Coming soon to a Ski & Board School near you...a SnowSkool Level 2 BASI ski or snowboard instructor! That's right people...the course is now finished, the curtain has fallen, tears have been shed, numbers have been swapped, kisses & cuddles have been given, promises have been made (and some already broken) and the SnowSkool team have now cut the apron strings and we send our BASI men & women into the world. Their training will see them fare well and we look forward to hearing stories of their greatness in years to come! Want to see what happened in the last few days/ week:
CLICK HERE if you need the pix to open in a new window.
Congratulations to everyone who passed their BASI Level 2 exams on Friday and commiserations to the few who didn’t quite get over the line this time. There were some very close calls, the main hurdle being just not quite meeting the required standard for those pesky short turns. Good luck to those taking re-sits in the next few weeks - when most of the exam has been passed (such as the teaching component), it is only a five-day re-sit for the technical module.
And we can't sign off without sending out some serious "thank yous" to those who have worked so hard on our behalf. Thank you so much to the amazing BASI trainers – Jon, Scott and Del - who were so very positive and encouraging all week and provided some brilliant individual feedback to our students. Well done guys!
Thanks also to the Parallel Lines’ team, especially John, Phil, Dan, Dave, Nick, Zoe and Gary, for their hard work and support over the past 10 weeks. I managed to follow the students on Tuesday afternoon and was very impressed by the technical standard of their tricky bumps skiing in difficult slushy conditions. Even though they said they were nervous, their positivity and enjoyment also shone through and it was great to see everyone enjoying their skiing in the sunshine!
On Thursday evening, we all had our last supper together in Chalet L’Ancolie. The hosts outdid themselves with an amazing spread of lasagne, garlic bread, salad, brownies and ice cream. We had a little awards ceremony to honour some of the students for this year, with some pretty dodgy prizes. Results were:
- Best goggle tan: Charlotte Coombes
- Best dance moves: Adam Roberts
- Best hair: Joe Yardley
- Best bromance: Harry & Johnny
- Best couple: Joe & Dan
- Most helpful in the chalets: Joe (L’Ancolie), Jimbob (Phoenix), Johnny (Campanules)
- Keenest skier: Cassie Soertsz
- Most committed skiers: Tim Simich, Ben Edwards
- Most hardcore in the face of injury: Rosie Bathurst
- Most improved skier: Malcolm Roberts
- Parallel Lines award for effort and improvement: Zara Lee
- SnowSkooler’s SnowSkoolers of the year: Owen Machon & James Andrew
Friday was the last day of technical exams and the last chance for the guys to prove they could deliver. Afterwards, when the students had been told their results, everyone went to The Ronnie to celebrate the past 10 weeks, even if they hadn’t been quite cleared the final bar this time round. The amount of effort and improvement across the board has been truly impressive and everyone should stand tall and proud. Then it was out for one final fling in Meribel before most left on Saturday morning to head back home or to travel onwards to new destinations and adventures. Some students are staying on in the resort for another week of relaxing and free skiing before returning to real life.
Thank you to every single one of you for working so hard and being such a lovely bunch. We all at SnowSkool wish you the best of luck for the future and hope to see you out on the slopes soon!
Adieu, tout le monde !
Resort Manager - SnowSkool France 2015
Keen to sign up for the next round of SnowSkool courses? Check out these links: