What Clinic is right for Me?

Which Clinic is right for me?
We run a range of clinics at The Snow Centre each with a different focus area and at broadly different ability levels. Across the different clinics we offer coaching suitable for virtually all levels of skier except for complete beginners. We are frequently asked what level one needs to be to participate and which clinic is “right for me”. This blog entry tries to answer that question.
Your exact skiing level isn’t critically important when selecting a particular clinic type. When we are teaching at The Snow Centre as we can easily accommodate a wide range of abilities by changing how easy or difficult we make things. With a fairly short slope no one will hold up the group or get left behind. So providing you join approximately the right level we can cope with a wide ability range. To judge your ability level please look at our “What’s My Level” page on our website to decide which level describes your skiing. Please remember, this is a “best fit” and not a “perfect match”. There might be some aspects that are below or above your level, but providing that overall you can recognize your skiing at one of the ability levels this will be helpful in working out which clinic is right for you.

Types of clinic

Our clinics at The Snow Centre are broadly based on your skill level and skiing experience, but there is a degree of overlap between the different types of clinic. There is a general theme that our higher end clinics are suitable for more skillful skiers, but this is not the only difference. With the exception of our entry level training, each clinic has a particular focus ranging from a very broad tune-up of your skiing, or a more general approach to skiing particular terrain, or a very focused development of particular skills. To encourage all-round ski skills the content of each clinic is changed monthly and published in advance. For those skiers who are looking for in-depth training regular attendance throughout the year will ensure all the important skills are developed. For those skiers who are looking to address an individual aspect of their skiing they can select a clinic appropriate to their own training needs.

Improver Clinics

Our entry level training starts with our Improver Clinics, which are run all year round. On our ability scale this will typically be for skiers at levels 4 and 5. The minimum standard is someone who can ski from the top of the main slope at The Snow Centre, controlling their speed and direction. These clinics have a maximum of four skiers per coach, allowing us to give individual feedback and for you to ski at your own pace. As with all our clinics, we make extensive use of video feedback to ensure you have a good idea of your movements as you ski and the changes you need to make.
These clinics include two 90-minute teaching sessions, with a coffee break during which time we do video analysis and feedback. At the end of the coaching sessions there is an hour of free skiing if you wish to consolidate the changes you have made.


Skills Clinics

Our Skills clinics are suitable for skiers who are looking to develop their skills base to ski a wide range of situations on the mountain. Typically this will be at Level 6 and above on our ability scale. Each month the Skills Clinics have a different focus, addressing the requirements necessary to ski a particular kind of terrain in an effective way. For example, our Skills For Steep Terrain clinic develops the steering skills and body management required for steep pistes and off-piste terrain. We have Skills Clinics which look at skiing moguls, carving, off-piste, etc. Each month the focus for the Skills Clinics changes, and across our 12-month programme we hope to have developed the skills required to ski the whole mountain.
Our Skills Clinics run all-year round and are full day courses, spread across three 90-minute coaching sessions with a coffee and lunch break during which time we will provide video feedback on your skiing. At the end of the coaching sessions there is two hours of free skiing time to consolidate the changes you have made. There is a maximum of eight skiers per coach.

Moguls Clinics
Moguls Clinics are run on on weekends during the Summer months at the Snow Centre when they build moguls on part of the slope. We will do a mix of drills outside of the bumps and plenty of time in them to get comfortable with the tactics and changes needed so they are fun not frightening! There are a lot of misconceptions on how to ski bumps. We will work on the fundamental skills required for effective mogul skiing and explore tactics on how best to tackle mogul fields when you are in the mountains.
Performance Clinics
Our Performance Clinics focus on refining specific skills such as dynamic balance, edge control of your skis, steering turns by rotation, body management, etc. These are more intensive sessions and typically require a higher ability level than our Skills Clinics, starting from a strong Level 7 on our ability scale. Our aim is to enable you to ski all of the mountain with dynamism and flair. We will work in depth on a tightly defined skiing skill that varies each month and will challenge you by safely pushing you to the point where your performance starts to break down so that you can push through any plateau you may find yourself on. Some skiers who train with us on a regular basis will alternate between Skills and Performance Clinics as there is a measure of overlap between the two, but others will restrict themselves to the Performance Clinics as that best suits their coaching needs.
Our Performance Clinics run during spring, summer and autumn months. They are full day courses, spread across three 90-minute coaching sessions with a coffee and lunch break during which time we will provide video feedback of your skiing. At the end of the coaching sessions there is two hours of free skiing time to consolidate the changes you have made. There is a maximum of eight skiers per coach.

Instructor FastTrack

Our Instructor FastTrack programme is designed for experienced skiers who want to improve their technical performance and develop an understanding of how to teach skiing. We will help you prepare for ski instructor exams offered by the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI). The FastTrack programme is a series of three day-long clinics held during the spring and summer months, with optional training opportunities during the autumn. The programme is suitable for skiers who are working towards their BASI Level 1 exams, or for those who have recently passed Level 1 and are beginning to work towards BASI Level 2 exams. The FastTrack programme is a blend of performance training and development of teaching skills. To benefit from this training you need to be a strong level 7 skier on our ability scale, and have a desire to make focused technical changes to your skiing.

Our Instructor FastTrack programme includes three all-day clinics run during spring and summer months. They are full day courses, spread across three 90-minute coaching sessions with a coffee and lunch break during which time we will provide video feedback of your skiing. At the end of the coaching sessions there is two hours of free skiing time to consolidate the changes you have made. There is a maximum of eight skiers per coach.

Holiday Tune-Ups

Our Holiday Tune-Ups are designed for skiers who are heading out to the mountains and are looking to find their ski legs and brush up on all areas of their technique. They include training on the key skiing skills and will help ensure you are ready on Day 1 of your ski holiday. Typically you will be at level 6 to 9 on our ability scale to take advantage of these clinics.
Our Holiday Tune-Ups run during the winter months. They are full day courses, spread across three 90-minute coaching sessions with a coffee and lunch break during which time we will provide video feedback of your skiing. At the end of the coaching sessions there is two hours of free skiing time to consolidate the changes you have made. There is a maximum of eight skiers per coach.