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European Snowsport have been based in Swiss Alps for over 15 years and has been training instructors up to the highest level during this time. With ski schools based in Verbier, Zermatt, St Moritz, Nendaz and Chamonix we know what it takes to make it in this industry and have the working opportunities and contacts to help you on this career path.  

Julian Griffiths in Verbier, Hannah Bryans in Zermatt and Jamie Kagan in Nendaz. Alongside our lead coaches, we have an incredibly strong team of fully qualified instructors who will also deliver training to Level 3 trainees. With credentials as both former and current trainers of BASI, IASI and CSIA, we are in the perfect position to create your training plan towards the ISIA badge in your chosen system.  

We have been training instructors for a great number of years, with an excellent track record of progressing instructors through their exams all the way to their full certification. We believe it is important to continue to work as a ski instructor whilst you train so that you are able to hone your craft and improve your teaching skills alongside your technical skills.  

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WHAT IS ES ACADEMY?

ES ( European Snowsport) is the leading ski school in Europe's best ski resorts. ES Academy is our training department. We train our instructors before and throughout the season, we also have some long courses open to the public, people looking to become a ski instructor and some work and train courses towards level 3 and 4. 

Level 1 & 2 runs in Nendaz Switzerland and leads to IASI qualifications. 

Level 3 runs in Verbier, Zermatt and Nendaz and trains people for mulitple systems including BASI, CSIA, NZSIA and IASI. 

Level 4 runs in Zermatt and trains people for their BASI Level 4 ISTD.


TO ISIA: TRAINING FOR WORKING INSTRUCTORS

Level 3 Training

Season-long Level 3 Ski Instructor Training Program Verbier, Zermatt & Nendaz  

The ES Academy ISIA program is a season-long training and development program, with the opportunity to also work for one of the largest, most established private snowsports schools in Europe. The program is focused on preparing you for all the ISIA exams and building your experience as a ski instructor.  

The training and development program will prepare candidates for all modules of the Level 3 (ISIA) qualification. All candidates will be mentored through their own individual development and action plan. Candidates will need to join our program with a BASI Level 2 or equivalent certification.  

The course is delivered by current and former BASI, IASI and CSIA Trainers and Level 4’s and consists of top quality training towards the key Level 3 modules required to achieve the overall qualification.  

Moving from Level 2 towards Level 3 is hard work but very rewarding and it requires dedication to succeed at this level. Gaining your level 3 along with your ISIA stamp opens a lot of doors within the ski industry. With the expert tuition of ES’s experienced team of Trainers and Level 4 Instructors, your hard work will be channelled appropriately and will give you the best possible chances of success in your Level 3 exams. We have a fantastic team of talented instructors, pushing each other to progress and encouraging each other, and we see the ES Academy as a way to add selected instructors to our full-time team.  

This winter we will be offering two pathways

1. Level 3 Training: Open to Level 2’s from ALL systems. The training will be system-neutral and open towards instructors from different systems. Where instructors have booked onto exams, our trainers will ensure that the content being covered is targeted, effective and appropriate towards your given system. Training will cover all level 3 modules. In 18/19 we had a Trainee group consisting of 2 BASI Level 2, 1 Austrian Anwarter, 2 CSIA Level 2 and 1 NZSIA Level 2 instructor. (Verbier, Nendaz and Zermatt)

2. BASI Level 3 Training: With a BASI Trainer leading up our training team in Zermatt, we will be offering a BASI-specific training group for BASI level 2 instructors who are seriously looking to progress towards their BASI level 3. Training will cover all level 3 modules. The program will be tailored and adapted to suit the Trainees’ exam schedules. (ZERMATT only)  

What is Included

  • 200 hours of training with ES’ top trainers including current and former examiners with CSIA and BASI, and ISTD’s. 
  • Formation week with ES Instructors – 5 days on snow formation week to integrate Trainees into the ski school 
  • Personal action planning and mentoring with your principal coach.
  • Regular video analysis.
  • Regular off-snow fitness training.
  • Race Training (GS)
  • Ski tuning clinics
  • Optional Second Language Lessons 
  • ES Academy Branded jacket
  • Second discipline training (snowboarding)
  • Mountain Safety and off-piste training with ES’ experienced off-piste spialist.
  • Taster sessions in telemark, adaptive and freestyle
  •  A paid job ski instructing this winter with ES (subject to interview) 
Course Content Level 3

How we train

ES Academy Ski Coaches and Ski Instructor Trainers train together to develop ideas that will improve not only the instructors’ performance but the experiences and lessons delivered by ES on a daily basis. 

