Thank You

Thank you Cerro Castor Interski 2015 – Cerro Castor, Ushuaia. for an amazing Interski event at the Fin del Mundo!


Your demo slope and fun park were fantastic, the snow grooming perfect, your team of volunteers were awesome! Fantastic scenery, we leave with fond memories of Cerro Castor and Ushuaia – thanks to you all from Team Great Britain for making us feel so welcome…..

Muchas Gracias

For all Great Britain’s photos and coverage of Interski 2015 go to: and…/timeline

See you in Bulgaria in 2019…

Interski 2015 – Team Dual Slalom Event – Friday 11 Sept

Following Lynn and Craig’s qualifying round success in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, they eased through the semi finals today and went head to head in a thrilling dual slalom final.

The two teams made up of 2 from Great Britain (Lynn and Craig), 1 Japanese and Matteo from Italy against the second team comprising: 2 Swiss, a Korean and a Hungarian. In a closely fought head to head final where Craig put on an exceptional turn of speed Lynn and Craig’s team were narrowly pipped to second.


Friday 11th September – Interski 2015 Update

So finally, the last day of Interski is here. Paul G and I delivered the last BASI lecture last night, which went really well. I’m delighted that all our presentations have been filmed so we can share them all with you. As soon as we get them tidied up and ready to launch they’ll be in the resources section.

Lynn and Craig are in the top 4 teams for the parallel slalom so they will be racing for a podium place later this morning with their Italian and Japanese team mates. Its be great to see 2 of team BASI leading the way.

We have 1 more demo to do for the closing ceremony.  Last chance to leave everyone with a positive memory of BASI skiers. We are going to give it all we’ve got.

Wish us luck.


Structures and Relationships Global Snowsports Bodies

Written by Dave Renouf

There are four key organisations in the global world of snowsports. The umbrella organisation is called Interski International and its three supporting organisations; ISIA (International Association of Ski Instructors), IVSI (International Federation of Ski Instructors) and IVSS (International Association of Snowsports in Schools and Universities).





ISIA – professional instructors

IVSI – club coaches

IVSS – Academic study and university students


Interski has its congress every 4 years. In 2015 the congress  was staged in the southern hemisphere for the first time at Cerro Castor near Ushuaia, Argentina, where their slogan is the Spanish “en fino del mundo” which roughly translates as “the end of the world”. It is the world’s most southerly city and ski resort!

Each of the three supporting organisations have their own statutes and missions to address the different parts of snowsport instruction, whether that be a fulltime professional snowsport instructor, a club coach or university students. All four organisations  have between 30-40 national organisations as members of each, with the ISIA and the IVSI also having minimum standards for individual instructors to achieve in order to gain this interntional standard.

The umbrella organisation – the Interski Presidium – consists of; the President, the 1st Vice President,  and the 2nd Vice President (who are elected at each Congress) along with the Presidents of the three supporting organisations, ISIA, IVSI, & IVSS.

BASI currently sits on the Presidiums of ISIA and IVSS. Rrepresented by Dave Renouf BASI ‘s International Affairs and Educational Development Manager.

At the Interski 2015  in Ushuaia, Argentina, the IVSS and the IVSI have their General Assemblies where they elect their boards. The vote has taken place and these Boards remain unchanged with the same national organisation supporting their nominees on these boards. The ISIA elections are held in the spring the year after the Interski Congress.

In Ushuaia, each of the supporting organisations is able to present a Key Note Lecture; the IVSS was on qualification recognition and measuring of competences on a qualification framework,  IVSI presented across a number of areas including market trends to global warming, and the ISIA presented on the Market trends in Switzerland. The ISIA also held the Instructors World Championship races.

Hat Goes Home!

Alex Leaf, BASI Trainer and owner of World Class Skiing, is here in Ushuaia with a group of clients supporting Great Britain.
Alex was a member of the Great Britain Demo Team in Japan back in 1995.

Irish Team Alex Leaf Photo

At that Interski event in 95 Alex was presented with an Australian Team Hat (Rojo). We are delighted to announce that 20 years later, the Australian Team Hat from Interski Japan 1995 has been reunited with it’s original owner – Tina Burford, who is here in Ushuaia!

This morning, there was an “official” handing over of the “Interski Hat” by Alex back to Tina.

For more in depth news from BASI/Great Britain on what’s happening at Interski 2015 – Cerro Castor, Ushuaia.


Thursday 10 September – Day 5 – Interski 2015 Update

Thursday 10 September – Interski 2015 – Daily Update

This week has felt like a time warp – just as you begin to find the daily rhythm of a “full on” Interski day, the week is nearly gone and the closing formalities have arrived.

