ACCOMMODATION AND TRAINING PACKAGE
The Peak Leaders course in Bariloche really gives you an experience like no other.
The coaching and training is always the highest level, whilst the culture and environment make it the experience of a lifetime.
Our coaching is split into two halves. For the first three weeks the training is run by BASI Level 4 coaches from our partner ski school, Element. Then at the end of week 3 the BASI examiners arrive and take you through the Level 1, then take you for a week of training, and finally deliver the Level 2 exam.
We also often use local specialists to run certain days – so the GS training, freestyle and the avalanche safety.
Meanwhile every day you return to the Refugio del Lago run by Ruben and his team, who we’ve worked with for over a decade.
It’s an amazing collection of apartments on the shores of Lake Gutierrez, looking out across the lake to the snow capped mountains beyond. The perfect view at the end of the day with a nice glass of Argentinian wine…
THE TRAINING PACKAGE
Over the last few years the Bariloche course has developed quite a bit, with more hours on snow, additional course elements and crucially a team of expert BASI qualified coaches to help you develop your skiing and make sure you are ready for the exams when the BASI examiners come to town in week four…
The course structure is little different from our normal courses as you will be trained by our BASI Level 4 coach for the first three weeks, then in week four the BASI Trainers (examiners) arrive to run the level one.
But instead of leaving they stay with you for a week to do extra training then they run the Level 2 to finish the course.
So you get top coaching from the very best from start to finish.
The 185 hours of training will include on-snow performance coaching, specialist freestyle sessions, racing GS in gates, off-piste training, weekly video feedback, a first-aid course and plenty more…
THE TRAINING OVERVIEW
185 HOURS OF COACHING
COACHING FROM BASI 4s and BASI TRAINERS
BARILOCHE LIFT PASS
BASI EXAMS AND MEMBERSHIP
WHAT’S THE AVERAGE WEEK LIKE?
There’s a huge amount of variety from one week to the next. So we’ve created a sample week plan to give you a general idea of what a training week is really like. You can see the structure and the content as well as free-skiing days and what the after skiing activities are.
WHAT’S THE COURSE SCHEDULE?
The course in Bariloche lasts eight weeks, with the BASI Level 1 and BASI Level 2 exams taking three weeks.
There is also a training week combined with shadowing, which gives you vital experience of teaching (required by BASI). It’s a great opportunity to help with real lessons, work with experienced instructors – and probably pinch a few lesson ideas so you’re ready for the teaching part of the Level 2 exam…
THE ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE
The accommodation in Bariloche is set in the heart of nature by Lake Gutierrez.
In Argentina it’s rare to stay in the resort itself and we’ve chosen to be based in the natural beauty around the lake, so we’re closer to the lifts every day and you won’t be on a bus for ages, but you’re also within striking distance of the town so you can head out and experience some Argentinian culture.
At the Refugio you’ll be looked after by Ruben and the team, whilst your Peak Leaders mentor (who’s also one of your BASI 4 coaches) will be on hand to advise and solve any problems.
They will also be helping you to apply for jobs and plan your season teaching – if that’s what your next step is.
You’ll also get driven to the lifts and home each training day, with an extra bus on Saturdays if you want to go free-skiing or practice your technical skills.
The course is based in the Refugio del Lago, a small complex of apartments nestled in the forest and with terraces that run right down to Lake Gutierrez. Being situated by the lake is an amazing environment but you’re still only a short walk from the local bars and shops, and a quick cab ride from the main town. Crucially you’re also closer to the lifts so your commute to the mountain is dead easy…
The apartments have up to five in an apartment with a mix of double and triple rooms, and each has it’s own living area. There’s also a larger communal area at the Refugio where you will be served breakfast and dinner.
During the week breakfast and evening meals are included at the Refugio and at weekends you’ll also get breakfast on a Saturday – leaving you free to pop into town and try out the local restaurants – or just chill out and eat with friends at your apartment.
The lake itself sits just behind the resort of Cerro Catedral, and you’ll get private transport from the Refugio to the resort everyday and back down after a hard day’s training.
And of course your mentor will be on hand all the time to help make sure everything runs smoothly, answer any questions, fix any problems and crucially to make sure you get to enjoy the weekly barbecues and legendary quiz nights.