BARILOCHE 2019 – WEEK 2
The snow kept on falling this week which is ideal to build a perfect base for the season however it can make it hard to get around.
The main roads are cleaned super quickly but Sofia and Alex came up with a novel idea for getting around town!
Week 2 of the Peak Leaders course in Argentina is all about working out the best way to improve the trainees technical skiing and learn about important ideas when it comes to teaching future clients.
Being able to ski well and then being able to teach someone to ski well are two very different things. So the first thing the trainees must understand is the way that they ski.
A really effective way of doing this is video analysis and so the Peak Leaders use twice every week throughout the course.
Each Friday the team try a different type of skiing, last week it was Freestyle and this week it’s off piste at the famous Laguna bowl! Safety is always paramount on any off piste expedition and so the Peak Leaders were provided with all the relevant equipment; transceiver, shovel and probe.
Led by our local guide Juli we went over how to use all the Avalanche safety equipment and the best techniques. Then it was time to start walking so the team took their skis off and began the ascent! Will and the rest of the Peak Leaders summited in no time at all!
From the top the ski down can seem a bit intimidating but Juli, our fearless guide, strapped his skis back on and showed us the best way down!
The ski down was a real adventure through open terrain and eventually back to the lifts via the forest.
Everyone had a great time but were definitely looking forward to an Apres beer to celebrate the end of a hard week of training and an epic off piste adventure!
Sunday’s are rest days on the course however there are always activities on hand.
This week the Peak Leaders hired some Mountain bike’s and we were guided by local legend Ivan through the (very!) snowy paths to a forest north of where we are staying.
As always the course flies by and now the Peak Leaders are already two weeks though training. Two more training weeks remain and then the BASI level 1 and 2 exams start.