Today, it was the turn of those nations who have watched and waited patiently all week to perform their demos and workshops. The energy and engagement was still as high as it was on day 1.

Despite overcast skies and a stiff chill on the upper slopes there was some great action around the Cerro Castor resort. Not least in the Fun Park where the Crews from various nations including; Argentina, New Zealand, U.S.A, Switzerland, Chile and Great Britain’s Ben Kinnear gave us some jaw dropping action….. (watch the video)!

There was no Dual Slalom Team Racing today – but the semi’s and finals will be staged tomorrow along with each nation performing one last demo run at the Official Closing Ceremony (Friday).

Great Britain and Australia shared a moment of nostalgia today see the post below on “THE HAT GOES HOME”.

There was no let up in the programme pace off the hill either, with more meetings in the conference centres for the Presidents, Chairs and CEO’s and mini lectures in Ushuaia for the instructor delegates. Great Britain’s Paul Garner and Becci Malthouse captivated an audience of around 60 people with an interactive presentation of BASI’s TIED model. (The presentation will be posted on BASI’s Interski 2015 – Cerro Castor, Ushuaia. blog page on this link:

With some of BASI’s delegation heading home tomorrow evening, Great Britain re-grouped this evening for dinner. The Team showed their thanks and support for Team Coach – Andi McCann and Team Manager – Roy Henderson by presenting them both with topographical maps of Antarctica signed by each one of GB’s Team Members.

As they say, it’s not over till the fat lady sings – I suspect she may sing loud and long tomorrow…..

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Interski Day 5 – Video

Wednesday 9 September – Interski 2015 Update

The handshakes, back slapping and compliments were authentic today at Interski 2015 as Great Britain completed all 5 of their Demo runs. It wasn’t just the number of compliments received from the world of snowsports today, it was who was coming over to pay them.

Team Manager, Roy Henderson had a wee tear in his eye and I admit I had a lump in my throat as GB finished their last demo run of the morning and received the applause and acknowledgement of probably the most discerning snowsports audience there is.

Demo’s over, there was no time to bathe in the limelight. Team went on to immediately present the 2 on- snow work shops (see Workshop programme below). Both the Bumps workshop, led by Rupert Goldring and the Form-based to Skills-based led by Jaz Lamb and Becs Malthouse were well attended even though the weather continued to produce squally snow storms and a challenging environment for the most hardened outdoor presenter.

Workshops over and well received it was over the to Dual Slalom Team event for the Quarter finals today. Success on the race piste too, as once again Lynn Sharp and Craig Robinson won their individual races and secured their team’s position in the semi’s which will be held on Friday. Sparing Lynn’s blushes, it should be recorded that she put down the fastest ladies run time today.

Congratulations and thanks to Amanda, Becs, Lynn, Jaz, Jas, James, Giles, Jimmy, Rupert, Ru, Craig and Paul.

BASI Chairman, Gareth Roberts summed it up tonight at dinner when he said “It has been a real privilege to be in your presence this week, your performance and professionalism both on and off the hill has been recognised and acknowledged and this will benefit BASI well beyond the end of this event in Ushuaia”

It’s difficult to appreciate just how much is crammed into a day here at Interski and the energy that is expended by everyone in delivering for their team. The responsibility and the pressure that comes with the job were evident to me on the return bus trip tonight – the achievements of the week were rewarded with sleep!

But not for long. On snow activity over, the bus eventually got us back to town in time for a quick turn around before the off-slope mini lecture programme began, Craig Robinson and Jaz Bruce presented to a full room on “What can a BASI instructor offer the worlds snowsports market?” Other team members went off to attend other mini lectures and gather information on other lectures.

Remember we will be posting all the content from other countries as well as our own work shop notes and content for you to look at on the BASI Interski web site:

Tomorrow – Thursday 10th Sept the programme follows the same format as today except BASI will be attending on slope workshops tomorrow as participants although we do have one final mini lecture to deliver tomorrow night “The BASI TIED Model – Effective Teaching”. Paul Garner and Becs Malthouse are not quite off the hook yet!


Great Britain On-Snow Workshops – Summary Overview 9 Sept 2015

Following the success on the demo slope this morning for Great Britain, there was no time to reflect as it was straight into the on-snow workshops.

BASI prepared two workshops; Form-based to skills-based. It’s good for business and the second Bumps and their importance in BASI’s progression.

The objective of both workshops was to explain and demonstrate how BASI’s system has evolved and its practical application in a real teaching environment.

Considerable preparation goes into building the content of the workshops. The team agree who will present what and then as a team discuss how best to deliver and illustrate the key messages in each programme.  Everyone involved has to know the workshop content and how it will be illustrated so that in the event that there is a large attendance, smaller groups can be organised and the workshop message has consistency across each group.

