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with the Parallel Dreams Coaching Academy

Do you want to train to be a ski instructor?

The Parallel Dreams Coaching Academy is a licensed course provider (LCP) for the Irish Association of Snowsport Instructors (IASI). 



The Level 1 Ski Instructor is the first award available in the alpine qualification pathway.

Holders of this award can work in the closed environment of an artificial slope,

rolling carpet or indoor snowdome.  (See below for a more detailed breakdown of the award).  

Course Dates:-  

Dates for 2021 TBC

Venue:- Chillfactore Snowdome, Manchester

Total Cost:- £590 per person

Deposit (non refundable):- £190

What does the course fee include:- 

  • 5 day Level 1 Instructor Course (9-5pm each day) - 6-days condensed into this 5 day course.

  • Uplift ticket for course times

  • Skis/boots/ski pole/helmet hire if required (for the duration of the course)*

  • Lecture room 

  • Course workbook (downloadable)

  • Level 1 Student Logbook (downloadable)


What does the course fee NOT include:-

  • Accommodation

  • Travel

  • Refreshments/lunch

  • Additional modules (First Aid & Safeguarding Children)

  • Shadowing fees (if applicable) 

  • IASI Membership fee

  • Personal Activity Insurance for Skiing


Pre Requisite Skiing Standard

To enter the course, the standard of skiing is parallel turns and being able to control your speed in a safe manner from top to bottom of a blue slope.  Some experience of skiing in the mountain environment is useful, but not essential.  Teaching or coaching experience in other sports/education is also useful but not essential.


Course Content

You will learn:

  • The basics of teaching skiing

  • Understanding and using the basic principles of skiing performance 

  • Built awareness in class management and slope use using Safety/Enjoyment/Learning

  • Improve and understand your own skiing performance

  • Develop the skills to demonstrate the basic progression for learners from complete beginners to parallel skiers

  • Develop teaching techniques and tactics so you have a "tool box" of activities to help progress learners


The IASI Educator will provide the training and teaching tools to help you perform through the course, this will be enhanced with continuous video feedback for the group and individuals to help develop individual action plans.

What Is Expected from Students

IASI expect all students to engage fully each day of the course and help the Educator to create a positive and supportive environment for the course.  Everyone is expected to behave in a polite manner and present themselves professionally in appearance, language used and not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  This will help everyone to relax, enjoy and get the most out of the course.


Pre course:

Download the Level 1 Student Logbook and complete challenges 1 - 6.

For those looking for pre-course training at Chill Factore we recommend In Depth Snowsports.

Shadowing at Chill Factore

Chill Factore are very supportive of the need for new instructors to gain Ski School Experience through shadowing and encourage participants to be actively involved in the lessons by assisting the instructor who is delivering the lesson. They are also open to aspiring instructors getting involved with shadowing prior to taking the Alpine Level 1 and not just those who have completed the course. This means that aspiring instructors can be really well prepared before the Level 1 begins. Contact Edie Marsh, assistant snowsports manager at Chill Factore for more info. 

Post course:

After successful completion of this 5 day training & assessment course each student is required to complete a suitable 16 hour minimum First Aid Course or prove they hold a current First Aid Certificate, Log a minimum of 20 hours of Ski School Experience (must be completed after the last day of the Level 1 course) and complete a Safeguarding Children Course. Also complete challenges 7 - 10 in the Student Course Logbook. 

Suitable Courses:

World Class Training- First Aid Training

Safeguarding Children Course




Contact us to check that we have spaces still available.

Email: or call +44 (0)203 369 1003


Complete the course application form available HERE and make payment on receipt of invoice.


Follow this link to make payment for the IASI Associate Membership HERE.

Participants MUST have joined IASI before the start of the course.


Download BOTH the Level 1 course workbook AND the Level 1 student logbook HERE.

The logbook contains pre & post course 'challenges' to be completed by the student and has a ski school experience record sheet.


Download the relevant chapters of the IASI manual HERE.

Chapters 1, 2, 5, 7, 12 & 13 are essential.


Book accommodation & travel if required.

Travelodge and Premier Inn on site.


Ensure the course participant attends practice sessions in their own time before the course in order to practice their own performance skiing.  It is also advisable to become familiar with the slope and teaching environment where the course will be held.  It is recommended that participants visit their local ski slope/centre and discuss the level 1 preparation required with a currently qualified instructor.  The more prepared students can be, the better the experience they will have on the course.


Contact us for any further questions about the course.


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