If you are looking to become a ski instructor the IASI Level 1 is your starting point!
Running every October on the Matterhorn Glacier, the highest ski area in Europe. Our team of coaches and examiners is ready to help you achieve your new qualification, in one of the most spectacular scenery of the Alps.
IASI Alpine Level 1 Course
This is the first step of the pathway to become a ski instructor.
The Level 1 course runs for 6 days, during which our IASI Educator & Examiner will guide you through the basic knowledge of ski teaching and ski technique.
It is essential to be prepared for this assessment with a clear understanding of what the technical tasks on which you will be examined, as well as have a good understanding and experience of the teaching techniques that you need to showcase during the week.
The course has an education part, during which the Educator will try to pass on as much knowledge as possible. This will cover both the improvement of your ski techniques as well as your teaching abilities.
It is fundamental for a ski instructor to be able to demonstrate a correct ski technique, from the beginner levels with plough, plough-parallel and parallel skiing, to the more advanced carving and short turn forms. All of these will be part of the technical exam, along with other specific skills demonstrations.
The teaching part of the course covers how to correctly approach a beginner’s class, with the most appropriate explanations, exercises and demonstrations. This is the fundamental role of the instructor: making sure we can facilitate learning and the overall experience of the student!
To find out more about the IASI Pathway follow the link here, where you can find all the details for all levels.
Alpine Level 1 Ski Instructor Training
It is not always easy to jump straight into an exam. Expectations are high and it is important to be able to ski at the level from the first day.
For this reason we provide training opportunities prior to the Level 1 week, so you can tune up and best prepare for the challenge ahead.
The training runs from Monday to Friday, all day, on the Matterhorn Glacier. It covers both technical and teaching aspects, with video analysis of your performance to help through your progression. As well, mock teaching scenarios and experiences will be provided, to improve your skills and break the ice before the exam!
As we want to guarantee the best quality possible, all the training we deliver is provided only by Examiners.
The IASI level 1 is part of our Autumn Gap Course, so you can join us for one or more weeks of training. Get in touch with us to find out availability, numbers are very limited!
IASI Level 1 Package
We are able to provide a training + exam + accommodation package to those interested in attending the exam along with at least week of training prior to it. Get in touch with us to find out availability at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Exam & Training Dates
Training Dates Available:
week 1: 5th – 9th November
week 2: 12th – 16th November
week 3: 19th – 23th November
Level 1 Exam date:
26th – 31st October
Course & Training Fees
We have different options available, to best suit each individual need.
- IASI Alpine Level 1 (6 days): 660 chf
(Standard IASI fee)
One Training Week + Exam
- 5 days training (Monday to Friday) +
- IASI Alpine Level 1 (6 days) = 1160 chf
- 3 Weeks Training + IASI Level 1 Exam
- First Aid Course
- Ski pass for the Matterhorn Ski Area
- Accommodation in Zermatt
Package price: 4.700 chf all included.
IASI Level 1 Pre-Requisites
In order for your Level 1 to be valid and active you need to:
- be 15+ of age
- having completed the 20 hours ski school experience
- hold a valid first aid course
We can help you filling all the shadowing hours and the first aid course, as we have development opportunities available on our courses as well as our own first aid courses.
IASI Level 1 & Level 2 – Long Term Courses
For skiers interested in becoming ski instructors and keen to have fuller training time towards this, we organize courses in the Autumn and in the Winter!
If you are interested in a one to one coaching option, have a look at our Full Focus week and get in touch with us to tailor your training together.
Subzero Coaching also delivers other IASI modules such as: Alpine Level 2, Race Coach Level 1, Freestyle Coach Level 1+2, Coaching Theory. Find out dates and detail clicking here.
IASI Level 3 & Level 4 – Career Development
Instructors interested in training towards their Level 3 and Level 4 can count on us!
Our ISIA Level 3 course runs for 11 weeks, from December to April, with training covering all the modules required for this level! Peak weeks are free from training, so instructors can teach and make the most out of the high season. For more details you can visit the dedicated page.
Our Level 4 course runs for 6 weeks through out the season, covering technical and teaching aspects of skiing. Supporting professionals all the way to the top certification. Race training can also be included, with its dedicated week in the spring time.
Both these courses offer full mentoring and support, from organizing the dates of exams to physical check ups and follow ups. Training is tailored around the group’s needs, trying to be as comprehensive as possible.