BARILOCHE 2019 – WEEK 8
It’s the final week of the BASI Level 2 and everyone has worked incredibly hard to put themselves in the best possible place to pass.
All the Peak Leaders trainees have worked on improving their technical skiing and teaching sessions over the past 7 weeks and everyone has made massive changes.
Here is Finn getting some “mad angs” on his long turns during the week!
The BASI Level 2 exam is tough because it is a ski instructor qualification with an excellent reputation and is recognised world wide. It has high standards and so each candidate must deliver high quality lessons and be able to ski to a high technical level.
After the course many of the Peak Leaders want to go and work in a ski resort for the season – so it’s important they can deliver technically accurate and fun lessons!
In fact many of our trainees have already got a plan for the northern hemisphere winter and jobs lined up – with the newly qualified instructors planning to work in Europe, Japan and Canada.
They can apply during the course and sometimes even before it starts due to the brilliant working partnerships we have all over the world.
The trainees and the Peak Leaders coaches and Mentors stay at a hotel called Refugio del Lago in the town of Los Coihues.
There’s a beautiful national park just up the road with an amazing waterfall, whilst the town is ideal for meeting the locals and evenings out.
But the Refugio, sitting on the shores of Lake Gutiérrez, is the perfect place to unwind after a tough day on the BASI exams and it always delivers stunning views…
On A BASI course the results of the exam are individually given to each trainee on the hill on the last Friday.
Of course everyone always wants to pass so it’s a nail-biting wait. Inevitably there are some people who are really happy and a few who are disappointed, but it’s important to remember that the exam is only one piece of this amazing adventure – and the Trainees have already passed the BASI Level 1.
So whatever the results the team head out for a well deserved night to unwind after the exams and the course come to a close.
The past 8 weeks have been full of awesome piste skiing, off-piste skiing, powder days, freestyle days, race courses, mountain biking, horse riding, pub quizzes, cook offs, fun nights out in Bariloche and Cerro etc!
There’s been loads going on and as with every Peak Leaders course lots of amazing friendships have been formed during the last two months.
So congratulations to everyone for completing the course and for being such a hard working and awesome group.
Here’s a photo of lots of happy Peak Leaders trainees eating some amazing Argentinean steak for one last time!
See you next year…