5 week freeride and freestyle ski course in Verbier

Shred 5 epic weeks in the heart of the Swiss Alps

5 Week Freeride and Freestyle Program in Verbier, Switzerland

Verbier buzzes as the ultimate hotspot for Freeride skiing, standing as a giant among big mountain ski destinations. For over a decade, it’s been the proud host of the Freeride World Tour finals, attracting thrill-seekers and ski aficionados from around the globe. Beyond the slopes, Verbier vibrates with life, offering a bustling village scene and exhilarating nightlife. The area pulses with an international vibe, where spotting professional skiers throughout the day is just part of the norm. The choice of many pro skiers to call Verbier their home base truly underscores its stellar reputation.

Join our 5-week freeride and freestyle program in Verbier and dive into the best powder skiing Switzerland has to offer. You’ll be led by enthusiastic and seasoned local coaches eager to make this experience unforgettable. Are you ready to have the time of your life?

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Embark on a 5-week freeride adventure

For five weeks, beginning either in early January or March, immerse yourself in the expansive Les 4 Vallées. With over 400 km of slopes plus countless off-slope adventures, you’re in for an epic trip. In collaboration with our experienced partner Apex Verbier, we’ve crafted a comprehensive training program designed to elevate your freeride and freestyle skills, along with your understanding of mountain terrain, avalanche safety, and much more.

Train in small groups of up to 8 participants, engaging in 25 days of intense training totaling 150 hours on the mountain. On your days off you can hit the slopes for some free skiing, explore the local area with your new friends, or just relax in the accommodation that you will share with the other participants. With a mix of freestyle, freeride, and all-mountain training days, you’re guaranteed an experience that you’ll brag about for years!

Just a heads up: you might come for the skiing, but there’s a good chance you’ll stay for the Swiss chocolate. Seriously, it’s dangerously delicious.

What’s included?

With our 5-week freeride program in Verbier, we have organized “everything” for you, so you can relax and experience the best of the famous Swiss Alps.

In this course, you can look forward to the following:

  • 5 weeks in Verbier, Switzerland from the beginning of January or the beginning of March
  • 5 weeks of shared accommodation in a house shared with the other participants
  • 5 weeks of lift pass to Verbier and Les 4 Vallées
  • 5 weeks of freeride-oriented ski training – a total of 150 hours of training!
  • Training including days with freeride, freestyle, Swiss High Mountain Training, Avalanche Safety Training
  • Swiss Mountain Training (SMT) Level 1 and 2
  • Intro to safety and rules (FIS code and SKUS)
  • Intro to Avalanche Bulletin
  • Snowminds Team Leader during the program
  • Social activities during the program
  • Help with visa application (if needed) and other practical formalities before departure
  • Pro-deals at Snowminds Store
  • Preparation material and pre-travel fitness program 
  • Online kick-off event prior to departure with team building and more
  • Invitation to Snowminds Reunion Party after your course ends
  • A strong community with fellow Snowminders
  • Confidence in an established travel company that is a member of the Danish Travel Guarantee Fund
  • Travel protection with Snowminds Money Back Guarantee

 

What is not included?

  • Transportation to/from Verbier, Switzerland*
  • Cancellation insurance, travel insurance, potential visa fees and local taxes
  • Equipment required for the course, such as ski equipment and touring gear (including Beacon, shovel and probe) etc.**
  • Food, pocket money, housing deposit and anything else not mentioned above

* We are happy to assist with recommendations to booking airline tickets and airport transfers to your final destination. Please reach out to us ANYTIME if you are interested. 

** Rental Equipment: For those who do not want to make the investment in buying all equipment, there are rental programs available. A season rental with the preferred ski shop will allow you to change skis as the conditions and days change, so you can use Freeride, Freestyle and Randonée as needed. Though it is most ideal for everyone to have their own Avalanche Safety Equipment so you can be as safe and independent as possible everyday, you can rent a backpack and safety equipment on the days they are 100% needed. 

Travel itinerary

Our 5-week freeride program in Verbier is perfectly designed for those looking to take a gap year, a career break/change as well as those wanting professional training to improve their freeride and freestyle skiing and take it to the next level in some of Europe’s best freeride terrain.

 

This course is offered twice during the season with dates subject to change, typically: 

  • Around the 4th of January 2025 to the 8th of February 2025
  • Around the 1st of March 2025 to the 6th of April 2025

 

The program will include the following sessions: 

 

Introduction to safety and rules

  • Introducing of FIS Code, SKUS safety protocols
  • Off-Piste/Freeride and Freestyle/Snowpark safety

 

Introduction to the Avalanche Bulletin

  • Daily use of the Avalanche Bulletin and applying it to practical scenarios on the mountain

 

Off-Piste/Freeride skills and fundamentals

  • Technical sessions to broaden abilities to handle off-piste conditions

 

Freestyle skills and fundamentals

  • Riding in the terrain and snowpark – identifying and riding various features and develop tricks and maneuvers

 

Avalanche Rescue session

  • Build up to SMT accrediation
  • Learning how to use avalanche safety equipment

 

Swiss Mountain Training (SMT)

  • SMT Level 1 – focus on off piste risk management and safety skills
  • SMT Level 2 – deepening of knowledge and experience

 

Randonée and Ski Touring

  • Introduction to ski touring
  • Intro to ascending the mountain without lifts and access to more remote terrain

 

The program is approximate and can be subject to changes. Please note that the training program consists of on-slope days, off-slope days, and off days. The exact planning is made in accordance with the weather conditions during those weeks.

 

Who can join the program in Verbier?

You don’t have to be an expert in freeriding yet. The most important thing is that you want to learn and are not afraid of being challenged. If you already are a qualified ski instructor and you want to do a season in Switzerland, you are also very welcome to join this program.

To join the course we expect that:

  • You are comfortable on red slopes on ski 
  • You are kind, positive, and respectful to others
  • You are responsible and motivated to learn in a serious training environment
  • You speak English at a conversational level
  • You are 18 years or above
  • You are eligible to enter and stay in Switzerland for the duration of the program

There is a lot of interest in the course and the places fill up quickly. We only have a minimum of spots on this course, which is the reason we use a “first come, first served” arrangement. This means that the sooner you can reach us, the greater the chance that there is still a spot available for you on the course.

Price

Course Icon 5 week freeride and freestyle course in Switzerland

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Course Icon Verbier, Switzerland

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