Verbier has a reputation as one of the most famous resorts in the world, with terrain that more than backs up that reputation.

It’s also the home town of Peak Leaders because it’s one of those resorts that’s so good you can’t really think of a reason to leave…

We’ve run a course in Verbier for years in partnership with Element Ski School, and it’s one of our most popular resorts – but not just because of the amazing terrain, great nightlife and stunning views. In Verbier we have also developed a fantastic relationship with Les Elfes who offer our trainees jobs (subject to interview) when you complete your Peak Leaders course.

That means as soon as you finish training you can start teaching.




02 DEC 2017 – 10 FEB 2018

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Peak leaders ski instructor course features4 Valleys lift pass for the season

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresCoaching run by BASI Trainers & BASI 4s

Peak leaders ski instructor course features250 hours of coaching

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresJob offer after the course (subject to interview)

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresCV & employment advice sessions

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresCareer and recruitment advice

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresBASI Level 1 and Level 2 exams

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresBASI membership and manual

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresFrench lessons for beginners and intermediates

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresChalet accommodation for ten weeks

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresTwo day First Aid course

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresOff-piste coaching

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresOff-snow theory sessions

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresA day race training in GS gates

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresAvalanche training with a guide

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresFreestyle training day

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresMentoring from experienced instructors

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresThe option to stay in the chalet all season

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresBreakfast five days per week

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresEvening meal five nights per week

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresVideo analysis every week

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresPersonal fitness training every week

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresPro-deals on skis and equipment

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresDiscounts on renting ski equipment

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresDiscounts on ski services

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresPre-course fitness programme

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresPeak Leaders T-shirt and cap


A season in Verbier is a guaranteed to be one to remember, and we have to admit we’re prejudiced – we think it might just be the best resort in the world. It has some of the very best freeride terrain in Europe, that’s why the Freeride World Tour final is in Verbier on the mighty Bec des Roses.

It’s also famous as being an amazing resort for apres ski and the massive variety of visitors – from celebrities to royals, to ski photographers and pro skiers. Verbier attracts everyone.

All of your training is run by Element Ski School, and is delivered by BASI Level 4 ISTD Instructors and BASI Trainers – who know exactly what you need to pass the exams and take your skiing to the next level.

On the course you will be on the hill for around of 30 hours per week and get a huge range of coaching – performance coaching on the pistes to learning about off-piste safety, from race training in the gates to days in the backcountry with a guide, from coaching on the hill to video feedback off snow – not forgetting the freestyle training and of course the weekly fitness sessions with Jake.

We are also able to offer work after the course as well as the option to extend your stay in the hotel if you get a job or just want to stay for the whole winter. We work closely Les Elfes International so you can qualify then teach straight away (subject to an interview).

What’s involved?

Well, we’ve crafted this course so you get the best of both worlds – train and teach in Verbier, with plenty of time to experience Verbier’s amazing terrain, legendary atmosphere and spend your season in one of the most famous resorts in the world.






It’s a big decision planning a ski instructor course – and with different options and dates it’s important you pick the course that’s right for you. So why not compare Verbier with another Peak Leaders course?

We run courses all over the world at different times of the year, so just have a look around and see what your options are…

And if you’re not sure then just get in touch – we’re always happy to answer any questions and give you advice.





Mont Gele

We are very excited that this year we are going to be staying in the brilliant Mont Gele Hotel.

The Mont Gele is perfectly located at the bottom of the Verbier pistes so you can ski straight in, and whilst it is a working hotel, the environment is much more like a chalet with Isla and her team making everyone feel at home and taking care of everything.

The rooms are a mix of twin and triples, some of which have en-suite bathrooms. There is also the opportunity to book single occupancy for an additional fee when there is availability – if you might be interested please just get in touch and we can see if this can be arranged.

The Hotel also offers a cosy bar and dining area as well as a comfy lounge area to socialise and relax – there’s even a sauna to help you unwind after a hard day on the slopes. There is a communal ski room and a great terrace for the odd apres ski beer – when there’s not too much snow to find the chairs…

We’ve chosen to work with the Mont Gele as the location and the approach of the team are both prefect – the hotel is situated right in the heart of Verbier and run by people who love the mountains, are passionate about skiing and know how to make everyone feel welcome. So it’s the perfect combination.

