Mark's Ski Course - Week 5(9/Feb/2009)

 

It's the week after the assessment, and also the week that we start five day tuition, although the fifth day is split into roughly one hour sessions for individual tuition with the instructor. This week we had a days with each of the instructors that hadn't taught us so far. The idea for this week was mainly enjoy skiing and explore a bit more of Whistler and Blackcomb.

For me it wasn't an ideal week as really needed some time in known terrain to get my muscles used to the new set up of my boots rather than going onto extreme terrain. Until I had my boots adjusted it was almost physically impossible for me to ski with my feet close together which is what you need to do to be able ski bumps easily and efficiently. So without the time to ski on easier terrain I revert to my old "safe" technique of widening my stance when the going gets tough.

In my one on one session I wanted to work on learning the muscle memory for skiing in the correct stance and making the right movements to turn correctly. I ended uo with a couple of drills and I think the instructor was a little surprised at how well I picked it up.

No rest for the wicked this week as Saturday and Sunday was the 2 day avalanche awareness training course with early starts. Saturday was mainly to do with the use of beacons and avalanche rescue simulations. The Sunday was hiking up some trails to get to undisturbed snow so that we could examine the structure of the snow pack.

From Whistler Photos
From Whistler Photos
From Whistler Photos
From Whistler Photos
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