Week four in the Three Valleys and the SnowSkoolers completed a first aid qualification. Crucially, their snow-prayers finally paid off and the powder-Gods delivered!!

✏️   On the extra-curricular agenda this week was Rock n Roll bingo at La Taverne – if you thought bingo was just for pensioners, you were wrong…

✏️   The students must have had lucky numbers because they finally woke up to a big dumping of fresh snow in Méribel! Cue some delightful off-piste and very happy snowboarders. (What do you mean snowboarders don’t like ice??)

✏️   Everyone took part in a First Aid Qualification this week. It combined some training on the slopes, lessons in the chalet and a written paper. Everyone feeling in much safer hands in each other’s company all of a sudden!

✏️   Phil, Anneliese, Lyndsey and myself (Jenny, hello!) arrived in Méribel for a whistle-stop tour to meet all the SnowSkoolers, check out the chalets, chat to BASS (the trainers), soak up some rays and road-test Ronnie’s before heading back to grey old England.

✏️   With Level 1 in the bag, the ski groups were mixed up and training has begun for the infamous Level 2. BASI is a notoriously challenging qualification so we’re looking forward to seeing some amazing progression as the lessons intensify.

✏️   Another element of the course, lesson shadowing, is getting underway. For this, trainee instructors will join real group lessons being taken by local ski schools. They will observe the methods and drills the qualified instructors use, as well as their communication style and how they interact with their clients. SnowSkool students need to log 35 hours of shadowing to progress to the Level 2 exam.

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