Train and Work in the Swiss Alps

OnTheMountain Pro (training division of Neige Aventure) is proud to introduce two brand new courses that offer a unique combination of opportunities that will allow you to train, learn about teaching methodology, be in the best position to pass your BASI course and to obtain work / work shadowing. 

Whether you’re looking to take a productive gap year experience or have a break from your career, our OnTheMountain Pro Instructor Courses are tailored to all ages and our new TWSA programmes are a superb ski/snowboard instructor training course that offer phenomenal “bang-for-buck” value by allowing you to train, work, stay and ride the phenomenal 4 Vallées (including Verbier!) in the Swiss Alps for the entire winter season!

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The courses :

What are these courses all about ?

  • Structured training programme for 5 months (from December until April)*subject to programme option.
  • Work as a ski or snowboard instructor and train towards internationally recognised BASI (British Association of Snowsport Instructors) instructor qualifications.
  • Within the heart of the 4 Valleys ski region in Switzerland
  • Opportunity to learn French, German, Dutch and Russian as well as various teaching techniques and styles.

What you will get from it ?

  • Customer service and team skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Teaching and technical skills
  • Language skills
  • Business skills
  • Solid career pathway to returning instructors year on year

 

FREE LIST PASS AND ACCOMMODATION UNTIL THE END OF THE SEASON + FREE SKI OR SNOWBOARD EQUIPMENT (depending on option selected) 

Check out our 'Bang for Buck' Value!

Take a look at our new video from last year’s training programme:

 

Foundation Train & Work in the Swiss Alps (FTWSA) - SKI or SNOWBOARD

Course Timetable:

 What?

 When?

 Arrival in Nendaz

 Beginning of December

 Personal Performance Coaching & Teaching Methodology  Training

 2 weeks before Xmas high season  weeks

 Neige Aventure Work/Work Shadowing Window

 Xmas & New Year periods

 

FTWSA Course Content - SKI or SNOWBOARD:

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WEEK 1 - Personal performance & Teaching training

Learn basic and higher performance techniques and BASI teaching methodology preparation for the BTWSA course. On snow coaching and classroom theory classes with video analysis.

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WEEK 2 - Teaching methodology training

Focus on how to ski/snowboard safely, lesson planning and delivery, conducting & reviewing a teaching session session, client care and accident & emergency procedures. Includes mock teaching assessment on the last day.

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WEEKS 3 & 4 - Work/work shadowing

Work/work shadow at Neige Aventure ski school during the Christmas and New Year periods as a ski and/or snowboard instructor.

 

BASI Train & Work In the Swiss Alps (BTWSA) - SKI

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OnTheMountain Pro’s BTWSA course offers high quality BASI training with a BASI instructor coupled with the opportunity for trainees to get work/work shadow with Neige Aventure after the training (subject to eligibility) with FREE pass and accommodation until the end of the season (subject to conditions).

The excellence of world recognised BASI training taught in English with Neige Aventure will be valued and impressive to future employers all over the world and is thus an attractive proposal to people of various ages, backgrounds and nationalities.


Ski Instructor Course Timetable:

 What?

 When?

 Arrival in Nendaz

 Beginning of January

 On-Piste Ski & Classroom Programme & BASI  Exams 

 Early January - Mid  March

 Neige Aventure Work/Work Shadowing/Chill Out Window

 Mid March - Mid  April

 

BTWSA Course Content - SKI :

The course has been carefully designed and tailored to meet your needs...

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Week 1 - Training for BASI Level 1 EXAM

Includes personal performance training for short and long turns, steeper slopes and variable terrain as well as on piste and classroom analysis of BASI Central Theme progression.

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Week 2 - BASI Level 1 EXAM

Improve personal performance, plan lessons, conduct & evaluate teaching sessions as well as accident & emergency handling procedures.

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Week 3 - Avalanche and Mountain Safety Training

Includes avalanche awareness, transceiver training, snowpack analysis and general mountain safety. This week will also include some freeriding (subject to conditions) and avalanche theory classes.

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Week 4 - Training for BASI Level 2 exam 

Personal performance training for short and long turns, steeper slopes, bumps and variable terrain as well as on piste and classroom analysis of BASI Central Theme progression. Includes Ski Resort Business Seminars and ‘by instructors for instructors’ French Tuition.

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Weeks 5 to 8 - Work/Work Shadowing + Training

Shadow well experienced instructors in the mornings and then have personal performance clinics in the afternoons with on piste and classroom video technical analysis plus french tuition by instructors for instructors.

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Weeks 9 & 10 - BASI Level 2 EXAM

10 days of continuous assessment demonstrating knowledge, ability and understanding to safely teach alpine skiing on a marked, ski-patrolled area to the required level.

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Weeks 11 to 14 - Work/work shadowing

Work/work shadow at Neige Aventure ski school during Spring/Easter periods and enjoy an end of season chill out with friends and colleagues!

