August 01, 2006

Training day 1
The day started at 7am with a run followed by a stretching session, then breakfast and then on the minibus to the snow by 8.15. We collected our gear from the ski store at the base of the mountain and...

August 02, 2006

There but for the grace of god...
Another excellent day, until the accident. We awoke to a little rain at hotel level; it had stopped by the time that some of us went for a quick run before stretching but started again once we were on the...

August 03, 2006

Working on technique
We spent all of today working on technique. Lots of drills to get us skiing better. It's amazing how difficult it is to do a basic parallel turn perfectly at slow speed... Once again the day was hard work but...

August 04, 2006

Peak Leaders Course Diary
The official Peak Leaders Course diary has started and can be found here. This will be written by members of the group over the next 9 weeks....

Mountain Safety
Last night we did the first classroom part of our Mountain safety course; this involved us learning about how to search with a transciever and probe and what kind of gear you should have with you if you're going off...

August 05, 2006

Another blog from the course
Mark's also blogging about the course, or at least he will be once he's caught up on his backlog of posts about his Canadian trip. You can read more here....

Photobucket
One of the guys has set up a photbucket album for the trip. You can view the pictures here....

Snow stability analysis
Today we took a 30 minute hike from the top of one of the chair lifts and visited a large off piste bowl so that we could do some snow stability analysis by digging holes and looking at the structure...

Pictures from Week 1
Here's a collection of pictures that I've taken over the past week. The first few are from the Recoleta cemetery in Buenos Aires; this is a remarkable place, a true city of the dead....

August 06, 2006

Steak out
Last night we went out in Bariloche. We split into several groups so that we didn't overwhelm a single restaurant. Our group had a great meal with lots of good wine and huge steaks. We then went on to Pilgrim,...

August 07, 2006

Monster powder day
It was raining at hotel level all day yesterday and eventually became snow at around 8ish in the evening. This morning some of us went for a run in the sleet before stretching. The road up to the mountain was...

More photos
James has set up a website for his photos from the course. You can see them here....

August 08, 2006

After the storm
This morning the skies were clear as we arrived at the Catedral base area for first lifts....

August 09, 2006

Powder day 2: Drier powder
It was snowing again this morning, The snow at hotel level was settling more readily than the other day, the morning run was less wet, the road had a decent covering of reasonably dry snow and the falling snow was...

August 10, 2006

Separated at birth?
This morning Tom found a Kinder chocolate bar which had a picture on the front of a boy who looks remarkably like Will......

Still snowing
No run this morning, I stayed up a little later than usual and had a little more wine than usual and decided to set a sensible alarm rather than an early one. When I did get up it was snowing...

August 11, 2006

Day off
No skiing today. The instructors decided that we needed a day off. It was tipping down with snow again at hotel level and the road to Cerro Catedral was bad again and only the lower sections of the mountain were...

Anolther blog from the trip
Louis is also writing about the course. You can read it here....

August 12, 2006

Sunshine and free skiing
This morning we had a reasonably late start, buses at 10 and 11 rather than 8.15. Today was a free skiing day, though we could meet with Ivan and Mercedes at lunch and ski with them in the afternoon if...

August 13, 2006

R&R
No skiing today, which was lucky considering that I got in at around 5am after spending a few hours in Pilgrim after our group meal. The band wasn't as good as last week's; more of a jazz thing than the...

August 14, 2006

Video analysis and technique work
The skies were reasonably clear this morning, the snow was a little hard and there was a lot of wind which made some of the off-piste a little interesting due to the crust that had developed. We did several nice...

August 15, 2006

Pink morning
The sky this morning was amazing; clear and cloud free and slowly changing from lilac to light blue as we drove up to the Catedral base area. As the pink wash was purged from the sky it flooded over the...

August 16, 2006

Another day at the office
It was cloudy and cold this morning. My extra layer came out of my pocket after the first warm up run and I put it, my under-helmet hat, and my silk glove liners on before we started work for the...

Hotel El Retorno
Just some pictures from the area around the Hotel El Retorno where we're currently staying......

August 17, 2006

How not to race
The day began as usual, first lifts, up the 6 and then the 4, a quick photo of today's sky and then a warm up run or two back down to the quad....

August 18, 2006

Back to basics
Four of us took the early bus this morning, the rest arrived at various points throughout the day. There were two buses at 9.30-10 for those who had been out celebrating last night and those who partied harder came by...

