Off-Piste ski instructor qualifications
There are loads of qualifications from all over the world, and there is no doubt that there are a lot of excellent systems out there training ski instructors.
But here in Verbier there is a really important rule that anyone who teaches off-piste has to be a Brevet Federal.
What does that mean?
Well, it basically means that the instructor has to be top level qualified in the Swiss system. There are a lot of ways for instructors to reach this very high level, but the key thing is that without it – and without the special authorisation you need to get after you qualify – you can’t teach off-piste.
Are there some grey areas?
Well, a few, but the trouble with any grey area is the risk that comes with it.
The simple rule is that to do off-piste you should always book a Brevet Federal, unless you specifically have a low risk plan that’s agreed with the ski school. And that means there are a huge number of restrictions.
What do we offer?
At Element we have a highly trained team, with 50% already holding the Brevet Federal and the others all actively training towards this final level.
So that means when you book an off-piste lesson with us you can do it in complete confidence that you’re in very safe hands, and they know the rules and regulations (as well the mountain and the conditions) inside out.