Week 6 has followed in what seems to becoming a fine SnowSkool tradition as a week of sun, sun, and more sun - for a couple of years in a row, Week 6 has spoiled us! Pretty great news when you have the NZ Winter Games happening pretty much everywhere you look, PLUS a charity dress-up day to get involved in - we definitely saw some outfits that may well not have worked in the cold and rain!
Week 5 saw everyone back in training after the fun of celebrating our amazing 100% pass rate. It was straight back to work with the start of Level 2 training. Kristen got her first taste of Cardrona and Josh swapped from his skis back to his snowboard. We were blessed with some nice weather to ease everyone back into it, to the point where Monday and Tuesday were probably a little too warm ...
This was it...the big one...the week every other week had been leading up to so far...EXAM TIME! After a weekend of revising, chilling, recuperating and preparing, Monday arrived and it was time to get going. By the end of the intense week, we had a 100% pass rate and a whole lot of newly qualified instructors swelled the global ranks.
This past week was a really important one and it started to hit home when everybody realised the exams were only FOUR training days away! And possibly only one week away from being a qualified instructor!
Moguls, a divisive topic, but love ‘em or hate ‘em – it’s a good idea to know how to handle 'em. Here are Snowskool’s top 5 tips to improve your mogul skiing.
Second week done in what was a bit of a mixed bag in terms of weather - the guys got to experience the different kinds of conditions NZ can throw up, sometimes all in one day! However with the Level 1 exams only a week away there was no time to spend wishing for sunshine so everyone knuckled down and got on with the training.
It has begun! The students have landed! SnowSkool has hit Wanaka! Welcome to the first round of news from SnowSkool New Zealand 2015. It’s been a great first week here in Wanaka with everyone arriving, getting to know each other and stepping right into training, with some great days up on the hill. Some had just a short hop from Australia while others travelled for ten times as long –over 40 hours! – but they all finally made it. And this year, so did their luggage! Yay!
A beginner should not expect to be laughed at for asking Jean-Baptiste, the tanned demi-God ski instructor, if there is a right ski and a left ski before setting off downhill. But, should he ask which way the skis should point or indeed clip into skis with the tips at the tail and the tails at the tip, he should absolutely expect to be laughed off the slopes and taken in a taxi to the nearest airport. For a PUNTER he most certainly is…
Here’s SnowSkool’s guide on to how not to be one this season…
GoPros, where would the world be without them? Adventurers wouldn’t be able to film outrageous stunts and feats for a start - and Snowskool wouldn’t be able to create blog posts like this one, neither. But luckily the world is infested with GoPros. So here are some of the best skiing and snowboarding GoPro videos that we’ve watched recently:
Snowskool's sister company, The Chalet Company, is delighted to announce the acquisition of the newest of its meribel ski chalets for the 2015/ 16 season. The new chalet, called Chalet Orgentil, is located in an enviable position - a short walk to the rear of the chalet will bring you to the chairlift giving access to the Three Valleys