BASI Train & Work in the Swiss Alps (BTWSA) - SNOWBOARD

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OnTheMountain Pro’s BTWSA course offers high quality BASI training with a BASI instructor coupled with the opportunity for trainees to get work/work shadow with Neige Aventure after the training (subject to eligibility) with FREE accommodation until the end of the season (subject to conditions).

The excellence of world recognised BASI training taught in English coupled with the opportunity to get valuable work/work shadow experience with Neige Aventure in the Swiss Alps will be valued and impressive to future employers all over the world and is thus an attractive proposal to people of various ages, backgrounds and nationalities.

Snowboard Instructor Course Timetable:

 What?

 When?

 Arrival in Nendaz

 Beginning of January

 On-Piste Snowboard & Classroom Programme & BASI  Exams 

 Early January - Mid March 

 Neige Aventure Work/Work Shadowing/Chill Out Window

 Mid March - Mid April

 

BTWSA Course Content - SNOWBOARD :

The course has been carefully designed and tailored to meet your needs...

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Week 1 - Training for BASI Level 1 EXAM

Personal performance training on different types of terrain, understanding of core BASI concepts, including technical ability, demonstrations and teaching skills as well as on piste and classroom analysis of the BASI Central Theme progression.

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Week 2 - BASI Level 1 EXAM

You will be trained and assessed on core concepts within snowboard teaching specifically for beginner and early intermediate snowboarders, personal technical performance as well as accident & emergency procedures.

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Week 3 - Avalanche and Mountain Safety Training

Ride with a mountain guide, finding secret powder stashes! It includes avalanche awareness, transceiver training, snowpack analysis and general mountain safety. This week will also include some freeriding (subject to conditions) and avalanche theory seminars.

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Week 4 - Training for BASI Level 2 exam 

Personal performance training for short and long turns, steeper slopes, bumps and variable terrain as well as on piste and classroom analysis of BASI Central Theme progression. Includes Ski Resort Business Seminars and ‘by instructors for instructors’ French Tuition.

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Weeks 5 to 8 - Work/Work Shadowing + Training

Shadow well experienced instructors in the mornings and then have personal performance clinics in the afternoons with on piste and classroom video technical analysis plus french tuition by instructors for instructors.

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Weeks 9 & 10 - BASI Level 2 EXAM

10 days of continuous assessment demonstrating knowledge, ability and understanding to safely teach alpine skiing on a marked, ski-patrolled area to the required level.

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Weeks 11 to 14 - Work/work shadowing

Work/work shadow at Neige Aventure Snowboard school during Spring/Easter periods and enjoy an end of season chill out with friends and colleagues!

 

 

Why Choose OnThe Mountain Pro?

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A professional and recognized training course

We have been running BASI (British Association of Snowsport Instructors) ski and snowboard courses for over 15 years and which is committed to delivering exceptional training, exciting, safe and enjoyable skiing/snowboarding with a first class service.

Free lift pass and accommodation until the end of the season (depending on option selected) - see 'Bang for Buck' Value!

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Breadth & depth of our training

Over 300 hours of on-piste training and 50 hours in the classroom, including specialist environmental and safety awareness, ski resort business seminars and French language tuition.

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Best of both worlds

Naturally the focus will be on BASI training, but there's an open-minded international approach to instructor training gaining advice and tips from other snowsports accredited organisations where appropriate. We believe this will allow you to become a more rounded and better equipped instructor.

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Mountain awareness

Alongside the instructor training you will learn about environmental and safety awareness, taught by official Mountain Guides.

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Fun, friendliness & even more fun

Life is for living, and whilst we have some serious goals to achieve, we strongly believe that training and learning should be enjoyable. You'll be welcomed into our family, you'll meet people who will become friends for life, and we'll do our best to make sure every aspect of your time with us is outstanding!


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BASI course provider since 1998

Our long established relationship and experience in running BASI training courses means that we have a proven track record of success with an excellent course pass rate.

This means that when you book the TWSA with OnTheMountain Pro, you can rest assured that the course is of the highest quality standards and has been given the BASI Official Partner seal of approval.

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Special deals - Sports and Tech shops

20% discount on all the top brands for technical and leisure gear, including the Eyezone.


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More than just a ski school

Neige Aventure has many branches to its business and you will be welcomed into the large team of staff. And we strive to be a business leader in environmental and safety awareness, proactively developing and promoting new ideas and teaching tools within the industry.

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Learn how to run a business in a ski resort

The founder of Neige Aventure along with a Swiss Tourism School will give you new insights through tutorials on identifying and developing business opportunities within the wintersports tourism industry.

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The resort

Put quite simply, Nendaz is one of the best kept secrets in the Alps and is a relaxed, friendly place in the heart of the 4 Vallees, one of the largest and most varied ski regions in the world.


 

'Bang for Buck' Value!

