BARILOCHE ARGENTINA SKI INSTRUCTOR COURSE 2015: BASI Level 1, goggle tans and smiles

Week 5 of the Peak Leaders ski instructor training in Argentina sees our crew wrap up their BASI Level 1! Our course leader Steve reports in …

Huge week and huge smiles!

This week on the Argentina ski instructor course has been huge!

We have moved from a group of trainees to qualified, professional ski instructors.

Plus unbelievably good weather – the beginning of spring conditions – has really helped to solidify those goggle tans!

Peak Leaders crew getting some goggle tan action!

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BASI exams Level 1

Our instructors have been sitting the BASI Alpine Level 1 course with BASI trainers Mike and Lesley.

BASI trainers Mike and Lesley set the week’s goals

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On Friday we were delighted to find out that we have 16 new ski instructors … with a 100% pass rate on the teaching element of the course!

Did someone call for a ski instructor?

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The week that was BASI Level 1

On Monday we focused mainly on BASI’s “Central Theme” – how to teach a first-timer all the way up to parallel skier.

The trainers explained in great detail all the features and how to use this process to effectively run a lesson.

Practicing the BASI Central Theme

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Throughout the week the trainees were tasked with planning two lessons each, which were delivered on Wednesday and Thursday.

Each trainee taught how to do one of the following; plough turning, developing plough turns and plough parallel which were to be delivered in a fun, exciting way with some unique games and analogies to aid learning.

Might I say, there were definitely some “interesting” games!

Great leaps to BASI Level 1

In a week that has been quite full on – and really challenged the trainees’ skills –  everyone has seen a drastic improvement in both skiing and teaching ability!

A long week but a great one!

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Each evening after training on the mountain we have been reviewing video feedback … and keeping up with stretching/massage as usual.

Debriefing BASI style …

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Outside of training times we have really kicked things up a gear with the table tennis ladder and table football competitions.

The El Retorno competitions have been lively, dramatic and downright emotional!

Asado n’ wine – the perfect combo!

The weekly asado proved a hit as ever.

No-one goes hungry on a Saturday!

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Red wine and steak set everyone up well to go out and celebrate after a big week of training!

It’s the weekend

The weekend was a mix of relaxation and adventure.

Mountain biking the famous Circuito Chico

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Some of the team chose to battle it out on the football pitch on Saturday – and then mountain bike the famous Circuito Chico in the Llao Llao area next to Lago Nahuel Huapi.

Incredible views, mud from head to toe, puppies, beer …

… and a visit to the Swiss colony (?) made this an adventure to remember!

Humm, a strange looking “Swiss” fisherman?

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Unforgettable experience

These are the parts of the Peak Leaders Bariloche Argentina ski instructor course that really make the whole experience unique and memorable.

Team BASI Lesley on the hill

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With another week of training ahead next week, the team have had a relaxing Sunday evening.

We’re getting ready for the huge snow forecasted over the next few days.

Bring it on!

Peak Leaders has ski instructor courses starting pre-season in Saas Fee (Switzerland) and St Anton (Austria), plus winter courses in Morzine (France) and Verbier (Switzerland).

For a chat about any of our courses get in touch here.