In addition to the experienced trainers outlined below, we have many other talented pro’s including Italian Maestros, French Nationales and Swedish Examiners. 

Talented ski instructors build quality ski schools which greatly enhance the skiing experience of those who have chosen Switzerland as their destination. 

Verbier and Zermatt have competitive and highly regulated ski school environments. ES prides itself on being the best quality ski school in the best Swiss resorts. Achieving this goal requires a constant investment in staff training and development.


Work Opportunities 

Whilst we do not guarantee peak week work with us during your training season, we will offer you the opportunity to interview with us either before arrival or once you have arrived in resort. Upon successful interview, you will be able to teach with us over the Peak weeks, clocking up to 250 teaching hours over the winter. Teaching can range from between 4 – 10 weeks of work, depending on your schedule and our requirements. Combined with 200 hours of training, this is a full-on season that provides an excellent balance between working and training so that you are able to progress in your teaching skills and gain experience, as well as develop your technical skiing. 

The ES Academy provides you with a unique opportunity in Zermatt to train and work within the same ski school, so that you can earn money whilst you train. Working for ES is optional and we are also happy for instructors to join the ES Academy who would prefer not to teach and focus on exams only.  

ES is a highly professional and very well regarded school with top clients who come back year after year. We have a great team of talented instructors and see the Academy programme as the way to add selected instructors to our full time team. So it’s a foot in the door too which bodes well if you are looking for full time employment in the future.  

The aim of the ES Academy, from our perspective, is to produce a supply of high quality instructors to be part of the team from the beginning of the season. That is why the courses starts with the ES Instructor formation week early in December. This training week takes place with the full team and it gives you the chance to get to know our team and become a part of the Zermatt community. The Academy instructors become a part of the ski school in every respect. There is a really strong feeling of camaraderie and being part of a team on the course.  

You will of course have to meet all of ES’ standards of professionalism and behaviour in order to teach. We have a high profile clientèle with high expectations. This teaching component of the course will allow you to gain crucial experience inside a busy snowsport school.  

You will also receive a quality ES Academy branded ski jacket as part of the course, as well as loan of the ES Black Diamond uniform for the weeks that you will be teaching for.  

And finally, you will be mentored through your own individual development and action plan. In addition to this, you will be surrounded by professional instructor who are pushing each other on and encouraging each other, many of whom have recently been through the ISIA exams. 


Dates and Prices

200 hours coaching, 2nd December – 26th April, Zermatt £ 2350  

165 hours coaching, 9th December – 12th April, Verbier £ 1950

200 hours coaching, 16th December – 12th April, Verbier £ 1950  

The Level 3 instructor (ISIA) training will run throughout the season, taking into consideration any exams trainees have booked onto for the winter. The training calendar is set, but is then re-evaluated and can be adapted as and when trainees book onto exams. Our trainers will recommend and will help you decide which exams to do and when, and will ensure that your training towards these exams is appropriate and maximized.  

This price includes all training, on and off the snow. It does not include your lift pass, travel, accommodation and insurance. Once you are a member of the team, you will be eligible for a reduced season lift pass and we will assist you in finding accommodation alongside our instructors.  


Coaches

  • Julian Griffiths ( Verbier ) ES Founder and Director BASI ISTD Swiss Snowsports Brevet Federale Former BASI Trainer (10 years)  
  • Hannah Bryans ( Zermatt ) ES Zermatt Director 
  • BASI Trainer BASI ISTD Swiss Snowsports Brevet Federale 
  • Sarah Norton ( Zermatt ) BASI ISTD
  • Ex FIS Athlete Swiss Snowsports Brevet Federale
  • Jamie Kagan ( Nendaz ) ES Nendaz Director CSIA and IASI Level 4 IASI Examiner Swiss Snowsports Brevet Federale

