I hear a common theme from loads of people about their winter holidays.
“I go with a load of skiers who never stop for breath and try and tick of every piste in a day”
“I track my data and we did X number of KM's a day with a top speed of …”.
I think by now most people have done the piste bashing to death. Its like hitting the motorway through the UK. Yes, you can get to your destination quickly but you miss a whole lot awesome sights on the way.
I’ve found riders are increasingly looking for unique experiences. Something to remember beyond the app stats. Sure, explore the mountain, but explore all aspects of it. Not just the pistes that can help you max your top speed. What's to the sides of those pistes? What fun can be had on that little lump of snow or mellow tree lined cat track? There is so much more on offer in the mountains.
The riders that come away with me are looking to expand their skills and challenge their perceptions of what they thought was possible on a board. They’re looking to step out of their comfort zone and start a new type of adventure. An adventure that will give them memories for a lifetime. Real heart pumping experiences that they cannot get on a normal winter holiday.
I want to invest my time and energy is creating strong and confident riders that will snowboard for life.
My aim for the winter camps is to create strong and confident riders that will snowboard for years, as we work together on a journey of exploration and progression. The great thing is many riders return every year recharged and ready for the next level of challenge.
For those beginning the journey with me they’re not thrown in at the deep end. Regular clients book 6-8 months in advance so I release other winter camp weeks for new riders to begin the adventure. As each rider progresses and is keen to book in the future I discuss their needs and current skills then select the best week for them to attend. It about creating the best possible holiday for each client.
..have just enough people to allow lots of personal attention. That number creates a team orientated vibe that is hard to beat.
It's also not a numbers game. I only have 8 riders per week. I want to be stoked to ride with these guys and have just enough people to allow lots of personal attention and ease of movement around the mountain. That number creates a team orientated vibe that is hard to beat. Especially when I’ve matched the skills and personalities months before. Over the duration of the camps I work on different strands of rider skills.
The journey for many begins with breaking down their riding to a base level. Fixing the weaknesses in their posture and how they manipulate the board. Opening their minds to how to get grip and drive out of the board and become more agile.
I train for adaptability. That way as we explore more of the mountain.
Typically riders are too stiff and fixed in one position. I train for adaptability. That way as we explore more of the mountain and they can better manage terrain and have way more fun.
This will involve some drills based work. This is not a course for instructors, so I do not hammer the training, but if there is some dead terrain I’m going to utilise it. You’ll do more of this on the standard coaching weeks to help build and solidify those riding foundations.
The level of focus and time in the park has evolved over the years. Our park session revolve around two things. 1 — Have fun and learn some cool new tricks you can take to the domes or your next holiday. 2 — Develop extra skills that can be applied to other areas of the mountain. That could be an off-piste jump, wind lip, tree stump etc. Anything that we can have fun on will be utilised so we need to build some freestyle agility skills.
We ditch the piste map and travel to those secret untouched spots that I’ve found over numerous years of exploring in the Zillertal Valley. We use the piste or park as a playground to develop skills that can be transferred to way more entertaining pursuits and we drop fresh lines and feel like pros.
The difficulty of the terrain will be dependent on the level of the group. This could involve quick dips into secret spots with easy access out to help preserve energy levels as I build riding and mountain safety skills.
We use the piste or park as a playground to develop skills that can be transferred to way more entertaining pursuits and we drop fresh lines and feel like pros.
Or more adventurous sessions where we move further from the piste and commit to longer runs, with more technical terrain and mini hikes to the best areas as well as more off-piste safety training.
If you think you’re up for a complete change of direction for your winter holiday and deleting that app, then why not drop me a line and see how I can help expand your horizons and help you achieve things on a board you never thought possible.
Winter Holiday Camp Dates
7th — 14th January 2017
14th — 21st January 2017
28th January — 4th February 2017 — Sold out
4th — 11th February 2017 — Sold out
11th — 18th March 2017
18th — 25th March 2017
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