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The Ultimate Gap Year

Our 18 week winter programme combines a multitude of ski industry disciplines, created to challenge you both on and off the slopes, resulting in a lifetime experience you will never forget!

Learn from the Professionals

All of our courses are delivered by highly trained professionals, and follow a rewarding programme that raises the industry bar. Like our holidays we believe that if you are going to do something then do it to the best of your abilities… gaining a qualification with Powder Byrne will give you the confidence required to achieve high standards in your chosen field.

Begin Your Journey

Find out why some of our previous gap year participants (or "gappies" as we like to call them) took part in P2P. Hear about the hightllights of the programme, what they got out of the experience, and why they're still raving about P2P.

The Ultimate Season

Combine professional ski instruction with the UK’s leading luxury Tour Operator, the Powder Byrne “Piste 2 Profession” (P2P). Our aim is to give you the transferable skills employers look for in potential employees in any industry, along with the opportunity to experience numerous once in a lifetime snow sport activities.

The Package

17/18 Week Course

This is a complete ski season, although there will be free ski opportunities and some down time as we believe that it is important to provide a full programme of activities throughout the season. The course will start in early December for professional Ski School and Powder Byrne training, returning home with the Powder Byrne full season team for the End of Season Party in April!

Return Flights and Transfers

Included in the cost are flights to and from London at the start and end of your season as well as airport transfers into the resort.

Accommodation

A spacious 3 bedroom self-catering apartment, located in the heart of Flims, only a 2 minute walk from the supermarket, bus stop, restaurants and bars.

Personal Discounts on and off the Mountain           

In addition to the discounts available on skis and boots and other ski equipment, you will also receive a ‘personnel card’ which gives you special ski instructor prices on food /coffees etc. in certain restaurants on and off the mountain.

Work Permit

Powder Byrne will arrange local work permits for you for the season.

CRB Check

Included in the package price is the application fee for a Criminal Records Check (CRB) to enable you to work with children and gain your BASI licence.

Specialist Winter Medical Insurance Policy

A comprehensive medical insurance policy will be provided as part of the course with the specialist company ‘Mind the gap year.com’. Mind The Gap Year is part of MPI Brokers who have over 32 years experience in providing quality and bespoke insurance schemes.

Ski Instructors Insurance

You will be provided with ski instructor insurance to cover you for the periods when you will be gaining work experience for the ski school.

Specialist 24/7 Support

Overseen by the Head of Flims/Laax ski school, highly qualified snow sports professionals and the Powder Byrne resort team, you will have support on hand throughout the season. In addition you will be given direct access to the Powder Byrne Head Office emergency number, that provides 24/7 support and advice.

The Kit

You will be kitted out with Powder Byrne top quality mountain gear including Ski jacket, salopetts and soft shell. The P2P course gives you ski instructor work experience as well as shadowing experience, which means that you will be provided with your own ski instructor's uniform for the season. Ski and Boot rental for the full season is included in the package. Alternatively you may choose to bring your own equipment.

PB Technical Ski Kit
PB Technical Ski Kit
Ski School Uniform
Ski School Uniform
Skis and Boots
Skis and Boots

The Training & Qualifications

You will be given bespoke training with the full season Powder Byrne professionals, where the standard of customer service is second to none. The course will cover subjects that will enable you to deliver a premium level of service to any age of guest. You will be given a Health & Safety Exec approved course covering all the requirements to gain your BASI qualification.

BASI Level 1 Qualification

BASI Level 1 Qualification

Through intensive training you will successfully complete the 5 day Alpine Level 1 Instructor course + safeguarding children module. All registration fees and assessment fees are included in the cost of the programme.

BASI Level 2 (extra cost)

BASI Level 2 (extra cost)

Completing the BASI Level 2 qualification is an additional cost to the course and is dependent on you reaching a proficient level of skiing. We are proud to say that all students who have opted to do their 2 week BASI level 2 qualification have passed to date.

Local Ski Instructors Course

Local Ski Instructors Course

All instructors who want to work for the Flims / Laax ski school must pass a week of intensive training. As part of the P2P programme you will benefit from this bespoke training course that will enable you to apply for work with the ski school in the future.

Child-specific Ski Instructors Course

Child-specific Ski Instructors Course

This course is a dedicated course run by specialist childcare ski instructors that develops your skills in working with children on the slopes. Successful completion will result in you being awarded a childcare instructor specific certification.

Powder skiing and avalanche awareness course

Powder skiing and avalanche awareness course

Our local mountain guide runs a practical course on avalanche awareness that will give you valuable skills in dealing with situations on the mountain when conditions take a turn for the worse.

