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Patrick Thorne

26 Mar 21

Update Your Skills or Become an Instructor With Ski Courses on Alpine Glaciers this Summer

Patrick Thorne

26 Mar 21

A long-established ski skills company, Snoworks, has published details of its planned summerski courses on the glaciers of Tignes in France and Cervinia in Italy from June onwards.

Snoworks will run everything from week-long skills courses to seven week ski instructor qualification programs. Their courses combine skiing with multi activities such as mountain biking, rafting and climbing. Courses will aim to run from late June to mid-August 2021.

It has not yet been confirmed if either glacier will be able to open, nor whether people will be able to travel to them if they do, but Cervinia have said they hope to open as soon as possible, possibly from the latter half of April if given the go ahead by government.

Snoworks has British staff, including some of the country’s best skiers, but they have worked to ensure their teaching qualifications and believe that these efforts and their residency allow them to continue to operate now that  Brexit has happened.

Tignes has one of the most extensive summer skiing areas in Europe and the Italian resort of Cervinia allows skiers to access the glacier in the Swiss resort of Zermatt, the highest ski area in Europe  (which is currently open and has been daily, weather permitting, since May last year, although access from Cervinia has not yet re-opened).

“Now there’s ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ in regards to travel, it’s time to get excited about skiing again!” said Lee Townend, director of Snoworks Pro, who added, “With it being summer we get the best of both worlds. There’s the long hot sunny summer days in the Alps, where there’s an opportunity to go hiking, mountain biking, climbing, via ferrata, rafting, canyoning, golf and horse riding; oh and the pizza!”

Course Details & Costs

Whilst the skills courses that run for five days of the week are based in both resorts, the ski instructor courses that run from 2 to 7 weeks, depending on the level, will be based in Cervinia only.

The courses include, Ski Skills Development, Ski Race Carve, Ski Race Camps and Junior Race Camps – private tuition for any level is also available.

For those skiers looking to enter the world of ski instruction, Snoworks Pro are offering three courses in Cervinia, all working towards BASI (British Association of Snowsports Instructors) qualifications.

The 7 week program from July 3 to August 21 delivers training and assessment for both the BASI Level 1 and 2 qualifications, preparing those who qualify for the chance to gain employment in many different countries as ski instructors during the 2021-22 winter season.

For those that already have the BASI Level 1 exam, the 5 week course starts on July 17 and runs alongside the Level 1 and 2 course. There’s also a Level 1 only training and assessment course, running over 2 weeks from July 3 to 17.

Most of the one week courses cost £400pp and run weekly in Tignes from 28th June to 2nd august with two final weeks in Cervinia from 9th and 16th August., Prices are for tuition only, with travel and accommodation booked independently although Snoworks are happy to advise on the best options.

Snoworks Pro Instructor course details are based in Cervinia, last from 2 to 7 weeks depending on the level, and begin on July 3rd or July 17th. Prices range from £2,250 for the two-week BASI Level 1 ski instructor course to £6,950 for the 7 week summer ski instructor course at BASI level 1 & 2.

Prices include all training, exam fee, lift pass, 3* hotel accommodation on a full-board basis (packed lunch, based in twin occupancy), many other additional services and products and a post-course job offer in Japan (for BASI Level 2 only and subject to interview).

(Images credit Polly Baldwin / Dynamic Pictures)