With a heavy focus on some level 2 teaching the students are right in the thick of their tuition and a lot more is being asked of them during week 7. Level 2 is a significant step up from the level 1 standard so this is the week to raise their a game.
The snowboarders headed out with Alyn and Dom and the skiers were with Lee. These guys are 3 of the most experienced and talented on the hill, so a fantastic week was ahead of them.
It was a cold start to the week and there was snow forecasted on the horizon which is always good news. The snowboarders had a heavy focus on being centered and mobile and using the lower joints for improved mobility and also a big focus on Level 2 teaching. The skiers were focusing on their ski improvement and also delivering Level 2 teaches.
Monday was dedicated to millage to bolster their skiing and snowboarding skills. It was a fast paced day, but as always enjoyable to shred around the hill tackling all types of terrain, speed and turn shapes.
Tuesday allowed for some more time to be spent on rider / skier improvement so after some cruising around the mountain and doing some drills everyone had some individual feedback to work on. Alyn even took his snowboard group through the half pipe to work on presure control and gave them some pointers. The skiers did some stance and balance work by removing their ski poles. An unnerving experience at first, but a brilliant way to force everyone to be centred on their skis.
That evening there was a pimps and hoes themed party at ‘Sam’s’ so a few of the guys headed up to see what it was all about. From what we hear it wasn’t a mad one as the main focus was on lessons Wednesday morning, serious dedication!
Coincidently Wednesday seemed the day that everyone headed over to Gem lake. Partly due to the fact that it offers some great terrain to train on, especially bumps and challenging terrain. Wednesday evening resulted in everyone heading out to wings night at Sam’s for few drinks. Pretty much one of our traditions up here at Big White. It is one of the best nights of the week.
Thursday POW day! 20cms!
Everyone was smiling this morning and for an epic reason. 20cms had fallen in the night. The visibility was not fantastic, but when you know the mountain like our instructors it was straight to the Black Forrest to take advantage of the trees to add some waypoints and increased visibility. Fresh lines were had by everyone. After pretty much tracking out the Black Forrest in the morning the focus switched from riding to teaching for the afternoon for all snowboard and ski groups.
Fridays have been known to be more of a fun day of the week with a strong focus on riding and working on individual feedback and working on some freestyle aspects of skiing and snowboarding. All students ended the day by having a one on one with their instructor to discuss how the week went. Dinner time came around quickly and we all headed to the ‘Moose Lounge’ where a few of the guys ordered up steaks which came up with veg and potatoes and appeared to be the winner in the competition of ‘who ordered the best dinner’.
As always weekends are for resting and that is exactly what went down, movies, foosball,chilling and even a game of home made ping pong. Living the sweet life!
Week 6 is upon us and unfortunately this means we are past the half way stage for our time in Big White. Time flies by when you’re having fun, but when you’re snowboarding its crazy. This week my group was to be with Fernando. One of the most qualified boarders at big white, the Level 4 trainer was sure to improve our riding massively throughout the week.
So we headed out on Monday morning mostly riding terrain that would be required for Level 2. With Fernando spinning 3’s off everything we did our best to keep up as we ripped across the mountain. He was definitely one of the best snowboarders I’ve ridden with and the group started to love him and his angry panda (his snowboard).
Tuesday we focused on terrain adaptation with some freestyle maneuvers. Practicing butters and spins, ollies and nollies, we learnt how to release and apply pressure on parts of the snowboard to help us through difficult terrain such as bumps and tree runs. Fernando gave us examples of typical level 2 lessons as we started to look towards the teaching aspect.
Freestyle Wednesdays as always a popular day and with the group getting more comfortable spinning 180’s, some 360’s and board slides on rails we were keen to practice some more. The afternoon focus was being centered and mobile while stepping up the terrain. Blacks and Double blacks full of moguls put us through our paces, and a chill in the hot tub to relax the muscles and ‘the tight core’ Fernando had been instructing us to use. Another fully deserved wing night at Sam’s followed as yet another messy Wednesday night provided lots of laughs and stories to laugh about the next day.
With the conditions being suitable, the snowboarders who weren’t broken from the day before, headed over to Gem lake to embrace the challenging terrain it would provide us with. We worked on our carving technique through the bumps, and of course our tail flicks (a stunt that Fernando uses to flick snow up at whoever is following him by hitting the ground with the tail of the board). We spent the full day there and covered so much mileage that all of us just crashed as soon as we got back. Most of us agreed that it was one of the best days we had had since being here!
The week ended with the usual theme of working on feedback from the video analysis and weeks riding, with the emphasis on funday Friday. We wrapped up the week with our feedback session in Sam’s, thanking our trainer for another fantastic week. Stephen, Holly, Johanna, Rob and I felt in such a good mood after the weeks riding that we headed to the park for an evening session.
Friday’s meal we were treated to the finest, and probably the only, Thai cuisine on the mountain. We all tucked in to Pad Thai and curries washed down with a lovely Singha or two. It was one of the best meals we had eaten since leaving 6 weeks ago, and after having one of the best weeks spirits were high as we concluded another successful week at Big White Ski Resort with Nothinbutsnow.
After knocking back some coffees and teas week 6 began like every other week with our students meeting their instructors outside the VCM.
The main vibe of this week was to really immerse themselves in to the level 2 teaching material and to get a good idea of what is expected of them.
Monday and Tuesday was spent riding increasingly difficult terrain focusing on adaption to variable terrain with our trainers demonstrating a typical level 2 lesson. This enables the students to really understand the format of how a lesson is taught and allow them to see the steps involved.
Wednesday or ‘freestyle Wednesday’ as it has now been dubbed is where the focus of the lessons takes a huge swing in the direction of the freestyle aspects of skiing and snowboarding. This meant plenty of practice on spins, grabs and flatland tricks under the ever watchful eye of the instructors who are there providing constant feedback. A few of the guys and girls decided it was a good idea to head out for some après ski in the evening and indulged in a few drinks along with some socializing. The remaining students stayed at home and had a few drinks in the hot tub to rest those aching muscles.
It obviously was not a heavy night out as everyone looked fresh faced Thursday morning. The snowboarders headed over to Gem Lake to take advantage of the varying terrain, which links back to their focus on adaption, whilst the skiers sessioned a few runs just off the Snow Ghost lift, working on short radius turns. The day ended with some video analysis and feedback sessions.
The end of the week arrived and they seem to be flying past quicker and quicker now. Fridays have been known to be a little bit more lighthearted however we are all here to learn so nothing is spared when out on the snow. It was a chance for everyone to work on his or her feedback from the video analysis session from the day before.
There were some hungry faces when we all rocked up to the Thai restaurant and not a single piece of food was left on their plates. They were big portions as well! The food was excellent and provided the perfect stomach lining for the beers to follow.
Another week down and the sad realisation that we are over the half way mark was starting to set in. Being positive we see the glass half full and on that note we still have 5 wonderful weeks to look forward to.