10 weeks | From £8450 (without flights) | Starts December 2013 or January 2014

1st December – 8th February (Ski Courses Only)
5th January – 15th March (Ski and Snowboard Courses)

International Academy are teaming up with Altitude Ski and Snowboard School to offer ski and snowboard instructor courses with a difference in this world class European resort. Altitude is a large school offering clients a huge array of products such as private lessons, group lessons, performance coaching, GAP courses, race camps, ISIA training and Level 4 training.

The ski school has been running for over 10 years and the wealth of experience and passion is clear within all members of the team. Instructors come from many countries including England, France, Switzerland, Argentina, Italy and more. With their diversity and experience, you will benefit tremendously from people who are committed to giving you the best snowsports experience possible.

The GAP team have all been working for the ski school for many years and have the experience and knowledge to provide their clients with a 1st class course. Their dedication and hard work can be seen with the results that they have achieved over the last 10 years. This course will enable you to improve your skiing or riding skills to a higher level on all terrain, with the goal of attaining the BASI Level 1 and 2 instructor qualifications.

Our courses in Verbier are tailored for someone looking for a fun and unique gap year experience, a career break or simply a long deserved holiday. You must be able to ski or ride with confidence and control on intermediate/advanced terrain to undertake the course. 

what makes this programme so special?

Verbier is a great place to learn and a great place to work. There are opportunities to interview for roles within the ski school, and International Academy are happy to help.

the courses 

Altitude ski provides all our training with some of the best coaches in the business. Their proven track record as the premier GAP provider in Verbier means you can rest assured that your training and experience will be second to none.

With the highest pass rates in Verbier and a great reputation with BASI, we’re confident you will be successful at the end of the 10 weeks. Altitude is the largest British school in Verbier so your shadowing experience will be of great value and once the course has finished, job opportunities are available within the school for you to continue your experience.

This course also offers benefits such as Rossignol pro deals for your equipment, clothing, high quality accommodation and a great safety record. Don’t forget the Pub Mont Fort card giving you 50% off your wine and beer as well as a mentor to look after your pastoral care.

You also have a locker for the course based at the Medran lift station so that you don’t have to carry your skis whilst in your ski boots to and from the chalet each day. They’re heated too to dry them out and make them toasty ready for the morning!

The Altitude Team have some great credentials, meaning we can offer you a brilliant snow experience.

resort description

Part of the Four Valleys in Switzerland, Verbier is one of the most prestigious ski resorts in the world, located on a sunny plateau above the picturesque valley of “Val de Bagnes”. Verbier has a worldwide reputation for its huge skiing and snowboarding area, fantastic powder, and challenging off-piste terrain. More than 1 million visitors come to Verbier each year to ski, play golf or just enjoy the great mountain views.
From the gentle nursery slopes in town, you can progress to the blue runs at Savoleyres, Lac des Vaux or La Chaux. There is a great selection of red runs from Attelas and for the more adventurous skier there are endless possibilities of challenging off-piste terrain such as Stairway to Heaven, Mont Gele and Tortin.

verbier town

Verbier offers the very best in Alpine Charm, however, don’t be fooled into thinking this is a quiet town. The nightlife and après ski is truly difficult to beat. The fun starts at the 1936 bar on the mountain; this is a great place to relax in the sun after a hard day of skiing or snowboarding. The Farinet is located in the centre of town and is the venue for live bands and extreme après ski. This is a lively bar for those happy to dance the evening away in ski/board boots, but be warned you may be required to dance on the bar, or even perform a stage dive! In Verbier, you can expect to ski hard by day and party hard by night.

MAP Verbier-Village
10 weeks from 2nd December, skiing only. Breakfast and 2 course evening meals included 5 days a week £8450
10 weeks from 6th Jan, skiing or snowboarding. Breakfast and 2 course evening meals provided 5 days a week £8450

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more than just training!

There are many optional activities you can do in resort including Paragliding/Paraskiing, Snowshoeing, Tobogganing and more!

verbier extreme

Verbier is renowned for its extreme skiing competitions and hosts the famous, Swatch Xtreme Freeride Contest. Due to the extreme nature and difficulty of this event, only the very best riders are selected, including Altitude Snowboard Director Andre Sommer, to ride on the Bec des Rosses. The Swatch FWT Verbier Xtreme is an amazing freeride event which offers Verbier skiers the opportunity to witness firsthand some of the best skiers and riders performing in probably the most extreme Ski/Snowboard Competition in the World

getting to Verbier

Flights are not included in the prices. You can either book these independently or we can organise flights for you through our aviation department.

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chalet posets

A luxury chalet which is fantastically located.


chalet attelas

A lovely chalet with stunning views.


The entire trip blew my mind!
Lucinda Kosarski, 2011/12

On a Scale of 1 - 10 .... I would say 10! International academy did everything right from the start, from the transfer from the airport to the half term placement. The whole set up was spot on with incredible accommodation, food, training and communication. I would recommend IA to anyone who is thinking of doing this course. The best 12 weeks you will ever have!
Joe Boardman, 2011/12




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