Saas Fee Ski & Snowboard Instructor Course – Week 8
This last week has been a ‘game changer’ for the trainees on the Saas Fee Course! Week-8 marked the last week of training with Loz, Emma and Gibbo before embarking on the BASI Level 2. For all the skiers and snowboarders the final week of training was focussed on fine-tuning their performance and ironing-out the last few niggling bad habits. More importantly this last week of training was an opportunity for everyone to make a break-through with their training and finish the week on a high, feeling confident and excited about the Level 2.
Over the last week the snow has once again been dumping down in the Swiss Alps. Over a couple of days about 70cm fell all the way to the bottom of Saas Fee resort, which was very exciting as there is now enough snow for the pisteurs to extend the ski area all the way down past the edge of the glacier to the mid station. So spirits were definitely boosted as the ski area doubled in size for the Level 2.
Some of the skiers were lucky enough to do a day of Giant Slalom with Lynn Sharp (BASI trainer and ex British Team Skier) from Target Ski. It was an awesome bluebird day, and it’s safe to say everyone who took part loved their first time through the gates. Some of the trainees did exceptionally well and were storming down the course by the end of the day.
The biggest story from last week was the trainees making an Igloo in front of the hotel on Friday night, mainly as a plan to avoid spending too much time and money in the bars. Marty took charge of this mission and organised everyone into teams with an individual task and goal. Marty took like a duck to water at leading this survival task from all his years of experience as a Captain in the Marines.
Here is a little account of how to make a real Inuit Igloo …
– Acquire the necessary tools – two bread knives and a small wood saw.
– Collect snow and pile up into a ‘quarry’ and ‘work hardened’ by stomping it down with skis.
– After leaving the quarry snow to transform for about an hour it could then be cut into building blocks, using the wood saw and bread knife.
– The blocks then need to be ferried to the construction team who fine-tune them with the second bread knife before setting them into the classic ascending spiral.
– After the large capping block is carefully put in place the team cut themselves out to the cheers of the remainder of the group – a scene akin to the rescue of trapped Chilean miners.
– A small tunnel entrance should then be added and once the Igloo is packed with people, wine, beer, olives, cheese and other treats, a small party should ensue.
The Igloo was quite a hit with locals and passers-by and was almost considered as a little bar in its own right. After ‘chilling’ in the igloo for a while someone decided that beachwear would be a good idea, obviously……..
The BASI trainers arrived on Sunday evening, after they’d settled they briefed the groups and were all ready to go on Monday morning. Good luck to everyone on the Level 2 exam for the next couple of weeks!