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The week that was - SnowSkool Banff 2015 - Week 1

Welcome to the first newsletter from SnowSkool in Banff for 2015. We've passed a great first 10 days in Canada and have managed to mingle with the wild life, dance with a sasquatch, watch the NFL play-offs - and successfully complete our first week of training in some nice fresh snow. All up - not a bad start! Read on for the gory details ....

Le blog from SnowSkool France 2015 - Week 2

BIG week at SnowSkool in The Three Valleys - exam time! With barely a week of training under their belts, the students took on their Level 1 certification. By the end of the week, we had a whole bunch of new ski instructors in or midst so it seemed appropriate to hit The Ronnie for a few celebratory drinks, followed by a night out on the town in Meribel.

The word from SnowSkool Big White 2015 - Week 2

We're back with the next instalment of news from Biggy where SnowSkool 2015 has completed its first full week. Monday morning brought bluebird conditions (sunny and clear to all you none snow bums) and the first day of full lessons. Everyone was thrown in at the deep end, coming to grips with the core competencies required on snowboard and skis. All you guys at home should ask your Skooler about them, just to make sure they were listening!

Le blog from SnowSkool France 2015 - Week 1

Bienvenue to the first report in from SnowSkool in Three Valleys, France where everyone had arrived by the close of last weekend. So far, we've enjoyed a "Safari Dinner", tested out Meribel's nightlife, had briefings on the course, mountain safety and equipment as well as an intense week of training. But perhaps the best news of all was the 25cm or so of snow which fell towards the end of the week!

The word from SnowSkool Big White 2015 - Week 1

Welcome to the first newsletter from SnowSkool Big White 2015 - the first report in from anywhere in the world for this northern winter! After months of waiting in anticipation the SnowSkool gang arrived in Vancouver on Thursday afternoon and made their way to Big White by bus. With minimal delay, everyone was settled at a decent time in preparation for the first full day on the slopes. A few made it out to sample the night life but pleased to report they were home to bed by 11.00pm.

The week that was in Wanaka - Week 10

Here we are back after the extended week of the L2 exams. It’s been a long and pressured fortnight which has brought both pleasure and pain as our time in the Land of the Long White Cloud drew to a close. Read on for the final instalment of our time in NZ as we all start making our way on to life's next adventure ...

The week that was in Wanaka - Week 8

This week was one of déjà-vu all over again! Sun, sun and more sun. Two dozen days of bluebird skies in a row, not something we’re all that used to here in NZ’s Southern Alps. Under all that burning sun the snow has held up remarkably well, which was good news for this past week’s mock exam for L2. This was a great chance for everyone to get a real idea of how close they are to clearing the bar.

The week that was in Wanaka - Week 7

We have enjoyed a week of sun, sun, sun and more sun …. which provided the perfect back drop for switching disciplines, some fancy dress and a couple of Level 1 passes and a sad goodbye thrown in.

The week that was in Wanaka - Week 6

This week has been one of amazing snow, amazing weather, sunshine and ice water. Our Snowskoolers have definitely helped raise awareness of and funds for ALS / Motor Neurone Disease as almost everyone has been nominated to do an ice bucket challenge. It almost became competitive to see who could be the most inventive with late night dips in the creek, full-on lake jumps, buckets of snow and even one that followed a skydive.

The week that was in Wanaka - Week 4

It's been an eventful week on many fronts what with the Level 1 exams done and dusted, outstanding results celebrated, a new arrival joining our ranks, a birthday celebrated and a road trip to Queenstown. Read on for all the details ...