The Exam Week:
This week was the week of the BASI level 1 exam but the SnowSkoolers managed not to let the pressure affect them and threw themselves into it with confidence and positivity! The weather has yet again proved to be sunny throughout the week and some days were almost too warm!
The exams began on Sunday night when the BASI examiners arrived at the chalets to meet their individual ski and snowboard groups. It was an intense week of skiing and boarding, starting at 9am every morning and finishing at 3pm every day. The work on the hill was then followed with a review lecture back at the chalets, where progress was consolidated and footage of the days’ performance was reviewed.
The assessment consisted of two parts: technical and teaching. The first three days were focused on technical training, then on Thursday their teaching techniques were examined with everyone giving a short lesson to their group. The final day was then an intense technical review of snowplough, carved and short turns, where we saw a definite improvement from everyone!
Pass Rate & Results:
The week of studying has paid off because we have had a high 78% pass rate this year! Well done troops! After the results were in, a week of intense training was rounded off at The Rond Point with plenty of celebratory jugs of beer. We then headed to Jacks Bar where we had toffee vodka waiting for us and our chalet hosts had kindly made well-deserved cupcakes and rocky road for everyone! (Thanks Harley, Tom, Oria, Ellie and Belle!!)
Congratulations to all those who managed to pass on their first attempt! And for those who didn't quite manage to get it this time, we will be doing a one day reassessment in the very near future - so not to worry. Fingers crossed for those guys - we’re sure you’ll master it next time!
Next week should be a lot more relaxed. Everyone will meet their new instructors who’ll put them through their paces for the next few weeks, as they work towards the BASI level 2 exam at the end of the season. The training will only be taking place in the afternoons from now on, leaving the students with plenty of time for free skiing, continued practice, and a fun filled rest of the season!
Bring on week four!