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Caroline

You always wanted to try snowboarding after having many years experience on the 2 planks and you found the perfect change to do this with us!!...and I am so glad you did! It was a pleasure to introduce you to the great sport: SNOWBOARDING!

Snowboarding ability level before your holiday: 1
Snowboarding ability level after your holiday: 4

1.First time EVER or very nervous beginner.
2.Beginner with a couple of days experience on snow or a few dry slope lessons- can sideslip on your heel and toe edge and be in control on very easy terrain
3.Strong Beginner- Can comfortably do a 'power pendulum' (falling leaf) down a green slope
4.intermediate- Comfortable with fairly linked turns on blue runs
5.intermediate/ advanced- comfortable at high speed on blue runs and more carefully on red runs
6.Advanced- comfortable at high speed including dynamic turns on red runs with moguls, more careful but able to complete black runs.
7.Expert- Comfortable with all kinds of runs including varied snow conditions, off piste, possibly basic freestyle. Also comfortable at high speed and dynamic, aggressive turns on steep black pistes.


Next Steps:

Keep going and get more millage! Be more aggresive when initiating the turn with your upper body and start to steer a bit more with your knees, make your body a whole! (upper and lower body)

Things to remember:

Always keep your B.B.P (Balanced body position) or 'cowboy stance' and make sure to keep your shoulders parallel to your snowboard when your traversing the slope.

What you achieved in 2 days is outstanding! and to get up the button lift within an hour is more then amazing!!....Keep it up and keep going!...It was a pleasure to teach you!...


R I E N K

ski shoe size question

Hi, what size ski shoe do you wear if you are a 38/38 5 1/2 size shoe normally
bit confused about size to request, regards Geraldine
Geraldine

Hi  Geraldine
Thanks for your question. I suggest you put down your normal shoe size. In general, you should have a boot slightly tighter but don't worry to much, we will make sure you have a boot that fits. You won't be stuck with the size that you put down on the form.
Greg

Rugby Boys, Intermediate Group

Leslie, Mel, Claire, Tracy, Chris and Tom.
Where to start with you guys, well I guess I can say first of all congratulations to all of you. You came a long way even in some crazy weather. From our first run together to our cheeky beer run half way through right till the sign off at the end of the day I could see the confidence building along with your skills. With only one soldier down (shame Mel, sorry).
At the start of the day your skills were very similar all about a level 2:

1.First time EVER or very nervous beginner
2.Beginner with a couple of days experience on snow or a few dry slope lessons- can make a snowplough and stop on very easy terrain
3.Strong Beginner- Can comfortably complete snowplough turns down a green slope
4.intermediate- Comfortable with fairly parallel turns on blue runs
5.intermediate/ advanced- comfortable at high speed on blue runs and more carefully on red runs
6.Advanced- comfortable at high speed including dynamic turns on red runs with moguls, more careful but able to complete black runs.
7.Expert- Comfortable with all kinds of runs including varied snow conditions, off piste, possibly basic freestyle. Also comfortable at high speed and dynamic, aggressive turns on steep black pistes.

Leslie at the beginning of the day you could have sworn you were still on a snowboard and you could see that the transition from board to skis was one that was going to cause some difficulty, sure enough after a few runs and a bit of instruction you had your weight forward and over the tips of your skis. Best of all by the end of the day we had you come down from the top of the red slope what an improvement not to mention your parallel traversing of the slope and beginner parallel turns. Leslie your improvement was great from a level 2 to a 3.5.
A couple things to remember -stay confident regardless of the slope
                                           -keep that weight forward (drive the big bus if you have to)
If you put these into practice you'll be flying in no time, good work keep it up.

Mel, again so sorry about the accident hopefully your feeling better now. Your skiing was starting to look so good to (maybe take it easy on the beer at lunch next time you crazy Afrikaner), at the start of the day Mel you were able to make your snowplow turns great, but as we progressed, things got a little confused and you started to use your out side edges rather then your inside edges. Mel you went from a 2 to a 3 and could have kept going had we had more time.....next time!! What to remember for next time your skiing:
-weight should always be on the out side (downhill) ski on your snowplow turns
-never try and use just your out side edges   things will go much better for you next time if you keep these tips in mind.

Claire your skiing technique is very very strong, when your focused on what you want to get done. What we need to do is start working on progress rather then just staying with what you are all ready comfortable. You were able to do your snowplow turns very easily now we just have to take the next step into parallel skiing, I have full confidence that you would be able to if you gave it a chance. Your skiing went from 2 to 3 as well but could easily be at 3.5 or 4 if you gave yourself more credit and confidence. Things to remember:
-keep pushing yourself to progress
-and stay CONFIDENT
You'll do very well if you keep on pushing.

