START EARLY, TEACH ALL SEASON
THE COURSE SUMMARY:
BASI LEVEL 1 & 2 EXAMS
9 WEEK COURSE
CATERED AND SELF-CATERED OPTIONS
QUALIFY IN THE AUTUMN
WORK THE FULL WINTER SEASON
RESORT HEIGHT: 1,800m
HIGHEST LIFT: 3,500m
LENGTH OF PISTES: 150km
NUMBER OF LIFTS: 28
AVERAGE SNOWFALL: 334cm
WHAT’S A COURSE IN SAAS FEE LIKE?
Saas Fee in pre-season is an amazing place – because not only are Peak Leaders trainees in town, but the resort has World Cup race teams, local ski clubs and some of the world’s best freestylers all in town for some preseason training – so it’s a pretty inspirational environment up there on the glacier.
The glacier is perfect for race training and every year teams are up early setting gates and getting ready for a season of racing, whilst the freestylers make for the impressive Saas park and work on tricks that seem to defy gravity.
And that’s where our trainees go for the freestyle day – often going from complete novices to throwing 360s in the space of just a few hours.
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.
The resort tops out at 3,600 meters so it’s as snow sure as you can get, and when the early season storms come charging across the high peaks and glaciers we can suddenly find ourselves skipping training and getting some powder turns in.
Once the big storms have moved through you can get some of the best piste conditions anywhere in the world – so get ready to ski on hero snow.
But Saas Fee itself isn’t one of those modern purpose-built ski resorts. It’s a stunning old village that’s been there for centuries – and even now you still feel like you’ve stepped into another world. From traditional old hotels and guest houses to modern bars and cafes, Saas Fee is a wonderful town with plenty going on to keep you entertained.
So what’s the best thing about a course in Saas?
When it finishes everyone else is only just starting, so you’re in the perfect position to either stay around and work or head off to explore another resort…
And our expert coaches are on hand throughout the course to help you make a plan for the winter.