There was a further prep’ challenge for Ru Goldring who led the “Bumps” workshop – no natural bumps, they had to be created!  No mean feat as up until Tuesday evening all the slopes were perfectly groomed and hard as tacks! Ru organised a bumps crew and the task of creating bumps began on Tuesday – lots of sweat and hard work on the poma as the crew skied circuits and created some dents in the snow pack. Nature eventually lent a hand with new snow which made life considerably easier.

The weather was really challenging for the workshops on Wednesday afternoon – cold, snowing, flat light and windy (bit like Scotland then?). A Team’s performance on the demo slope directly correlates with the numbers who attend your workshops. Great demos, high workshop numbers – simple as that!  Becs and Jaz delivered Form-based to Skills- based and attracted an audience of 16, Ru had 3 other team members to deliver to 30 who attended the Bumps bash!

Over the next few days we will pop up the video and notes of the workshop sessions for you in the BASI Interski resource section here:

Tuesday 8 September – Day 3 – Interski 2015 Update

Fresh snow this morning and the weather forecast says more on the way!

Today there were demos from Australia, Canada, Switzerland, San Marino, Netherlands and Slovenia. The 5 or 6 cm of new snow produced some challenges on the main demo slope. The soft snow resulted in slower speeds than the firmer conditions of the previous days and so some teams failed to compensate and found themselves finishing further uphill from the finish arena than they had planned or practised!

Great Britain were busy again all day, attending work shops, observing the slope demos and squeezing in a final training session this afternoon (including 2 new required demos from the organisers) before heading back to Ushuaia for the mini lectures.

A highlight today was the ISIA Team Dual Slalom ( see video). The qualifier for this event took place yesterday and this morning when results were posted we discovered that Lynn Sharp, Amanda PIrie and Craig Robinson from Great Britain had all skied blinders to qualify for selection in the Team event!

Those that qualified were put into teams of mixed nationalities and now race in a team knockout series until we get to a final on Saturday. Today, every single member of Great Britain won their individual dual slalom races, sadly despite Amanda’s individual win, her team did not progress through to the next round. However… Lynn and Craig along with their Italian and Japanese team mates are through and will battle again in tomorrow’s dual slalom quarter finals…… we’ll keep you posted as this event progresses.

The Demo programme plan for every nation has always been present 3 demos. Well down here at Interski 2015 – Cerro Castor, Ushuaia. a good plan is always subject to a bit of change and at the beginning of the week every nation was told they had to do 2 additional demos! So we’ve gone from 3 demo requirements (for the last 2 years to 5 demos in the last week – nothing like adding a bit of pressure!

One of the additional demos is the same for all nations – each nation must present a pair of skiers to demonstrate short, medium and race speed long turns. Team Captain, Andi McCann, has selected Amanda Pirie and Lynn Sharp to perform this Demo…..well done ladies… all eyes on you!

So go girls and show em how it’s done!

The additional demo that the team has put together is described by GB Captain, Andi McCann as “BASI’s interpretation of high performance skiing…… ”

Tomorrow (Wednesday 9 Sept) will be Great Britain’s big day. Selection for this demo team took place over 2 years ago and the planning and preparation has been intense with full commitment demanded from everyone.

Skis are fully prepared and tomorrow a global snowsports audience will be waiting…


Interski 2015 – Day 2 – Monday 7 September

Another great day in Tierra del Fuego for Interski 2015. For the next few days the on mountain programme follows a similar daily programme. A number of the teams begin the day with their demo runs in the arena and then follow their demos up with their on – snow workshops.

Off mountain, the mini lecture programme got underway and in the main conference hall tonight we had the key note lecture from IVSS, co – presented by BASI’s own Dave Renouf! The IVSS presentation will be made available within the next 24 hours at

Today’s demos and on – slope workshops were performed by Andorra, Austria, Chile, Norway, Hungary, Ireland and Croatia followed by their on snow workshops. BASI’s Becs Malthouse attended Chile’s workshop and we’ll have something for you soon from Becs in the Resource area to have a look at.

BASI’s delegation also supported the IVSS Interski Ski School programme today and the video explains what the Ski School programme involves. BASI provided 2 instructors for the Ski School programme and they gave 10 local children 3 hours of fun and learning out on the mountain.

Tuesday 8 September Preview…
Demonstrations and on mountain workshops delivered by Australia, Canada, Switzerland, San Marino, Netherlands and Slovenia and Snowpark and Freestyle workshops are also planned and the key note lecture will be delivered by IVSI in the main conference arena. It’s going to be another busy day!