Zermatt Ski Gap/Career Break in Winter – Become a Ski Instructor
There are some experiences that count more than others, because they give you the chance to learn, put yourself in discussion and explore new horizons. Ultimately, those experiences make memories that will stay with you and will become part of who you are.
If you have never lived in the mountains for a full winter then here is an opportunity for a great experience. An opportunity to do something new, something different and learn along the way. Learn about the mountains, the skiing, the teaching. Getting in touch with new people, making friends from across the world. Creating adventures.
In 12 weeks you will have the chance to go through all of this, guided by expert ski coaches, working alongside experienced instructors and living in the heart of the Swiss mountains.
The Mountains – Zermatt
During the winter we are based in Zermatt, Switzerland. Probably one of the best ski resorts in Europe and definitely one of the most famous.
The Matterhorn (4478m) is THE iconic mountain; one of the last to be conquered during the gold age of summit races.
The village is surrounded by over thirty 4000m peaks, amongst which the second highest mountain in Europe and the highest in Switzerland: the Monte Rosa (4634m).
The ski area crosses 3 mountains on the Swiss side, going from the Sunnegga area (highest point: Rothorn 3100m), Gornergrat (highest point 3135m) and the Klein Matterhorn, the highest skiable point in Europe reachable by a lift, at 3883m.
Italy and Resort Trips
From the Klein Matterhorn glacier (open all year round for skiers) you can also cross the border with Italy and ski in the Cervinia and Valtournenche area, for a total of 350 km of slopes.
If that is not enough, along with the other training teams at Diamonds Training Centre, we organize ski trips to the nearby resorts of: Saas Fee, Zinal, Crans Montana, Verbier, and Chamonix. The list is up to us!
Zermatt Ski Gap
The training starts at the beginning of December and ends with the final exams just before February Half Term.
It runs from Monday until Friday, for three to six hours a day, depending on the training week. The weekend is free, to allow free practice and the much-needed rest time!
In order to make the most out of your time and effort on the hill, the training schedule is planned ahead by our Head Coach (Instructors’ Examiner and Strength and Conditioning Coach). With the programme personalised taking in consideration each trainee’s ski level, physical preparation and also after debriefing with the other coaches. We work in a team together!
The ski training covers:
– Ski Technique Training
– Teaching Methods and Scenarios Practice
– Video Analysis on Personal Performance
– Video Analysis on Teaching and Learning Methods
– Mountain Safety and Avalanche Awareness clinics
– Introduction to Freestyle
– Introduction to Ski Racing
In the evenings and included in the package we also run:
– Lectures on Anatomy and Biomechanics applied to skiing
– Lectures on Nutrition, Teaching methodology and Customer Care
– Weekly Dryland Training
– Accredited First Aid Course
Also available at privileged rates:
– German lessons (run by a professional teacher)
– Postural consults
– Sport Massages
– Nutritional Advisor
– Extra Second Discipline tuition
– Full Immersion Race Training Week
Our Trainers are all professional coaches, with over 10 years of coaching experience each, a number of seasons under the belt and a wide knowledge in sport. All of them have multiple qualifications in different disciplines and different aspects of sport science, not just skiing!
You can find more details on their experience here.
We also provide a Course Coordinator, whose job is to look after the training team and ease your way into the resort. With an in-depth experience in coaching, ski instructing and the Zermatt village, the coordinator will be the ideal support person during the season.
The ski training will be suspended during the 2 weeks of holiday in Christmas and New Year. Allowing everyone to shadow instructors during their lessons or to have some downtime and enjoy the holidays with family and friends.
Shadowing is also possible during some training weeks, by joining the ISIA Training or the Level 4 Training sessions. Providing a unique chance to learn teaching styles from a different environments and creating precious experiences skiing with instructors from higher levels.
Accommodation and Food
Included in the course fee, we provide catered accommodation in town.
Weekly cleaning and linen change is included. Breakfast and dinner, also included in the fee, will be served at the chalet 5 days a week, every week. Tasty and freshly prepared every day, taking into account your nutritional needs during the training weeks and with special diets catered for.
The Gap programme includes the IASI Level 1 and Level 2 exams.
The Level 1 exam runs at the end of the first 3 weeks of training, before Christmas week.
This way we have plenty of time to prepare accordingly for the assessment and maximize the chances of success.
Note: In case of failure the exam can be retaken later on during the program.
The IASI L1 qualification allows instructors to teach indoor and on dryslopes, so you whish you can already start teaching!
The Level 2 exam runs at the beginning of February, right before the Half Term holiday weeks. The IASI L2 qualification allows instructors to teach outdoor and unsupervised. Making you a ski instructor free to work in the majority of countries in the world. This allows you to apply to schools in town or in other resorts and work for the following 2 weeks, the busiest of the season.
IASI is recognized by all European countries and the majority of ski schools in the world, thanks to a great work of mutual recognition the association has put up through the years. It will allow you to apply to any ski school you will want to work for!
The Work Opportunities after your Zermatt Ski Gap
Half Term weeks in the Alps are the busiest weeks of the season, with hotels and chalets filling up after the quiet weeks of January.
Being Level 2 qualified will allow you to make the most out of these weeks, applying to ski schools in Zermatt or across the Alps. We have a number of contacts in various resorts and will gladly help in finding work after the course.
As well, the Course will also give you the chance to get in touch directly with Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School!
Zermatt Ski Gap Pre Requisites
In order to make the most out of the Course we recommend at least 10 weeks of ski experience.
Any kind of previous experience in coaching or teaching will be beneficial towards the teaching part of the exams. We are there to maximise your chances of success and to transfer as much of our knowledge as possible; don’t panic if this is your first teaching experience!
Being physically able to sustain long skiing days at altitude will make the overall experience easier and more comfortable. Again, our coaches are at your disposal for any tips on fitness training prior to the course!
Make sure you book your course in advance, to make the most out of our discounts!
For bookings made before the end of May 2018 we offer 20% discount. Enabling you to save over 1.800 CHF!
For bookings made before mid August 2018 we offer 10% discount, whis allows you to save over 900 CHF from the full fee.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward to having you on board for this new exciting adventure.
The Diamonds Training Centre Coaching Team.
Zermatt Ski Gap Switzerland – Blog
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Diamonds Training Centre – Career Break – Become a Ski Instructor – Zermatt Ski Gap