Saas Fee is such a great resort, with great skiing and guaranteed snow. It provided the perfect place for the course, and starting in September meant becoming qualified before the season so we could work straight away.
The training on the course was fantastic and the instructors were so helpful. Everyone’s skiing improved dramatically and the use of the video feedback proved that to us. The dramatic scenery surrounding the glacier provided the perfect backdrop to the training. The village itself has a great nightlife, namely Popcorn, which is within stumbling distance of the hotel. During the day there is also a mini-golf and loads of sports pitches.
The Park Hotel was fantastic and the owners, Patrick and Jutta, went out of their way to make it feel like home. Patrick was also the Chef and never disappointed, with wonderful three course meals every night, and the occasional Raclette or Fondue.
The course was so enjoyable; I can’t recommend it highly enough. I had such a great time and met lots of nice people. Definitely give it a go; you won’t regret it.
I just want to say a very big thank you to you all!
My son has finished the course in Saas Fee, and we have been so impressed with the whole set up from beginning to end, they have been so well looked after, treated and trained. I cannot fault your company in any way.
Our other son did another course, but I have to say Peak Leaders stand out in comparison. We would recommend Peak Leaders to anyone .
Queenstown is one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand. I’d say Queenstown is at its best in the winter when you’re on your way to Coronet Peak for a days training, there are no clouds in the sky and the sun is just over the hills.
Queenstown has so much to do when you’re not skiing or snowboarding with adrenaline activities for miles and an awesome nightlife to check-out when your haven’t got training the next day. The training provided on the course was awesome and the trainers and examiners were all amazing with loads of knowledge. Unsurprisingly they’d all worked in a lot of places so they had lots of advice on where to travel to. On the course we even get our very own course leader who did all of the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff and organised lots of fun things for us to do as a group, which was fantastic. Magnus, our course leader, also came up and watched us training to take photos of us with weird expressions on our faces and to catch us all falling over!
I can’t recommend this course enough; it was an amazing experience and I made heaps of new friends on it. I’m really glad to have been on the course as I am now a level 2 SBINZ snowboard instructor.
I had always wanted to ski in New Zealand, so when the opportunity arose to do the ski instructor course in Queenstown I couldn’t resist!
Queenstown certainly lived up to its reputation; it really has everything you could want from a winter base, including plenty of adventure activities and awesome nightlife in addition to the great skiing. Our trainers were top class and we had the benefit of training at two different mountains. I couldn’t believe how much my skiing technique improved over the duration of the course and I’m looking forward to applying my new-found skills in Europe. The accommodation and the food were outstanding and it was ideal having the course leader living in the hotel to deal with any queries or problems.
All in all it was a brilliant experience with a great group of people in a truly beautiful part of the world. I can’t recommend the course highly enough!
The opportunity to do a ski instructors course in Argentina was a once in a lifetime experience. From the moment I arrived I was taken a-back by the amazing scenery. The skiing was fantastic throughout the course, from the coaching to some outstanding powder days! We all improved lots and had a great time along the way.
However the fun wasn't limited to skiing as we got to do loads of cool activities: horse riding in the outback being the highlight for me. The ski training was really interesting and we had some brilliant coaches who always knew how to make us improve. Coaching during the week was followed by weekends with amazing Asado's and nights spent partying in Bariloche. Especially after passing the exams!
Another highlight was the chance to spend a few days in Buenos Aires; which was an incredible city to see. I felt like after the course my skiing had improved so much and learning how to instruct was really good fun. On top of all this I met some really cool people and it was great that the whole group got on really well.
All in all it was a completely unforgettable trip and I would recommend Peak Leaders Argentina course to anyone thinking of doing a course; Argentina is the place to go!! It was unlike anywhere that I've ever been and I can't wait for a chance to go back.
I can't recommend this course enough! I did a Peak Leaders course in Verbier, Switzerland in 09/10 and can honestly say it was one of the best times in my life! Not only are the trainers professional, supportive and fun, but I really made friends for life.
You can always ring up Peak Leaders and they'll be happy to help you with any queries.
The feeling of waking up every morning and seeing the mountains stretch in front of you is just incredible.
Luckily, after the course, I went on to get a part time instructing job in Verbier so I could stay until the end of the season.
If anyone is dithering about whether to go for it or not, DO IT! You won't regret it!
Peak Leaders are ace!
Peak Leaders is a great Instructor Course to do towards becoming a Snowsports Instructor. I am a coach for Peak Leaders in Verbier, the only program that employs full time fully qualified female coaches. In Verbier we have a mix of female and male coaches which is a great unusual balance!
This brings a lot more to the course, as many people differ in who they respond and train best with, so having this mix, caters more for every different person and their learning styles. I also think it is important for this mix of trainers, especially to understand how some girls may not be as strong physically or perhaps be scared sometimes more than males! A female trainer is perhaps able to understand this slightly more and tailor training and feedback. The two courses we have run this season have been very successful with a very high pass rate. We had a great mix of people who trained hard, had fun and a fantastic experience, with many of them going on to work for our ski school, European Snowsport!
I did a Peak Leaders course in Bariloche, Argentina this season. It was amazing! Our lodging was located just 15 minutes from the mountain base, on a beautiful lake with the Andes in site. There is nothing like experiencing a season in South America, especially when its so well organized for you.
I am planning on pursuing a teaching career after witnessing so many great people in the industry.
Peak Leaders worked to give me what I wanted. I will never forget my time spent in Argentina and recommend the program highly!
