Level 3 part 1 ‘Landesskilehrer 1’ (LS1) training with Snowsports Academy

The Austrian ‘Landeslehrer’ (State certified) qualification is divided into several advanced course modules and begins with the so-called “Anwärter”. Following on from this, there are two ‘Landeslehrer’ courses and they combine with additional alpine training on a separate ‘Alpine Course’ to complete the full level 3. The ‘Landeslehrer’ course segments are also called "LS1" and "LS2" and each last 10 days. The following information only refers to the 1st part of the level 3, the ‘Landeslehrer 1’ (LS1).

What are the goals of the LS1 training? The goals of LS1 training are to teach advanced skiers of all ages. In addition, off-piste skiing and skiing on all types of terrain is a main focal point of the training and thus developing a well-rounded, agile skier. Additionally, intensive training is provided on the technique necessary for off-piste and mogul (bump) skiing. In preparation for the LS2 the basics of racing giant slalom (GS) are also trained.

After completing the LS1 course, each participant should be able to take on more responsibility in their ski school, teaching becomes more comfortable especially with more advanced skiers, and the lessons delivered are of high quality, well-structured and much more professional.

What do I learn on the LS1 course? The training is divided into theoretical and practical parts. In the theory sections, the focus is on the methodological progressions and there is a deeper look into the biomechanics and movements of skiing. During the practical, the focus shifts towards more dynamic skiing skills and the ability to use these varying techniques both on and off the piste, in all sorts of terrain. The theory sessions take place every afternoon off the mountain.

Theoretical content:

  • Movement theory

  • Teaching

  • Snow science and avalanche knowledge

  • Freestyle

  • gates training

  • a second language

  • Communication

Practical content:

  • Long radius parallel turns

  • Short radius parallel turns

  • Off-piste skiing

  • Rhythm change

  • Moguls

  • Giant slalom

  • Training your own ability and pushing your limits


What are the prerequisites for taking part in the LS1 course? The prerequisites for participating in the LS1 course is having passed the Level 1 and 2 exams. You must also prove having worked 10 days as an instructor in a snow sports school. There is no entrance exam.

Which exams have to be taken?

The exams consist of two parts:

1. Theory exam 2. Practical exam

Theory exam: The theory exam consists of the various subjects covered and worked on during course. These include:

  • Movement theory

  • Teaching

  • Snow science and avalanche knowledge

  • Freestyle

Practical exam: The practical exam takes place on the last day of the course. The participants ski a variety of runs showing the techniques of the Austrian ski curriculum. The runs skied are divided up into the so-called demos, or "Schulefahren" and the freeski or "Eigenkönnen":

  • Schulefahren: snowploug steering or Long radius parallel turns and a rhythm change.

  • Eigenkönnen: giant slalom*, moguls and an off-piste run. * The GS has no time limit, but instead is judged on technique.

What do I get after completing my training? The exams for becoming an instructor are held by the Viennese Ski and Snowboard Instructor’s Association and are carried out according to Vienna State Law. After successfully completing the exam, the participant receives a Certificate from the Viennese Ski and Snowboard Instructor Association, which is valid and recognised throughout Austria. The positive completion of the LS1 entitles you to sign up for LS2 and the ‘Alpinkurs’.

Who are the trainers? You will be taught by Snowsports Academy trainers. Each one has at least the ‘Staatlicher’ qualification, the "state-certified level 4 instructor". All Team members have many years teaching experience or even run their own ski school. With their knowledge and experience, they make sure the participants are well prepared for the exams and being successful as a ski or snowboard instructor.

Further education: What do I learn at the LS2 and what do I learn during the Alpine course? You can find more information by following these links:


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