Whistler Mountain Bike Coaches Hiring Camp – The Last Week

So this years Whistler Hiring Camp is finished and a load of new Bike Park Instructors have passed their IDP Level 1 & 2 over the weekend and are ready to start working as guides and instructors for the summer!  Before beginning the assessment a pretty intensive week of training on the A-Line 2 module set the guys up for success, with 3 full days spent analysing jumps, then drops and finally high speed cornering. More importantly the trainees also spent these 3 days leaning how to teach and explain each skill. The evening sessions were spend looking at the theory behind these skills, (time for a physics lesson!) and ways to analyse a riders movements.

Whistler, Canada, Whistler Bike Park, girl mountain biker

Kyana showing the boys how it’s done!

As usual Wednesday saw the second round of #WhipoffWednesday with a noticeable improvement in sideways action on display!  Saturday and Sunday morning were spent being assessed, with the guys having to demonstrate coaching each of the A-line 2 skills.  Some early nervousness was soon replaced with confidence as each skill was successfully taught and appraised by the coaches.  The last step was the personal jumping demo and drop amplitude test, which the guys sailed through with style despite the pressure being on!

IDP level 2, Whistler Bike Park, assessment, Mike Johnstone

Mike Johnstone assessing the trainees

Finally on Sunday afternoon we all got special permission to take the gondola to the top of the Garbanzo zone (two weeks before anyone else!) and get really loose riding down the ski pistes in the snow!  A great laugh and many crashes ensued before a well deserved BBQ and celebratory drink at the chalet in the evening to round off a fantastic 3 weeks!

Peak Leaders Coaches Hiring Camp, Whistler, Canada, 2013, Garbanzo Zone

The 2013 trainees at the top of the Garbanzo Zone

Mountain biking Whistler, Whistler Bike Park, Garbanzo Zone, snow

Hard work…..

Peak Leaders Whistler, Mountain Bike instructor course, IDP level 2

You’d be this stoked if you’d just secured a job mountain biking around Whistler for the summer!

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