There are about half a dozen different GAP year ski instructor companies in Whistler, but Peak Leaders were by far the best. The group size was smaller than usual and it was perfect. Peak Leaders accommodation was probably the best in terms of comfort, the fact that food was provided in situ and proximity to the slopes
Wow the Peaks! I did a course with them in 2002 and now coach in Whistler - best thing I ever did!
So much fun and I still keep in touch with my mates that I met back then
I just want to say I have spent the last week sat at home wishing I was back in Canada. I had the best 3 months of my life meeting some inspirational people that will hopefully one day take me back to Canada to relive the experiences I recently had. the snow was divine and I had the time of my life.
The training for BASI Level 2 was amazing. It was great because we started to do more advanced riding and freestyle, but we also had a decent amount of time to just ride with our mates and have some fun.
All the instructors and trainers at european snowsports are marvellous. They are knowledgeable, enthusiastic, supportive, patient, amazing skiers and a pleasure to spend time with. Thank you.
Not only was Peak Leaders the cheapest but we stayed in the nicest hotel, had the best instructors at Sunshine, we had the better meals out of all the other companies. Peak Leaders was by far very good value for money. After speaking to other people from the other gap companies they were all amazed at what we got included in the price
The Level 1 course I ran for you in Verbier was very well organised, and the group were well prepared...Thank you!
This was a massive experience for me at every level and I had a huge amount of fun I found depths in myself that I had never imagined - turfing out to ski daily. My skiing went from good intermediate to stellar (!) and the charm of Bariloche, and all of this with the added benefit of a great nightlife when we were able. It was a beautiful place to live and to learn. The ski tuition was thorough and very exacting but everyone one was encouraged to succeed – we had some first class teachers and some of the best visiting BASI examiners.
The timing of this course puts anyone beginning a gap year in an excellent position to consider working a season in Europe with a teaching qualification which is acceptable almost all over Europe and even in North America and even if you are heading straight to university you can still work in the holidays
Since qualifying, I have used my experience with a Spanish family to teach their children how to ski, and I worked for a ski school in Austria over the busy half-term period. I am assured of further ski instructing work during my university years through both sources. An unexpected extra was that within nine months of leaving school I was teaching English secondary school pupils and they were very respectively calling me ‘Miss’! It sounded very strange.
The course gave me the most fantastic opportunity to develop my skiing and has given me a qualification which I can build on as well as use to work in the future and I could not recommend it more highly and I really do thank Peak Leaders for making it all possible.
A Peak Leaders course in Zermatt is something which I would highly recommend to anyone. The ten week course exceeds well beyond just receiving a very worthwhile BASI 2 qualification. Brendon's training was sometimes tough but immensly rewarding, the variety of people made for meeting
some new and interesting friends, and Zermatt's welcoming and enticing atmosphere ensured an awesome time off the slopes. I have no regrets of choosing to do this course so if in doubt then definately give it a go, whether you're on a gap year or simply after something new.
Our son had a wonderful three months with Peak Leaders in Banff. As his parents, we feel it was time and money very well spent.He emerged with a new level of self-assurance and self-confidence, a Level 2 Canadian Ski instructor certificate, some very good new friends and has become a great admirer of Canada, the Canadian people and Banff itself. He was unable to think of a single Con!
Peakleaders provided a brilliant springboard and a bit of a lifeline for a thirtysomething bored lawyer! I took a snowboard instructors course with Peak Leaders in NZ 2005, having become dismayed at my legal career and needing a break. Having passed the course it appeared for a while that I had satisfied my wanderlust and could settle for a while. I'm now full cert AASI qualification and impending season looking at being a trainer!
I just wanted to say thanks again for looking after David so well on the Canada trip. Peak Leaders made us feel so welcome. I feel David got a lot out of the trip - it has achieved all I, as a mother, hoped it would, thank you all so much. You have given a young man the confidence to push forward in life, thank you.
I went to Argentina last summer with Peak Leaders. I can quite honestly say it was one of the best experiences of my life so far! I wasn’t a great snowboarder when I arrived, but we had two Argentine instructors, Pety Figola and Vicky who spent a lot of time with me / us in a small group. I had never done off-piste or ridden powder before, but they were always positive and helpful and I really grew in confidence and skill.
Peak Leaders made the amazing training we had 6 days a week on an average of 5 hours a day so interesting - I don’t know if I would call it training as I expected it to be! It was definitely one of the best experiences of my life - 9 weeks riding with mates while improving my skills with awesome instructors and riders! Canada was magic, and everyday seemed better than the last. Memories that will last forever.
Thanks for a very successful partnership for 2009. Ed Cornfield is to be particularly regarded as an incredible asset to Peak Leaders. Your group was outstanding in respecting the property and making an extended stay pleasurable. Ski season is very hard on our rooms and particularly difficult on extended stays. I was so grateful for the clean up that took place as your crew stayed with us. They become a part of the place and it’s empty and sad when they leave. Our staff becomes attached. You had an amazing team this year.
The course more than met my expectations. Had an awesome time. Brilliant rooms at the hotel.
Thanks to all the Peak Leaders staff for providing me with such a full and incredible life experience, the course was absolutely magnificent and I am thrilled to bits with everything it involved from the ground up. I would also like to extend a specific thanks to everyone working in the Peak Leaders head office, who were always more than happy to meet, greet, help and put up with all my questions and problems big and small. From the outset to outcome I am one extremely satisfied customer, and I only hope my involvement with you guys doesn't end here!