Train in Val d’Isere and Tignes to Become a Ski Instructor
Is there any bigger buzz than perfecting the art of skiing and putting your skills to good use on the world’s toughest runs? Indeed there is – helping others to find their feet, spread their wings and take to the slopes in the French Alps as competent newcomers. Roughly translated, there’s nothing in the world quite as rewarding as teaching others to do what you yourself are crazy about – in this case, skiing.
Of course, while millions the world over would probably like nothing in the world more than to get paid for something they love to do, the overwhelming majority never realistically look into how to make the transition from skier to teacher. However, for those intent on doing exactly that, one of the very best places in the world to learn the ropes is currently being touted as Espace Killy.
There might be thousands of resorts the world over, but Espace Killy is a force unto its own. This enormous area at the heart of the French Alps comprises Val d’Isere and Tignes has become a hotbed for those looking to become fully qualified instructors. The region is now home to an enormous contingency of BASI teachers and examiners, along with members of the British Demo Team. More than 300 km of the finest slopes make Val d’Isere and Tignes a contender for the finest ski resort in the world and the perfect place to gain a globally recognised qualification in ski tuition.
The courses on offer in Val d’Isere and Tignes are essentially designed to serve as step-one on an exciting new career path. A carefully balanced mix of practical training, coaching, theory and aftercare is offered with the ultimate goal of building a fully-competent ski instructor. And of course, being in such a world-class ski-mecca it certainly isn’t all about hard work, as the area also happens to boast arguable the best après-ski and nightlife to be found anywhere in the French Alps.
With regard to existing skills and experience, instructors in Val d’Isere and Tignes advise interested parties not to worry about having non-professional abilities when applying, but rather a good overall level of competence and the ability to tackle red runs with relative ease. They also advise that the applicant should be able to demonstrate complete and total control when off the piste, while also having perfected the basic rules of safety. Generally speaking, they suggest that at least 10 weeks of skiing experience can be used as a rough guide, but also advise that spending a fortnight or so on the slopes before the first day of the course can be of huge benefit.
Most organisations running the courses and training camps will be more than willing to assist in accommodation and transport bookings – some will go one step further and build a complete, tailored package. If interested, the best advice is to check out the courses and packages being offered online and make contact with the chosen service, before places start to fill as the season moves forward.
Sharing the gift of skiing – the buzz is on a whole new level!