BASECAMP Part 1

BASS Pro Training Resources 2023

PART 1

Week 1

Welcome to the first week of your course!

The PART 1 Workbook is available in the different formats below, and in full at the bottom of this page.

Have a great couple of weeks!

PDF Workbook

Access the PDF version below or follow the link to download your own PDF Introduction:

MP3 Audio File

Click on the link below to listen to the MP3 audio version of the Introduction Workbook:

MP4 Video File

Watch the MP4 video of the Introduction Workbook here, or follow the link below to the YouTube video:

Week 1

Welcome to the first week of your course!

There is going to be a lot of information for you to absorb, so please bring a notebook or phone so you can make notes.  You have quite a busy week to get you started!

We have a coaching block starting at 11:15 each morning and finishing at 5:00pm each evening.  We will meet each day at the BASS Meeting point at the top of the Pleney Gondola, so please make sure you know where this is, be punctual and ready to leave at the start time.

Outside the coaching sessions, we suggest you complete the Tasks below.  They are designed to help orient you to the resort, help you start thinking like a Ski Instructor and settle you into making the most of your course. 

These are skiing, on snow tasks, they aren’t difficult and don’t take too much time, but it will mean that you need to commit to being on the hill from 9:15 to 4:30 / 5:00 each day.  (Have a look at our separate sheet of advice ton how Instructors manage to stay comfortable on the mountain for full days, often in really poor conditions).

Don’t forget you need to have completed 70 hours Ski School Experience before you can start your BASI Level 2, you can count the hours you spend completing these Tasks towards your total.

Also consider that at the end of the course you may even be asking us to write references for you when applying for jobs.  And that any references we write will contain accurate representations of your appearance, commitment and behaviour.

This week’s tasks are:

  • Tuesday 10th January, Navigation Task 1
  • Wednesday 11th January, Navigation Task 2
  • Thursday 12th January, Structured Practice Task 1
  • Friday 13th January, repeat Structured Practice Task 1

Details about these tasks are below:

After each task there is a link to a very short Question survey, this will only take 5 minutes or so to complete but it gives you a great opportunity to reflect on what you have done and deepen your learning, plus it gives us a record of who has done what. 

Speak to one of your coaches, or grab me on the hill, if you want to ask any questions, otherwise, enjoy your week and have a great time!

Navigation Task 1     2 hrs

Aim to complete this task on the morning of Tuesday 10th January, 2023 before you join your Coaches for the training session.

From the BASS Morzine meeting place, find and ski Le Grizzli piste and follow a route to the bottom of the Pleney Gondola

Make a note of:

  • The number of the Piste Marker at the start of Le Grizzli
  • The number of the Le Grizzli Piste Marker where the red run Renard crosses Le Grizzli
  • The number of the Piste Marker just above the tunnel to Nyon
  • The name of the Chairlift where Le Grizzli run finishes
  • The name of the run you then use to take you to the bottom of the Pleney

Question Link

https://us13.list-manage.com/survey?u=deaf67b44a0879cff23db8319&id=35f3b8ea05&attribution=false

Navigation Task 2     2hrs

Aim to complete this task on the morning of Wednesday 11th January, 2023 before you join your Coaches for the training session.

Map the easiest route from the Pleney meeting point to the bottom of the Pleney gondola for novice skiers who can snowplough turn.

Make a note of:

  • The name of the piste you are taking,
  • The number of the Piste Marker at the start
  • Any intersections where the run splits

Question Link

https://us13.list-manage.com/survey?u=deaf67b44a0879cff23db8319&id=07b7f8541b&attribution=false

Structured Practice Task 1                  2 hrs

Aim to complete this task on the morning of Thursday 12th January, 2023 before you join your Coaches for the training session.

The evening before the session, consider the coaching input you have already received and choose one piece of priority feedback.  Your TASK is going to be to consciously change this in order to develop. 

  • Find a partner in your group who is doing a similar task to work with.
  • Discuss the feedback you have received from your coaches and make a plan for how you are going to do to develop this aspect into a more skilful performance.  Check in with your coaches if you need some direction.
  • Be on the hill early and prepared to train.  Find terrain that will actively help you develop new movement patterns and skills.  Consider the terrain you were skiing with your coaches.  
  • Organise your practice session so it has purpose, structure and benefit for you.  You will learn and get better at structuring your own practice, to start with:
  • Choose a definite section of terrain so you have an exact starting point, and a clear finish point for each run.  This will be your specific developmental terrain.
  • Coordinate between yourself and your partner so one person is performing the task whilst the other observes.