Depending on the course and option you decide to take, below is a list of what is included within the overall price of the courses:

  • Accommodation (including all bills and utilities) throughout the entire season (even after the training course has finished)
  • A full 4 Vallées winter ski pass (for the entire season) - 400km of pistes
  • Full evening meal plans
  • Avalanche safety training and off-piste guiding/free-riding
  • French language tuition (and other European languages if requested)
  • Safety and first aid course
  • BASI course and assessment for Levels 1 and 2 certifications (programme dependent)
  • BASI membership and all BASI exam fees
  • OTM Pro Fore-Tex snowsports uniform
  • Race training (for skiers) and freestyle coaching (for snowboarders)
  • Off piste coaching
  • Business Seminars
  • BASI course mentor 7/7
  • Free wifi access
  • Airport transfer costs
  • Free skis and fitted boots (for yours to keep even after the course and the season)
  • Equipment tuning clinics
  • Video coaching
  • £450 GBP discount on the overall cost of the course

Don't miss out our great Early Bird Discount which ends on 31st August!

If you want your accommodation to be extended for FREE right until to the end of the season, get a discount of £450 GBP (Option dependent), as well as all free ski or snowboard equipment (skis, boards, fitted boots to keep!) get booking NOW!

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Testimonials

Check out the videos of our instructors's feedbacks about the course and the details around it.

 

 

Testimonials from some of our former OTM Pro Trainees:

Why BASI Gap Course?

  • I live in Sydney Australia and hear about the BASI system. It was a great thing to do to set me up for a career as a ski instructor. BASI 1 & 2 definitely fitted what I wanted to do. (Sam Hunt)

Training with OnTheMountain Pro

  • The training was excellent as we had regular technical input from 4 of the top full-cert instructors in the ski school. (Charlie M)
  • It made for a very rewarding experience, developing various life skills and providing expert support & encouragement heading into the BASI teaching examinations. (Sam Hunt)
  • The BASI course itself was a great experience, with superb training. The weeks of shadowing were also invaluable, as I was able to join various ski instructors and see exactly what goes on during lessons - the good and the bad! Ongoing training is also provided during this time, from a BASI qualified instructor who also acts as a kind of mentor. This was great because I had a main point reference and support. (Lucy O)

Working at Neige Aventure…

  • I enjoyed the sense of being included as part of the team in the ski school. (Charlie M)
  • The shadowing was also very beneficial as we could observe and participate in classes of all levels form very young kids to high end adult classes and we were even given the opportunity to teach for a little while during some of the lessons. (Charlie M)
  • The school has featured on Swiss television and newspapers because of its innovative approach to teaching. (Chris V)
  • Especially for the BASI exams, it is really great to get the expereicne to work in a natural environment where you’re really teaching beginners. You get a good experience with highly qualified instructors that have been through the same process. You get a different view of different types of people you can teach and what’s involved and a really good taste for what it’s like being a skiing a instructor. (Sam H.)

Why Nendaz?

  • You may not have heard of Nendaz. The neighbouring resort of Verbier is a more familiar destination for UK tourists but in fact all the best skiing in the 4 Valleys is in the Nendaz commune so Nendaz actually has some of the best skiing on and off piste in Europe. It’s awesome and it’s much less crowded than the Verbier area so it doesn’t get tracked out in a morning. Nendaz itself is a smallish resort which means you will become a part of the community quickly and get invited to everything so you end up really feeling you belong. Neige Aventure is a very international ski school with instructors from Europe, Latin America and Australia. (Chris V)
  • The social life was really good and I particularly enjoyed the many party nights in the Cactus Bar and the Sunday night jam session at the Canadian Bar. Nendaz was a great place to do the course as it had a very relaxed and open atmosphere. It was very easy to get to know people and to be involved in whatever was going on. Everything was centrally located including our accommodation and the restaurant where we ate every night which made life very easy. (Charlie M)
  • The best part though was the skiing with plenty of snow and sunshine and easy access to a wide variety of high quality terrain that made it perfect for training. All in all I had a great time. (Charlie M)
  • I chose Nendaz because I  was attracted by the opportunity to improve my French and by the possibility of finding work with Neige Aventure. I wasn’t disappointed as Nendaz is a small resort where it’s easy to get to know people, but with access to the vast 4 Vallées ski area. (Lucy O)
  • The accommodation was really nice, as were the meals provided at the Cantina restaurant every night. Below the restaurant is the Cactus bar, where most of the social life takes place, so we were always in the right place to enjoy a few drinks after a long day on the slopes. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the course in Nendaz, even if it’s just to improve your skiing, meet new people and enjoy new experiences. (Lucy O)

Career at Neige Aventure?

  • I did my gap course here in 2012 and have worked at Neige Aventure each season since then. 3 people from my course have been working here in Nendaz with me since then. Can’t think of a better recommendation. (Chris V)

 

Bookings

 Click below to access our brand new brochure

 

  1. Choose the course and options you want;
  2. Fill in all the information on the booking form enclosed on pages 24-28;
  3. Sign the form;
  4. Scan the form as a PDF; and
  5. Email it to team@onthemountain.ch

 

More Info?

If you have any questions/queries, please do get in touch with our Training Programme specialists:

Rich Wright (UK representative) - Nina Briot (Benelux representative)

Please call them direct on +41 27 288 31 31

Or by email : team@onthemountain.ch

Download TWSA Brochure 16/17

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