Extend the ski season in to Summer with snow adventure specialist, Basecamp
Monday 9, May 2011
Basecamp, pioneer of ski and snowboard instructor courses, has an exciting solution for all those hampered by this winter’s poor European ski conditions. The snowsports specialist offers an endless season of snow with its itineraries to Bariloche, Argentina, during the UK’s summer months.
Argentina is a thrilling location to ski and snowboard, and is well off the beaten piste. Compare Bariloche’s expected 6m of base snow with Europe’s recent lackluster performance, and any snow-sport fanatic will be craving endless powder days frequently on offer in the Argentinian mountains.
Only a handful of locations in the world offer snowsports during the UK’s summer, and for good reason, Bariloche is tipped to become one of the most popular.
Set in a beautiful region of the Andes, the resort boasts over 40 lifts and 100km of marked trails over 1,130m of vertical rise. Add to this breathtaking views of Patagonian lakes, Gran Catedral mountain landscapes and Latin hospitality, and visitors soon realise they have found a powder paradise.
This is where Basecamp sets up home from July - September, offering expert ski and snowboard instructor courses specifically geared towards the BASI (British Association of Snowsport Instructors) qualification. Basecamp also offer non instructor performance courses.
Fergie Miller, Managing Director of Basecamp, said, “This is the second year we have set up camp in Bariloche, and this summer ski season is set to be extremely popular. Taking into consideration the less than average conditions on offer in Europe over the winter, our summer season in Bariloche looks set to be the best one yet.”
“At Basecamp we are continually looking to push the boundaries, to ensure our place at the forefront of the industry,” continues Miller. “Our instructor courses are always innovative, and the impact our itineraries have already made in France and Canada shows our success rate. We now have the Southern Hemisphere firmly in our sights, and of course we are always on the lookout for where to run the next course.”
Regarding Bariloche, the timing of our courses allows mini-gappers to take advantage of the summer break and train for the season ahead. We fly BASI trainers over from Europe and source the best local talent available. Any ski or snowboard enthusiast will instantly fall for the charms of Argentina,” says Miller, with a smile.
The Four-Week Ski & Snowboard Performance Camp introduces the fundamentals of ski and snowboard theory, pinpoints bad habits, builds skills and improves techniques such as balance, turns and control.
There are six and nine week courses available for those looking to attain their BASI qualification. As well as offering more coaching hours than any other course, Basecamp instructor training combines both British and local knowledge in prime in-resort locations. This unique mix enables Basecampers to gain a genuinely international perspective on the essential elements involved in snow-sport coaching skiing at the highest level.
Participants will get a guaranteed full-day freestyle training and guided Backcountry day. There are also opportunities to learn Spanish by a unique method, and to become a ‘Caballero’ and horse ride through the mountains of Patagonia, the perfect way to see Argentina in all its glory.
Basecampers that choose to learn in the Argentinean Andes undertake BASI training, exam preparation and level 1 qualification. Having successfully completed level 1, Basecampers have the option to continue on towards the more advanced BASI level 2, opening the door to instructing at an intermediate level in selected countries throughout the world.
The Four-Week Ski & Snowboard Performance Camp costs £3595. This includes: Transfers, Ski Pass, 5 days Ski/Snowboard Training a week, daily breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 suppers and extra activities. The start date is 22 July 2011, finishing on 19 August 2011.
Basecamp’s Six-Week Ski & Snowboard Instructor Course costs £5495. This includes: Transfers, Ski Pass, 5 days Ski/Snowboard Training a week, BASI Level 1 and 2, daily breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 suppers and extra activities. The course starts on 12 August 2011, finishing on 25 September 2011.
The Nine-Week Ski & Snowboard Instructor Course takes trainees even deeper into the sport. This course costs £7295. This includes: Transfers, Ski Pass, 5 days Ski/Snowboard Training a week, BASI Level 1 and 2 daily breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 suppers and extra activities. The start date is 22 July 2011, finishing on 25 September 2011.
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