Two weeks in Zermatt –BASI Level 2

Winter time again! Undoubtedly my favourite time of year and with two weeks under my skis already I am feeling ready to settle in for the season in Italy. Writing this I am on the train in a beautiful, snow covered valley, clunking down and away from Zermatt. I have mixed feelings on my departure. I’ve just spent two weeks […]

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Chemmy Alcott does her BASI Training

Chemmy Alcott BASI Training

Have you ever done something just to tick a box only to finish it having learnt so much more than you had anticipated? I am going to be honest here – I signed up for BASI because if I ever want to work in France, due to recent drastic changes, one has to be properly qualified. I didn’t think I […]

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Testing times in Kühtai

Alpenrose Hotel

The SIGB Ski Test returned once again to Kühtai in late February. Ski+board magazine assembled their crack team of testers to put next season’s equipment through its paces. The Ski Club’s Web Content Editor Chris Taine looks back at another testing week with the team. On Sunday evening the test team assembled in Kühtai, a compact little resort that sits […]

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Ski instructor training in Tignes: We’ve had our fun, now let’s get serious!

Ski Club of Great Britain member Tessa Regan is in Tignes for a ‘gap-year’ – saying goodbye to city life and hello to sun, snow and seasonnaires… better late than never! Well I’m not sure where the last 8 weeks of our Gapski  course have gone, but all of a sudden I find myself about to begin the final two week assessment for BASI Level 2. Am I ready? I’m not sure, but I guess I’ll soon find out! During half term week I was lucky enough to be able to spend every morning shadowing one of the TDC instructors, which I found immensely valuable, giving me some much needed insight into how to structure lessons and how to systematically build the learning throughout the week, while still making sure the lessons were fun and enjoyable.

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Ski instructor training in Tignes: Où est le soleil?

Ski Club of Great Britain member Tessa Regan is in Tignes for a ‘gap-year’ – saying goodbye to city life and hello to sun, snow and seasonnaires… better late than never! Constant snow makes learning to become a ski instructor tricky! Greetings from Tignes, where I am now 6 weeks into my 10-week Gapski ski instructor training course. In the last 2 weeks we have been continuing our training both on and off-piste and learning to become competent and confident skiers in all conditions and on all types of terrain. This has been particularly testing as we have had a very long run of snowy days with bad visibility – great news for the snow depth and quality, but very difficult for us poor trainee ski instructors trying to improve our skiing.

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Ski instructor training in Tignes: One down, Two to go!

Ski Club of Great Britain member Tessa Regan is in Tignes for a ‘gap-year’ – saying goodbye to city life and hello to sun, snow and seasonnaires… better late than never! The first stage of becoming a qualified ski instructor is completed successfully, now it’s time to really get down to business… So the good news this week is that I successfully completed and passed my Level 1 Instructor Course, which is the first module of the BASI system of training and certification. We spent a whole week being trained and assessed by a BASI examiner, which far from being as scary as I was expecting, actually turned out to be a pretty enjoyable week and I certainly learned a lot. OK, maybe it was a bit nerve-racking on the final day, but our examiner was very supportive and did everything he could to help us to meet the required standards.

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Ski instructor training in Tignes: Swotting in the ‘big brother’ house

Ski Club of Great Britain member Tessa Regan is in Tignes for a ‘gap-year’ – saying goodbye to city life and hello to sun, snow and seasonnaires… better late than never! Well the first two weeks of our Gapski ski instructor training course have certainly been action-packed and the time has flown by. There are nine of us on the course, with an age range of more than 30 years, but we are all getting on well and enjoying our training. We are all living together in a lodge in Tignes, which is very comfortable, but at times vaguely reminiscent of the Big Brother House, with such a diverse mix of ages and backgrounds.

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