August 19, 2006

Carlsburg don't build nightclubs, but if they did...
Last night four of us went out for a quiet steak at a place that Ant has christened the "greasy spoon steakhouse". This is a small, locals, cafe style restaurant that serves very good steak, chips and beer for small...

Resting the knee
My knee felt fine this morning but I didn't ski today so as to give it some time to rest up before the race training in Esquel next week; plus I didn't get up until around 11 as we didn't...

August 20, 2006

Early night!
This evening I had a reasonably early night! We went for a meal in Bariloche and then on to South Bar, a rather nice, pokey, locals rather than tourist bar. We left the bar reasonably early, around 1am and people...

Onwards to Esquel
After lunch we loaded our gear into two buses and a pickup truck and set off to Esquel. The journey was supposed to take around four hours but it was nearer six after we were stopped by the police a...

August 21, 2006

Esquel Day 1 - Slalom
La Hoya is a small ski resort. It's basically a single large bowl with lifts up the centre and lots of potentially amazing off-piste around the edges. Due to the lack of snow the off-piste was less attractive than it...

August 22, 2006

Esquel Day 2 - Giant Slalom
Today we did some giant slalom, all of us found this easier than the slalom. Given that I'm working on not hurting myself I didn't push it too much, as a result I controlled my speed a little too much...

August 23, 2006

Esquel Day 3 - Dual slalom and park life
I didn't drink a great deal last night but what I did drink seemed to affect me quite a lot. The wine was slightly off, I knew that, but it had a rather nice port-like taste so I drank a...

August 24, 2006

Getting "Crabtreed" at Moes
As I mentioned in the previous entry, last night we drank at Moes and it got messy. Mostly it got messy at Joe's expense......

Esquel Day 4 - 180s and Switch
Another day in the terrain park and today's focus was on doing 180s on the rollers. We started by riding the rollers backwards to get a feel for riding backwards. After one run of that several of us went off...

August 25, 2006

Esquel Day 5 - Free skiing
A half day's skiing at La Hoya today, this afternoon we head out for Trevelin, the start of our journey home. Most of the gang spent the morning in the park, perfecting their 180s and rails and jumps, I decided...

Trevelin by night
We arrived at Trevelin and had a "traditional welsh tea", well, tea and cakes... Trevelin was founded during the Welsh imigration in 1860 (read more here.) Of course, immediately after the tea we all went wandering around in groups looking...

August 26, 2006

Trevelin by day
Today we did the cultural part of Trevelin. We visited the school museum, and the mill museum, had lunch and then set out for El Hoyo, about 2/3rds of the way home and the location of this evening's hotel. Just...

August 27, 2006

El Bolson
Today we started the journey back to Bariloche. We drove to El Bolson and spent a few hours wandering around and eating; I had a great lunch of trout with cream and almonds. Some of the guys then had ice...

Good to be home
We arrived back at El Retorno from Esquel this afternoon at around 4.30. It's good to be back. The view of the lake, hot baths and wifi... 2 of the 3 BASI Ski trainers arrived today, the third will arrive...

August 28, 2006

Just another day at Catedral
Today two of the three groups of skiers started their BASI Trainee Instructor course. We had been split into three groups for our off snow activities; the groups were random mixes of skiers and boarders and when the BASI guys...

August 29, 2006

Spring skiing
We skied with Ivan this morning and had an afternoon of free skiing, today the afternoon was planned to be that way rather than yesterday's accidental free skiing....

BASI Trainer is here
Our group's BASI trainer has arrived, Julian Griffiths who is head of European Snowsport (ES) of Verbier. This evening we had a chat about what the training will entail and we start work on the Trainee Instructor training programme tomorrow....

Taking advantage of some of the other facilities
This evening I took advantage of some of the other facilities that the course has to offer. First off was 15 mins standing in the lake to 'ice' my knee. The conditions today were great fun but I probably pushed...

August 30, 2006

Trainee Instructor: Day 1
Today was day 1 of our trainee instructor program. We worked on the "Fundamental Elements" of skiing; or at least what BASI believe to be the fundamental elements. We started the morning with a warm up and then began working...

August 31, 2006

Trainee Instructor: Day 2
Today we covered the "Central Theme" this is the basic BASI technical framework that is designed to guide skiers in the use of the Fundamental Elements that we learnt about yesterday to move people from total beginners to being able...