September 01, 2006

Trainee Instructor: Day 3
Today we ran the lessons that we prepared last night. These went well and we got lots of good feedback. Overall the lessons were fun to deliver and none of us really had any serious problems. Chris and I had...

September 02, 2006

Trainee Instructor: Day 4
Today we focused on short to medium radius turns on piste, with a few bumps on the way home. We started with a couple of warm up runs under the quad chair. Sorry for the lack of pictures recently, I've...

September 03, 2006

Trainee Instructor: Day 5
Today was a glorious day, sunshine, perfect snow and no wind. We started the day with some runs under the three man chair above the gondola. We worked on elements of the Central Theme, first our basic parallel, and then...

September 04, 2006

About last night...
Well, we didn't do quite as well as we hoped last night. We had a great steak at the "Greasy Spoon" and almost filled the place to capacity. Then we went on to Pilgrim and had some Guinness, it was...

September 05, 2006

Free ski and practice - Day 1
Today was the first of my practice days between the Trainee Instructor course and the main event... We have 3 more of these days this week and then, three days of instruction next week with the possibility of one more...

The numbers
I got my "numbers" this evening. The way the BASI ratings work is that each skill (piste short turns, piste carving, central theme, etc) gets a rating based on how well you can perform it. The ratings are from 1...

September 06, 2006

Free ski and practice - Day 2
The mountain was covered with cloud this morning and it was raining up to the top of the sextuple and snowing above. Visibility was pretty poor, the snow was pretty wet and the pistes had just enough fresh snow to...

September 07, 2006

Injury update
We've had quite a few injuries on the course... In week one Ryan broke his heel. He had an operation here and has now gone home to Canada. In week two someone who'd rather not be named broke his leg...

Free ski and practice - Day 3
Today was supposed to be rain and snow but the skies were clear and the sun was out; there was a little wind but it was generally pretty warm. I started the day with some off-piste runs with Chris and...

September 08, 2006

Free ski and practice - Day 4
Today was our last day of free skiing and practice. It was another bright sunny, wind-free day but it was colder than yesterday and the snow was more compact for longer. I guess that's good for the long term condition...

September 09, 2006

First Aid at Pampa Linda
This morning we set out at 9.30 to Pampa Linda in the Nahuel Huapi National Park. A 9.30 start was 'interesting' due to the fact that some of us had been out until the early hours eating, drinking and dancing...

September 10, 2006

Pampa Linda waterfall and more first aid
This morning some of the guys went for a ride in the rain. After that we had some more first aid practicals and after lunch we went for a hike through the rain and mud (and at times what felt...

September 11, 2006

Fresh snow
The rain that fell all weekend in Pampa Linda was falling as snow from mid mountain. We missed the powder day yesterday but had a nice day of wierd and wacky wind-blown stuff today. We were skiing with our BASI...

September 12, 2006

Lapland
Day two of our informal tuition. We started with a warm up under the quad, awesome snow, wonderful grooming... After that we headed over to Condor II and the conditions were, to be honest, shite in comparison. It was hard,...

September 13, 2006

Group ski
Today was the last of our informal tuition days and all three groups of skiers skied together in the morning on the slope beneath the tripple chair at the top of the gondola. We did a couple of warm up...

September 14, 2006

Day off
Today was a day off, I slept until around 10ish, did some email and web surfing and then dozed on and off until I finally got up at around 5.30 for a bath. Last night we went to a very...

Esquel catch up now complete
I've finished posting the missing entries from the Esquel trip: Onwards to Esquel Esquel Day 1 - Slalom Esquel Day 2 - Giant Slalom Esquel Day 3 - Dual slalom and park life Getting "Crabtreed" at Moes Esquel Day 4...

September 15, 2006

Instructor: Day 1
Today was the first day of our BASI Instructor training program. This consists of two sets of 5 days continuous assessment. The first five days focus on the technical skiing aspects and the second five days shift the focus slightly...

September 16, 2006

Instructor: Day 2
As with yesterday, today was similar to day 2 of our Trainee Instructor program only more detailed. We started with a warm up run under the triple chair at the top of the gondola; the snow was great and we...

September 17, 2006

Instructor: Day 3
Today we moved on to activities beyond The Central Theme; BASI has five strands of progression for people once they're doing parallel turns correctly, these are: Piste, Steeps, Bumps, Variable (all kinds of off-piste conditions) and Freestyle. The plan for...

September 18, 2006

Instructor: Day 4
Today we mostly worked on our piste performance along with some slightly steeper off piste stuff in the afternoon from the new detatchable quad which opened today. The picture below of a Condor circling on the thermals above the top...

September 19, 2006

Instructor: Day 5
Today was the last day of the first block of 5 days of the Instructor training course. All of the groups skied together for some part of the day as this allowed the three trainers to 'compare notes' and ensures...

September 20, 2006

Day off
Last night most of us went into Bariloche for food and partying. I had a "no dancing" rule as I wanted to rest my knees but that didn't stop me staying out until around 3.30am. We started with a very...

September 21, 2006

Practice day, well more of a restaurant crawl
It was windy and cloudy today and the visibility was poor. This made the frozen snow with a light coating of fresh powder very annoying to ski; lots of small depressions with a bit of soft snow in them and...

September 22, 2006

Fingers crossed for a powder day
It was raining last night and the last people back from the mountain said that it was falling as snow around mid mountain. It rained heavily down here all night and the clounds are still low but we can see...

Instructor: Day 6
The rain had been falling as snow on the mountain and there was even a little snow at the Catedral base. After waiting for a while for the gondola to open and then being told that it would be another...

Pictures from Day 6
As you can see, we had some nice fresh snow today......

September 23, 2006

Instructor: Day 7
Today was our first solo teaching session. We were each given an element of the Central Theme to teach in a lesson lasting 20 minutes. Julian and two other members of the group observed each lesson and the rest of...

September 24, 2006

Instructor: Day 8
Today was similar to yesterday, 20 minute individual teaching sessions in the morning and bumps in the afternoon. We were all pretty subdued today, mostly due to the stress and worry of the teaching sessions. Once again these nerves didn't...

September 25, 2006

Instructor: Day 9
We began the day with two short lessons from Katie and Neil. Katie's was to demonstrate more 'presence' during her teaching and Neil's was to show more active analysis and corrective advice. We started at the top of the triple...

September 26, 2006

Instructor: Day 10
Today was the final day of the Instructor training course. We woke to find that it was raining heavily at lake level and when we arrived at the lifts there was snow on the ground at the base. We took...

Passed!
I passed the instructor training, so I'm now a ski instructor... 7 of our group of 8 passed, only Jo needs to do some more work to improve her skiing a little before doing a technical resit some time in...

Synchro Boxers and Bikini ski
To celebrate the end of the course we decided to do something amusing, synchronised skiing with the guys in just their boxer shorts and the girls in bikini tops......

September 27, 2006

And rest...
We had a group meal with Julian last night at Alberto's. The plan was to eat at normal Argentinean time, 10ish, but there was some confusion and it ended up being even later by the time we actually sat down....

September 28, 2006

Packing and partying
Today was another lazy day for me. Some of the guys went skiing but I just chilled at the hotel. I went up to the mountain to collect my skis and boots from the ski locker, say goodbye to the...

September 29, 2006

Leaving El Retorno
This morning we leave Bariloche and the Hotel El Retorno which has been our home for the past two months and fly back to Buenos Aires. We then spend this evening in BA and fly out tomorrow evening. It's amazing...