ES Academy Ski instructor courses in Switzerland

4th October 2017
ski courses in Switzerland

Featured blog by Eddy James.
Eddy is a past EA Ski instructor intern, who started his career as a snow sports instructor by joining our Lake Louise ski internship course. 

Why working for ES Academy was a great way to progress in the snow sports industry ...

Last winter, I signed myself up for the ES Academy Program, in Zermatt. Having been a level 2 ski instructor for a number of years now, I figured it was about time to really commit to the next level, and what better way to do it than with some proper season-long training with some like-minded individuals?

The first time meeting the rest of the team was in a big conference room, right at the start of the season. It was the week-long company induction that was compulsory for everyone.

So, right from the get-go, we were introduced to the rest of the team, and we were in the same boat as the rest of the new members of staff, which was quite nice as it was less daunting for us academy members, it meant we didn’t stick out too much! One of my favorite parts of the Academy program was that we were made to feel like family, there wasn’t some sort of separation between us and the ‘full-time’ or ‘part time’ instructors, as there is in many other organizations around the world. Because we were teaching during the peak weeks of the season, it was important that we were kept in the loop for a team meeting and social events, from escape rooms in Cable to staff parties in lovely chalets!

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The training was pretty fantastic during the season. We had *Jamie for the majority of it, usually for 5 half days a week, maybe more if we could fit it in. We had specific topics to cover during the season, focusing on different aspects of our skiing on different weeks.

The teaching was also great as well. I was under the impression that when I went out, I wouldn’t get much work, maybe a week or two of kids groups and that would be it. I was pleasantly surprised, however, when I found myself going to various, really nice chalets and hotels to pick up clients in the morning to go skiing.

A highlight for me has got to be taking some clients up to the top of the mountain via helicopter (a first experience for me), and then skiing into Italy for the day- this happened twice in a row!

All in all, ES Academy was a fantastic experience that I’d recommend to anyone looking to take their next step in their ski career - you meet some great people, get some fantastic work opportunities in one of the nicest places to ski in Europe, and if you perform really well, you might just get a job offer the following year!

*Jamie Kagan is Head of Education at IASI (Irish Ski Instructors) and a current IASI examiner, a former CSIA (Canadian Ski Instructors) examiner, has completed his BASI (British Ski Instructors) top-level Tech and Teach and is also a top Swiss qualified Brevet Federale.

If you already have your Level 2 ski instructor qualification and are looking to get going in the industry in a top Swiss resort, European Snowsport (ES) run a Level 3 work and training programme in Verbier and Zermatt. 

The Level 3 programme is a season-long training and development programme, run by top level coaches, with the opportunity to experience working for one of the largest, most established private snowsports schools in Europe.  This course takes qualified ski instructors and helps them become industry leaders. The Level 3 exams represent high international levels of skiing and professionalism.  Reaching this level takes determination and a love for skiing.  The rewards are obvious but the journey to get there will surprise you.

To celebrate the launch of the EA Internship course in Zermatt, where European Snowsport is providing the training, European Snowsport will offer a £100 discount on the cost of their Level 3 programme to instructors who have already completed instructor courses with EA.  Please quote “EA offer” when you apply

To enquire about this Level 3 training and job offer please email [email protected] or phone +41 27 771 6222. 

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