Finally, after a few weeks of relaxed skiing with Tety the mountain goat, the assessment started. It begun with a slightly nervous reception with Dunc, our trainer. Everyone eagerly willing to impress him. However, once on the mountain, Mysterious Matt led the group on our first ever ski run together and needed only two attempts to get to the right lift. With Hal falling on the walk up to the right track, followed closely by a spectacular fall from trainer Dunc, it’s fair to say the ice was broken… Of course he meant it.
The first few days were spent enjoying some of the fresh powder snow, with our group leaving some intense synchronised skiing tracks over the mountain. We then shifted focus onto our balance by trying some one-ski skiing, and worked even harder on our synchronisation by trying to overtake one-another whilst maintaining the same rhythm. It’s fair to say our skiing was challenged and we thought we were in for a rest with the central theme lined up later in the week… we were definitely wrong. A few laps later, skiing without poles, skiing with boots totally unclipped and constantly trying to get to terms with the infamous stretch and bend, we finally learnt to snow plough.
Then, as the final part of the course, we taught a session each. The whole day was a success with a variety of introductory activities including; three-legged skiing, one-ski slaloms and obstacle courses to name a few. Other lesson plans involved pole balancing and slaloms, with everyone becoming totally confused by Dunc’s out-of-a-pound scoring system.
So before we knew it the week was over and everyone was left in Mute, the Apres-ski bar, clenching their professional ski-instructor qualifications and a well earned drink! Pretty successful week I’d say… Bring on level two!