but an eye on the future is a good idea, especially when it comes to a potential globe trotting job like international snowboarding instructor.

Many of your decisions may depend on your preference about where you want to teach in the future which means that you might want to think about the country you want to take your qualifications in, as you may also need to think about applying for a visa and you may have to work on learning a second language.

Step Two – Choose a Snowboarding Instructor Course

There are 100’s of courses out there to choose from. Every year we run over 14 snowboarding specific courses, in 3 countries and each with a different governing body and qualification.

This doesn’t mean that it is very complicated it just means that you need to research the courses to make sure you pick the best one for you.

Our suggestion is to choose a course that will give you a transferable qualification. The qualifications you get with Basecamp are within the ISIA allowing you to work in 37 countries.

Step Three – Work Hard

Your training course will be loads of fun and doing a ski season is fun but you will need to work hard and focus when you are out in the resort.

You will be doing over 20 hours training on the mountain every week on top of all the riding you will be doing in your free time.

You will also be expected to work for snowboard schools for free to build up your supervised teaching hours, these are important as not only are they essential to your qualification they could also be your future employer or reference.

Step Four – Pass Your Course

This step is pretty self-explanatory, so just make sure you stay focused and pass all the exams.

Don’t worry about partying in the build-up to your exams as there will be an almighty one when you pass and get your certificate!

Ticket To Ride - NZSIA Level Two Exam - Vimeo

Ticket To Ride – NZSIA Level Two Exam from TTR Group on Vimeo.

Step 5 – Apply for Snowboard Instructor Jobs

If you have taken a course with us we will help you find a job, we have loads of connections and have successfully placed instructors with Interski in Italy, Lake Louise Ski & Snowboard school and with Club Med in Japan.

We also post any jobs that we hear about on our blog and Facebook page.

Like all jobs, you will need a decent CV, with relevant experience and references so make sure you have yours up to date and start applying to schools where you would like to work.

You can also look for jobs on seasonal work websites such as Natives.co.uk or on the BASI jobs board.

After all this you can keep on training up to the point that you are qualified to train other snowboarders, now that is a very cool job!

If you would like to talk about your next step to becoming an instructor please give us a call on 0208 789 9055 or email us on hello@basecampgroup.com.

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