LEGENDARY RESORT: AMAZING EXPERIENCE
Verbier has a huge reputation and is one of the most famous resorts in the world, with terrain that more than backs up that reputation…
We’ve run a BASI Gap course in Verbier for years and now it’s the home town of the Peak Leaders team – because it’s one of those resorts that’s so good you can’t really think of a reason to leave.
But there are a few courses to choose from in Verbier – what makes us different? There are three key factors:
TOP QUALIFIED COACHES
LIVE IN THE HEART OF VERBIER
A MAXIMUM OF 8 IN A GROUP
We also know Verbier inside-out…
That’s because Verbier is the home of Peak leaders. So unlike some other courses, we’ve lived here, skied here, worked here and taught here for years.
Which means if you have any questions we can always help, from planning your trip to looking for work to getting boots adjusted when you’re here.
In Verbier we have also developed a fantastic relationship with Les Elfes who offer our trainees jobs (subject to interview) when you complete your Peak Leaders course.
That means as soon as you finish training you can start teaching.
Find out more about teaching and work permits here (including the new rules and options post-Brexit for British instructors).
All of our prices are set in Swiss Francs (and your invoice will normally be in CHF), but you can switch currencies here or use the flags on the right to see an indicative GBP price.
(Indicative rate updated 20/01/2023 – for the rate today please check online)
THE AMAZING COACHING TEAM
Our coaching team is made up of experts – top-qualified instructors who have bags of experience and know exactly how to get you to the top.
In fact, most of our coaches are also BASI examiners.
We insist on the best coaches because we know that the best coaches get the best results – not just helping trainees pass exams but help them improve and enjoy their training even more.
PERFECT ACCOMMODATION LOCATIONS
We have always made a real commitment to providing the best GAP course accommodation in resort – and that starts with the best locations.
So you’ll always get great accommodation and you’ll be right in the heart of town next to the lifts (not in the middle of nowhere…).
NO MORE THAN EIGHT TRAINEES PER GROUP
From the winter of 2022 we have reduced groups sizes to make sure the quality of your training is as high as possible.
The means you get more face-to-face feedback from your coaches which will help you make more changes and become an even better skier.
WORK OPTIONS IN VERBIER AND BEYOND
We have great contacts in Verbier (and beyond) so if you are keen to start using your qualification straight away then you can.
Naturally you will need a work permit, so you can read the latest updates for British and EU trainees here, including Brexit news as things develop.
THE VERBIER SUMMARY:
BASI LEVEL 1 + 2 EXAMS
9 WEEK &10 WEEK COURSES*
CATERED & TRAINING-ONLY OPTIONS
TRAIN AND QUALIFY
OPTIONS TO WORK AFTER YOUR COURSE
RESORT HEIGHT: 1,500m
HIGHEST LIFT: 3,330m
LENGTH OF PISTES: 410km
NUMBER OF LIFTS: 82
AVERAGE SNOWFALL: 530cm
*Contact us for shorter options (not always available)
WHAT’S A SEASON IN VERBIER LIKE?
A season in Verbier is a guaranteed to be one to remember, and we have to admit we’re prejudiced – we think it might just be the best resort in the world. It has some of the very best freeride terrain in Europe, that’s why the Freeride World Tour final is in Verbier on the mighty Bec des Roses.
It’s also famous as being an amazing resort for apres ski and the massive variety of visitors – from celebrities to royals, to ski photographers and pro skiers. Verbier attracts everyone.
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.
On the course you will be on the hill for around 30 hours per week and get a huge range of coaching – performance coaching on the pistes to learning about off-piste safety, from race training in the gates to days in the backcountry with a guide, from coaching on the hill to video feedback off snow – not forgetting the freestyle training and of course the weekly fitness sessions with Jake.
We are also able to offer work after the course as well as the option to extend your stay in the hotel if you get a job or just want to stay for the whole winter.
But remember that work in Switzerland depends on work permits – so get in touch to find out more about your options.
We work closely with Les Elfes International so you can qualify then teach straight away (subject to an interview).
Well, we’ve crafted this course so you get the best of both worlds – train and teach in Verbier, with plenty of time to experience Verbier’s amazing terrain, legendary atmosphere and spend your season in one of the most famous resorts in the world.