Getting the right ski kit

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Introducing Your Training Jacket

When you are out on the hill, in all sorts of weather, day in day out you want to be in good kit to keep you warm, dry and comfortable. We also wanted to make sure the jackets were both blue, tying in with our instructors' uniforms. It's important…
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What to pack for your Gap Course

To help you we have gathered together some advice on what to bring and what not to bring in this guide to what to pack for your gap course.
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Avalanche Safety Kit

We love an off-piste adventure as much as the next person. But to make these trips as safe as possible we need education on mountain safety and the right avalanche safety equipment.
Gear Patrol ski kit for the season
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What to pack for your Ski Instructor Course

You're probably wondering how you're going to fit 3 months of kit into one 23kg suitcase. Here are our insider tips and season secrets to make the most of your packing this season!

Ellis Brigham Ski Test for BASI Level 1 and 2

Equipment choice is of vital importance before embarking upon any Instructor Course. The ski test is always a great opportunity to suss out what will be hot (or not) for next winter, and allows us to pick out a couple of skis that we feel will be beneficial for our trainee instructors.
Touring up in the custom Classic

Making life look better & adventure proof

A pretty big claim from an up and coming brand who have set out to change the eyewear industry. SunGod make Sunglasses and Snow sports goggles that are designed to last, look great doing it and not break the bank. Their 2 big statements,…

A few thoughts on pole length

Written by Jon Ahlsen: Background fact: I am 170 cm tall (5 ft 7 in)* When I was young and learned to ski, skis were long and straight. With respect to poles, we were told to put the pole upside down, grab it under the basket and that the…
On your ski instructor course your mentors should be inspirational and encourage you to push yourself

Stiff skis and the sweet spot

I have always enjoyed taking different skis out for a test. To me it’s like the first date: how will “she” react? Will she respond favorably if I do this, or will she be overwhelmed and back off. Is she going to dance with me, and if so,…
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Does my ABS make me safer? Or do I take more risks?

I love skiing off piste, it is why I have strived to live a life that allows me to be in the mountains. For me there is nothing better than getting away from the crowds, skiing something new and challenging and leaving your mark on the mountain.…
BASI Level 4 courses can be fun too.

Has Dan Wilson found the perfect ISIA/ISTD ski?

Winter is ever nearing and stocks of the new season skis are starting to make an appearance online and in stores. Excitement kicks in at the thought of a new pair of skis, but wait a minute…which skis do I want? Which skis do I need? Choosing…