Welcome to another weekly update from SnowSkool HQ in Big White where the countdown is on as there’s only one more week of lessons until Level 2 exams begin! But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves and get back to what we got up to this week ...
When you’re on a good thing – stick to it! This week started just as last week finished with some relaxation in anticipation for the commencement of level 2 training. Some Skoolers headed up to the hill but as it was a crazy-busy holiday week here in Canada, many opted to avoid the particularly crowded slopes on Monday. But come Tuesday, it was back into the swing of training with Level 2 prep getting under way. Welcome to premier league, campers!
It was back to afternoon lessons this week in the lead up to Level 2. It’s getting tougher now with lots of training to perfect that muscle memory and ensure all types of turns are automatic, particularly across more difficult terrain. It was a mixed bag of weather with some beautiful sunny days contrasted with cloudy ones which brought fresh snow - something for everyone so no complaints here!
Last week's cloud vanished and we spent the first week of L2 training under gloriously sunny skies. But enough's enough and we were thrilled when our snow dancing paid off and the fluffy white stuff started to fall.
A BUSY BUSY week during the European mid-term holiday break, which meant lots of shadowing for our students as the clocked up the necessary hours for their L2s. The upside was that the week of work was spent under clear sunny skies with fabulous scenery to be enjoyed.
A week off from training has made for the occasional lie-in this week as well as lots of different activities - avalanche awareness training, perfecting new tricks in the park, a trip to the ice hockey, shooting some hoops, a soak in the legendary hot springs. It's all been happening here at SnowSkool in Banff!
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It's been another big week in Biggy, getting back into full-on lessons after the L1 exams. This week also featured avalanche safety training and a hike up to the top of East Peak to practice full-on retrieval.
Our goggle-tans are nicely topped up after another week under sunny skies. The guys started clocking up the 70-hours worth of instructor shadowing needed to sit for the Level 2, just ahead of the crazy mid-term holiday break this coming week.
We did it! The Skoolers of Banff 2015 delivered a 100% pass-rate for the Level 1 exams in both skiing and boarding. None to shabby an effort and a great end to the first part of the season here in the beautiful Canadian Rockies.