START EARLY, TEACH ALL SEASON
SAAS FEE, SWITZERLAND
So whilst most resorts are starting to think about when the snow will start falling, Saas Fee skiers are already up the mountain training…
Our Saas Fee course has been running for years and is a personal favourite because the glacier delivers such amazing pre-season conditions in the autumn, and we simply love the place – Saas Fee will always be our favourite place to go for those pre-season turns…
The course gives you the unique possibility of completing the course in Europe and then working for the entire winter.
And because we have contacts all over the Alps (and beyond) we can help you apply for work across Europe as well as Canada and Japan. So if you want to teach for a winter, Saas Fee is the perfect platform.
WHAT DO YOU GET?
Saas Fee lift pass
Coaching run by a BASI Trainers and Level 4s
250 hours of coaching
Job opportunities after the course
Career and recruitment advice
CV and employment sessions
BASI Level 1 and Level 2 exams
BASI membership and manual
Shadowing included (required by BASI)
Snowsports school experience (required by BASI)
Off-snow theory sessions
A day race training in GS gates
Avalanche training with a guide
Freestyle training day
Indoor skiing if the mountain closes
Video analysis every week
Two day First Aid course
Personal fitness training every week
Dinner 5 nights a week
Mentoring from experienced instructors
Ski service facilities
Ski servicing training
Pro-deals on skis and equipment
Discounts on renting ski equipment
Discounts on ski services
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 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. And 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 isn’t one of those big modern 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.
And 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.
WHERE WILL YOU STAY?
We’ve been staying at the Park Hotel for years and it never disappoints. Run by the legendary Patrick and his family, they really look after our trainees and provide the perfect place to relax after a hard days skiing.
The hotel is right in the middle of town in a really quiet spot just off the main street – so everything is a stone’s throw away but you can still get plenty of peace and quiet.
You’ll get breakfast everyday and a three course evening meal five evenings a week all served in the hotel’s restaurant. There’s also a bar in the hotel if you don’t fancy dashing through the chilly autumn air for a drink with friends.
Meanwhile the rooms are shared doubles and always clean and cosy. Most rooms also have a balcony so you can catch the last of the sunshine after training and soak in the stunning view of the mountains and glaciers.
Saas Fee is car free and everything is only short a walk away, but if you’re feeling really lazy you can get an electric taxi to take the strain and drop you at you destination.
WHAT DOES A TRAINEE SAY?
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE COURSE?
We’ve built a strong relationship with Les Elfes International and they have become our partner school, offering jobs to our trainees when they complete the course (subject to interview) and also working with us to provide the shadowing hours required by BASI before your Level 2 exam. This means you can finish your Peak Leaders course and go straight into work. They have schools in Verbier, Crans Montana and Leysin so you have plenty of options…
But if you are looking at other schools (including staying in Saas Fee and teaching for the winter here) we are very happy to advise and use our extensive network of contacts to see how we can help you take that next step.
Of course not everyone wants to teach after the course finishes so we’re very happy to give you as much help as we can.
But you’ve got plenty of time to make plans and see where the winter will take you…
WANT TO KEEP TRAINING?
The Concept training package has been designed to fit around the BASI Level 3 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 SAAS FEE?
- Try out the new Aqua-Allaline “wellness” centre – a great spa and pool
- Head to popcorn after training and enjoy some après ski
- Head across to Zermatt and check out the pistes – and the Matterhorn
- Go slack-lining in the local forests
- Head to the football pitches for some 5-a-side
- Grab your favourite pizza at Don Cicco’s
- Go wine tasting down the valley
- Play volley ball
- Try out the crazy golf course before the snow hits town