I signed up to the New Generation Ski Gap Course in Courchevel for Winter 2012/2013 after attending an open day at Hemel Hempstead snow dome. At the time, this really helped me make the decision on whether I would sign on to do the course as I was able to chat through the various aspects of the ten weeks.
Through the training, shadowing of ski schools, technical exams, mock lessons and generally experiencing the running of a ski school, you are given the opportunity to discover where your strengths and weaknesses lie; it puts you in situations you just wouldn’t encounter sitting in an office or trawling through job application websites. So for whatever motivation you have for considering the course, go for it!
The past two years have gone by so fast. Skiing went from being just a one week a year holiday, to a very viable career path that I am now fully committed to. Hopefully I can continue through the Instructor qualifications and return back to Courchevel one day as an ISTD instructor to work- thats the aim.
What to expect
The UK open days are a great chance to meet the trainers and some of your potential course mates. They give you an opportunity to quiz some one face to face about the realities of the course as well as brush up on your skiing and check that you not about to spend a rather large amount of money on something you’re not quite ready for.
During each session the trainer will start to look at some of the terminology used during the course as well as explore a few of the elements and skills that we use at all levels of skiing. While doing this they will look at your skiing and work with you to create an action plan to help you prepare for your course.
Where and when
We run our open days at 2 of the major snow domes in the UK. In the south of England we use the Hemel Hempstead Snow Centre, and in the north we have Manchester Chill Factore.
If you are not able to attend any of these centres do let us know as we may be able to set up a day closer to you using other facilities.
Our open days are split into two sessions;
09:30 – 11:30 – On-snow Q&A with the course mentors. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, find out what your skiing level is and find out more about BASI and what it all means.
12:00 – 15:00 – On-snow training with the mentor – you will put through your paces and be shown what to expect on the course.
You can join us for the full day, or just one session. You can also bring a parent or friend if you’d like.
If you’re booked on one of our courses, all the training you will receive is free of charge. If you’re not booked, the afternoon session is £30 but if you go on to book, we’ll offset this from your course price!
All you need to pay for is your lift pass – this is normally around £30 – £40 – we’ll can book these for you.
I am going on a ski holiday, can i meet you in resort?
Yes. Of course! If you are out in one of the resorts that we have a ski school in please get in touch and let us know. We would love to meet up and go for a ski and take you through the courses, what is included and have a look at your level if you are concerned.
Pop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01462 674000 to arrange.