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Méribel Performance & Adventure Course
Redefine the limits of your skiing. Our Performance and Adventure courses bring together the industries leading coaches to provide expert support for aspiring Freeriders and explorers. As your ability grows, we will continually reach further, taking you ski touring up onto big North Face Descents, into the park to develop your skills in the air and then bringing this all together so you can tackle any run with style and flow.
You will also achieve a level 1 instructor qualification and become a first aid trainer to complete a level 3 award in education and training. All of this while earning internationally recognised qualifications that will help you whatever you decide to do next. The experience gained on our performance and adventure courses will help you succeed outside of skiing.
Our Performance and Adventure courses are designed to challenge you technically and push you to the edge of your comfort zone. A love of adventure and willingness to try is as important as your technical ability. We do still recommend that you are at least a Level 5 Skier.
BASI Level 1
Outdoor First Aid Course
18 – 24
Performance and Adventure
Situated at the heart of the Three Valleys, Méribel offers amazing access to the largest interconnected ski area in the world. There are 169 ski lifts to the 600km of runs, not to mention the 10,000+ hectares of off-piste! So it’s a great base for our Performance & Adventure courses with so much surrounding terrain to explore.
Our coaching team is made up of racers, ex-BASI trainers, freeriders and alpine skiing fanatics. Our instructors have a passion for the mountains and have the highest qualifications in Freestyle and off-piste adventures. They are ready to help you change your skiing and become an epic all-round skier.
We tailor the training to our students with much more individual coaching and the smallest groups for coaching of any provider in Meribel. Our flexible training meets the needs of our students rather than being a one size fits all programme.
As with all of our long residential courses, avalanche equipment is included as standard. Avalanche safety and rescue training are essential skills for any aspiring Freeriders. Our team focus on developing these skills throughout the course, and by the end of the programme, you will be able to safely navigate off-piste without a guide.
During the programme, you will spend time race training in gates/stubbies on the Stade, in the park with freestyle coaches, in the bumps, working on piste-performance and off-course skiing some of the incredible Freeride Terrain that the Three Valleys has to offer.
This combination of training helps you work towards the type of skiing you see in Freeride Competitions like the Freeride World tour for example. Making you comfortable in the air, skiing at speed and in all conditions.
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We have a number of accommodation options in the resort. Those who book early will be able to choose which chalet they would like to be in. If there are dramatic differences in the quality or the location of a property this will be reflected in the cost of the course. Please see the booking section for more details.
South-facing balconies, TV, Wifi, DVD player, Dishwasher, Fireplace Microwave, Cafetiere, Washing machine and a large ski room.
This spacious chalet is well located in Nantgerel, a quiet village on the bus route from Meribel. Cassenoix has 5 twin bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and has a large living area upstairs. When there is plenty of snow you can ski directly to Nantgerel.
Lovely light living and dining space with TV, internet, cosy fireplace and amazing views from the balcony. Open plan kitchen with dishwasher, huge fridge freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle and most importantly before a day on the slopes… a coffee machine!
Regardless of the conditions, week one will focus on fun, on-piste technical skiing. You will begin working towards building a solid technical base. Towards the end of the week, you will begin to learn about your new avalanche safety equipment and how to ski off-piste safely, including avalanche rescue.
This week focuses on personal performance with on-piste technical skiing with 3 days in gates on the side. Practising slalom turns, controlling speed and line with ex-racers. In the afternoons we’ll focus on teaching sessions and technical understanding. Towards the end of the week, we’ll begin putting into practice the off-piste safety training and avalanche rescue.
This week you’ll be on your BASI Level 1 exam where you’ll need to demonstrate your skiing ability and show you can teach and manage a group on the slopes.
This week you’ll take your Outdoor 2-day First Aid Course. This will give you the knowledge and confidence to help if you end up in a situation on the slopes. This qualification can be used in any outdoor sports situation, so if you’re a surf instructor in the summer or a tennis coach in the summer, this qualification is relevant too. You’ll learn how to manage a dangerous situation on the slopes and keep people safe in order to preserve life. This is a vital part of training and must be completed to ski off-piste.
Once the First Aid is complete, you’ll begin practicing your avalanche safety and putting scenarios into place to enable you to stay safe in the backcountry.
A week mixing on and off-piste depending on conditions, learning how to carve and make consistent turns in deep snow (weather dependent!) A fun relaxed week focusing on enjoyment, exploring and getting some serious angles, after intense weeks of exams and learning first aid.
Shadowing lessons on the slopes. This week you’ll see how the instructors cope in varying conditions, with kids and adult groups. You’ll learn about group management, how to help kids have fun and the differences in how people learn. You’ll come away with lots of new teaching ideas you can put into practice if you decide to become a ski instructor.
Time to have a go at ski racing and practising some tricks in the park. We’ll focus on-piste performance on week 7 in the gates on the stade. We’ll focus on developing skills, speed and control in racing and in the park, depending on the group’s preference.
The first few days you’ll learn how to effortlessly ski the bumps, and learn how to ski rut lines. Further, into the week you’ll begin your backcountry training – learning how to map read, choose safe terrain depending on the aspect, basic ropework and crevasse rescue. You’ll spend time in the backcountry with an IFMGA Mountain Guide.
Week 9 + 10
This week is all about high paced, high energy skiing on the piste. We’ll focus on speed, line and pressure to stay in control when speeds pick up. We will also play in the park developing our tricks. This is a prime opportunity to try a backflip or 360. Our instructors can help you build confidence and break down the movements to help you land perfectly. If there’s plenty of fresh snow, we could swap the park for fat skis, and head off into the backcountry for an off-piste adventure (if that majority of the week agree).
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Performance & Adventure
- 08/01/2023 – 18/03/2023
- 10 weeks
- With Accommodation & Catering
Performance & Adventure
- 08/01/2023 – 18/03/2023
- 10 weeks
- Training only
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