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OUR SKI SEASON OPTION
Why Choose Altitude Mission
There is no other ski season like Altitude Mission. It is a totally unique experience that gives you the chance to deepen your faith, make Christian friends for life, learn how to do Mission, be a Ski Angel, help set up and run a ground-breaking ‘pop-up church’ in an après-ski bar and truly see God at work. If you want to, for an extra cost, you can come away with a level 1 & 2 BASI ski instructor’s qualification.
We have seen how hard it is to be a Christian doing a ski season without the support of fellow Christians. It has been said that in this situation, Christians not only lose their faith but drift even further away from it. At Altitude Mission you will not only get that support from fellow Altituders, but you will create bonds that last a lifetime. The friends you make here will be the ones you turn to as you continue on your journey through life.
At Altitude Mission you will do so much. You will be challenged, you will be exhausted and exhilarated in equal measure, you will laugh till it hurts, you will ski/snowboard like you’ve always dreamed, you will sing God’s praises as you sit on a mountain top, you will put others before yourself, you’ll learn to help in the kitchen, use a commercial dishwasher and you’ll have dinner with Christian leaders. You’ll dance on the tables at the Ronnie, and by the end of the season, you’ll have got closer to God.
Optional BASI Ski Instructor’s Course
For January to April 2020 you have the option to join a BASI 1 & 2 ski instructors course with New Generation. More Info here.
You will have over 250 hours of ski lessons – concentrating on a particular discipline such as off-piste powder or race-training. You’ll take the week-long BASI 1 training course which ends with the BASI 1 test on the Friday. To complete BASI 1 you’ll need to do 35 hours of ski school shadowing, which New Generation will arrange for you. Then, if you are of a sufficient standard, you’ll take the BASI 2 course, which ends with a two-week BASI test. You’ll need a further 35 hours of ski school shadowing, which New Generation will arrange.
This is an 11-week course which includes avalanche training, guided off-piste days, video analysis, first aid training and even French lessons.
As well as the specialist ski teaching, you’ll have plenty of time for free skiing with other Altituders and/or guests, to go and explore the huge area of the 3 Valleys, and to perfect your technique, so that by the time April rolls in, you’ll be skiing like a very well-seasoned seasonnaire.
“Meribel Ski Chalets Ltd is a recognised BASI partner and approved by the British Association of Snowposrt Instructors (BASI) to promote and sell specified BASI courses.
Typical Altituders Day
Your chalet breakfast will usually be at 8am. Altituders will take it in turns to help the cook with setting up breakfast and everyone will help clear away and make their picnic.
Each day will be different depending on the ski timetable. Days will start with breakfast and Pray for the Day.
For those on the ski instructors course, ski training usually takes place from 11.30am (apart from three full weeks of training and testing), so skiers will make a packed lunch and then head to the slopes – it’s a short walk (about 8 minutes) from the chalet to the ski slopes. We hope you will love the mountains enough to head out with guests/Altituders before your lessons start.
You will be skiing most days – the skiing and the mountains in the 3 Valleys are awesome
In the evenings there will be a whole range of activities. These may include
- Ski Angels at the Folie Douce.
- An après-ski meet-up in one of the local bars – this is a chance to invite your friends somewhere informal.
- Connecting with seasonnaires on their day off, perhaps starting on the slopes at the Folie Douce, or The Ronnie, and ending with a beer and pizza evening at our chalet.
- Serving at our church service in the Meribel chapel – on welcome, or worship, or leading prayers.
- Helping set up a new ‘pop-up church’ on a Sunday morning in one of the après-ski bars.
- Praying in our 24-7 Prayer Room
Our mission will be very much God-led.
You will be living in a catered chalet very close to the centre of Meribel. The chalet has 12 twin bedrooms, all with en-suite shower or bathrooms. You will be sharing with other Christians and their non-christian guests. The chalet is fully catered on 6 days of the week. On the other day you are welcome to eat out or cook for yourself.
The centre of Meribel is just a 4-minute walk downhill, and the ski slopes just a couple of minutes beyond that.
There is a large dining area, and a comfortable living room with open fireplace + free wifi.