Switzerland

A couple of the best-known European ski resorts are situated in Switzerland. St. Moritz - the international centre of sports and fashion is renowned for its superb atmosphere, long tradition of ski resorts and virgin alpine environment. Switzerland’s most popular ski resort, Zermatt at the height of 4478 metres, is tucked in at the base of the Matterhorn it is ringed by over twenty mountain peaks.

The following link will lead you to the website of the Swiss Snowsports Association.

For foreign travel advice for Switzerland click here
 

Saas Fee

Known as the pearl of the Alps for a whole host of reasons, this car-free, family friendly village, famed for reliable snow and endless sunshine, lies at 1800m at the foot of Switzerland's highest mountain.


Welcome Meeting

This will take place on the evening before the start of your course at 1830 hrs at Optimum Snowsports Ski and Snowboard School, 54 Oberedorf Strasse, 3906, Saas Fee, Switzerland. The office is situated on the main high street, approx 100 metres from the main Church Square. 

NB: The welcome meeting is an integral part of your course which we strongly recommend you attend. It is a chance to get to know your Trainer and fellow students as well as gain valuable knowledge about the weekly programme including timings, weather and piste information. The meeting will explain the course material and you may be asked to prepare something for the next day (possibly a short teaching session or further reading depending on the course). Any resources required for your course will be handed out by your Trainer. This usually includes a hard copy of the attached workbook. It is also a chance for you to speak to the Trainer about any issues, worries or questions you may have. Please make every effort possible to make this meeting however, if you are unable to make the meeting, please contact the office on 01479 861717 to advise. The office is open 10.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday. If you are calling with an emergency outwith these times, please call on 01479 780011.

If you are unable to make the above meeting, then please meet your Trainer at 8.30am on the morning your course starts at the bottom of the Kalbermatten lift by the Village lifts. There is a small ticket office opposite the ice rink. Trainers will be wearing a BASI branded uniform.

Your Trainer will advise you of your lecture time/venue at the Welcome Meeting.

On Snow Meeting Point

Outside the Alpine Express lift at 0830.

For more information view the Saas-Fee website here

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Champery

Ideally situated just 90 minutes by car from Geneva, Champéry is a both a postcard-perfect alpine village and a modern ski and bike resort.  One of 12 resort villages in the vast Portes du Soleil recreational ski area.  

BASI is not organising ski passes, travel or accommodation for Champery courses. The following information will help you plan your trip but you can also visit the Champery Tourist Office website http://www.champery.ch/en.html#en.
View the Champery website here
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NB: The BASI Office telephone number is 01479 861717. The office is open 10.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday. In case of emergencies outwith these times, please call the BASI emergency number on 01479 780011.

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Haute Nendaz

Nendaz lies in the broad ‘Four Valleys’ ski region (Verbier, Veysonnaz, Nendaz, La Tsoumaz & Thyon) with 92 transport facilities and 412 km of pistes. The best access to the railways is from Siviez. There are also off-piste activities with 12 km of cross-country ski trails, 100 km of winter hiking trails and 40 km of showshoe tracks.

For more information visit the Haute Nendaz website

Welcome Meeting
A pre-course welcome meeting for the Coach Course, will be held at 18.30 on the evening before the course starts at one of Neige Aventure's offices which is located opposite the main roundabout by the Tourist Office and just up from the Butchers in Nendaz (5 mins walk from the main lift station).


NB: The welcome meeting is an integral part of your course which we strongly recommend you attend. It is a chance to get to know your Trainer and fellow students as well as gain valuable knowledge about the weekly programme including timings, weather and piste information. The meeting will explain the course material and you may be asked to prepare something for the next day (possibly a short teaching session or further reading depending on the course). Any resources required for your course will be handed out by your Trainer. This usually includes a hard copy of the attached workbook. It is also a chance for you to speak to the Trainer about any issues, worries or questions you may have. Please make every effort possible to make this meeting however, if you are unable to make the meeting, please contact the office on 01479 861717 to advise. The office is open 10.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday. If you are calling with an emergency outwith these times, please call on 01479 780011.

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Lauterbrunnen

 Jungfrau Region

Under the mighty Eiger and Jungfrau mountains, this is a top alpine region. Famous for the renowned skier's village of Wengen at its heart, 213km of prepared pistes, amazing scenery and plenty of sunshine make this an exceptional location. The network of 45 lifts access 64 interlinked runs.

The Kleine Scheidegg area ranges from blacks beneath the Eiger’s north face to winding tree-lined paths. With the Wengen / Lauberhorn World Cup held here each year, it is a favourite snowsport resort for many. From Mürren the lift system provides a full variety of runs, rising to the famous James Bond Schilthorn black run that starts amidst stunning views at 2,971m. With a 2,171m descent back to Lauterbrunnen, this is the route of the world famous, 15km Inferno Race.

View the Lauterbrunnen website here.

Welcome Meeting

This will take place on the evening before the start of your course at 6.45pm at the Chalet Jungfrau, Lauterbrunnen.