Tracy good work out there your confidence really shines in your skiing as you were able to jump on to any exercise I gave you and give it a whirl. It was lovely to teach you, you went from a 2 to a 3.5 and could have went for a 4 if you hadn't lost time on the slope. For yourself things to remember
-is that skiing can be dangerous so don't try jumping steps make sure your comfortable with everything before jumping to the next level
-while your skiing try focusing on putting all the pieces together to make it look smooth.
All in all you were looking great out there can't wait to do it again.

Tom and Chris you two definitely had drive to progress and that you did, you guys both started the day rather relaxed for the first couple runs doing very solid snowplow turns. It was nice to see that as soon as I introduced you guys to parallel drills you were able to adapt quickly and use it in your riding. You guys easily went from a 2 to a 4 and with another day or two we could have had you guys to 5. It was awesome to see you guys use your skills on the big slopes comfortably. Things to keep in mind
for Chris: keep your turns nice and wide to give your self time to focus on all pieces
for both of you: while doing parallel skiing make sure to keep your skis parallel the whole time.

Congratulations to all of you, hope to see you again next season.
02890761166
nimfgao@belfast.org.uk
Tj Alty

Rugby Boys, Intermediate Group

Leslie, Mel, Claire, Tracy, Chris and Tom.
Where to start with you guys, well I guess I can say first of all congratulations to all of you. You came a long way even in some crazy weather. From our first run together to our cheeky beer run half way through right till the sign off at the end of the day I could see the confidence building along with your skills. With only one soldier down (shame Mel, sorry).
At the start of the day your skills were very similar all about a level 2:

1.First time EVER or very nervous beginner
2.Beginner with a couple of days experience on snow or a few dry slope lessons- can make a snowplough and stop on very easy terrain
3.Strong Beginner- Can comfortably complete snowplough turns down a green slope
4.intermediate- Comfortable with fairly parallel turns on blue runs
5.intermediate/ advanced- comfortable at high speed on blue runs and more carefully on red runs
6.Advanced- comfortable at high speed including dynamic turns on red runs with moguls, more careful but able to complete black runs.
7.Expert- Comfortable with all kinds of runs including varied snow conditions, off piste, possibly basic freestyle. Also comfortable at high speed and dynamic, aggressive turns on steep black pistes.

Leslie at the beginning of the day you could have sworn you were still on a snowboard and you could see that the transition from board to skis was one that was going to cause some difficulty, sure enough after a few runs and a bit of instruction you had your weight forward and over the tips of your skis. Best of all by the end of the day we had you come down from the top of the red slope what an improvement not to mention your parallel traversing of the slope and beginner parallel turns. Leslie your improvement was great from a level 2 to a 3.5.
A couple things to remember -stay confident regardless of the slope
                                           -keep that weight forward (drive the big bus if you have to)
If you put these into practice you'll be flying in no time, good work keep it up.

Mel, again so sorry about the accident hopefully your feeling better now. Your skiing was starting to look so good to (maybe take it easy on the beer at lunch next time you crazy Afrikaner), at the start of the day Mel you were able to make your snowplow turns great, but as we progressed, things got a little confused and you started to use your out side edges rather then your inside edges. Mel you went from a 2 to a 3 and could have kept going had we had more time.....next time!! What to remember for next time your skiing:
-weight should always be on the out side (downhill) ski on your snowplow turns
-never try and use just your out side edges   things will go much better for you next time if you keep these tips in mind.

Claire your skiing technique is very very strong, when your focused on what you want to get done. What we need to do is start working on progress rather then just staying with what you are all ready comfortable. You were able to do your snowplow turns very easily now we just have to take the next step into parallel skiing, I have full confidence that you would be able to if you gave it a chance. Your skiing went from 2 to 3 as well but could easily be at 3.5 or 4 if you gave yourself more credit and confidence. Things to remember:
-keep pushing yourself to progress
-and stay CONFIDENT
You'll do very well if you keep on pushing.

Tracy good work out there your confidence really shines in your skiing as you were able to jump on to any exercise I gave you and give it a whirl. It was lovely to teach you, you went from a 2 to a 3.5 and could have went for a 4 if you hadn't lost time on the slope. For yourself things to remember
-is that skiing can be dangerous so don't try jumping steps make sure your comfortable with everything before jumping to the next level
-while your skiing try focusing on putting all the pieces together to make it look smooth.
All in all you were looking great out there can't wait to do it again.

