It was back into normal afternoon lessons this week with the troops moving on from Level 1 with feedback from instructors on what techniques need to be improved for the big step-up to Level 2. There seemed to be a lack of energy early on in the week, after an intense week last week and a relaxing-cum-celebratory weekend. The passing around of “SnowSkool flu” didn’t help either! Full marks all round as some tried to get out and ski while others rested up in the hope of soon feeling better. Spirits weren’t helped by the changeable weather – it was cloudy in the early days but still with hard-packed piste conditions that were great for practicing technique – short turns, carving, side-slipping and going over some central theme again with the progression from snow-plough turns were all in order.  Check out the photos below ...
 

 

 
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Wednesday evening saw the first of hopefully many bowling sessions at the Olympic Centre in Meribel. The competition was fierce between the 11 competitors but in the end it was Malcolm who clinched the win on his very last ball by only one point from Glenn, 134 points to 133. Johnny came in a very strong third place and special mentions go to Millie “Dark Horse” Vans Agnew for turning up half way through and being pretty awesome, and Zara “The Stealth” Lee who started off slowly and then found her form, getting a spare near the end with an incredible bit of bowling. 
 
On Thursday, the snow at last began to fall and continued all through the night so by Friday morning there was about 50cm of fresh snow to wade through, even down in our little village of Les Allues. Friday was a full day of scheduled lessons, which turned into an epic powder day.  For many, it was the best day of the course so far! Everyone got stuck right into it and really impressed the instructors with not only their ability and improvement in tricky conditions but their attitude to giving it a go and falling over in style! Tim, Adam and Johnny even skied all the way back to Les Allues with Tim carving a path through the snow on his huge powder skis for the others to follow. 
 
On Saturday we awoke to a perfect bluebird day and with all the fresh snow making perfect conditions for an amazing weekend. Next week, tuition will continue in the afternoons with the students taking their compulsory BASI first aid course in the mornings.  There’s also avalanche training on how to use transceivers and probes to find someone buried in the snow. Should be a great week – keep up the good work guys!
 
SnowSkool Anna
Resort Manager - SnowSkool France 2015
 
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