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Ski instructor course in Tignes in October launches as industry ponders future EU workers rights: It's still the best job out there.

Get BASI (British Association of Snowsports Instructors) qualified before the season starts and spend the winter elsewhere.

That's the message from Snoworks that is a partner of PlanetSKI.

But what about Brexit?

How does it affect the chances of working abroad as a ski instructor?

BASI CEO, Andrew Lockerbie, comments on these questions that come to mind:

"BASI is in discussions with our European counterparts to ensure the recognition of our qualifications within EU countries, once Brexit has been completed.

In France for example, instructors with the relevant BASI qualifications have to apply for a Carte Professional, essentially a work permit, and this will remain the same following Britain's departure from the EU.

 We are very confident that our qualifications will be recognised across the Alpine nations within the EU and we are also asking the British government to ensure workers rights are secured too."

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Snoworks has launched its Level 2 BASI instructor courses in Tignes.

Director of Snoworks GAP courses, Lee Townend, also comments on the situation:

The big question mark for everyone right now is Brexit

...this has no effect on our GAP instructors, as most of them choose to work in Switzerland or Japan anyway.

[Many] then go onto Australia and New Zealand in the off-season where the BASI qualifications are valid.

BASI are committed to ensuring the working rights of members in EU countries post Brexit and we are confident that our qualifications will be valid once the 'pull-out' has been completed.


The 8-week Snoworks GAP course:


Commences on October 21, 2017 and finishes December 16, 2017 in Tignes, France.

The qualification is valid for working in ski schools in countries such as Austria, Switzerland and Japan when employed locally.

It allows those that qualify to teach beginners and intermediate skiers on marked runs.

Price: £7,750

The course fee includes:
  • 8 weeks full training
  • half-board accommodation in the Mark Warner Aiguille Percee Hotel Tignes (6 weeks) and The Tignes Chalet Company (2 weeks)
  • airport transfers
  • ski pass
  • BASI exams
  • first aid course
  • CRB check
Not included: Flights, insurance, lunch

Ania Gordon went through the Snoworks GAP course in 2016 and worked last winter in Japan:

I knew that my gap year would be an ideal time to turn my passion for skiing into a useful and rewarding qualification I could use for the rest of my life.

I decided to start looking for work in Japan as I wanted to teach somewhere with an entirely new culture.

Snoworks GAP put me in touch with Gondola Snowsports Niseko and they accepted three of us, convinced that the course would prepare us to start teaching the day we arrived.


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