|GS training in the rain = dead phone|
So last time we spoke, I was off to see where I stood amongst my peers on a BASI ISIA level 3 training course in Morzine. The good news is that I seem to be in a good place, with all of my skiing in fairly decent order with the exception of my kryptonite, mogul skiing.
For those of you that have never been on an instructor training course before, there is an awful lot of standing about discussing theory, which was tough going on the feet when the temperatures over there were down to -15 at one point. (I discovered mid-week that if you put gaffer tape over the seams of your boots, it makes them slightly warmer.) There is also lots of work on short and long turns, getting right down into the tiniest details of technique, things such as the precision that you load your new turning ski with etc etc.
For me, things went well for the first couple of days when we did lots of work on long turns and my personal favourite, short turns but I suppose that it was inevitable that at some point we had to head to what Jaz (our trainer) described as ‘the best bumps run in the world’. This is The Renard, which is a black bumps run just to the left as you ride up on the Chaux des Rosees lift in the Pre La Joux area of Chatel.
Lo and behold, 2 hours later and another half day of bumps skiing later, I am much more confident in what I am doing and more familiar with being in that environment. We shot some more video and it looks visually better, if still pretty gentle!
As if that wasn’t enough, another quiet mid-season week means that I’m off for some afternoons of Giant Slalom training this week. This is with a view to getting more familiar with racing in gates skiing which I’m going to have to do more of in order to work towards level 4 skiing.
I’ll let you know how it goes but it may be some time as we are almost into the madness of half term and all that brings. It’s starting to get busier here in Chatel and it won’t be long before the masses arrive.