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big mountain pathway

The groundbreaking PSIC Big Mountain Pathway is coming to the PSIE for winter season 2024/2025. It is designed to improve the skills of ski instructors who want to advance their skiing in black terrain, coach freeride athletes, safely guide their students though extreme and steep terrain and further instil the adventure of skiing into advanced skiers. 
 

The Big Mountain pathway starts at Level 2. Entry into the pathway works as follows:

  • PSIC/E Professional Ski Instructor Level 1, 2 or 3 all enter the pathway at Level 2. Certification from other organizations must be a minimum of Level 2.  

  • PSIC/E Professional Ski Instructor Level 4 or equivalent enters the pathway at Level 3.


This program is developed in collaboration with Derek Foose and some of Canada’s leading big mountain ski coaches. View more details in the press release.

We will notify you as soon as the 2024/2025 BMP Course Schedule is live.

PSIC membership is required to register for any course.

level 2 big mountain coach certification

The following information provides an overview of the Level 2 Big Mountain Coach Certification Course (equivalent to Level 2 PSIE Instructor certification). 

 

Purpose of the Level 2 Program:

The purpose of the Level 2 Big Mountain program is to introduce coaching and guiding in Big Mountain Terrain. Big Mountain Terrain is a general term used here to describe steep, black pistes, itineraries, and, off piste terrain. This terrain is un-groomed and is typically found at tree-line and Alpine elevation.


Duration:

  • 3-day SKI Course (Skier Development & Terrain Exploration)

  • 3-day TEACH Course (Coaching and Guiding Development)

 

Program Summary:

View Level 2 Detailed Program Summary

level 3 big mountain coach certification

The following information provides an overview of the Level 3 Big Mountain Coach Certification Course (equivalent to Level 3 PSIE Instructor certification). 

 

Purpose of the Level 3 Program:

The purpose of the Level 3 Big Mountain program is to leverage the practical experience and exposure to real-life skiing, coaching and guiding in big mountain, off piste terrain. The goal is to refine the versatility and adaptability of your skiing, coaching and guiding. Big Mountain Terrain is a general term used here to describe steep, black pistes, itineraries, and, off piste terrain. This terrain is un-groomed and is typically found at tree-line and Alpine elevation.


Duration:

  • 3-day SKI Course (Skier Development and Terrain Exploration)

  • 4-day TEACH Course (Coaching and Guiding Development) 

  • 3-day Evaluation Course

 

Program Summary:

View Level 3 Detailed Program Summary

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