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


Peak leaders ski instructor course features4 Valleys lift pass

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresCoaching run by a BASI Trainer & BASI 4

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 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 featuresPeak Leaders T-shirt and cap

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresChalet accommodation for ten weeks

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresFirst 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 featuresA day off-piste with a guide

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresAvalanche training

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresFreestyle training days

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

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresBreakfast and evening meal

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresVideo analysis

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresPersonal fitness training every week

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresDiscounts on renting & buying ski equipment

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresDiscounts on ski services

Peak leaders ski instructor course featuresMentoring from experienced instructors


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 chalet 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.





Peak Leaders Verbier chalet loungePeak Leaders Verbier chalet dining areaPeak Leaders Verbier chalet bedroom 1Peak Leaders Verbier chalet bedroom 2

Our Verbier accommodation is in a spacious and modern chalet. There are a mixture of single, double and triple rooms with a large communal area, big screen TV, fast internet as well as a outdoor area that’s perfect for spring barbecues, and winter ones if you’re feeling brave…

The course includes breakfast and an evening meal cooked by you chalet chef, who is also in charge of housekeeping and looking after everything in the chalet.

There is a ski locker at the chalet although you can rent a locker at the main Medran lifts so you don’t have to worry about your skis being safe you nip for some après ski after training. Verbier has a great free bus system so you can get all over resort really easily and there’s a bus stop just a few minutes walk from the chalet.

We also decided to offer the accommodation as a “bolt-on” so trainees can stay until the end of the season – finding accommodation in Verbier half way through the season can be a stressful (and expensive) job, so by making it simple you can concentrate on the most important thing – skiing and passing your exams.



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 only course in Verbier where you can choose to stay longer in the chalet 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 decided to take the chalet for the season and make sure everyone knew where they stood at the end of the exams.

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