BARILOCHE 2017 – WEEK 3
Week 3 of Peak Leaders’ 9 week ski instructor course in Argentina has produced great improvements in the trainee’s skiing abilities and given them a chance to experience real lessons first hand.
The huge storm clouds have been rolling in from the Pacific, pushing across Chile and depositing their goods in the East facing lee-side slopes of Cerro Catedral.
It’s perfect timing because as the snow gradually accumulates we’ve been spending more time observing and helping with real-life ski lessons. We call this process of assisting other instructors ‘Shadowing’.
A huge part of being a BASI ski instructor is learning how to teach others efficiently, how to manage groups in a mountain environment and provide clients with every opportunity to enjoy and progress in the sport we all love!
In the mornings before shadowing the guys have been focussing on more detailed aspects of their skiing performance with our regular trainers, Jorge and Yago. This has really started to display big differences in everyone’s skiing ability which is great to see as we edge nearer to the BASI Alpine Level 1 assessment week!
Down at our luxury lake-side apartments at Refugio del Lago we’ve been continuing with Spanish lessons and stretching sessions, keeping the body and mind active. Charlie and Cameron were this week’s team leaders. Stepping things up from last week they put together a tricky but fun quiz with an intense tie-breaker round.
With snow falling down to 800m most of the Peak Leaders team decided it was a good time to test the temperature of the freezing cold lake!
At the weekend we had the usual Friday night asado. On Saturday most of the guys went for a bit of freeskiing to check out the new snow and to ensure the apres bars never go out of business…
A time to relax and get ready for next week’s skiing in awesome snow!
In week 4, aside from the dreaded A-level exam results day, we’ll look at using the newly acquired understanding of BASI’s Fundamental Elements into skiing variable terrain and we’ll have coaching on and off the race courses with Agustin Torres – another Argentinian Olympian!
How many Olympic coaches do you need!?