Then settle into the following cycle:

  • Before you set off, state your TASK to your partner and be clear in your mind what you are focussing on for that performance.  If you are not sure, ask your coach for clarification.  If you have been directed to notice any specific feedback tune into that, and, if possible, make the accurate movements before you set off to give your body the idea of what to feel for.
  • Perform the task without distraction, ie ensure you are on the correct gradient and terrain and that the slope is clear before you set off.  Focus and apply yourself to the Task.  Choose a speed and turn shape that is fluid and allows you to focus on the INFORMATION you get from your skis and body.  This will be a slower speed than your normal skiing pace, probably around 50 – 60% of your normal pace on that terrain.
  • Tune into your performance, filter the information you are getting to notice the ‘new’ sensations  you are aiming for, stay focussed to your finish point.
  • When you come to a stop, pause and reflect.  Give your body time to notice what you felt, try and verbalise what you noticed to your partner. EVALUATE what you noticed and make a plan for your next run.  It may be as simple as travelling a bit slower next time, or, opening your turn shape so you have more time to notice what you are doing.
  • Ski to the lift safely and efficiently.
  • At the lift, switch off, chat to your partner and enjoy.  At the top head to your starting point and repeat with your new, adjusted Task.
  • Repeat for 3 or 4 runs.

Question Link

https://us13.list-manage.com/survey?u=deaf67b44a0879cff23db8319&id=02dba341c4&attribution=false

Structured Practice Task 1                  2 hrs

Aim to complete another Structured Practice session on the morning of Friday 13th January, 2023 before you join your Coaches for the training session.

Repeat the process above to set up a partnered, structured practice session.

Use the same link to record your session.

Evening Sessions

In preparation for your BASI Level 1 course, find a little bit of time each evening to prepare, have a look at the following:

BASI Standards Videos, showing BASI Level 1 skiing standards:

https://www.basi.org.uk/BASI/Courses/Alpine/Tech_standards/Alpine_technical_standards.aspx?WebsiteKey=211cffca-c436-4a06-844e-527af5a19586

 BASI Online, pre-BASI Level 1 modules:

Follow this link to join the BASI study platform to access BASI’s Online Courses. 

https://www.basi.study/

You will then be able to access the following online courses to prepare for the BASI Level 1 Course

  • All Disciplines – Level 1 Pre-Course – TIED
  • All Disciplines – Level 1 Pre-Course – TEACHING
  • All Disciplines – Level 1 Pre-Course – THE PERFORMANCE THREADS
  • SKI Level 1 Pre-Course: Standards & Criteria
  • SKI Level 1 Pre-Course: CENTRAL THEME
  • SKI Level 1 Pre-Course: FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS

Week 2

For the second week, you are going into the BASI Level 1 Ski Instructors exam, this runs for 4 days from Monday to Thursday.  These will be full days, including some evening work for the following days. 

We will then have a training session on Friday afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00. 

We expect there may be a little bit of a celebration after your BASI course on Thursday evening so haven’t scheduled anything for you in the first morning slot, however, do take time before meeting your coaches for the afternoon training for a Structured Practice session developing your Central Theme Plough Turns.

The meeting place for your coaching sessions will always be at the BASS Meeting point at the top of the Pleney, unless otherwise arranged.

This weeks Tasks are:

  • Structured Practice Plough Turns 2 hrs

Details of the Tasks are below.

Good Luck on your BASI Level 1 – ski well!

Structured Practice Task Plough Turns               2 hrs

Aim to complete this task on the morning of Friday 20th January, 2023 before you join your Coaches for the afternoon training session.

With a partner, find suitable terrain to practice the following stage of the Central Theme:

  • Plough Turning

As you have already done, set up a partnered, structured practice session that will enable you to develop and work on the feedback you have been receiving from your coaches.

  • Find a partner in your group to work with.
  • Discuss the feedback you have received from your BASI Trainer and make a plan for how you are going to develop this aspect into a more skilful performance.  Check in with your coaches if you need some direction.
  • Be on the hill early and prepared to train.  Find terrain that will actively help you develop new movement patterns and skills.  Consider the terrain you were skiing with your coaches.  
  • Organise your practice session so it has purpose, structure and benefit for you.  Remember to:
  • Choose a definite section of terrain so you have an exact starting point, and a clear finish point for each run. 
  • Coordinate between yourself and your partner so one person is performing the task whilst the other observes

Then settle into the Practice cycle:

  1. State your TASK to your partner and be clear in your mind what you are focussing on for that performance. 
  2. Perform the task without distraction so you can gather INFORMATION from your skis and body. 
  3. When you come to a stop, pause and reflect.  EVALUATE what you noticed and make a plan for your next run. 
  4. Ski to the lift safely and efficiently, switch off, chat, relax  and enjoy.  At the top head to your starting point and repeat with your new, adjusted Task.
  5. Repeat for 3 or 4 runs.

At the end of the session, take time to video each other performing the task.

Question Link

https://us13.list-manage.com/survey?u=deaf67b44a0879cff23db8319&id=02dba341c4&attribution=false