TO FULL CERT: TRAINING FOR CAREER INSTRUCTORS 

Level 4 Training

Season-long BASI Level 4 Ski Instructor Training Program Zermatt  

The ES Academy BASI ISTD program is a season-long training and development program, with the opportunity to also work for one of the largest, most established private snowsports schools in Europe. The ISTD is the highest level of qualification within the BASI system and holds an internationally recognised standard. The program is focused on preparing you for all the ISTD exams and building your experience as a ski instructor. The training is designed and delivered exclusively by BASI Trainers and experienced BASI ISTD’s. The minimum requirement to join this program is the BASI ISIA with a current license. In addition to this, you must be prepared to work hard in order to make the most out of the training.  

The training and development program will prepare candidates for all modules of the BASI Level 4 qualification. All candidates will be mentored through their own individual development and action plan. There are 10 elements to complete for the BASI Level 4 ISTD:  

  • 200 Hrs Teaching Experience Alpine level 4 ISTD Teaching Course (5 days) Alpine Level 4 ISTD Technical Course (5 days) Level 4 EMS Training Course (4 days) 6 Logged Days Touring Level 4 EMS Assessment Course (3 days) Euro Speed Test BASI Coaching Course (5 days) Written Project Interview  

With ES in Zermatt you are able to complete a number of the BASI Level 4 modules including the 200 hours teaching experience, the Alpine level 4 ISTD Teaching course, the Level 4 EMS Training Course and the 6 logged days of Touring. This allows you to save money on travel, lift passess and accommodation, whilst receiving high quality training in an awesome environment. If we believe you are ready for the Alpine Level 4 Technical Course held in Verbier in March, you will be able to book onto this and we will be able to help house you with instructors from ES Verbier.  

Moving from Level 3 towards Level 4 is hard work but very rewarding and it requires dedication to succeed at this level. Gaining your level 4 along with your ISIA card opens a lot of doors within the ski industry, not least the ability to work in France, but also you are able to convert to Swiss full certification equivalence where you will be in very high demand amongst Swiss ski schools, with very competitive hourly rates. With the expert tuition of ES’s experienced team of Trainers and Level 4 Instructors, your hard work will be channelled appropriately and will give you the best possible chances of success in your Level 4 exams. We have a fantastic team of talented instructors, pushing each other to progress and encouraging each other, and we see the ES Academy as a way to add selected instructors to our full-time team.  

What is Included:

• 200 hours Personal Performance Training exclusively with BASI Trainers and BASI ISTD Instructors • Formation week with ES Instructors – 5 days on snow formation week to integrate Trainees into the ski school • ES Academy branded ski jacket • Personal action planning and mentoring with your principal coach. • Race Training (GS) and Ski Tuning Clinics • EMS training with a highly experienced off-piste specialist • Level 4 EMS touring experience • Regular Video Analysis • Regular Off-snow fitness training • A paid job ski instructing this winter with ES (subject to interview)

Unlike other course providers, you do not have to travel elsewhere to seek employment. Our in-house training centre allows you to fully integrate with the team and teach alongside all of our instructors from Level 2s up to Trainers. You will be able to gain real teaching experience in a working ski school as you prepare for your exams.  

Work Opportunities 

Whilst we do not guarantee peak week work with us during your training season, we will offer you the opportunity to interview with us either before arrival or once you have arrived in resort. Upon successful interview, you will be able to teach with us over the Peak weeks, clocking up to 250 teaching hours over the winter. Teaching can range from between 4 – 10 weeks of work, depending on your schedule and our requirements. Combined with 200 hours of training, this is a full-on season that provides an excellent balance between working and training so that you are able to progress in your teaching skills and gain experience, as well as develop your technical skiing. 

The ES Academy provides you with a unique opportunity in Zermatt to train and work within the same ski school, so that you can earn money whilst you train. Working for ES is optional and we are also happy for instructors to join the ES Academy who would prefer not to teach and focus on exams only.  

ES is a highly professional and very well regarded school with top clients who come back year after year. We have a great team of talented instructors and see the Academy programme as the way to add selected instructors to our full time team. So it’s a foot in the door too which bodes well if you are looking for full time employment in the future.  

