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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Not every ‘A’ is good…

Ski+board Deputy Editor Rosie Barcroft takes an early-season trip to Les 2 Alpes to brush up on her technique with the European Ski and Snowboard School. It seemed I had an outrigger problem. Two in fact. The ‘flying’ feeling (as described in my previous blog) was just a figment of my imagination. A St Bernard could have easily crawled through […]

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Katy’s Blog: A trip to Verbier

I’m extremely pleased that I drove out to Chamonix as by now a fair number of people living here for the season are complaining of “Valley Fever”. My little Peugeot 107 has enabled me to get out when I want and explore some of the nearby resorts. Verbier is just over an hour’s drive away and the Mount Blanc unlimited lift pass enables us to ski there a handful of times without paying any extra.

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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: 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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