ISIA Level 3 Training

Verbier BASI Level 3 Training


Verbier ISIA ski instructor training - Concept Verbier


Our Level 3 work and train programme has developed over the last few years with the concept of training with the best coaches through a structured and organised programme designed to prepare instructors to pass their ISIA qualification.

The training approaches the ISIA as a whole, covering all modules to create a well-rounded and skilful ski instructor. The jump from Alpine Level 2 to Level 3 (ISIA) is a big one but made easier with the help of our experienced BASI trainers and coaches.

Our Level 3 training programme is intense and demanding, but extremely effective towards achieving your goals. It is designed for serious skiers who have completed their L2 successfully and want to strive to pass their Level 3 exams. We want to attract people who are keen to continue up through the BASI system and are dedicated to a career in ski instruction.

If you are committed to passing the Level 3 qualification then you have to commit to training hard with our awesome team of coaches over the winter.




220 hours coaching

3,500 chf

9th December – 29th March

The Level 3 instructor (ISIA) training will run throughout the season, including all training (on and off snow), as well as physical training.

It doesn’t include your lift pass, travel, accommodation and insurance, but with our knowledge of resort we can help make sure you get the best possible deal on all of these.

We firmly believe that Concept ISIA Training is the best value programme in Verbier.


We’ve planned the training around the BASI exams running in Verbier during the season. Which can add up to a significant saving when you already have a lift pass and accommodation.

You can either aim for the Verbier exams, the Hintertux exams at the end of the season, or if you’re not taking your exams this year you can focus on the following season.


30 March – 3 April 2020*


5 – 10 January 2020

23 – 28 February 2020*

*These are the best dates to fit around the Level 3 training.
Please talk to your coach before booking any exams.




  • 220 hours of coaching over 9 weeks
  • Technical training mainly from BASI Trainers
  • Option to work up to 10 weeks
  • Maximum 8 in a group
  • Pre-course fitness training programme
  • Weekly fitness training with a Personal Trainer
  • Personal action planning and mentoring
  • Weekly individual video analysis
  • Avalanche training with a Mountain Guide
  • Freestyle training from a Pro Freestyle Coach
  • Race Training
  • Discount with Ski Service our partner shop
  • Element t-shirt and baseball cap



We’ve put together a team of coaches that give you the best possible preparations for your exams.

Emma Cairns is one of the founders of Element Ski School and she has put together an incredibly strong coaching team all of whom are BASI Trainers, with a number of the coaches delivering Level 3 exams. So they are the perfect people to help you achieve your goals on the mountain.

If you would like to see our training programme for the season then please just email and we can send this over.

Finally, if you would like to ask any questions then just get in touch with Emma. After all, if you have any questions about the programme and about your training plans, who better to ask than a BASI Trainer…?

We’re happy to chat on the phone, arrange to call you or arrange a video call. Whatever works for you.


ISIA Training in Verbier



BASI Level 3 ISIA Training Verbier - Emma

Emma Cairns



BASI Trainer

Swiss Brevet Federal

BASI Level 3 ISIA Training Verbier - Jim

Jim Lister



BASI Trainer

British Demo Team

BASI Level 3 ISIA Training Verbier - Rupert

Rupert Goldring



BASI Trainer

British Demo Team


BASI Level 3 ISIA Training Verbier - Will Peek

Will Peek



BASI Trainer

Swiss Brevet Federal

BASI Level 3 ISIA Training Verbier - Jake Gough

Jake Gough

Fitness Coach


Swiss Brevet Federal

REPs L3 Personal Trainer

BASI Level 3 ISIA Training Verbier - Jake Gough

Marco Eydallin

Freestyle Coach

Italian Maestro de Sci

Former Freestyle Competitor



To join the training team we require one of the following qualifications:

  • BASI level 2
  • CSIA level 2
  • APSI level 2
  • NZSIA level 2
  • Swiss Snowsport 1
  • Other qualification*

*If you hold a different qualification please get in touch


It’s not just a question of the qualifications you need to join the course, there are few more things that we require from members of the programme:

  • Good level of basic fitness
  • A motivated and focussed attitude
  • Professionalism
  • Team player
  • Appropriate equipment

BASI Trainer Emma Cairns ISIA Coaching


The ISIA is the standard we require when we recruit instructors to our full time Element team. In special circumstances we can employ very strong Concept Instructors, however, we cannot guarantee work.

Therefore we have a great partnership with Les Elfes in Verbier. They offer Concept trainees jobs subject to an interview. This leads to a two weeks trial over Christmas and if all goes well then you can keep teaching for the winter.

They specialise in summer and winter camps and have been teaching skiing in Verbier since 1987, so they know the industry inside out.

Working for Les Elfes can range from 4 – 10 weeks work, depending on your schedule and needs. It is a great balance and gives you the option to work and earn whilst you train. So, to help you make the most of this teaching opportunity, we’ve scheduled your training to allow you to work with Les Elfes during their busiest weeks which isn’t only normal peak season dates.

Working for Les Elfes or with us is optional and we are very happy for instructors to join our programme who would prefer not to work and focus on exams, or already have work with another ski school in town.

Our ISIA programme allows us to see the true potential of our trainees and is the best route to possible employment on a full time basis with Element in the future.







Verbier BASI Level 3 training review

James G

“My season training with Concept was fantastic.

Lots of training and improvement mixed in with the opportunity to work. Varied trainers from week to week keep the ideas fresh and the sessions interesting. Video feedback and off snow fitness sessions means that the focus is really on you to improve and develop as an instructor throughout the season.

Thanks again Emma and co 🤙🤙”

Verbier Level 3 trainee review

Yas B

“Concept ISIA training programme was a brilliant experience!

Not only did we get to train with Emma and Will who are inspirational skiers and coaches, we also had the opportunity to train with some of the most amazing BASI examiners throughout the programme.

We always had opportunity for video analysis so that we could understand how to make changes to our skiing and plenty time to free ski and practice too. The training programme also offers fitness sessions with Jake which were always great fun and Emma and guy always organised many social activities to get everyone together off the hill.

A fantastic experience that I would recommend to anyone training for their ISIA or just looking to improve their skiing.”

Verbier ISIA training - review

Hope S

“I really enjoyed my time training the Concept team, training with Emma and Will was amazing!

We also got to train with loads of other BASI trainers over different weeks which was brilliant.

Being able to work alongside training was really helpful and great prep for any teach exams. Guy and Emma were always there when anyone needed anything and really helped with settling in during the first few weeks.

Training sessions with Jake were loads of fun and ensured we were all as fit and ready for training as we could be.”







Cheap lift passes for under 24s in Verbier

Verbier SISIA training lift pass offer
The 4 Valleys has entered into the price war that’s been sweeping the Alps, and if you are under 24 you can buy your annual 4 Valleys ski pass for as little 400 chf. It’s a huge saving and another great reason to come to Verbier…

Click on the link for the details.