GRIMENTZ-ZINAL – OVERVIEW
Voted by CNN’s as the second most beautiful ski resort in the world!
EA Ski Instructor courses at Grimentz-Zinal offer some of the best freeriding in Switzerland, as well as world-recognised certification and training. Located high in the Swiss Alps in the magnificent Val d’Anniviers, the Grimentz area until recently was a fairly untouched tourist destination. Now recognised as one of the area’s hidden jewels, many visitors are choosing to come and enjoy the rich cultural history and epic skiing terrain on offer.
This is huge country, with long runs and deep powder. In fact, the two villages have been quietly gaining a reputation among ski devotees for several years now, a byproduct of the revolution underway in the sport. Wider powder skis have revolutionised small Swiss ski towns like Grimentz and Zinal, as people can now search for deep powder in more places in Switzerland, without the huge crowds that other regions get.
ERYN'S TOUR OF GRIMENTZ-ZINAL
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- Geneva Airport is only 200 kilometers or 2 hours 20 minutes away
- It has a 3.5km-long cable car – the third longest in the country – that connects Grimentz’s ski area with Zinal’s
- A combined total of 220km of pistes, see trail map below
- Pistes descending from 2900m to 2130m in altitude
- Grimentz is one of only a few resorts in Switzerland where you can heliski straight from the village
- Grimentz and Zinal are small ski villages with a real authentic Swiss feel
- Basic French language skills are required to allow for some children’s lessons
- Intermediate skiing skills preferred
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sEBASTIAN, ESI GRIMENTZ SKI SCHOOL DIRECTOR
Ski internships in Grimentz-Zinal
The EA Ultimate Ski Instructor Course at Grimentz and Zinal offers a once in a lifetime experience of the legendary Swiss Alps. A solid intermediate skiing ability is required, as well as a good grasp of basic French language. All training will be in English, but basic French skills will allow you to teach French speaking children in lessons and gain yourself more work!
Approximate pay rates for ski instructing in your first year are 18 Swiss Francs per hour, however as with any ski school there is no guarantee of hours over the season as it can vary with snow and demand.
Accommodation is covered with your program while you are training and getting certified. You will stay in an authentic Swiss Chalet which is warm, well serviced and in a great location.
The Chalet you will call home during your training is located only moments from the the ski bus and offers twin room configurations. It has shared bathroom facilities and a comfortable lounge area with an open fire and logs provided. There is a well equipped kitchen and dining area with adjoining balcony and porch and plenty of storage space for boots/skis. The chalet has stunning views of the surrounding mountains and is a short 10 minute walk from the Ski lift/cable car and The CO-OP, village shop and Ski School are all within a 10 minute walk.
LIVING AND WORKING IN GRIMENTZ
The price of food and drink in Grimentz is standard for a Swiss resort. It’s not cheap, but once you are settled in and know where the local hangouts are you will be able to find the best deals, and an instructor uniform can help! As a guide here are a few examples: Small beer £2.60, half litre of house wine £9, coffee £2, pizza £9..
Even for Switzerland Grimentz is old. This is an amazing place to experience the real Switzerland. In a vaulted cellar in the village, you can drink wine straight from a wooden barrel. It’s not some new après-ski gimmick, it’s vin du glacier, a speciality of the village since the 1700′s. When it snows waist-deep powder, you can laugh at those people in busy resorts and their 2 or 3 fresh track lines, as you continue to find whole faces of untouched powder days after a snowfall… Indulge yourself in some cheesy raclette or fondue and schnapps after an exhilarating day on the mountain!