Pre Test Training
Physically fit and active and between the ages of 18 & 30.
Passionate about skiing?
Considering a career as a ski instructor?
Keen to train with the most highly qualified instructors in the world?
Looking for a challenging, life-changing experience post school or university?
If you answered 'yes' to any of the above then Pre Test Training could be perfect for you.
HOW TO FIND OUT MORE? Please read the FAQs listed below.
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? Please get in touch.
A winter to remember
Pre Test Training:
"A life -changing experience that will put hairs on your chest and leave you with future of skiing opportunity."
Pre-Test Training FAQs
+ WHEN DOES THE TRAINING TAKE PLACE & HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
The Pre Test Training course lasts 20 weeks.
The next course runs from Saturday 9th November 2019 and March 29th 2020
+ HOW MUCH DOES THE COURSE COST?
10,400 Euros (a place on the course can be secured for a €1000 deposit, with the remaining balance due one month later or 25 days prior to the start of the course, whichever is soonest).
+ WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- 20 weeks board for the season. Accommodation is on a shared room basis (no more than 3 people per room), with shared bathroom facilities.
- 3 meals per day Monday - Friday
- 16 weeks of professional training (Including 1 week of snowboarding)
- 1 season lift-pass
- Priority in lift-queues
+ HOW MANY TFSA STUDENTS WILL THERE BE ON THIS COURSE?
When you train with TFSA you are part of a large group of French and international trainees. This number can be anywhere between 30-40 individuals. We like to limit groups to approximately 8 per trainer.
+ WHAT DOES THE COURSE QUALIFY YOU TO DO (AND WHERE)?
This course does not prepare you to achieve any official qualifications, but it can be used as a stepping-stone to the Test Technique Training and unltimately the Euro Test Training, which will help prepare you to pass two integral parts of any European ski instructor qualification.
+ WHERE DOES THE TRAINING TAKE PLACE?
All TFSA courses take place in the major ski resort of Serre Chevalier in South East France, which boasts over 150 miles of ski slopes. The area is renowned as a Mecca for off-piste skiers and snowboarders, a playground for free-riders and a rich training ground for racers. Read more about Serre Chevalier in our Resort Guide
+WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE OF THE COURSE?
The Pre-Test is essentially the base training for the Test-Technique Training that we offer here at The French Snowsports Academy. It caters for skiing enthusiasts who have less experience in the mountains than those going straight onto the Test Technique Course. It is for less experienced skiers who require a greater focus on their technical ability and all-round skiing.
Pre-Test Training is the foundation that we believe is necessary to craft you into an outstanding skier for life, as well as prepare you for future ski-racing, all-terrain skiing & technical skiing examinations that are a compulsory factor in all ski instructor qualifications.
The fundamental difference between this course and the Test Technique Training is that there is less emphasis on slalom racing during the first half of the season and more emphasis on developing you as an all-rounder.
This course is an end in itself. It is a facility to improve existing knowledge and skills - OR - it can be viewed as a pre-training program for our Test Technique Training.
N.B. We will train you to ski slalom, off-piste and technically but "we are not teaching you to teach skiing". We are a training centre where it is all about you and your ability to ski at an extremely high standard!
+ WHO RUNS THE COURSE?
This training is an alliance between TFSA & “Le Federation Unie des Auberges de Jeunesse, Serre Chevalier” (FUAJ). The FUAJ, or “AJ” as they are fondly known, have been training aspiring instructors for over 50 years.
The introduction of international participants to our training programs was the brainchild of Danielle Feldtrauer (FUAJ Director) and Christian Delafield who, amongst other close British friends, trained with the FUAJ from 2000 to 2004. Christian fully-qualified as French National Ski & Snowboard Instructor in 2008, and in 2010 he and Danielle started the project of inviting skiers from other countries to train in France. Christian felt then - and continues to believe now - that this is an experience not to be missed by anyone who loves skiing!
All our courses are overseen by nationally qualified skiing professionals thereby ensuring a paramount level of safety and quality in training and experience.
+ WHAT QUALIFICATIONS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE COURSE? WHO IS THIS COURSE AIMED AT?
No formal skiing qualifications are required to take this course.
You are required to have high standard of physical fitness.
You must have approximately 8-12 weeks skiing experience and be capable of skiing black runs.
Don’t worry if you aren’t a seasoned off-piste skier. This course is perfect for people who may have been brave enough to take on mogul fields and ski on ice but found neither experience came naturally or felt easy.
