Ryan’s Blog: This is Backcountry

Ski Club Leader Ryan Davison Crisp has skipped Europe to spend an entire season in Whistler. In this latest instalment of his blog he ventures off the beaten track to discover more about the area’s famed backcountry. March 2014, one heck of a snowy month out here in British Columbia. The resort skiing in Whistler Blackcomb has been truly amazing […]

Read More →

Ryan’s Blog: Relishing the return of winter

Ryan Davison Crisp

Ski Club Leader Ryan Davison Crisp has skipped Europe to spend an entire season in Whistler. It’s been a long time coming, but Canada’s Coast Mountains have finally dished up some of their fabled deep snow. I feel it thoroughly appropriate to apologise for my absence over the past few weeks. You see, the thing is, Ullr clearly paid attention […]

Read More →

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.

Read More →

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.

Read More →

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.

Read More →

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.

Read More →

Ski instructor training in Tignes: the oldest ‘gapper’ in town

Ski Club of Great Britain member Tessa Regan heads to Tignes – saying goodbye to city life and hello to sun, snow and seasonnaires… better late than never! Have you ever had an idle dream about becoming a ski instructor, but never actually done anything about it? Me too, but I have finally taken the plunge and booked myself onto a Gapski ski instructor training course in Tignes in the French Alps.

Read More →