And if you want to know more just get in touch.

Meanwhile trainees who are interested in extending their stay will be able to arrange extra weeks after the course ends – perfect if you decide to stay in Verbier for the rest of the season ands start teaching.


We can help arrange a whole load of extra activities when you’re in resort so that your visit is as memorable as possible. Here are just a few of the things you can do when you come to Verbier on a Peak Leaders course.

And if you want to book just get in touch – either before your course starts or when you’re in resort…


Verbier ski instructor Gap course extra activities - ice climbing
£150 per person (minimum 4 ppl)

Full day and introduction to ice climbing including all equipment.

Val de Bagnes is a well-known area for ice climbing. With a specialist mountain guide who knows the best places to learn and improve, you’ll discover a new way of climbing and of enjoying winter. Verbier has icefalls for every level, from beginner to ice-climbing addict!


Verbier ski instructor Gap course extra activities - paragliding
100 chf (£75)

Paragliding is an amazing experience – you can soar like a bird over Verbier and the mountains with an expert to make sure you have as much – or as little – excitement as you want…

For a tandem paragliding flight over Verbier you don’t require any experience – you can just sit back and enjoy the ride!

Peak Leaders Trainees get an special discount on tandem flights with Verbier Summits.


Verbier ski instructor Gap course extra activities - off piste touring day
£150 per person (minimum 4 people)

Ready for an adventure in Verbier’s legendary backcountry? An adventure with a mountain guide into the 4 Vallees gives you access to an amazing world of secret stashes and hidden powder fields. Go touring and you can explore the area and discover places most people never knew existed…



Once you’ve completed the course then you have a number of options. Throughout the course your trainers and mentors will have bneen talking to you about the possibility of applying for a ski school job with your new qualification, as well as what you can do if you decide you don’t want to teach for the remainder of the season.

We’ve built a strong relationship with Les Elfes International and they have become our partner school, offering jobs to our trainees when they complete the course (subject to interview) and also working with us to provide the shadowing hours required by BASI before your Level 2 exam. This means you can finish your Peak Leaders course and go straight into work. They also have schools in Crans Montana and Leysin so you even have the option of moving further afield to finish your winter.

But if you are looking at other schools – both in Verbier and beyond – we are very happy to advise and use our extensive network of contacts to see how we can help you take that next step.

Of course not everyone wants to teach after the course finishes so we’re very happy to give you as much help as we can.

We also have the option to stay longer in the hotel and rent your room until the end of the season – we’d seen to many trainees decide to stay only to get stuck finding somewhere to rent. So we have arranged a discount for the season to make sure everyone knows where they stand at the end of the exams. Naturally this depends on availability in the hotel so just get in touch for more information.

But who knows? That’s the best thing about doing a season – you never really know where it will take you…


Our partners, Element Ski School, also run a Level 3 training programme in Verbier. So if you’re planning on making a career from ski instructing we recommend continuing and advancing your training by aiming to complete the BASI Level 3 ISIA.

The Concept training package has been designed to fit around the BASI Level 3 calendar of exams and gives you the chance to work while you train for your next level in the ski instructing.

It’s a the perfect way to take your skiing forward, developing the skills and technique that you’ve been working on during your Peak Leaders course.


Well we’re glad you asked. Because there are quite a few extra things you can do… All these and more can be arranged when you’re here – just ask Jake, Emma or Guy.

  • Stay a night in the famous Cabane Mont Fort
  • Go parapenting over Verbier and the surrounding area
  • Hike up for a fondue on the mountain
  • Hire a guide and go down the Backside of Mont Fort
  • Try out curling at the ice rink
  • Take a day trip to Chamonix
  • Sledge down the longest sledge run in Switzerland
  • Take a ride in a dog sled
  • Watch the amazing live music at après ski
  • Join in the Verbier High Five race
  • Watch the Freeride World Tour final on the Bec des Roses
  • Go to the thermal spas at Lavey-les-Bains