Three weeks into the instructor courses and life here on the mountain continued to go well with temperatures averaging a mild -1. We had our fair share of bluebird days while the group worked hard in lessons throughout the week.
After rocking the tables and, as it now transpires, the fireplace in Sam's last Friday night, the weekend was very much a chilled affair. Everyone rested their legs after some serious training during the week.
On Sunday night most headed down to Happy Valley for a spot of snow tubing, which essentially meant throwing ourselves down the slopes in giant rubber rings and releasing both our inner child and competitive nature! Despite the guys winning the inaugural girls v boys SnowSkool train race, Laurel got one back for the girls, repeatedly beating Jan to the finish line on the head-to-head track.
At the start of the week the groups rotated instructors. This allowed them to experience different teaching styles and meet more of the expert team of trainers here at Big White. In preparation for the upcoming Level 1 exams in February, skiers and snowboarders alike went back to basics this week and worked on teaching beginners. As well as focusing on technique, some had the chance to lead a class themselves with the instructors stepping aside and coaching the guys through a practice teaching session.
Tuesday was Australia Day and with 86% of the Big White population hailing from Downunder, it was not surprising to find Big White rocking all day to the sounds of AC/DC and Men At Work. The Aussies hit the slopes in boardies, bikinis plus anything green and gold, with more than one inflatable kangaroo in tow. Never ones to miss a party - and with six Australians among us - after a whole day working hard on the beginner slopes, the group headed to Happy Valley Lodge for a well earned glass of good cheer. We also celebrated Dom Valentine's birthday on Tuesday with another fantastic night out only to then be greeted the following day by a clear sky and awesome conditions on the mountain.
On Friday morning we sadly said goodbye to Sacha Macey who headed back to London to rest up and recover from her earlier ice-skating injury.
The week ended with our usual group meal out on Friday night, this time back at the Swiss Bear restaurant in the village. After dinner some headed to Gigi's while others headed back to the course hosts' house to dance to Jamie's ultimate iPod play list.
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