The aim of the ES Academy, from our perspective, is to produce a supply of high quality instructors to be part of the team from the beginning of the season. That is why the courses starts with the ES Instructor formation week early in December. This training week takes place with the full team and it gives you the chance to get to know our team and become a part of the Zermatt community. The Academy instructors become a part of the ski school in every respect. There is a really strong feeling of camaraderie and being part of a team on the course.  

You will of course have to meet all of ES’ standards of professionalism and behaviour in order to teach. We have a high profile clientèle with high expectations. This teaching component of the course will allow you to gain crucial experience inside a busy snowsport school.  

You will also receive a quality ES Academy branded ski jacket as part of the course, as well as loan of the ES Black Diamond uniform for the weeks that you will be teaching for.  

And finally, you will be mentored through your own individual development and action plan. In addition to this, you will be surrounded by professional instructor who are pushing each other on and encouraging each other, many of whom have recently been through the ISIA exams. 


Dates and Prices

200 hours coaching, 2nd December – 26th April £ 2350  

The BASI Level 4 instructor (ISTD) training will run throughout the season, taking into consideration any exams trainees have booked onto for the winter. The training calendar is set, but is then re-evaluated and can be adapted as and when trainees book onto exams. Our trainers will recommend and will help you decide which exams to do and when, and will ensure that your training towards these exams is appropriate and maximized.  

This price includes all training, on and off the snow. It does not include your lift pass, travel, accommodation and insurance. Once you are a member of the team, you will be eligible for a reduced season lift pass and we will assist you in finding accommodation alongside our instructors.  


Coaches 

Hannah Bryans, BASI Trainer

Hannah Bryans has been teaching people to ski since graduating university in 2009. She completed her ISTD in early 2015, having gained thousands of hours worth of teaching experience along the way. She has been training instructors for a large numbr of years and is heading into her third season as a BASI Trainer. Traning and assessing instructors as part of the BASI Training body means Hannah knows exactly what it takes to get candidates to the level. She works hard to tailor her approach to match your learning style, whilst challenging you to ensure you get the most out of your training. 

Sarah Norton, BASI ISTD  

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PROVE IT. LEVEL 1 & 2

BEGIN

Our Level 1 and 2 ski instructor qualification program is perfect for those wishing to do a season in the Swiss Alps. Our program is popular with those looking to take a Gap year before or after university, those wanting to start a new career in ski instructing, people looking to take a career break or sabbatical, or simply those wanting professional training to improve their own skiing. With the highest quality coaching from our highly experienced team, students will be trained to reach the required standards and performance elements required to become a qualified instructor. This will include piste - performance, moguls, steeps, and varied off piste terrain. Candidates will also be taught how to demonstrate a clear learning progression from novice – intermediate skiers and most importantly, understand how to relay this information in a fun safe way to a new learner.


NENDAZ

Nendaz is situated in the heart of the 4 valleys with links to Verbier, La Tzoumaz, Thyon and Veysonnaz. Boasting some of the best free ride terrain and pistes in Europe the 4 valleys is set up perfectly to train as a Ski Instructor. A snow-sure resort from December to April, the mountain town of Nendaz sits at 1,400m, with pistes extending all the way to 3,330m at the famous Mont Fort. With the 4 Valleys area providing over 400km of piste all on one ski pass, it’s the perfect place for training. Famous for the free ride terrain, Nendaz and the 4 valleys are home to legendary off-piste runs, perfect for those wishing to improve their powder skiing and explore off the beaten track.  

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ACCOMODATION

Accommodation will be shared apartments situated in near the centre of the village on a self-catered basis. We feel learning the independent life of a ski instructor from the off set is an important part of the process. For this reason we feel it is better for the candidates to cook and look after themselves under the guidance of our in resort mentor. Where needed, students will be guided on where to shop, how to cook and what to eat to stay fit and healthy throughout the duration of the course. Once the course is paid for in full and accommodation arranged the student enters a contract with ES to respect and take care of the accommodation they are in. Weekly checks of the accommodation from the resort mentor will be made to ensure no miss treatment or damages occur. The students will pay for any damages to the accommodation. If you wish to arrange your own accommodation then a course only fee can be arranged, along with contacts from our in resort partners to find your own.  


WHAT IS INCLUDED?

