WHY WAIT TILL WINTER? GET A HEAD START IN PATAGONIA…
The course is 8 weeks and packed with experiences and activities that only Argentina can offer. It’s also planned so that if you’re heading to university you can finish the course and still be back in time for Freshers’ Week. But it’s also the perfect platform if you want to do some travelling in South America as part of your Gap year. And, of course, if you want to head to the Northern hemisphere to work as a ski instructor it gives you the perfect training at the perfect time of year. Whatever you decide, it’s an amazing way to discover a fantastic country.
WHAT DO YOU GET?
Bariloche lift pass
Coaching by BASI 4 and top Argentine coaches
200 hours of coaching
CV and employment sessions
Career and recruitment advice
BASI Level 1 and Level 2 exams
BASI membership and manual
BASI Child Protection Module
Two day First Aid course
Shadowing included (required by BASI)
Snowsports school experience (required by BASI)
Accommodation for eight weeks
A full time Peak Leaders mentor
Off-snow theory sessions
A day race training in GS gates
Freestyle training day
Video analysis every week
Ski service facilities
Ski servicing training
Personal fitness training every week
Breakfast 6 days a week
Dinner 5 days a week
Spanish lessons for four weeks
Local Tango lesson
Horse riding on the Patagonian Steppe
Weekly Asados (BBQs)
Pro-deals on skis and equipment
Pre-course fitness programme
Peak Leaders T-shirt and cap
WHAT’S THE AVERAGE WEEK LIKE?
There’s a huge amount of variety from one week to the next – and, of course, for three weeks of your course you’ll be doing BASI exams.
But here’s a sample week to give you an idea of how the training works, how it’s structured, what you’ll do, what the after skiing activities are and when you get to free-ski…
WHAT’S A COURSE IN BARILOCHE LIKE?
A season in Bariloche is one you’ll never forget – the place, the people and the Patagonian mountains all add up to a simply amazing experience. And our team in Bariloche will be on hand to help with the course, advise on applying for jobs and help organise extra activities like cat skiing. You’ll also enjoy the weekly (and legendary) barbecues down by the lake gaucho style…
A big part of the course is living on the shores of the stunning Lake Gutierrez. After a hard days training it’s amazing to come down to the lake and even in winter you can sit out on the terraces that run all the way down to the water.
The ski coaching is 5 days per week during with video analysis for the first four weeks, then in week 5 you start your BASI Level 1 exam with your BASI trainer. Once you complete the Level 1 the same trainers stay with you to coach you for another week before the BASI Level 2 starts. So you get the continuity of having the same people helping you take your skiing to the next level throughout the exam phase.
As with all of our courses, we aim to give you the best rounded mountain knowledge, so there’s a backcountry/avalanche awareness course and a first aid course. We don’t just want you to qualify on your ski instructor course, we want you to become a stronger all round skier with better mountain knowledge.
WHERE WILL YOU STAY?
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 so is your lunch on the hill), and at weekends you’ll also get breakfasts – 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 Cathedral, 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.
WHAT’S IT LIKE IN ARGENTINA?
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE COURSE?
Over the years Peak Leaders has developed a great reputation and a huge list of contacts – so wherever you are planning to go we normally know who to speak to and can send a few emails to help you get through to the right people.
We’ve also built a strong relationship with Les Elfes International and they have become our partner school. They are based in Switzerland and run in several resorts – so you can get in touch with them and talk about teaching Crans Montana, Verbier and Leysin. Meanwhile we have even more contacts in Canada, Japan and across Europe.
And we’re always very happy to advise and use our extensive network of contacts to see how we can help you take that next step.
WANT TO KEEP TRAINING?
The Concept training package has been designed to fit around the BASI level three 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.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO IN BARILOCHE?
- Try riding like a Goucho by horse riding on a ranch
- Go condor spotting…
- Try out maté – a traditional drink and social must…
- Learn Spanish (starter lessons are already included)
- Go down to the legendary Alberto’s restaurant for an amazing steak
- Discover some amazing Argentinian wines on a wine tasting evening
- Explore the forests around the lake
- Take a boat trip
- Go biking
- Have fun on Lake Gutierrez
- Go cat skiing and shred powder all day