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The week that was in Wanaka - Week 7

Training, training, training … mock exams … more Winter Games watching … awesome snow and a kids’ cert thrown in for fun. This week was a cracker.

The week that was in Wanaka - Week 6

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!

The week that was in Wanaka - SnowSkool NZ 2015 Week 5

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 ...

The week that was in Wanaka - SnowSkool NZ 2015 Week 4

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.

The week that was in Wanaka - SnowSkool NZ 2015 Week 3

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!

The week that was in Wanaka - SnowSkool NZ 2015 Week 2

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.

The week that was in Wanaka - SnowSkool NZ 2015 Week 1

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!

The weeks that were in SnowSkool Banff 2015 - Wks 11 & 12

It's all over! SnowSkool Banff 2015 came to a close last week and by the time you read this, some Skoolers will still be hanging in Banff but most will be on their way to life's next adventure. It's time for the final installment of our fab season here in the Canadian Rockies ...

The week that was - SnowSkool Banff 2015 - Week 10

The news is out - a fabulous pass rate for the L2 exams! All boarders passed at least one element of the exam and the skiers achieved 100% across the board. In addition, three guys - including our fearless leader - went out and score their Level 1s! No end to the talent over here in Banff ...

The week that was - SnowSkool Banff 2015 - Week 9

Finally! The snow gods blessed us with a great dump of fresh snow. All weekend the snow kept coming and some of the students headed out into the conditions but the majority waited for Monday and the best free riding we've had since we got here.