If you know your own ability and level of skiing, then you can start to understand how you can progress, gain confidence and more technical skills. Then you can start to challenge yourself and start to turn a situation to your advantage with the guidance and coaching from me. If you understand how to adapt your techniques and tactics, your own ability and the conditions and snow type, this helps make a good, safe, and effective skier. My approach is designed to help and encourage you towards developing your skiing, towards your short and long term goal.
Known – Unknown
Easy – Harder
Flat – Steeper
Slow – Faster
Learning/awareness/improving new things in a constant environment.
By making things harder and moving out of our comfort zone, this improves awareness of the 3 factors balance, turning and steering, which usually leads to becoming a more effective, all-around controlled skier. That said, skiing on a mountain is a very open skill and you always need to adapt to a constant change of conditions and snow types.
Here are the guidelines, Develop your skiing uses to help our clients decide the level of instruction they require from us. You will see that every level has cross over points which repeat some aspects of other levels and there is a blend between levels. (Please note that although we have used the same colours as piste maps, this in no way suggests that on finishing our course you would automatically be able to ski that colour piste in every resort, weather or conditions.)
Introducing first timers to the equipment, gaining balance and sliding down easy pisted nursery and beginner runs in a plough. Making slight changes of direction in a plough at an optimal speed and staring to experience confidence and control of your speed for the first time on skis.
Start using the ski lift and venturing into the resort and confidence building on easy beginner runs in the resort. Changing, varying the speed and size of turn to encourage turning out of the fall line, to progress and get the feeling of narrow plough when changing direction.
Turning/change direction at an optimal speed to your own ability with confidence matching your skis parallel in or after the fall line on easy pisted blue runs, where and when you want and balanced on and against the turning outside ski.
Start to develop and encourage the enjoyment and freedom of getting around the mountain, experiencing the flow and balance while turning/change direction where and when you want. Start to change, varying the speed and size of turn to encourage turning out of the fall line. developing and progressing, getting the feeling of more flow when changing direction. Start to become more aware of steering your skis more dynamically, making good turn shapes while turning/change direction in medium to long turns. Starting to change the turn shapes and adapting to the steeper more challenging pisted blue runs.
Turning/change direction at an optimal speed to your own ability, where and when you want in varied turn shapes and size of turns. Parallel on pisted red runs and balanced on and against the turning outside ski.
Starting to enjoy the freedom of getting around the mountain and experiencing the flow and balance while Turning/change direction where and when you want. Starting to change the turn shapes and adapting to the steeper more challenging pisted Red runs.
Start to become more aware of steering your skis more dynamically, making good turn shapes while Turning/change direction in medium, long and short turns.
Venturing in more challenging conditions on the side of slope appropriate to your level, ability, and confidence. Tracked out powder, small evenly spaced bumps, undulation terrain and marked ski routs where safe and essay accessible from a marked ski slope in resort.
Turning/change direction at different speed, slower and faster to become more aware of steering your skis more dynamically where and when you want in varied turn shapes and size of turns and varying conditions, terrain and gradients off and on the slopes.
Carving/steering – Start to get the feeling and more awareness of being able to leaves clean tracks in snow on marked ski slopes Long and short turns and developing more confidence at higher speeds on firmer/hard piste
Bumps/moguls – Understand how to control your line, speed and movements appropriate to the bump and conditions
Transceiver and avalanche awareness – Preparing for when you go off in that deep and steep powder and freeriding
Deep snow – Build confident and learn the enjoyment of skiing Rhythmic short turns in different types of deep snow and conditions
Steep terrain – start to get the confidence and control to descend, safely and confidently on the steeper slopes and terrain
Freeriding – Become and start to get the confidence to play and experience how much fun it can really be skiing in whatever condition, slope and terrain is through at you on the mountain and taking control of the situation you are in
Ski touring – Introduction to the equipment and how much fun it can be away from the crowded slope and experiencing the freedom beyond
Varying the terrain, slope gradient, conditions, turn shapes and speed to encourage all the above and challenge oneself. Trying different skis lengths and type of skis/equipment out, freeride, slope performance, race skis and touring skis and just play on the mountain and have fun what ever is thrown at you.