11th Dec 2016
If you’re going away this winter and you keep promising yourself that you will improve your shredding, then you’re in luck!!
We’ve put together our five top tips to help get you sliding down the good stuff like the pros this winter. So whether you’ve been vowing to ‘finally land that 540’ or ‘ski that infamous backcountry line’ we’ve got you covered.
By Sophie Offord
1) Sign up to the British Freeski Camps and learn to shred the park like Woodsy!
Signing up to a freeski camp can be the best way to boost your skills in the park! The British Freeski camps are aimed at all ages and any ability, from first time park skier to full time pro. With top British champions for coaches, this is where riders such as Woodsy and Paddy Graham earned their stripes!
The British Freeski camps offer yearly winter camps in the alps and summer camps on the glaciers, which also include all sorts of extra activities such as trampolining, fitness and video reviews. If you don’t want to trek out to the mountains you can also sign up to their camps on home turf in the UK!
More info: http://www.britishfreeskicamps.com/
The Tignes Development Centre offer seasonaire training and epic courses for the backcountry beginner to the mountain goat throughout the Espace Killy. With some incredible terrain on offer, it’s also super high so you’re pretty much guaranteed great snowfall. Alongside the coaching you are provided with all the safety equipment to help you Shred Safe.
With small groups of 3 – 6 people and instructors that know and love the mountains, this is the best way to get into the backcountry with like-minded riders, stay safe, increase your skills and learn about the mountain all at the same time!
More info: http://www.tdcski.com/tignes/
3) Spruce up your technique with a lesson from New Generation.
With 18 years experience and instructors in resorts across the Alps, with New Gen you're guaranteed great coaching wherever you are. They offer a wide range of private and group lessons for all abilities, through to clinics and developer sessions for more advanced skiers.
So whether you're looking for a short refresher session on day one, or an off-piste adventure, you can be sure you'll walk away with burning thighs and a head full of new techniques and pointers!
More info: http://www.skinewgen.com/
4) Take your freeriding to the next level with Ski Marmalade!
Based in Meribel at the heart of the Three Valleys, Ski Marmalade run off-piste and freeriding courses as well as adventure weeks which include ski touring, staying in refuge huts and arguably some of the best powder runs of your life.
Directed towards those who are already comfortable in most types of terrain, this is a challenging week designed to take you out of your comfort zone. With plenty of chances to get some air and send it in the backcountry!
More info: www.skimarmalade.com/
5) Get away from Europe and the Alps with an instructor course from Snowskool!
Whether you’re looking for a new career or just to take your riding to the next level, an instructor course could be for you. Snowskool offer short courses for 2-5 weeks and long courses for 11- 13 weeks in resorts all over the world including Canada and New Zealand!
They even offer courses where you can earn while you learn, allowing you to practically apply what you have learnt with real clients and get paid whilst you do your training! What better way to travel and explore new mountains.
More info: https://www.snowskool.com/