Qualifying Awards for Snowsports
Qualifying Awards for Alpine Skiing
There are two main organisations in snow sports: Snowsport Scotland which is the National Governing Body and the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) which is a training organisation for professional instructors.
Artificial Snow Sport Leader
This is the instructional qualification for people wishing to teach on artificial slopes.
Alpine Ski Leader
This award is primarily aimed at teachers, youth group leaders and other responsible adults wishing to safely lead groups on posted ski patrolled areas. The training includes instruction of introductory levels of Alpine skiing techniques.
British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI)
BASI organise and manage a national scheme of professional instructor qualifications in Alpine skiing, some of which may be of relevance and interest. For full details contact the BASI website.
Qualifying Awards for Nordic Skiing
The Nordic Ski Leader is trained to a standard of skiing, ski instruction and leadership which allows the holder to lead small groups on day journeys in forests, low lying countryside (below 600 m) and in recognised ski areas where a ski patrol operates, It includes the use of ski lifts.
British Association of Snowsports Instructors
BASI organise and manage a national scheme of professional instructor qualifications in Nordic and Telemark skiing, some of which may be of relevance and interest to Aberdeenshire staff
Adaptive skiing involves working with skiers with disabilities. Training and assessment is given in six disciplines as follows:
- Learning Disability
- Sensory Impairment
BASI offer a range of qualifications for those wishing to work with skiers who have disabilities
Mountain Ski Leader
This qualification enables holders of nationally recognised Nordic and Alpine qualifications who also hold the Winter Mountain Leader Award to lead groups on touring equipment off-piste/off-track in mountain areas within the U.K.
British Association for Mountain Guides
Full members of the above Association (or equivalent International Carnet holders), are qualified to lead parties on all mountain terrain
.Note: Any staff planning to lead groups of young people (under 18) on skis in a High Hills environment must contact the Adventure Activities Consultant at an early stage in the planning process.
This award is designed to train and qualify those wishing to safely lead snowboarding groups within patrolled areas both in the UK and abroad.
British Snowboard Association of Snowsport Instructors
BASI organise and manage a national scheme of professional instructor qualifications in snowboarding, some of which may be of relevance and interest.