The cornerstones of our lessons are ‘Safety, Fun and Improvement’ and so we always look to achieve all three. It is a given that the safety of the kids is of the utmost importance and we look to take all reasonable precautions to ensure that children learn in a safe way appropriate to their abilities. It is important to us that we foster a love for the sport and so we also feel it is important that the week is enjoyable for the child.
Challenging activities, activities that demand concentration and coordination and tasks that are fun like learning to jump are peppered throughout the week in order to develop enthusiasm and confidence and enjoyment in each individual. Each group also has specific aims that correspond to particular medals.
FREERIDE TEAM (10-14YRS)
- Piste performance (higher-performance carved turns)
- All-mountain skiing
- How to confidently ski black runs
- Clearing the flats on jumps in the park
- Starting to link switch (backwards) parallel turns
- Techniques for skiing in variable terrain
- How to judge which drops, jumps, and lines are safe to ski
- Practising small natural drops, learning to spot the landing and ski out
- Navigation skills
PRORIDE TEAM (13-17YRS)
On Piste, the team will work on skiing blacks in all conditions, with a range of turn shapes to control speed, no matter the snow conditions. Building towards skiing a fall-line descent of a mogul field, with a rhythmical pole plant whilst staying in control.
To prepare them to ski off-piste, we will also work on techniques to ski ice, powder, variable snow, crust and narrow gullies or couloirs. We cover the use of transceivers, shovels and probes in rescue simulations, with students needing to find and rescue one hypothetical victim in 6 minutes.
With the basics mastered, we will head off-piste, working on technique, looking at bigger drops and learning how to safely lead groups.
OFF-PISTE: PLEASE NOTE
Our ProRide Team ski off-piste when conditions allow. We will provide the full avalanche safety kit for these days and cover the use of this equipment as standard in all ProRide sessions.
Read about our kid’s programme in more detail here.