BASI Members Meeting in Morzine
The Board of Directors for BASI (British Association of Snowsports Instructors) meet four times a year, each time holding an open forum to discuss whatever hot topics are affecting the profession with the members. In order to give as many of the membership the opportunity to attend as possible the venue changes each time (Scotland may be the cradle of British Instruction but the fact is only a minority of UK snow sports instructors work there over the winter season, most are based in Europe or America) and on Saturday the BOD met in Morzine.
It would probably astonish most of our clients to see our normally affable and easy going bunch of instructors going at it hammer & tongs in the open forums. Because of the international flavour of snow sports, obtaining and upholding internationally recognised qualifications is something of a political hot potato. The British Level 4 Ski Instructor qualification is generally acknowledged as one of the most exacting in the World but it is not universally agreed how (or even if we should) retain this standard.
Luckily a sense of humour is a pre-requisite in what is after all a people profession, and most of them manage to bring this along to the debate. And any bridges that need it are easily mended in the bar afterwards!!