BASI Instructor Training

Passed! Posted by Len at 26 Sep 2006 06:00 PM
I passed the instructor training, so I'm now a ski instructor... 7 of our group of 8 passed, only Jo needs to do some more work to improve her skiing a little before doing a technical resit some time in...


Instructor: Day 10 Posted by Len at 26 Sep 2006 05:54 PM
Today was the final day of the Instructor training course. We woke to find that it was raining heavily at lake level and when we arrived at the lifts there was snow on the ground at the base. We took...


Instructor: Day 9 Posted by Len at 25 Sep 2006 11:58 PM
We began the day with two short lessons from Katie and Neil. Katie's was to demonstrate more 'presence' during her teaching and Neil's was to show more active analysis and corrective advice. We started at the top of the triple...


Instructor: Day 8 Posted by Len at 24 Sep 2006 11:05 PM
Today was similar to yesterday, 20 minute individual teaching sessions in the morning and bumps in the afternoon. We were all pretty subdued today, mostly due to the stress and worry of the teaching sessions. Once again these nerves didn't...


Instructor: Day 7 Posted by Len at 23 Sep 2006 10:43 PM
Today was our first solo teaching session. We were each given an element of the Central Theme to teach in a lesson lasting 20 minutes. Julian and two other members of the group observed each lesson and the rest of...


Instructor: Day 6 Posted by Len at 22 Sep 2006 10:36 PM
The rain had been falling as snow on the mountain and there was even a little snow at the Catedral base. After waiting for a while for the gondola to open and then being told that it would be another...


Instructor: Day 5 Posted by Len at 19 Sep 2006 10:04 PM
Today was the last day of the first block of 5 days of the Instructor training course. All of the groups skied together for some part of the day as this allowed the three trainers to 'compare notes' and ensures...


Instructor: Day 4 Posted by Len at 18 Sep 2006 09:48 PM
Today we mostly worked on our piste performance along with some slightly steeper off piste stuff in the afternoon from the new detatchable quad which opened today. The picture below of a Condor circling on the thermals above the top...


Instructor: Day 3 Posted by Len at 17 Sep 2006 09:40 PM
Today we moved on to activities beyond The Central Theme; BASI has five strands of progression for people once they're doing parallel turns correctly, these are: Piste, Steeps, Bumps, Variable (all kinds of off-piste conditions) and Freestyle. The plan for...


Instructor: Day 2 Posted by Len at 16 Sep 2006 08:59 PM
As with yesterday, today was similar to day 2 of our Trainee Instructor program only more detailed. We started with a warm up run under the triple chair at the top of the gondola; the snow was great and we...


Instructor: Day 1 Posted by Len at 15 Sep 2006 10:23 PM
Today was the first day of our BASI Instructor training program. This consists of two sets of 5 days continuous assessment. The first five days focus on the technical skiing aspects and the second five days shift the focus slightly...


The numbers Posted by Len at 5 Sep 2006 07:30 PM
I got my "numbers" this evening. The way the BASI ratings work is that each skill (piste short turns, piste carving, central theme, etc) gets a rating based on how well you can perform it. The ratings are from 1...


Trainee Instructor: Day 5 Posted by Len at 3 Sep 2006 05:32 PM
Today was a glorious day, sunshine, perfect snow and no wind. We started the day with some runs under the three man chair above the gondola. We worked on elements of the Central Theme, first our basic parallel, and then...


Trainee Instructor: Day 4 Posted by Len at 2 Sep 2006 08:27 PM
Today we focused on short to medium radius turns on piste, with a few bumps on the way home. We started with a couple of warm up runs under the quad chair. Sorry for the lack of pictures recently, I've...


Trainee Instructor: Day 3 Posted by Len at 1 Sep 2006 08:10 PM
Today we ran the lessons that we prepared last night. These went well and we got lots of good feedback. Overall the lessons were fun to deliver and none of us really had any serious problems. Chris and I had...


Trainee Instructor: Day 2 Posted by Len at 31 Aug 2006 08:05 PM
Today we covered the "Central Theme" this is the basic BASI technical framework that is designed to guide skiers in the use of the Fundamental Elements that we learnt about yesterday to move people from total beginners to being able...


Trainee Instructor: Day 1 Posted by Len at 30 Aug 2006 09:38 PM
Today was day 1 of our trainee instructor program. We worked on the "Fundamental Elements" of skiing; or at least what BASI believe to be the fundamental elements. We started the morning with a warm up and then began working...


BASI Trainer is here Posted by Len at 29 Aug 2006 09:55 PM
Our group's BASI trainer has arrived, Julian Griffiths who is head of European Snowsport (ES) of Verbier. This evening we had a chat about what the training will entail and we start work on the Trainee Instructor training programme tomorrow....