This week we have a guest blog post from Ash, who has just finished the Instructor Pro Course out in Val d’Isere. Ash, who is now off to spend the summer working as outdoor activities instructor, tells us about how the season has been for him, the ski training and some of his highlights!
Well where to start? The season got off to a good start with the Skiforce staff in Val d’Isere going well above and beyond to sort out any problems and get everyone settled, and before long me and the other gappies had started the course!
The course itself is well structured, giving you enough time to find your feet, and touch on any bad habits before progressively getting into some more serious skiing, with excellent world class instructors. Each week is focused on a different discipline; from race training – to freestyle, giving you a chance to improve rapidly and enjoy the (quite intense) skiing!
Luckily, Val d’Isere has excellent après and night life, a great way to wind down after a long day on the slopes, starting après with two pound a pint is always a plus and a great way to relax before hitting any of the reasonably large clubs. If this isn’t enough Val plays host to a variety of excellent event and activities throughout the season. From the Frostgun Invitational and the X Games, big air comps, to the New Years celebrations, guest DJ’s, and a small market every Monday!
As part of the instructor package we gained access to great experiences, like a refuge hut trip in the middle of the mountains, to a helicopter pick up after a great guided off piste morning in the expansive Espace Killy, which truly gives enough variety to last a season and still give you something new!
All in all this season with Skiforce by Progression has been more than expected, with helpful and friendly staff, great instructors and a group of friendships that’ll last a lifetime, it’s definitely an experience to be had, and one I hope to soon repeat.