ACCOMMODATION AND TRAINING PACKAGES
Our Verbier course gives you an amazing combination of top level training and brilliant accommodation in one of the most amazing ski resorts in the world.
The Training is run by a hugely experienced team of BASI Trainers (examiners) and top qualified BASI Level 4 coaches, whilst the accommodation options are hand-picked so that you get the best possible combination of locations and quality.
We also offer the choice of catered package or our training-only package.
So you can book a place in our catered Peak Leaders accommodation – with dinner and breakfast five days a week as well as cleaner and more.
Or you can go training-only and arrange your own accommodation and catering for the season – but still have an amazing Peak Leaders experience plus the full training package and exams.
Crucially whichever option you choose you’ll get the same amazing experience and top level training.
THE TRAINING PACKAGE
We have spent a huge amount of time planning and developing the training package so that you have the best possible chance of developing, making changes to your skiing and passing your exams.
Whichever accommodation option you choose, you will receive 275 hours of coaching across the course – from on-snow performance coaching to specialist freestyle sessions, as well as racing GS in gates plus off-piste training.
There are also weekly video feedback sessions, job advice sessions, a first-aid course and plenty more…
THE PERFORMANCE AND OFF-PISTE OPTION
On specific courses you can choose to do both the BASI 1 and 2 exams or you can take the BASI 1 then focus on your technical skiing and off-piste skills.
This means the last five weeks can be training towards your BASI 2 or just getting some amazing coaching and exploring the Verbier terrain.
We ask trainees to specify when you book – but if you change your mind during the Level 1 training phase of the programme (and assuming there’s still space) you can choose to switch package. Just get in touch for details.
THE TRAINING OVERVIEW
275 HOURS OF COACHING
COACHING FROM BASI 4s and BASI TRAINERS
4 VALLEYS 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 – 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 THE COURSE SCHEDULE?
THE BASI 1 + 2 COURSES
A BASI 1 + 2 course in Verbier is ten weeks long, with the BASI Level 1 and BASI Level 2 exams running for three weeks of that.
In addition to the training weeks and the exam weeks, there is also time spent shadowing – which gives you vital ski schools experience and is required by BASI before you can progress to the Level 2 exam.
It’s also a great opportunity for you to help with lessons, watch experienced instructors in action and probably pinch a few lesson ideas so you’re ready for the teaching part of the Level 2 exam…
The schedule is either 3 (or 4) weeks training and then the BASI Level 1, then 4 (or 3 weeks) training and then the BASI Level 2. The precise schedule depends on when your course runs and how exams fits around the main holidays (when it’s tricky to run exams).
Either way we make sure you are perfectly prepared for your next challenge.
OFF-PISTE AND PERFORMANCE OPTIONS
If you join us on a course where there is the option to take the ‘Off-piste and Performance’ module the structure is a little different.
You have the option to train for the BASI Level 1 and then progress to the BASI Level 2, as usual.
Or you can simply take the BASI Level 1 and finish the rest fo the course working on your performance skiing and exploring the Verbier freeride terrain with our expert off-piste coaches.
OFF-PISTE AND PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
THE ACCOMMODATION PACKAGES
We’ve been ski instructors in Verbier for a long time, so we know how important it is to to have accommodation that’s close to the centre of town, near the lifts, and a place you can relax after a hard day on the hill.
We also know that as well as a good location, good food is vital too.
So we make sure you get a good quality home for the winter that’s not far from the lifts (or the bars) and we make sure you get great catering as well as a weekly cleaner and regular fresh linen and fresh towels. Some of the options can even include access to the pool or the sauna…
Naturally the training-only and self-catered packages are cheaper, but of course that means you won’t be looked after by our amazing team at the chalet.
However, some people find that the flexibility of going self-catered can be better for them – so training-only is perfect. Especially if you already have plans to stay with friends in resort, or if you have dietary requirements that mean it’s easier for you to cater for yourself.
But whichever option you decide on, we will make sure you have a course that you will remember for the rest of your life.
Our accommodation always feels like home, with a chef, a cleaner and communal areas that make sure you’re comfortable.
The accommodation is always really central – so you will always be just down the road from the lifts and the centre of town and its nightlife. For example the December course is right by the lifts in Chalet Venus.
The package includes dinner five nights per week, as well as breakfast provided five days per week (including a cooked option once a week).
There are a mix of twin rooms, bunk rooms some triple rooms with the option to book single occupancy.
The same is true of Chalet Mia Casina – just down the road from Medran and tucked away behind the main street. We are waiting for photographs but if you’d like to see more get in touch and we should have some soon…
You also have the option to stay in your accommodation after your course ends – that means either taking a ‘Schengen Package’ if you are non-EU (including British), a ‘Training Package’ if you want to train more (especially relevant for British trainees) or a simple Extended Accommodation Package – for anyone who isn’t limited by the 90 day rule.
The Schengen Package allows you to just use your remaining days in Europe (you get up to 90 in one go).
The Training package is a course extension where you get extra training and can apply for a Student Permit before your course starts – so you can stay over 90 days.
If any of these would be something that might interest you, then get just in touch.
If you decide that you want to arrange your own accommodation, then we have the option of choosing the training-only package.
This allows you to do all the training and take all the exams in exactly the same way as the catered option – the difference is that no accommodation and no food is included.
This is an option that’s often popular with Trainees who have friends in resort and want to stay with them, or who perhaps have specific dietary requirements and find it easier to cook for themselves.
We also have Trainees who are happier living independently – this can be popular with older trainees.
If you are thinking about going training-only we can definitely help with accommodation advice (and contacts).
Having lived in resort for fifteen years we know plenty of people and agents that we trust, so we can point you in the right direction.
We can give you advice about which areas of Verbier are best – and which areas are a little too far from the lifts…
We can also make suggestions about renting in Le Chable which is in the valley below Verbier, but connected by the bubble and busses. In fact most of resort’s ski instructors seem to live in Le Chable now.
Almost all options would be for the full season, although if you get in touch early we can often help find a solution that’s just for the duration of the course.
So if you’re keen on our training-only option and want accommodation advice, just get in touch.
We realised a long time ago that too many courses ended leaving trainees scrambling for extended accommodation in the final weeks – just when they should have been concentrating on their exams.
To make it more difficult courses always end just before the expensive half term weeks.
So a number of years ago we decided to arrange extended accommodation packages. That meant if you wanted to stay in resort after the course ended we could take out the stress and the hassle.
We make the package as affordable as we can, and whilst you won’t get full catering, you will get a regular cleaner and the peace of mind that comes with the knowledge that your accommodation is sorted – so you can concentrate on getting up there and skiing.