NB: The welcome meeting is an integral part of your course which we strongly recommend you attend. It is a chance to get to know your Trainer and fellow students as well as gain valuable knowledge about the weekly programme including timings, weather and piste information. The meeting will explain the course material and you may be asked to prepare something for the next day (possibly a short teaching session or further reading depending on the course). Any resources required for your course will be handed out by your Trainer. This usually includes a hard copy of the attached workbook. It is also a chance for you to speak to the Trainer about any issues, worries or questions you may have. Please make every effort possible to make this meeting however, if you are unable to make the meeting, please contact the office on 01479 861717 to advise. The office is open 10.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday. If you are calling with an emergency outwith these times, please call on 01479 780011.

Your Trainer will advise you of your lecture time/venue at the Welcome Meeting.

On Snow Meeting Point

If you are unable to make the above meeting, please meet your trainer at 09.30am at the top of the Mannlichen cable car (above Wengen).

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Verbier

This quaint Swiss town rests in the saddle of majestic mountains nearly 5,000 feet above the valley floor. It is the crux of Switzerland’s renowned ‘4 valleys’, a vast, interconnected web of Alpine valleys and towns that comprises over 402km of ski runs and 93 individual ski-lifts. 

Though sizable at nearly 15,000 beds, Verbier is dominated by chalet style houses and mid-size hotels, giving it a traditional Swiss feel that is at odds with the multi-storey hotel blocks and modern atmosphere typical of many French resorts.

View the Verbier website here.

Welcome Meeting 

A pre-course welcome meeting for courses will take place at 18.00 on the evening before the course starts in the Altitude Ski and Snowboard School, Route de Ransou, 1936-Verbier, Switzerland. Resources will be handed out during the pre-course meeting by your Trainer. 

Please note: There will be no pre course meeting for CPD courses (1 day or 3 day)

NB: The welcome meeting is an integral part of your course which we strongly recommend you attend. It is a chance to get to know your Trainer and fellow students as well as gain valuable knowledge about the weekly programme including timings, weather and piste information. The meeting will explain the course material and you may be asked to prepare something for the next day (possibly a short teaching session or further reading depending on the course). Any resources required for your course will be handed out by your Trainer. This usually includes a hard copy of the attached workbook. It is also a chance for you to speak to the Trainer about any issues, worries or questions you may have. Please make every effort possible to make this meeting however, if you are unable to make the meeting, please contact the office on 01479 861717 to advise. The office is open 10.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday. If you are calling with an emergency outwith these times, please call on 01479 780011.

On-Snow Meeting Point 

The meeting point for all courses will be at the bottom of the Medran (the main ski lift). The Trainers for the course will meet you there at 9:00 am. They will be wearing a BASI branded suit. If you have any problems, are going to be late, or cannot find the meeting place, please contact the BASI office on 01479 861 717.  

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Zermatt

Spectacularly located at the foot of the Matterhorn, Zermatt lies in the Valais region of southern Switzerland on the Swiss/Italian border. The resort is at the head of the steep-sided Vispa Valley at an altitude of 1600m and is surrounded by 38 of Europe's 76 peaks over 4000m. 

On the Italian side of the Matterhorn lies the resort of Cervinia. From Visp at the foot of the valley, international rail connections link up with the village of Tasch, from where a modern narrow-gauge railway takes around 10 minutes to climb the valley to Zermatt. 

View the Zermatt website here.

Welcome Meetings & Evening Lectures for November courses only

These will be held in the Grand Zermatterhof Hotel in the centre of the village. All welcome meetings will take place on the evening before the start of your course at 18:00 and we strongly recommend that you attend this. Your Trainer will advise you of your lecture time on the first day of your course.
Please note that food/drink must not be consumed in the hotel and no ski or snowboard boots should be worn within the building so you should take indoor shoes to change into.

Welcome Meeting for the Adaptive Level 1, 27-31 March 2017

Please meet at the Summit Ski & Snowboard (Bahnhofplatz 2, 3920 Zermatt) Office at 18:00 on 26/03/2017.

NB: The welcome meeting is an integral part of your course which we strongly recommend you attend. It is a chance to get to know your Trainer and fellow students as well as gain valuable knowledge about the weekly programme including timings, weather and piste information. The meeting will explain the course material and you may be asked to prepare something for the next day (possibly a short teaching session or further reading depending on the course). Any resources required for your course will be handed out by your Trainer. This usually includes a hard copy of the attached workbook. It is also a chance for you to speak to the Trainer about any issues, worries or questions you may have. Please make every effort possible to make this meeting however, if you are unable to make the meeting, please contact the office on 01479 861717 to advise. The office is open 10.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday. If you are calling with an emergency outwith these times, please call on 01479 780011.

If you do not manage to make the welcome meeting then you should meet your Trainer at the Bubble station at 08:30 on the first morning of your course.

Remember to check the actual day that your course starts on, especially if you are on a Mountain Safety course.

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