• 10 weeks Personal Ski Development • IASI Level 1 Instructor Course – 6 Days • Emergency First Aid Course – 2 Days • Avalanche and Mountain Safety Training • Sport Psychology and Sports Science • Ski Biomechanics sessions • Professional Video Filming and Analysis • Core Strength Building and Ski Specific Physical Training • IASI Level 2 Instructor Training Course – 6 Days • Manuals & Course Material • Video Analysis at least 2 times a week • Ski Servicing and Maintenance Training • 24 hour support in resort • Career advice sessions • ES Gap hoody • team socials • Pro deals with our partner shop Premier Alpine Centre • Welcome drinks • Average 30 hours per week training 

What’s not included • Flights to and from Geneva Airport • Insurance for your time in Nendaz (including winter sports cover) • Food over the duration of the course • Ski Equipment including boots, skis and poles  

IASI (Irish Association of Snow Sports Instructors)

IASI (Irish Association of Snow Sports Instructors) ‘The Irish Association of Snowsports Instructors (IASI) aims to deliver a modern and dynamic educational pathway for aspiring instructors as well as already qualified instructors. IASI's strategy has been to act as a hub for our members pooling the best from the global instructional snowsports scene through building positive communication and relationships. Through this ongoing strategy IASI are able to continually shape their philosophies and technical and teaching models adapting to the needs of the snowsport instructional world and future snowsports.’ The IASI qualification pathway takes Instructors up to the highest level in the snowsports industry qualifying its members to ISIA card and ISTD (carte pro) standard. A fully licensed member of ISIA and IVSI and one of 12 nations part of the new European Delegated act for snow sport instructors, which came in to law at the end of May 2019.

Trainers: Jamie Kagan

Director of ES Nendaz, IASI level 4, CSIA level 4, Swiss Brevet Federal, BASI level 4 tech and teach. IASI Head of Education, IASI demo team member and coach. Jamie is a highly experienced educator and examiner. Having spent 11 years in Canada, qualifying as a level 4 in their system and becoming a CSIA examiner he moved back to Europe to work in Zermatt as technical director for ES. In this time he got his full equivalence in the Swiss system as well as passing his BASI level 4 tech and teach first time. He was then invited to join IASI and be part of the education team. After a few years in Zermatt Jamie moved to Nendaz to become Director of the ski school there. Jamie is a current educator and examiner for IASI up to level 4 standard as well as Head of Education for the association. He was also Demo team coach and a member of the Irish Interski team at the last Interski in Pamporova in 2019.  

Trainers: Dave Eaton

Dave has been teaching skiing for over 30 years all around the world from Europe, New Zealand, Germany and the USA finally settling in the Swiss Alps. Dave is a fully qualified PSIA (American) Instructor, Swiss Brevet Federal and holds his equivalence in IASI. Dave’s years of experience teaching around the world and learning from different systems has allowed him to gain a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion that he delivers in his sessions.  

 

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Course Content

Based on a 12 week gap course with 10 weeks of training to gain level 1 and 2 qualification. 70 hrs of shadowing will be required before the level 2 exam commences. 30hrs hours done Feb half term in Verbier or Nendaz and the rest over weekends and afternoons shadowing PM staff training and lessons. Week 1 – Commencing 06.01.19 5 full days working on general ski improvement, using the Core Skier Development and Video Analysis to aid in development. Total hrs 25 Week 2 – Commencing 13.01.19 5 full days working on teaching and understanding the Core Skier Development model, Basic Principles, teaching styles and performance analysis. How they relate to skill acquisition and teaching safely on the slopes. Total hrs 25 Week 3 – Commencing 20.01.19 5 half days working on refining CSD demos, shorts, longs and additional activities ready for exam. Shadowing in the afternoons. Total hrs 15 Week 4 – Commencing 27.01.19 Level 1 Exam Week 5 – Commencing 03.02.19 5 full days working on improving performance of CSD, shorts, longs, additional activities and bumps/variables. Video analysis sessions. Total 25hrs Week 6 – Commencing 10.02.19 2 day first aid course, 1 day off piste with a guide. Total 21hrs Week 7 – Commencing 17.02.19 Shadowing week Minimum 30hrs each Week 8 – Commencing 23.02.19 5 days working on bumps and variables in the 4 valleys, experiencing itinerary runs and improving performance in steeper terrain. Video analysis used. Total 25hrs Week 9 – Commencing 02.03.19 5 half days revisiting the teaching styles, basic principles and CSD. Peer to peer teaching practice. Shadowing in the afternoons. Total 25hrs Week 10 – Commencing 09.03.19 5 full days working on improving piste performance and additional activities. Total 25hrs Week 11 – Commencing 16.03.19 5 Half days, final preparations for exam, shadowing in the afternoons, Total 15hrs Week 12 - Commencing 23.03.19 Level 2 exam  

