Amazing to think the first week of BASI Level 2 exams is over already and there’s only one week of SnowSkool left! How has it gone so quickly?! Some good feedback already from the trainers about the effort and standard of the students so everyone’s aiming to keep up the good work for during the assessments this coming week. Check out the photos below - to be seen to be believed just how sunny the skies have been ...
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They sure don’t give this qualification out for attendance! Students are assessed separately on their teaching skills and technical skiing ability. For teaching, they have to deliver lessons on a skill from the central theme, ranging from sliding and posture through snow plough turns to parallel skiing. They must demonstrate use of a coaching drill targeted at a specific audience (eg. children) and exhibit the technique perfectly for their group. Most have picked up useful tips and drills from shadowing the Parallel Lines instructors but it is great to see some initiative and new ways of teaching being demonstrated. Technical skiing ability is assessed on how well the candidates can perform long carving turns and short turns down steeper slopes and how they cope with bumps and variable skiing conditions too, across the central theme techniques from snow plough to parallel skiing. There are some perfect slopes in the Courcheval skiing area which are brilliant for such demonstrations and so groups have been lapping this area on some days, perfecting their technique and getting feedback from the trainers.
The weather has been amazing for the assessments this week – bluest of blue skies and extremely warm again. Piste conditions have been good although get a little slushy later in the day! There is snow forecast to fall over the weekend which is much needed so fingers crossed for a freshening up.
Well done to those students taking their assessments despite various injuries. It is better to get through the 10 days now and even if they don’t pass, it is easier to retake the exam than if they couldn’t sit any of it at all.
SnowSkoolers are also looking ahead now to life after BASI and potential jobs in the ski industry. Students wishing to go Down Under to Australia or New Zealand for the northern summer to teach in the southern winter need to get their applications in soon to be in with chance. Others might be looking for internships or opportunities in Europe for next season, with a few of the ski schools including Parallel Lines in Meribel taking on students to help out.
Good luck for next week everyone!
Resort Manager - SnowSkool France 2015
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