So last time we spoke, I was back in the teaching groove after finishing my BASI Level 3 technical and teaching exams. The season soon wrapped up, with ski teaching work dropping off in Morgins immediately after Easter. Annoyingly, even now, I can see there is snow up the top and the mogul field is still there, looking lonely.
|above the clouds in Tux and a rare pic of me skiing (complete with spear throwing pole plant)|
Easter was quite busy this year in Morgins, probably due to Easter actually being at a reasonable time of the year when there was still snow. The first season I was here, Easter fell at the end of April and the resort was already shut by then!
So now all of the lifties in Morgins are happy again because they can finally get their cows out of the shed and get on with their main summer profession, farming. May has been a little disappointing so far, in that it has rained more or less constantly. I don’t know why I am surprised because it always rains for a month in May and then we get on with a long hot summer from June.
I suppose I did have a little break between the ski season and the football season by having to go to the Hintertux Glacier in Austria for the BASI Level 3 Mountain safety course. For various reasons, I wasn’t looking forward to this course much but mainly because of the tales I had heard from other people about having to walk up mountains, in order to ski back down them again. For me, this is something that I just have absolutely no interest in, my preference is to use the lift that are there for your convenience. When I see people skinning up the mountain, I am normally thinking ‘weirdo’ in my head.
The course covered a lot and I enjoyed the bits I was expecting to enjoy, namely learning more about the snow pack and avalanches, navigation, working with transceivers and skiing off-piste. Luckily for me, because the snow conditions over the week deteriorated due to the heat, we didn’t end up doing that much walking up but I got a feel for what it was all about and getting away from the crowds. As part of my level 4, I have to go and do 6 days of touring anyway, so I’m going to have to learn to love it I guess.
|Georgy rock jibber|
So at the end of 6 days, another course was passed and that only leaves me now with 1 course left until I get my full BASI Level 3 ISIA stamp. The exam I’ve got left is the Common Theory which you have to go to Scotland to do. Everyone that I have spoken to says that this course is a dull one as it is classroom based but I’m determined to be positive about it, not least because the theory side of skiing is something I am hugely interested in.
So summer starts now, I need to get fit and have a determined think about whether I go forward to the BASI Level 4 or not. I wrote down a pros and cons list as to whether I should, which came out 13 for and 4 against (is it wrong that a lot of the 13 pros were to stick it to people who told me I was crap at skiing??) so I suppose I had better get on with planning which modules to start training for next season. I’m sure one of those will be to start going to Giant Slalom race camps in the summer so no doubt I’ll have a few summer blogs to add too.
See you soon.