Jon Ahlsén in his office

Jon Ahlsén in his office

What a week it has been for New Generation ski instructor training in Verbier! Jon Ahlsén, who runs instructor training in Treblecone and our level 3 and 4 seasonal training programmes in Verbier gives us the low-down in resort.

Our 10 week Verbier BASI gap course has been cracking on since the start of the season, and the guys have been working hard on their skiing and teaching skills in preparation for their BASI level 2 exam coming up in just a week. During peak weeks they have shadowed lessons in the mornings, and worked on their skiing in the afternoon. I know my job was made easier by having a second pair of eyes and hands to assist in the lessons. Thanks, Joss.

New Generation Verbier SMASHES ski training. From left to right: BASI Ski Gap course, Nendaz ISIA (BASI 3) work + train programme, Verbier ISTD (BASI 4) Training Team AND some of our ski school bombers (the next generation of instructors?)

New Generation Verbier SMASHES ski training. From left to right: BASI Ski Gap course, Nendaz ISIA (BASI 3) work + train programme, Verbier ISTD (BASI 4) Training Team AND some of our ski school bombers (the next generation of instructors?)

New Generation runs a season long work and train program in Nendaz, one of the four valleys in the 4 Vallées ski area. This is an ISIA Training Course, an intensive season long training programme designed to prepare trainees physically and mentally for their BASI level 3 exams. Alessandro normally runs the training, but this week, Tom, our Verbier resort manager has trained them, focusing on moguls and variable snow. Tom really enjoyed the week and we were impressed with the skiing skills and grit (skiing with banged up shoulder in a sling?!) on display from the Nendaz team.

Nendaz work + training ISIA programme

Nendaz work + training ISIA programme

Our Verbier ISTD (BASI level 4) training team has now finished its second week of training. The first week, Tom skied them hard! After the busy peak weeks around the holidays, it was good for everyone to focus on their own skiing. To convince the mind and body to let the skis run at high speeds after a few weeks of snowploughing can be daunting. This week had more of a technical focus – lots of lapping and lots of individual feedback. We saw some impressive improvements from a team that is very eager to learn and easy to coach! …and sorry for not letting you guys chase some of the amazing powder we’ve had this week.

Training in Verbier - before we hit the swimming pool!

Training in Verbier – before we hit the swimming pool!

As part of the ISTD training program this year, we have decided to try out recovery sessions in the swimming pool as well as some slack-lining and general horseplay in our parking garage. It has been great for making sure the legs still work on Friday afternoon.

Jas Bruce, Eurotest opener, running this week's ISTD training

Jas Bruce, Eurotest opener, running this week’s ISTD training

This week, Jas Bruce, our New Generation Val D’Isere resort manager, BASI trainer and Eurotest opener, will take over the training for the ISTD team. We are certainly looking forward to showing him the resort and coaching with him on the hill.

If you’re interested in becoming a ski instructor or would like to find out more about any of the training programmes we run in Verbier, check out our dedicated Instructor Training site, or drop us an email on instructorcourses@skinewgen.com

 

The Verbier training team 2013

The Verbier training team 2013