Swapping skis for a snowboard instructor lesson (WEEK 6)
Week 6 on the Saas Fee ski and snowboard instructor course and the sun is shining. It’s all change… blue skies for snow storms, snowboards for skis, skis for snowboards, and suncream for spooky makeup… Here’s course leader Steve with the update…
Reach for the suncream
The weather has really been on our side recently and this week was no different.
Blue skies almost everyday with large dumps of snow overnight in the middle of the week made for happy trainees.
Amazingly, the pistes are quiet, the snow is incredible… and we’re loving it!
Switching it up
This week has been varied and interesting on the mountain.
We started the week with a switch of discipline – the snowboarders took advantage of the opportunity to have a ski lesson with our newly qualified ski instructors and vice versa, our trainee snowboard instructors donned their skis!
I think everyone would agree that having a student who genuinely needs instruction is a great way to practice the teaching techniques which have been learnt over the past six weeks.
It was great to see everyone having fun and learning throughout, although some people definitely looked more comfortable than others!
Going to the “Dark Side”
On Saturday the tables were turned as it was a chance for the skiers to turn to the dark side and try their hand at snowboarding.
It’s fair to say that everyone has come out of these sessions as more confident instructors with a greater appreciation for the other disciplines… and Brett looks ridiculously cool with a board!
Throughout the week the skiers have been shadowing Kandahar and Zenit ski clubs which has been a chance for the trainees to observe and assist with real lessons.
More fresh snow
The overnight snowfall mid-week really put the whole ski area in great conditions for training.
Having the freshly groomed pistes almost entirely to ourselves is unreal.
The snowboarders filmed each other delivering explanations and demonstrations for each section of the Central Theme which proved pretty handy when introducing the skiers to snowboarding later in the week.
It has really helped the trainees this week, we’re seeing huge progression as we edge closer towards the BASI Level 2 exams in two weeks time.
Job offers from around the world
Off the mountain has been just as active as ever – with job offers flying in from around the world… our trainees are certainly stoked about that!
Monday saw the continuation of Disa’s quiz which this week included a competitive “Harry Potter” round and more physical challenges including the infamous “Cinnamon Challenge!”
Fit for the season
Jake’s fitness sessions are keeping everyone on their toes, whether it be circuit training on Tuesday or the Parkour course on Thursday.
Tipple or two
A few of the trainees ventured out to the local bars for a mid-week tipple on Wednesday expecting the mountain to be closed with the heavy snowfall… but were surprised to see everything open early on Thursday morning.
Surprisingly their riding was brilliant that day! Maybe that’s the key…..
This weekend was mostly about the Rugby World Cup Final and Halloween at our usual haunt (get it?), Popcorn.
Weekends here in the valley are really a chance to relax, recover and have some down time if we’re not skiing/boarding.
A few of us decided on Sunday morning that we’d go for a ‘relaxing stroll’ which ended up being an epic hike from Saas Fee to Saas Grund via Saas Almagell, sketchy rope bridges and all kinds of terrain!
A perfect way to start what we anticipate to be a successful November for all!
Back to business
It’s back to business as usual with Emma, Jake and Gibbo this week – with the added treat of race training for the skiers on Wednesday.
Bring it on!