The Work

We believe the best way to learn is through experience, which is why all participants will have the opportunity to join the Powder Byrne professionals at selected weeks in the season. You will become a full member of the team, expected to deliver the premium service that we offer our clients.

Ski School Shadowing and Work Experience

Throughout the season you will gain relevant snow experience that will allow you to complete the number of hours required by BASI to become a fully qualified instructor (35hours for BASI Level 1 and 35hours for BASI Level 2).

Tour Operator Work Experience

We believe the best way to learn is through experience, which is why all participants will have the opportunity to join the Powder Byrne professionals at selected weeks in the season. You will become a full member of the team and it is expected that you'll deliver the premium service that we offer our clients.

Ski Rental and Ski Technician Work Experience

The programme gives you the opportunity to join the team in the largest ski rental shop in the resort to gain an understanding of the operations involved a ski technician's work.

Ski Patrol Shadowing

You will be given the opportunity to join the professionals as they prepare the mountain for safe day-to-day skiing.

Ski Event Experience – The Burton Open and The BRITS

Flims/Laax hosts a number of international snow events each season and two of the highlights of the calendar are the Burton Open and The BRITS. You will be given the opportunity to become part of the operational team delivering the events, and you'll get to experience a ski resort when the professionals are in town!

Future Employment Opportunities

For those who successfully complete the P2P course there are various work opportunities available within Powder Byrne as well as opportunities to return to Flims/Laax to work as a fully qualified ski instructor.

The Fun

It's not all work and no play when you take on the ultimate ski season! Find out about the other snow sports you can try and the fun you can get up to during your season in the Swiss Alps.

 

Freestyle Clinics
Freestyle Clinics

Freestyle Clinics

Laax is home to the world famous indoor FreeStyle Academy, a purpose build indoor centre with kickers / trampolines / foam pits / quarter pipes etc. You will learn to perfect your technique in Europe’s only indoor centre before taking your skills on to the snow park where they boast the largest half pipes in Europe.

Race Coaching: Downhill and GS

Race Coaching: Downhill and GS

You will be given tuition by one of our top instructors in race techniques to take your skiing to the next level, just in time to compete in the Weisse Arena Ski Champs at the end of the season!

Race Coaching: Downhill and GS
Ski Touring
Ski Touring

Ski Touring

Our local mountain guide will provide you with the necessary equipment and techniques to join him in exploring some of the regions hidden treasures.

Other Disciplines

Other Disciplines

Although the P2P programme is geared toward skiing you will have the opportunity to try snowboarding, which if you wanted to you could then take into the indoor Freestyle Academy in Laax or onto the mountain.

Other Disciplines
Ice-Climbing
Ice-Climbing

Ice-Climbing

As part of the P2P experience you will join a local ice-climbing professional, who will teach you the art of scaling frozen walls.

Other Activities

Other Activities

With high ropes courses, indoor climbing and après ski activities like snow BBQs, ice hockey games, ski school parties, poker nights and the Powder Byrne End of Season Party in London, you surely won't be short of things to do!

Other Activities
Lauberhorn World Cup
Lauberhorn World Cup

Lauberhorn World Cup

January sees Switzerland host one of the more infamous races in the World Cup calendar – the Lauberhorn. We take a weekend road trip to Grindelwald to watch the race close up and join the after race party!

Weisse Arena Ski Champs
& Other Events

Weisse Arena Ski Champs
& Other Events

Being part of the P2P programme you will become part of the local ski school for many of its events, this includes the opportunity to enter the Weisse Arena Ski Champs held towards the end of the season.

Weisse Arena Ski Champs
& Other Events

The Essential Information

When:            Early December through to April
Where:           Flims / Laax resort, Switzerland
Cost:              £8,750 per person

Requirements:

Powder Byrne is dedicated to providing outstanding levels of customer service and we know that 'to be the best, we have to recruit the best’. We are therefore looking for high calibre, highly motivated individuals to join our team. As the P2P course involves invaluable work experience opportunities we interview all potential candidates before offering them a place on the course.

Ski Experience:

You should be able to ski any piste in control and with good technique, as a benchmark you will have had 10-15 weeks ski experience (No previous instructing experience is necessary).

 

Dispatches

Find out the latest goings on about our Piste 2 Profession gap year skiing programme.

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Daniel Conrad of P2P
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The Next Step

If you are interested in applying for our P2P gap year ski programme or would like to find out more then please contact us.

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