Be Your Best

Course Content

Before our training begins, you have the opportunity to book onto the BASI Coaching Course in Saas Fee or Nendaz and the ISTD Level 4 Teaching Course in Zermatt. Exam fees and all other associated costs are not included in our training program.  

Week 1

Ski School Formation Week: This training week takes place with the full team and it gives you the chance to get to know our team and become a part of the Zermatt and Verbier community. The Academy instructors become a part of the ski school in every respect. You will be expected to meet all of ES’ standards of professionalism and behaviour to teach. We have high profile clientele with high expectations.  

Here is a summary of what to expect this week: - Season opening party - Resort Orientation - Teaching training - Training on ES policies, procedures, products and partners  

Week 2

5 full days: Personal performance training. This is your first chance to train as the ES Academy, looking at all areas of the mountain including on piste long and short turns, variable snow (off-piste), bumps and steeps. You will begin to formulate and work on your action plan.  

Week 3  

Teaching for ES. This is the first week of teaching that is organised for you on the course (subject to interview). It is paid employment and will count towards the necessary hours required for the Level 4.  

Week 4  

Teaching for ES. This is the second week of teaching that is organised for you on the course and follows the same pattern as week 3.  

Week 5  

Teaching for ES. This is the third week of teaching that is organised for you on the course and follows the same pattern as week 3.  

Week 6  

Teaching for ES. This is the fourth week of teaching that is organised for you on the course and follows the same pattern as week 3.  

Week 7  

5 full days: Personal performance training. You will continue to work on your action plan and will be looking at all areas of the mountain, but the focus this week will be on piste performance and developmental/race drills with the view to move into GS Race Training in the following week.  

Week 8  

5 Full days: Race Training. This week you will be skiing gates as invaluable preparation for your Eurotest.  

Here is a summary of what to expect this week: - Giant Slalom race training with experienced coach - Video Analysis - Time in gates  

Week 9  

5 full days: Personal performance training. You will continue to work on your action plan and will be looking at all areas of the mountain including on piste long and short turns, variable snow (off-piste), bumps and steeps. If the conditions allow, this week you will spend time off-piste gathering experience for your EMS exams. If there is demand, we can arrange for an EMS Training course to be run in Zermatt.  

Week 10  

5 full days: Personal performance training. You will continue to work on your action plan and will be looking at all areas of the mountain including on piste long and short turns, variable snow (off-piste), bumps and steeps.  

Week 11  

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Week 14  

Week off to free ski  

Week 15  

5 Full days: Race Training. This week you will be skiing gates as invaluable preparation for your Eurotest.  

Here is a summary of what to expect this week: - Giant Slalom race training with experienced coach - Video Analysis - Time in gates  

Week 16  

5 full days: Personal performance training. You will continue to work on your action plan and will be looking at all areas of the mountain including on piste long and short turns, variable snow (off-piste), bumps and steeps. This week you will focus primarily on the following strands: on-piste long and short turns  

Week 17  

5 full days: Personal performance training. You will continue to work on your action plan and will be looking at all areas of the mountain including on piste long and short turns, variable snow (off-piste), bumps and steeps. This week you will focus primarily on the following strands: bumps and variables.  

Week 18  

BASI Level 4 Technical Course, Verbier. Course attendance is subject to readiness and availability, course fees not included.  

Week 19  

Teaching for ES. This is the eighth week of teaching that is organised for you on the course and follows the same pattern as others.  

Week 20 + 21  

We have some flexibility in the program to allow for training during these weeks in the run up towards the Hintertux exams starting from the 27th of April. If we feel that our trainees are ready for the exams, we will recommend they book and rearrange training to prepare them adequately.  

