Bienvenue to the first report in from SnowSkool in Three Valleys, France where everyone had arrived by the close of last weekend with some greeted by SnowSkool Steve at Geneva airport. We kicked off with group meals in the chalets, getting to know everyone before some went out to explore the Meribel nightlife straight away.  Check out some photos of us out and about this week.  Click the icon in the lower right hand corner to get the photos up to full screen ...
 

 

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On Monday, everyone came together for the welcome meeting where John Hendry, the main trainer of Parallel Lines, introduced the group to the course. They were all provided with some light bedtime reading in the form of the door-stopper BASI manuals. Oscar from Meribel Ski Service then briefed the group on equipment and those who needed new skis or boots headed off up to the shops. Everyone else went out for a ski as soon as they could to start exploring the largest ski area in the world. It was a lovely sunny day and it was straight into learning with the first lesson that same afternoon. The snow has been a bit iffy in the Alps this season so the students had to quickly get used to skiing on ice and around random rocks on the piste! Those in instructor Beuzey’s tuition group were delighted when he took a tumble on one of the first runs of the day and as a punishment, he followed the long-honoured tradition of buying the jugs of beer at après-ski session at the end of the lesson. That evening back at the chalets, hosts Sarah, Molly, Laura and Steve organised a safari meal – a bit like a speed dating meal where half of each chalet moved to another chalet for each course so everyone could cross paths and make new connections - plus snoop around the other chalets in a come dine with me fashion. 
 
For the rest of the week, training has been an intense 9-5 every day, learning the progression from sliding and snow plough to parallel turns and carving. The focus has been on the central theme and learning the three key things you need to turn a ski – you’ll have to Google it if you wanna know!
 
On Tuesday evening, the Parallel Lines instructors gave a mountain safety and awareness talk while on Wednesday, Gavin from The Boot Lab came in for a ski boot workshop to share the key to having comfortable feet on the mountain, providing great advice and troubleshooting for those in need. French lessons started on Thursday with very positive feedback from those who went with Marion and Cassie now using their French at every available opportunity! 
 
The weather has been variable all week but mainly warm and sunny, occasionally clouding over but not producing any snow but on Friday evening, the weather closed in to dump about 25cm by Saturday afternoon. So the students had to quickly forget skiing ice and learn how to ski powder on Saturday morning – a big change to the rest of the week! The gang had some great on-piste powder skiing and a few little off-piste sections to the side of the runs. 
We unfortunately had a couple of injuries during the week.  Thomas took a day off after spraining a ligament in his knee but has bounced back and is now back in lessons. Sara also twisted her knee on a tricky piece of piste over on the far side of Val Thorens. Unfortunately, she has potentially damaged knee ligaments and is going to rest up back in Italy for a while. We all wish you a speedy recovery and hope you can come back and join us here as soon as possible! 
 
Next week, the BASI Level 1 exams come upon us straight away so another intense week awaits.  We wish everyone good luck, hopefully with a relaxing Sunday with plenty of stretching and warm baths. We have a night out in Meribel planned for tonight to celebrate the end of the first week, hopefully with some more snow throughout the night to make more of the base which we so desperately need!
 
Back at the end of the week with the results of the Level 1 – cross everything!
 
SnowSkool Anna
Resort Manager - SnowSkool France 2015
 
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