Becoming a Ski Club Leader is the perfect way to get more time on the slopes over a season and meet loads of fantastic people at the same time. The course itself is focused on improving your technique, learning mountain safety, and leading a group, and is a great course to do in its own right. Ski Club Leaders ski all day, every day, taking our members to the best places on the mountain.

Ski Club Leaders' Course

 

What's included

Accommodation, food and lift pass: All Leaders are provided with accommodation on a half-board basis or a weekly food allowance and an area lift pass.

Insurance: Leaders are also covered by the Ski Club's highest level of insurance.

Travel: Leaders are provided with a travel contribution that depends on the length of time spent leading and whether it is in Europe or North America.

Other costs: Leaders are expected to fund any other costs themselves.

What's expected of a Ski Club Leader

Ski/snowboard programme: Providing safe, varied and enjoyable recreational skiing/boarding programme for members of ALL STANDARDS (except complete beginners).

Social: Providing a social focus for members and potential members of the Club through the 6-day skiing/boarding programme and daily social hour.

Ski Club membership: Promoting membership of the Club and recruiting new members wherever possible.

Snow Reports: Reporting on the daily snow conditions for major UK websites, newspapers and TV.

Admin: Completing necessary weekly admin duties.

Communication: Ensuring a smooth hand-over with arriving/departing Leaders.

Resort relations: Maintaining and improving excellent resort relations and ensuring that they understand the role of Ski Club Leaders - Tourist Office, tour operator staff, ski schools, bars, restaurants, hotels etc. This can sometimes be tricky and requires a lot of diplomacy.

Safety equipment: Managing and being responsible for Club safety equipment.

Next Steps

Leading Ski Club Members

If you’re looking for a new kind of mountain challenge that allows you to give something back to snowsports then becoming a Ski Club Leader could be the ideal opportunity for you.

As trained volunteers, Leaders offer their time to Ski Club members, introducing some of the UK’s most dedicated snow fans to the freshest powder, the quietest slopes and the best times on snow.

And it all takes place in many of the top ski resorts across Europe and North America.

Leading slots are typically 2-3 weeks long, making it easy to fit in time in the mountains around other commitments. Trained Leaders can also go on to lead Ski Club Freshtracks holidays, which range from long weekends to extended trips.

Leading involves producing a weekly six-day ski and snowboard programme to appeal to all standards (except complete beginners) allowing Ski Club members to join others of a similar ability and get the most from their time on the mountain.

Leaders also host a social hour every evening of the weekly programme, which is an opportunity to get together with members back in resort and continue the social atmosphere generated on the slopes.

With their valuable first-hand knowledge, Leaders produce daily snow reports for skiclub.co.uk detailing the latest conditions and, as the Ski Club’s eyes on the ground in resort, are also welcome to contribute photos and news items.

The Ski Club hosts a variety of events in the mountains and back in the UK and Leaders are encouraged to get involved. There are also plenty of opportunities to catch up with fellow Leaders and members at parties including pre and post-season catch-ups.

If being a Ski Club Leader sounds like the mountain opportunity for you this season, then find out what’s needed to qualify and become part of the Ski Club team.

Leading Ski Club Freshtracks Holidays

Having passed the Ski Club Leaders’ course, Leaders can go on to lead Ski Club Freshtracks holidays suited to their knowledge and experience. Like leading slots, these trips can fit in around other work or personal commitments.

The Ski Club Freshtracks programme offers a unique selection of over 190 holidays ranging from long weekend breaks to extended 10-day trips in resorts in Europe and North America.

Leading a holiday requires a high level of involvement with Leaders often accompanying the group from the UK to resort. Leaders are then there to maximise members’ enjoyment on snow and offer a social focus during après ski time.

In return leading guarantees spending time with dedicated snowsports fans on some of the best snow in world-class resorts. Leaders will also work closely with local instructors and mountain guides on performance and off-piste holidays.

If leading a Ski Club Freshtracks holiday sounds like the mountain opportunity for you this season, then find out what’s needed to qualify as a Ski Club Leader. For more information on the Ski Club Freshtracks programme contact the holidays department at holidays@skiclub.co.uk

What's needed to qualify?

Qualifying as a Ski Club Leader requires attending and passing the two-week Ski Club Leaders’ course – which will be held in Zermatt in December – this covers areas including mountain safety, technique, leadership and snowcraft.