Be Your Best

Course Content

Before our training begins, you have the opportunity to book onto the BASI Coaching Course in Saas Fee or Nendaz and the Mountain Safety Exam in Zermatt. Exam fees and all other associated costs are not included in our training program.  

Week 1

Ski School Formation Week: This training week takes place with the full team and it gives you the chance to get to know our team and become a part of the Zermatt and Verbier community. The Academy instructors become a part of the ski school in every respect. You will be expected to meet all of ES’ standards of professionalism and behaviour to teach. We have high profile clientele with high expectations.  

Here is a summary of what to expect this week: - Season opening party - Resort Orientation - Teaching training - Training on ES policies, procedures, products and partners 

Week 2

5 full days: Personal performance training. This is your first chance to train as the ES Academy, looking at all areas of the mountain including on piste long and short turns, variable snow (off-piste), bumps and steeps. You will begin to formulate and work on your action plan. 

Week 3 

Teaching for ES. This is the first week of teaching that is organised for you on the course (subject to interview). It is paid employment and will count towards the necessary hours required for the Level 3. If there are no teaching hours this week you will be given the option to shadow some lessons being delivered by our full-time team.  

Week 4 

Teaching for ES. This is the second week of teaching that is organised for you on the course and follows the same pattern as week 3.  

Week 5 

Teaching for ES. This is the third week of teaching that is organised for you on the course and follows the same pattern as week 3.  

Week 6 

Teaching for ES. This is the fourth week of teaching that is organised for you on the course and follows the same pattern as week 3.  

Week 7 

5 Mornings: Second discipline training. One of the required modules for the Level 3 is to do a Level 1 in a second discipline. We usually do this in snowboarding, so this week you will be learning how to snowboard and preparing yourself for the Level 1. However, we do also offer taster sessions for those interested in Telemark or Adaptive.  

Week 8 

5 full days: Personal performance training. You will continue to work on your action plan and will be looking at all areas of the mountain, but the focus this week will be on piste performance and developmental/race drills.

Week 9 

5 full days: Personal performance training. You will continue to work on your action plan and will be looking at all areas of the mountain including on piste long and short turns, variable snow (off-piste), bumps and steeps. This will you will mostly focus on bumps and variable. If snow permits, you will spend full days off piste with a Mountain Guide.

Week 10 

5 full days: Personal performance training. You will continue to work on your action plan and will be looking at all areas of the mountain including on piste long and short turns, variable snow (off-piste), bumps and steeps. This week you will focus mainly on piste performance 

Week 11 

Teaching for ES. This is the fifth week of teaching that is organised for you on the course and follows the same pattern as week 3. 

Week 12 

Teaching for ES. This is the sixth week of teaching that is organised for you on the course and follows the same pattern as others. 

Week 13 

BASI Level 3 Technical Course, Verbier. Course attendance is subject to readiness and availability, course fees not included. 

Week 14 

Week off to free ski  

Week 15 

5 Full days: Race Training. This week you will be skiing gates as invaluable preparation for your Eurotest.  

Here is a summary of what to expect this week: - Giant Slalom race training with experienced coach - Video Analysis - Time in gates 

Week 16 

5 full days: Personal performance training. You will continue to work on your action plan and will be looking at all areas of the mountain including on piste long and short turns, variable snow (off-piste), bumps and steeps. This week you will focus primarily on the following strands: on-piste long and short turns 

Week 17 

5 full days: Personal performance training. You will continue to work on your action plan and will be looking at all areas of the mountain including on piste long and short turns, variable snow (off-piste), bumps and steeps. This week you will focus primarily on the following strands: bumps and variables. 

Week 18 

Teaching for ES. This is the seventh week of teaching that is organised for you on the course and follows the same pattern as others.  

Week 19 

Teaching for ES. This is the eighth week of teaching that is organised for you on the course and follows the same pattern as others.  

Week 20 + 21 

We have some flexibility in the program to allow for training during these weeks in the run up towards the Hintertux exams starting from the 27th of April. If we feel that our trainees are ready for the exams, we will recommend they book and rearrange training to prepare them adequately.  

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