Training and working with Altitude has been fun, even though the trainers have been working us hard towards our next level of BASI exams, the Level 3 ISIA. We are already half way through our training and it has gone so fast! The Altitude trainers have all been great to ski with and their knowledge and feedback have been very beneficial. They are there to help with anything, on or off the snow.
At Christmas and New Year, the ISIA group were teaching. It was a busy couple of weeks but we all enjoyed it. This is my first season teaching in Verbier after two seasons instructing elsewhere so it was new and exciting for me. I taught a variety of abilities and ages (with an occasional short hot chocolate stop for the kids and a vin chaud stop for the adults!) It was good to see the progression in my clients as well as getting to know the area better. I look forward to teaching again in February half term and the Easter holidays.
Since then, the ISIA group have been training hard, particularly with our trainer Remy, who is renowned for his quick feet. Remy likes to take us up Mt Fort, the highest point you can ski in Verbier at the height of 3333 metres, where there is a mogul field you cannot run away from. We will lap this run a few times before skiing down the Col de Gentianes, another mogul field, to the bottom. We sleep well after training with Remy!
But it’s not all bumps; there’s the one ski skiing, short synchro turns as well as chasing a partner carving down the slope! And after all of the training, we usually end up at the pub with a nice pint of Carlsberg.
Bring on the exams!
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