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.

Please Note: There will be a welcome meeting at 6.30pm on the evening prior to courses starting.  The venue for these meetings will be confirmed. 

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.

Lecture times and venues will be confirmed by your Trainer on the first day of your course.

Any resources required for your course will be handed out by your Trainer.

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. We strongly recommend that you attend.

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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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

A pre-course meeting for the Coach Course, will be held at 1830 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).

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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 20.00pm at the Chalet Jungfrau, Lauterbrunnen.

We strongly recommend that you attend.

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

On Snow Meeting Point

If you do not make the pre course 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.

Pre-Course Meeting 

A pre-course meeting for courses will take place at 6.00pm 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. 

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

Lift Passes 

Your lift pass is not included in the course fee you pay to BASI unless otherwise stated. Please purchase prior to meeting your Trainer on the first morning of your course. 

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 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.

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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