Ski Instructor Training Course

The Complete Gap Year Ski Program including: Race Week, Bumps Week, Back Country Week, Ski School Week, Heli-Ski plus full BASI Instructor Training.

Love Skiing? Want to improve and become a Ski Instructor? From Red run to International Level 1 and Level 2 BASI Ski Instructor, our popular 11 week gap year ski program includes everything to get you started and have a wicked ski season in the French Alps.

Based in Portes Du Soleil - one of the largest ski areas in the world - we run the ultimate gap year ski season so you can experience the life of a Seasonaire. Become an approved BASI level 2 ski instructor, make friends for life while gaining invaluable experience from some of the best instructors in the business!


  • Full pre-departure briefing
  • Training overseen by BASI Alpine Director's world-class team
  • BASI Training plus specialist Bumps, Freestyle, Back Country, Ski School and Race weeks
  • Accommodation, meals, ski pass, softshell ski jacket and Boots/Ski hire option.
  • Exclusive Après ski including Husky driving and a Heli-Ski ride!

Course timeline

Week 1
Resort orientation and safety briefing. Walking tour of Morzine. Introduction to BASI fundamental elements, on piste technical ski coaching. First skiing on the slopes to build up your ski legs, first visit to the après night life.

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

Week 3
BASI level 1 exam and assessment.

Week 4: Ski School Week
Review of BASI level 1 report and personalised action planning for technical and teaching modules of BASI level 2. Ski School shadowing, learning from our instructors and working with real clients on the hill. Build your personal confidence as well as your teaching techniques.

Week 5: Bumps Week
Loosen up and ride the moguls! We specialise in how to read and ride the best route through bumps of differing sizes, what to look for and what to avoid!

Week 6: Race Week
Specialist week to learn how to handle speed, safety and maximise your speed through corners. You will also learn how to handle the start, different types of gates and much more. Who will be the fastest down our race course!

Week 7: Backcountry Week
You will learn important Avalanche Training and application of your First Aid Training. Get away from the crowds and explore the back country that the tourists miss out on.

Week 8: Review Week
This is it, your final week of teaching and technical preparation before two weeks of exams and assessments. Complete extra skills; get involved in actual lessons; your last chance to prepare before your assessment.

Week 9
BASI level 2 assessment. Externally assessed by highly qualified BASI Instructors.

Week 10
BASI level 2 assessment. Two weeks of additional learning and assessments. Successfully graduate and you will become an internationally qualified instructor.

Week 11
Rise up, see the mountains from the air and reach untouched snow. Your final activities include the valley rally and additional fun events and season ending après ski.

The course includes:

  • Typically, around 3 hours training each day (Monday to Friday), plus your own training plan.
  • Race, freestyle, moguls and off-piste training specialist weeks.
  • A free heli-ski day!
  • Exclusive Après ski events – ice skating, husky dog ride and more!
  • Exclusive in-resort discounts at shops and bars!
  • London briefing and free softshell ski jacket!
  • Airport pick up and transfers
  • Central accommodation, only 5 minutes walk to the main lift.
  • Full season ski pass for Morzine, part of Portes Du Soleil
  • Breakfast and two course dinner (with wine!) six days per week
  • All course materials and assessment fees
  • In-resort team leader
  • Additional training including: Ski First Aid, Child Protection Training and Avalanche Training.

Who Are My Instructors?

Your Ski training is provided by PDS Academy. PDS Academy is a BASI accredited partner and responsible for all the training and assessment that will lead to your BASI level 1 and 2 courses. PDS Academy will allocate your instructors suitable to the individual elements of the course as outlined above. PDS Academy Instructors are not only BASI Instructors, but have also represented GB at an international level.


James has been a member of two British Ski Teams, in both Alpine and Telemark racing. Since then he has become a BASI Trainer in both Telemark and Coaching delivering courses in the UK and abroad. As an active coach for the British children’s team James has a strong interest in the development of children’s skiing from grass route level up. James is a First Aid Trainer and runs courses for all instructors ranging from gap students to ski school directors.


Ben is a fully qualified BASI ISTD with experience working world wide. He has a passion for free ride skiing and is a brilliant instructor to take a lesson with if you’re looking to develop your skills off piste in Avoriaz, Morzine and Les Gets. Ben supervises your Bumps and Back-country weeks.

Ben has headed up instructor courses, been known to pull a backflip mid-race and is an inspirational skier to take your skiing to a new level with.

When qualified you’ll be able to teach all over the world with a highly respected qualification. The PDS Academy team comprises one of the most experienced and highly qualified groups of instructor trainers in the Alps, including BASI Trainers, GB Team Competitors and British Demo Team members – you will receive the best, cutting edge training available.

Why Gapforce?

To ensure you receive the best quality training, your course is personally supervised by BASI Director of Alpine Skiing. Unique to Gapforce, we aim to give you the ability to pass both Level 1 and Level 2 with 100% instructors pass rate to-date utilising the latest and most up-to-date ski techniques.

Before you go, you will be supported by your own online account. Your account provides details of your courses, kit, how to prepare and what to expect. You will also join our current team’s private Facebook group (a great opportunity to meet other team members before your fly, discuss any concerns and organise meet ups).

What Level Should I Be To 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! Our program gives you time to learn, time to develop your skills and the opportunity to pass not one but two Ski Instructor Levels!


Portes Du Soleil is one of the largest ski areas in the world. Portes Du Soleil includes 2 countries, 13 resorts in 14 valleys, and we are centrally located in Morzine, the largest town of the Portes Du Soleil ski area.

Your accommodation is centrally based in Morzine. Morzine is one of the closest quality ski resorts to Geneva airport, giving you the maximum time on the slopes.

Morzine is a traditional skiing village, with a great range of bars and restaurants, as well as extras like an ice rink and cinema. We selected Morzine for the massive ski area of the Portes Du Soleil combined with a rich variety of nightlife - so you enjoy your time both on and off the slopes.


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 Morzine, 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?

Gapforce specialise in Gap Year Programs. With over 20 years experience we know you want to be part of a similar aged Gap years Team. You are there to learn to be the best, but you also want to make lifelong friends. From the thrills and spills of the slopes to the weekly après activities, you will all go through an amazing learning expanse which will create a lifelong bond, make your Gapforce ski program the trip of your life time.

We arrange great après ski nights, unique club nights, enjoy ski extensions like our welcome Ice skating event and our amazing husky dog ride, and have a wicked time on the Heli-Ski day! Rather than being a visiting tourist you will become part of the ski resort scene.

Based in one of the highest and most extensive ski areas in the Alps 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.


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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  • Duration: 11 weeks
  • Departures: January

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