Another very sunny and warm week here in Meribel – so much so, it feels like Easter skiing already! Again this week we’ve had great conditions on piste under perfect sunny skies.  The hotly contested goggle tan of the week this week was a tough call – couldn’t split Dan, Ben E and Charlotte.  Check out the photos below of us doing our own regular training, hitting the gates in race training and shadowing the PL instructors ...


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This week saw the start of students shadowing lessons by given by Parallel Lines instructors, as it is a requirement for each candidate for the Level 2 certification to clock up 70 hours of shadowing. Each Skooler was given a random group to follow in the morning for the whole week, from tiny baby skiers to Level 5 adults – you win some, you lose some! The feedback in general was really positive with lots of students throwing themselves into the lessons and getting to teach some aspects to the group.  One was even called upon as chief first-aider to help an injured 8-year old to the medical centre. 
Afternoons were once again focused on technique and preparation for Level 2 exams with lots of practising short and long carving turns on various types of terrain. Some groups even conquered the formidable Grand Couloir and Couloir Tournier – the toughest black runs in Les Trois Vallées. 
The guys also had a chance to try their skills at giant slalom racing on a course set out on the stade in Meribel. On Thursday they were joined by current British ski champion Cara Brown, who offered top tips and showed them how it was done by setting the time to beat. Everyone was very impressively speedy and picked  good lines through the gates. Top male, trying to chase down Cara’s time, was Dan Richard, and top girl was Katy Mallaband. 
This coming week is half term and so one of the busiest and craziest weeks in a ski instructor’s calendar. Therefore it is only fair that our budding instructors are thrown in to help so the guys will be focussed solely on shadowing lessons with the trainers from Parallel Lines. It is expected that around 250 kids and adults will be turning up for lessons at the meet point on Sunday morning so good luck trying to organise them into their groups! 
SnowSkool Anna
Resort Manager - SnowSkool France 2015
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