The training will cover a range of aspects of skiing, with the primary focus being the development of all participants into super-competent skiers. If you are patient, enthusiastic, motivated and both physically and mentally prepared to spend hours off piste, falling over numerous times and then getting up and regrouping, then Pre Test Training is the best course for you.
+IS THE COURSE RIGHT FOR ME?
Do you have a background in sport or are you a sporting enthusiast but haven’t spent a huge amount of time on the snow to date? This is a physically demanding course and is only open to persons with a high standard of physical fitness. If you could run out of the door and do 10k comfortably now, and repeat the same run every day for a week without flagging, you are on the right track!
Are you looking for a challenge in the mountains and for ski training that is physically tougher and more demanding than most ordinary ski courses? This course is ideal for people who are passionate about skiing and want to take their skills to a level that they could never otherwise have imagined. It is perfect for school and university leavers and regular holiday skiers looking for an adventurous sabbatical from a stressful job (or a potential career change!)
Are you interested in building a career in the mountains? This course is ideally suited to people who would like to carve a career in the mountains and take ski-instructing examinations in future.
If your answer is 'yes' to any of the above questions then this could be the right course for you. It is not for the faint hearted but those who take the course can expect a life-changing experience, during which they will be challenged and inspired, as they fine tune their skills on the slopes and create enduring memories.
+WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM A BETTER SKIER THAN THIS COURSE CATERS FOR?
If the trainers think that your level is too high for this training program then you will be automatically moved to the Test Technique Training group above.
N.B. This is, however, the responsibility and decision of TFSA and the trainers.
+DAY TO DAY – WHAT IS INVOLVED? WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT ON THIS COURSE?
As a general rule the day-to-day program for the course is dependent on the weather, but during the winter season we will cover the following:
Join us for pre-season training in November, which involves trying your hand at a range of different sporting activities over a 2 week period. It is designed to get you into shape for the course and thus help reduce the risk of injury when the winter starts. Expect to play a variety of sports, hike in the mountains, do some plyometric work and stretching and improve your core strength. Everyone who is accepted onto the course will be made fully aware of the physical demands of this training program. Pre-season activities are intended to improve an already high standard of fitness.
SKI-SEASON TRAINING INCLUDES:
Skiing Monday to Friday (9am - 4pm)
Technical Training - All-Terrain Skiing - Mountain Safety Instruction - 1 week Snowboarding Initiation - Ski touring initiation (2 days) - Slalom & Giant Slalom Training
As a general rule the day will be divided into Technical and All-terrain skiing.
During the mid to latter stages of the winter you will be introduced to slalom or giant slalom racing.
There are 2 weeks off over Christmas and New Years week and 2 weeks off in the middle of the French February Holidays. During these times you continue to be accommodated and fed. You are left to your own devices and you can either remain in Serre Chevalier or return home - the choice is yours.
This is a great time to enjoy the environment that you are living and, more importantly, to recuperate, as 20 weeks is a long time to spend on the slopes!
+WHY TRAIN WITH TFSA AND NOT ELSEWHERE?
All ski & snowboard instructors in France are trained to the highest possible level and they are recognised as the most experienced and highly qualified in the world. The TFSA trainers are selected for their communications skills, technical backgrounds in skiing & racing and their advanced knowledge and ability in skiing in general.
Our training federation has been offering advanced ski tuition to French school and university leavers for over 50 years. It is with enormous pleasure that we are able to open the doors to the rest of the world and invite them in to experience the sort of training that we have to offer, which is renowned the world over.
TFSA is dedicated to developing characters in skiing, building style and experience in line with technique and fostering knowledge of an otherwise dangerous and unknown environment.
This as an amazing opportunity to submerge yourself in French Alpine culture alongside like-minded individuals from all over the world.
We will endeavour to help you learn the French language (if necessary), which is a useful skill whatever you choose to do after the course, but will prove invaluable should you chose to teach skiing in France in the future.
+WHAT MEASURES ARE IN PLACE IF THE CONDITIONS ARE NOT SUITABLE TO TRAIN?
This rarely happens (in our years of experience, there are maybe 2 days every season where training is curtailed by the weather). In the event that you do have an impromptu mid-week afternoon off, you will probably find that the time is made up at a weekend, or you may just be grateful for an unscheduled nap, as the demands of this course really are exhausting!