The Best Gap Year Ski Instructor Training Course in the Alps with a free Heli Ski!

Learn from the most experienced instructors in the Alps; gain your BASI Level 2 instructing qualification and live the epic life of a ski instructor!

Based in the highest part of Tignes, the Mecca of European snowsports. Experience the life of a Seasonaire, make friends for life while gaining invaluable experience from some of the best instructors in the business!

Duration: 11 weeks Prices from: £8300Departures: January


  • Quality coaching from BASI ISTD Level 4 Instructors
  • Live in one of the liveliest resorts in Europe
  • Centrally located accommodation, 5 mins from the main ski lift
  • Be part of a group and make new friends for life
  • Heli Ski experience!

Course timeline

Week 1
Resort orientation, introduction to BASI fundamental elements, on piste technical ski coaching.

Weekend 1
2 day outdoor first aid training and certification.

Week 2
Introduction to BASI teaching models, teach training, delivery of beginner scenario lessons.

Week 3
BASI level 1 assessment.

Week 4
Review of BASI level 1 report and personalized action planning for technical and teaching modules of BASI level 2.

Week 5
Ski School shadowing week, learning from our Instructors working with clients on the hill.

Week 6
Review and delivery of lessons shadowed, Teach and technical coaching. Off snow workshop on Snow and Avalanche saftey and use of off piste equipment.

Week 7
Off piste, Race and Freestyle coaching as well as continued technical progression.

Week 8
Final week of teach and technical preparation before assessment weeks.

Week 9
BASI level 2 assessment.

Week 10
BASI level 2 assessment.

Week 11
Helisking, valley rally and other end of course fun events.

The course includes:

  • 252 Hours of Gapski training and assessment to reach a BASI level 2 Ski Instructor qualification!
  • Race, freestyle, moguls and off-piste training, plus ski tuning!
  • A free heli ski day!
  • Exclusive Aprés ski events!
  • Exclusive in-resort discounts at shops and bars!
  • London briefing and free ski jacket!
  • Airport pick up and transfers
  • Central accommodation, only 5 minutes walk to the main lift.
  • Full season ski pass for the full Espace Killy range - one of the largest ski areas in France!
  • Breakfast and dinner five times per week
  • All course materials and assessment fees
  • In resort GapForce leader!
  • Give yourself an incredible season - Call for details!

Who are Gapski?

Gapski are a BASI accredited partner and responsible for all the training and assessment that will lead to your BASI level 1 and 2 courses. When qualified you’ll be able to teach all over the world with a highly respected qualification. The Gapski team comprises one of the most experienced and highly qualified groups of instructor trainers in the Alps, including BASI Trainers, Canadian Race Coaches and British Demo Team members – you will receive the best, cutting edge training available.

Why GapForce?

GapForce will ensure you receive the best possible experience during your ski instructor course! We will run your London pre-departure session to fully prepare you before starting your training. Your GapForce leader will meet you in resort or at your arrival airport to ensure you get settled right away. We will provide all accommodation, ski pass, meals as listed, as well as your exciting aprés events!

Can I Join?

You should be able to comfortably link turns on European red runs. If you aren't sure please call us to have a chat!


The accommodation in Tignes is based in Val Claret and Le Lavachet. These apartments are located a 3 minute walk from the central bus station and a 5 minute walk from the primary ski lifts. Furthermore, they are in prime location for local bars, supermarkets and restaurants. Capacities of the apartments are based on 4-10 sharing. The flats come with a secure ski room where lockers will be allocated to each room so you can store your skis overnight.


During the 11 week Instructor course, meals will be available 5 days a week. GapForce will provide basic (ski) breakfasts and evening meals. These meals will be located in a variety of restaurants and eateries in Tignes, combined with some evenings of home delivery! We have sourced a variety of restaurants so you don't get the same thing week in week out!

Who Will I Be With?

A key part of any ski season is making new friends. Typically the minimum group size is 10 people. As well as the Gapski team running training on the hill, you'll have a designated GapForce leader, who will provide your arrival briefing and introduce you to the rest of the team.

We arrange great apres ski nights, enjoy the Brits snow championships, and have a wicked time on the Heli Ski day!

Based in one of the highest and most extensive ski areas in the Alps - the Espace Killy range, ensures great snow all season long! - call us now, join the best gap year ski program around - don't miss out!

Receiving support and having fun

I received a lot of help from our leader, helping me in some extra activities such as: making and improving my CV, searching and applying to universities and writing my personal statement. I also received a lot of support when bad news from home. So I'm very satisfied with the support of the program's staff. I really enjoyed when instructors took us off-piste and through the forests.

Belen, uk

Amazing Gap Experience

This experience has been so radical! Between all of the amazing skiing on and off piste with our outstanding instructors Joe and Gav and all of the fun we had together as a group, these have been some of the best months of my life. We skied in some of the best snow I've ever seen, eaten way to many of TC's burgers and had so much fun at The Underground Bar and Jacks the discotheque. Sev, our course mom, was so amazing and so helpful! A few of us ended up staying out here for a few weeks after the course and Sev has helped us through everything. Planning trips after this, kidney stones and just in general being your mom when you don't have one here. There were 4 girls and 5 guys in the group. The boys and one of the girls were all from England, then there was one German girl and two American girls. We all got on astonishingly well, with usual spots of drama of course. I have so many new skills, friends for life and a city I will never stop wanting to visit! Please feel free to ask me any questions about the program!


Tignes 2016

My season in Tignes has been one of my most life changing experiences yet. I feel so grateful to have met people that I no doubt will stay connected to for the rest of my life. Not only has the program changed my skiing, but changed my goals and opened me up to so many experiences I would never have thought possible. I am so filled with love and gratitude for everyone and everything this experience has brought to my life. Tignes' beauty is unmatched, similar to the adventure you will gain through this course.


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