Tom and Chris you two definitely had drive to progress and that you did, you guys both started the day rather relaxed for the first couple runs doing very solid snowplow turns. It was nice to see that as soon as I introduced you guys to parallel drills you were able to adapt quickly and use it in your riding. You guys easily went from a 2 to a 4 and with another day or two we could have had you guys to 5. It was awesome to see you guys use your skills on the big slopes comfortably. Things to keep in mind
for Chris: keep your turns nice and wide to give your self time to focus on all pieces
for both of you: while doing parallel skiing make sure to keep your skis parallel the whole time.

Congratulations to all of you, hope to see you again next season.
02890761166
nimfgao@belfast.org.uk
Tj Alty

Neil Brookhouse (OPL Group)

Excellent Neil, for the short time I spent with you I realised that you are speed junkie and it is great that you are confident on the snow.

Skiing ability level before your holiday - 2

Skiing ability level by the end of your holiday - 3/4


1.First time EVER or very nervous beginner
2.Beginner with a couple of days experience on snow or a few dry slope lessons- can make a snowplough and stop on very easy terrain
3.Strong Beginner- Can comfortably complete snowplough turns down a green slope
4.intermediate- Comfortable with fairly parallel turns on blue runs
5.intermediate/ advanced- comfortable at high speed on blue runs and more carefully on red runs
6.Advanced- comfortable at high speed including dynamic turns on red runs with moguls, more careful but able to complete black runs.
7.Expert- Comfortable with all kinds of runs including varied snow conditions, off piste, possibly basic freestyle. Also comfortable at high speed and dynamic, aggressive turns on steep black pistes.

Next Steps:

No more snow plow, start using you skis together it will be more comfortable and you will be able to progress your skiing a lot further when your pararell.

Things to remember:

Closing off your turns so you can control your speed on steeper terrain do this by focusing on making your turns 'S' shape.

Keep up the hard work next time and well done once again. I hope to see you again soon. Get yourself on another ski holiday.

Matty

Gemma Singleton (OPL Group)

Good Stuff Gemma, you started off hating skiing and by the end of the last run we did you said you really enjoyed in which is great. Keep up the skiing and get yourself a holiday booked.

Skiing ability level before your holiday - 2

Skiing ability level by the end of your holiday - 3/4


1.First time EVER or very nervous beginner
2.Beginner with a couple of days experience on snow or a few dry slope lessons- can make a snowplough and stop on very easy terrain
3.Strong Beginner- Can comfortably complete snowplough turns down a green slope
4.intermediate- Comfortable with fairly parallel turns on blue runs
5.intermediate/ advanced- comfortable at high speed on blue runs and more carefully on red runs
6.Advanced- comfortable at high speed including dynamic turns on red runs with moguls, more careful but able to complete black runs.
7.Expert- Comfortable with all kinds of runs including varied snow conditions, off piste, possibly basic freestyle. Also comfortable at high speed and dynamic, aggressive turns on steep black pistes.

Next Steps:

Pararell skiing by making the two skis work together in unison. Commit to the down hill ski so the inside ski is nice and light enabling it being brought back in.

Things to remember:

Close off the turns so your controlling your speed. Be confident, you are good skier you can do it, most importantly have fun.

Keep up the hard work next time and well done once again. I hope to see you again soon.

Matty

James (Tom Freemans Group)

Cracking James, your skiing improved massively from when you first started with us to when you left. Not only did you impress me with your skiing improvement but also with your antics in the club.  

Skiing ability level before your holiday - 3/4

Skiing ability level by the end of your holiday - 5


1.First time EVER or very nervous beginner
2.Beginner with a couple of days experience on snow or a few dry slope lessons- can make a snowplough and stop on very easy terrain
3.Strong Beginner- Can comfortably complete snowplough turns down a green slope
4.intermediate- Comfortable with fairly parallel turns on blue runs
5.intermediate/ advanced- comfortable at high speed on blue runs and more carefully on red runs
6.Advanced- comfortable at high speed including dynamic turns on red runs with moguls, more careful but able to complete black runs.
7.Expert- Comfortable with all kinds of runs including varied snow conditions, off piste, possibly basic freestyle. Also comfortable at high speed and dynamic, aggressive turns on steep black pistes.

