Crystal Ski-Fest 2013!

the team

Another year older.. that seems to be the phrase of the week!  With so many Birthdays during our stay it makes sure you focus your mind ensuring you get the best out of your life..We certainly did with some fantastic skiing in amazing conditions.

The snow fall can only be described as phenomenal, some nights we had over 70 cm and waking up to this fresh powder makes you want to get in the stuff as soon as possible!

The ski-fest is a great opportunity for BASI to showcase British ski Instruction, introducing skiers to the fact that British ski schools are available around the Alps.  Look out for them, and ensure they are BASI qualified! BASI ensure that all qualified ski / snowboard teachers are excellent at customer service and will ensure you get the best from your skiing.

The guest list this year included Sir Steve Redgrave (Now BASI’s President!)  Ben Hunt Davis Olympian gold medallist and Alian Baxter, Britain’s most successful ski racer to date!

alain walking

Just looking back to the blog I published a year ago…take a look here…it shows just how much time flies!

This week was made possible by the hard work of Ian Davis, Tui product manager, and Gemma Brown who worked tirelessly on ensuring that the events went as smoothly as possible.


The Fest is aimed at skiers wishing to get more out of their skiing and the 5 day course included coaching from BASI trainers, Gareth Roberts, John Gardiner, Lynn Sharp and me. The racing was managed by Lynn who is a superb race trainer and coach. Lynn made all present feel that racing is in fact ‘for all’ as she ensured all levels of skier were catered for and were made welcome to participate. Lynn worked each day to set courses, arrange group race seeding, and coaching. Alain was an Inspiration to all who gave racing a go. He also was working tirelessly on course setting, course management and race coaching skills.

gareth star

DSUK Disability Snowsport UK were there and proved that skiing can truly be for all. Rachel Easton and Fiona Young represented the charity, giving it a high profile exposure to the ski fest participants.


Not forgetting Kevin….from Salomon! The event was supported by Salomon UK with a pool of test skis for everyone to try. Kev ensured that the Salomon tent was available as a meeting point and test centre. Carrying 30 plus skis every morning/evening for our benefit! Many thanks Kev!


So, here’s to another ski fest next year where we can all put those new skills into practice! Keep an eye out for the World Class Skiing news for more info on the 2014 ski fest news!

Now looking forward to the 22nd WORLD CLASS SKIING  2013 OCTOBER showcase in HINTERTUX, Austria…see you t   Regards,  Alex

One last thing…my ‘elite’ group….of ladies..made sure they coped with any terrain with a song…..’ONE TURN AT A TIME SWEET JESUS’ seemed to hit the spot! well done Fiona, Oonagh, Heather, Carmen and one who didnt need a song and just skied the lot..Jasmine!



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