Banff - Skiing at last!!
Trip Start Jul 30, 2006
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We're now in Banff for the next 12 weeks doing a ski instructor training course with The International Academy. There's 33 of us altogether - 12 snowboarders and 21 skiers, all of us Brits. They're such a great mix of people from all over the UK and from all age ranges - the youngest is 17 and the oldest is 49! We have training at the Lake Louise Ski School on Monday through Thursday and then we get Friday, Saturday and Sunday off for personal skiing, recovery or whatever takes our fancy.
Sarah's 3 sisters and brother along with their respective partners have been out here this week so it has been quite interesting trying to juggle getting to know the other guys on the course and also socializing with the family - Anna, Craig, Noo, Ollie, Matt, Lisa and Louise. Really good fun though and superb to see a bit of the family after so long. We had some great nights out and some social skiing together on our days off.
The course itself is really interesting. After splitting up into 3 groups of 7, the first week we have been concentrating on improving our own personal skiing and an introduction to some of the physics and biomechanics of skiing - it can get pretty technical but it's all good and it makes you think a lot more about your skiing. It is bloody cold though! On Thursday it was a frostbiting -36°C.
The atmosphere is a bit like a school trip - there isn't a bar in the hotel so everybody either lurks around in the corridors chatting or piles into each others rooms. Weekday evenings when we have ski school the next day are pretty tame as everybody is tired after skiing all day, but as soon as school is out on Thursday, everyone lets their hair down. This weekend has just been so funny. It was a late night on Thursday touring around the bars and nightclubs of Banff and then Friday was spent skiing with Sarah's family and another night out.
Saturday has now been termed "Extreme Saturday" for the rest of the course - strictly tree-skiing, big bumps and steep and deeps, followed by some extreme boozing in the evening. We got to bed at about 5:30am and then spent "Recovery Sunday" as a day off from the skiing by sleeping, doing some personal admin and catching up on the laundry.