Next Steps:

Keep pararell skiing and using both skis to turn with as sometimes you tend to lift your inside ski when you turn, however this doesn't stop you getting down so fair play to you.

Things to remember:

'Goal Keeper' Stance is key, arms out and knees flexed. Remember to really commit to the down hill ski so the inside ski becomes light and then able to join the down hill ski.

I hope to see you again soon ripping up the Andorra slope.

Matty

Patrick (Tom Freemans Group)

Excellent Patrick, no only did you show that you skiing is top dollar, but also you can handle a lot of gin and shots on a night out and still not chunder. 

Skiing ability level before your holiday - 6

Skiing ability level by the end of your holiday - 7


1.First time EVER or very nervous beginner
2.Beginner with a couple of days experience on snow or a few dry slope lessons- can make a snowplough and stop on very easy terrain
3.Strong Beginner- Can comfortably complete snowplough turns down a green slope
4.intermediate- Comfortable with fairly parallel turns on blue runs
5.intermediate/ advanced- comfortable at high speed on blue runs and more carefully on red runs
6.Advanced- comfortable at high speed including dynamic turns on red runs with moguls, more careful but able to complete black runs.
7.Expert- Comfortable with all kinds of runs including varied snow conditions, off piste, possibly basic freestyle. Also comfortable at high speed and dynamic, aggressive turns on steep black pistes.

Next Steps:

Keep being aggressive in your turns and remember flexion and extension to maximise pressure control too.

Things to remember:

'Goal Keeper' stance is key, arms out in front not by your side, knees flexed. When hard carving, really get over your skis and create the 'C' shape like we talked about. 

I hope to see you again soon maybe in Andorra.

Matty

Tom Freeman

Nice one Tom, I hope you had a great holiday with us, your skiing improved a fair amount too. So I hope I see your party in Andorra at the end of the season ripping up the slopes and the aprés ski.

Skiing ability level before your holiday - 4/5

Skiing ability level by the end of your holiday - 5/6


1.First time EVER or very nervous beginner
2.Beginner with a couple of days experience on snow or a few dry slope lessons- can make a snowplough and stop on very easy terrain
3.Strong Beginner- Can comfortably complete snowplough turns down a green slope
4.intermediate- Comfortable with fairly parallel turns on blue runs
5.intermediate/ advanced- comfortable at high speed on blue runs and more carefully on red runs
6.Advanced- comfortable at high speed including dynamic turns on red runs with moguls, more careful but able to complete black runs.
7.Expert- Comfortable with all kinds of runs including varied snow conditions, off piste, possibly basic freestyle. Also comfortable at high speed and dynamic, aggressive turns on steep black pistes.

Next Steps:

Remember to rotate the lower body more to close off the turns when your in the steep this will help control your speed and you will look more comfortable.

Things to remember:

When linking short radius turns keep the upper body facing down the hill at all times with just your wrists moving to pole plant.

I hope to see you again soon in Andorra.

Matty

Mia Mcneill

Well done Mia. You are a great skier. Like your sister, at the beginning of your holiday you were completely new to skis and sliding on snow and progresses to be able to ski well down a green and blue run.

In just 4 days you have gone from a complete beginner with no experience sliding on snow to an advance beginner. Starting turns with a pizza shape and finishing with perfect french fries. 

Skiing ability level before your holiday - 1

Skiing ability level by the end of your holiday - 3/4


1.First time EVER or very nervous beginner
2.Beginner with a couple of days experience on snow or a few dry slope lessons- can make a snowplough and stop on very easy terrain
3.Strong Beginner- Can comfortably complete snowplough turns down a green slope
4.intermediate- Comfortable with fairly parallel turns on blue runs
5.intermediate/ advanced- comfortable at high speed on blue runs and more carefully on red runs
6.Advanced- comfortable at high speed including dynamic turns on red runs with moguls, more careful but able to complete black runs.
7.Expert- Comfortable with all kinds of runs including varied snow conditions, off piste, possibly basic freestyle. Also comfortable at high speed and dynamic, aggressive turns on steep black pistes.

Next Steps:

Both you and your sister are going to become great skiers one day! The next time you go skiing i would like you to continue working on getting your skis into the french fries shape when you are turning.

Things to remember:

You have a lot of confidence and i could see that is was still growing on your last day. If at any point you feel out of control, point your skis up the hill to slow down. :) You can then begin the next turn at a slower speed.

Keep up the hard work next time and well done once again. We hope to see you again soon.

Greg and Matty

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