Argentina 06 - Ski Days

Instructor: Day 10 Posted by Len at 26 Sep 2006 05:54 PM
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...


Instructor: Day 9 Posted by Len at 25 Sep 2006 11:58 PM
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...


Instructor: Day 8 Posted by Len at 24 Sep 2006 11:05 PM
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...


Instructor: Day 7 Posted by Len at 23 Sep 2006 10:43 PM
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...


Instructor: Day 6 Posted by Len at 22 Sep 2006 10:36 PM
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...


Practice day, well more of a restaurant crawl Posted by Len at 21 Sep 2006 10:55 PM
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...


Instructor: Day 5 Posted by Len at 19 Sep 2006 10:04 PM
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...


Instructor: Day 4 Posted by Len at 18 Sep 2006 09:48 PM
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...


Instructor: Day 3 Posted by Len at 17 Sep 2006 09:40 PM
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...


Instructor: Day 2 Posted by Len at 16 Sep 2006 08:59 PM
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...


Instructor: Day 1 Posted by Len at 15 Sep 2006 10:23 PM
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...


Group ski Posted by Len at 13 Sep 2006 05:52 PM
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...


Lapland Posted by Len at 12 Sep 2006 10:43 PM
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,...


Fresh snow Posted by Len at 11 Sep 2006 10:02 PM
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...


Free ski and practice - Day 4 Posted by Len at 8 Sep 2006 06:57 PM
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...


Free ski and practice - Day 3 Posted by Len at 7 Sep 2006 08:04 PM
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...


Free ski and practice - Day 2 Posted by Len at 6 Sep 2006 10:07 PM
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...


Free ski and practice - Day 1 Posted by Len at 5 Sep 2006 07:08 PM
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...


Trainee Instructor: Day 5 Posted by Len at 3 Sep 2006 05:32 PM
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...


Trainee Instructor: Day 4 Posted by Len at 2 Sep 2006 08:27 PM
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...


Trainee Instructor: Day 3 Posted by Len at 1 Sep 2006 08:10 PM
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...


Trainee Instructor: Day 2 Posted by Len at 31 Aug 2006 08:05 PM
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...


Trainee Instructor: Day 1 Posted by Len at 30 Aug 2006 09:38 PM
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...


Spring skiing Posted by Len at 29 Aug 2006 09:26 PM
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....


Just another day at Catedral Posted by Len at 28 Aug 2006 07:39 PM
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...


Esquel Day 5 - Free skiing Posted by Len at 25 Aug 2006 10:48 PM
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...


Esquel Day 4 - 180s and Switch Posted by Len at 24 Aug 2006 10:14 PM
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...


Esquel Day 3 - Dual slalom and park life Posted by Len at 23 Aug 2006 11:57 PM
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...


Esquel Day 2 - Giant Slalom Posted by Len at 22 Aug 2006 08:25 PM
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...


Esquel Day 1 - Slalom Posted by Len at 21 Aug 2006 11:53 PM
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...


Back to basics Posted by Len at 18 Aug 2006 10:46 PM
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...


How not to race Posted by Len at 17 Aug 2006 10:52 PM
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....


Another day at the office Posted by Len at 16 Aug 2006 06:08 PM
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...


Pink morning Posted by Len at 15 Aug 2006 07:05 PM
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...


Video analysis and technique work Posted by Len at 14 Aug 2006 07:05 PM
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...


Sunshine and free skiing Posted by Len at 12 Aug 2006 06:01 PM
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...


Still snowing Posted by Len at 10 Aug 2006 09:40 PM
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...


Powder day 2: Drier powder Posted by Len at 9 Aug 2006 10:47 PM
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...


After the storm Posted by Len at 8 Aug 2006 07:55 PM
This morning the skies were clear as we arrived at the Catedral base area for first lifts....


Monster powder day Posted by Len at 7 Aug 2006 07:13 PM
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...


Snow stability analysis Posted by Len at 5 Aug 2006 06:31 PM
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...


Mountain Safety Posted by Len at 4 Aug 2006 10:47 PM
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...


Working on technique Posted by Len at 3 Aug 2006 05:26 PM
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...


There but for the grace of god... Posted by Len at 2 Aug 2006 10:57 PM
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...


Training day 1 Posted by Len at 1 Aug 2006 11:29 PM
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...


Free skiing in Cerro Catedral Posted by Len at 31 Jul 2006 11:20 PM
Today we were shown around the Cero Catedral ski area. First thing, we were split into random groups and skied until lunch. After lunch we were assessed and split into 'ability' based groups. We then continued skiing until around 15.30....