Being a Leader also involves a variety of personal qualities – Leaders spend most of their time in a group environment so being sociable and having a genuine desire to help others are important. Organisational skills and being able to speak a foreign language are also desirable.

On a practical level, potential Leaders should be aged between 21 and 60, have skied or snowboarded regularly in the past three years and have at least 15 week's skiing or snowboarding experience in total under their belts.

The Leaders’ course offers the opportunity to hone technique but it is important that anyone applying for the course is of a Ski Club purple standard – advanced level both on and off piste – and is fit enough to be on the snow all day.

Two Leader references (or one Leader reference and one from an instructor/mountain guide) are needed to apply for the Leaders’ course, so candidates will need to have skied with a Leader recently and genuinely value the service.

Leading for the Ski Club is a great opportunity to work in time on snow around other commitments however potential Leaders will need to be available for a minimum of three consecutive weeks each season including the season the Ski Club Leaders’ course is taken.

If you feel that you have the right skills, qualities and experience to be a Ski Club Leader then find out more below about this season’s course and how to apply.

The Ski Club Leaders' Course

Anyone wanting to become a Ski Club Leader must take and pass the Ski Club Leaders’ course, a tailored two-week long training programme run by experienced mountain guides, instructors and Ski Club staff.

Ski Club Leaders’ Course

Resort: Zermatt
Dates: TBC
Price: £TBC

Course Content

  • On-snow leading – groups of all standards
  • Technique – on and off-piste
  • Ski standards – familiarisation with Ski Club profiles
  • Snowcraft – understanding and recognising different and changing snow structures
  • Safety – understanding transceivers and avalanche safety procedures
  • Promoting the Ski Club and resort PR
  • Administration procedures – daily and weekly tasks

Course price includes

  • Return coach transfers to/from Geneva or Zurich Airport
  • 4* half-board accommodation – twin share basis
  • Performance clinic – three half days skiing/snowboarding technique instruction by BASI instructors
  • Further training by mountain guides and BASI instructors
  • Leaders’ uniform – blue Ski Club jacket (Eider)
  • Lift pass for duration of course

Not included

  • Personal insurance
  • Equipment as per Leaders’ equipment list – rucksack and contents
  • Two-day BASP First Aid Course in the UK (prior to Leaders’ course)

If you have any enquiries about the Leaders’ course email Owen Chapman, Leaders Department, at leaders@skiclub.co.uk or call 020 8410 2011

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply for the Ski Club Leaders’ course you’ll need to download an application form, complete it and return it to:

Owen Chapman
Leaders Department
Ski Club of Great Britain
57-63 Church Road
Wimbledon Village
London
SW19 5SB

You’ll also need to download two reference forms to be filled in by your referees (two Leaders or one Leader and one instructor/mountain guide). If you don’t have contact details for a Leader then let us know and we can forward the reference form on to them.

Once we have received and processed your application we will contact you to let you know if we would like to invite you for an interview. If asked to attend an interview, this will take place at the Ski Club office in Wimbledon and will last an hour. Unfortunately we can’t do telephone interviews.

Unsuccessful applications may be due to your skiing/snowboarding standard being insufficient, your general unsuitability to the role or that the course is fully booked. If this is the case, or if your interview is unsuccessful, then re-application is by invitation only.

If your invitation is a success you’ll then receive more information on the Ski Club Leaders’ course in December including a booking form. You’ll also need to attend one of a choice of five weekend BASP First Aid courses in the UK in November.

If you have any enquiries about applying or experience any difficulties downloading your application or reference forms, email Owen Chapman, Leaders Department, at leaders@skiclub.co.uk or call 020 8410 2011.

Does the following apply to you?

Ski/snowboard experience: You have skied/boarded regularly over the last three years and for at least 15 weeks in total.

Ski/snowboard standard: You should be of a purple skiing/boarding standard on and off piste.

References from Ski Club Leaders: You can provide two references from existing Ski Club Leaders

Your character: You are sociable, outgoing, have a sense of humour and an unselfish attitude when leading groups of all levels, from intermediates to experts.

Organisation: You are a good organiser with self-discipline who is able to keep paperwork up to date and organise time efficiently.

Languages: You can speak French, German, Italian or Spanish (this would be an added bonus but it's not essential).

Availability: You are available as a Leader for a minimum of two consecutive weeks each winter season.

If this sounds like you, then you've come to the right place!

If you have any queries about any of the above, please contact the Resort Operations Department, either by telephone on: 020 8410 2039 or by email to leaders@skiclub.co.uk

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