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. It all began on Sunday evening when the BASI examiners who would be assessing the candidates came round to each of the chalets, giving all the candidates their workbooks to complete.
It was pretty intense throughout the entire week with 9.00am-4:30pm out on the hill every day, perfecting those snow plough turns, the progression into parallel turns, not to mention how to teach beginners. At the end of each day there was a debrief off the hill at 4:30-5:30pm to review what had been learnt, what needed to be improved as well as the video evidence! Check out some photos below of the team going through their examination paces.
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To break things up a bit, a small group of the students took Tuesday evening off to attend a session on how-to-tune-and-look-after-your-skis-so-they-help-you-ski-better.
During the exam on Thursday, everyone had to teach a session aimed at children, with the other candidates in their groups searching for their inner child and acting as the kids. The challenge was to try and come up with innovative ways to instruct such an age group and one lot was seen lying on their backs, moving their skis in the air for a “lateral separation” drill. In another scenario, the “kids” were told to imagine they had guns on their skis and they had to shoot the enemy on each side as they made their snow plough turns down the hill!
Friday was the technical ski day – as well as the teaching component of BASI Level 1, the candidates had to demonstrate strong personal technique in a few different ski drills including both short and long carving turns, all the while being watched by the examiners. One-by-one, everyone found out whether they had passed and were entitled to officially call themselves a ski instructor. Congratulations to all those who earned a full pass at first attempt. Everyone passed the majority of their certification with the several who were hampered by illness or injury soldiering on regardless. Fine effort all round. Those who missed out on a component of their technical exam will be able to re-sit it in the near future. Everyone finished on Friday with après drinkettes and dancing in ski boots slope-side at Ronnies, kicking on with a night out in Meribel afterwards.
The coming week will be a far more relaxed affair as the students only have training in the afternoons when the L2 syllabus will be introduced and work will continue their on developing technical skiing. There should be more time for free-skiing, relaxing, sleeping and fun things like bowling or ice skating but let’s also hope for some more snow and a powder day or two!
Back next week with more news,
Resort Manager - SnowSkool France 2015
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