WCS has visited Stubai this year after many years absence. Our May ski performance week was a great success with the added bonus of so few people skiing the glacier! Some days it seemed like we were the only people on the mountain, it was exceptional.!
We departed on 20th May and had 6 full days skiing and to return to the UK on the 27th.
There are so many pistes on the Stubai Glacier it appears like a true winter resort with so many different aspects available to us. The new lift was closed however for maintenance so there were a few runs which we did not ski but I am sure we will next year!
TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN!
TIME FOR COFFEE!
Terrific conditions and to add to the excitement we had a fall of snow on the Wednesday evening meaning that on the Thursday morning we had some fresh snow to ski which stayed in good condition until about midday. Overall the snow remained skiable up to about 2 .30 and our last runs down were around 3 pm so plenty of skiable time on the slopes. No ice to be seen!
Spectacular views from the hotel.
We stayed at the Hotel Gastiegerhof, just 15 minutes from the Glacier, our Hotel owners bused us up to the glacier every morning which was a real bonus! The regular bus however, departed just 3 minutes away from the Hotel every 20 mins or so. We used this public bus to return each afternoon and upon arrival at the hotel we could enjoy the great spread of tea, coffee and of course CAKES! There is also some very enjoyable beer stops on the route home, if a beer rather than tea and cakes is your ‘bag’!
A very pretty and breathtaking valley with waterfalls and walkways all around. We did have the intention of taking some time each afternoon to go on a few walks, however, after a full day skiing the swimming pool and sauna in the Hotel were a more relaxing bet !
With easy access to both Innsbruck Airport and Munich the transfer times are very acceptable. Only 45 mins to Innsbruck and 2.5 hours to Munich. The regular bus for the valley also goes straight into Innsbruck should you want to take some time out from skiing.
During the week we worked on individuals ski preferences, from short turns to skiing the variables! A perfect week for improving skills for BASI /IASI courses along with skiing for personal performance.
As there are so many different aspects to ski on the glacier we had ample opportunity to sneak out the best snow for the skills and drills we wanted to work on. A perfect piste for ’round robin’ skiing was discovered if you felt like practicing long radius turns for example, Me, the coach! would place mayself strategically where I could see individuals skiing down and then give feedback and set new goals for the next run down. This gives so much ski time and less of standing about talking about it! We are there for the skiing remember…
So to sum up, the Skiing is fantastic, the weather was fantastic, the hotel was fantastic, the food was fantastic and of course the company was fantastic…Simon, Alison, Tim, Belinda, Linda, Cathy, Graham, Tracy..thank you team for making the WCS STUBAI course a great success! We will be back…next May.
Ho, yes, Fly Clapping….best you ask the Master…Tim, he is the world champion at ‘FLY CLAPPING’
What an amazing week. Instead of just dashing about on the piste, we spent a terrific week exploring the outback of this lovely region.
Our first venture into the delights of ski touring and all done within easy reach of the resorts and their facilities. Staying at Apartment Strimms in Zauchensee and the chalet next door, our week was packed with new experiences for all.
We set up the week for people who had very little or no experience in the discipline of ski touring. Learning new skills such as transceiver searches, how to apply skins to the skis and kick turns with your heels free! That’s fun…
Martin Helen, Steve, Belinda and Simon were our great team on this fun packed week. All ready for trying out the new skill. Its safe to say we are all HOOKED now, looking for our next mini ski tour.
The weather was absolutely fantastic, the snow was great on the piste and the off piste was challenging but then, that’s part of going off piste!
First day was spent learning that skiing off piste is not all about creating lovely arcs in deep powder, sometimes there is no powder, so learning new skills such as coping with heavy conditions and how to get up from a fall in deep snow..as sometimes when you walk into a hole next to a tree…that’s funny…sorry Belinda and Helen…but then, I seem to remember Martin also had an argument with the front of his skis….shame those heels kept moving out Martin! Video to follow on FB?
Day two, get to know your equipment… A morning learning about, skins, probes, transceivers, shovels, maps and altimeters..Ho, and how to stick together as a group, this is team work. Following our equipment intro we went on an easy walk through the off piste. After a few hours it soon became a late lunch and a ski back to the apartment…a beer on the way though of course!
The rest of the week was taken up with some easy tours and a day of piste skiing to search out the area. 6 full days of beginners touring needs to be split up we felt. Our finale was a tour around a mountain to bring us back to the piste and end of a great day. Funny how we seemed to always end up in the apre ski bar.. I wonder why? Eating out was great too, we can sample all the little local restaurants, not that there are many in Zauchensee but, a trip down to Altenmarkt was a must one evening. We were very well looked after by Karen and Nigel Thompson from Appartment Strimms. Nigel ensured that the local ski hire shop helped us arrange the correct gear. Touring skis, bindings, skins and boots for a week for 89 euros? that’s a crazy deal! Nigel has been in the area for a good few years and knows the surrrounding area like the back of his hand! We have already booked next year, and a kit list will follow for those who are interested.
What seems to be clear is that this week made a real team bond with everyone, its not just about how fast we could get around, it was about how we worked together. That’s teamwork.
Each day we needed to be clear on any avalanche risks and make sure we avoided any dangerous areas so after our morning coffee and discussion on the route, off we went for an adventure!
Freedom…Away from the mad pistes..
Now that’s touring…
Lunch in the sun!..So join us next year 2018 and find out just what skiing is all about…Its not just how you make a turn..just GET OUT THERE!
Thanks to; MARTIN – HELEN – STEVE – BELINDA – SIMON for making this one of the best ever World Class Skiing adventures!
How to improve your ski performance…with a pair of POINT 6 SOCKS..!
Its been some time since Christmas, and with great skiing since then I thought I would write a little piece about my Christmas Pressie….a pair of Socks…
A good old time honored gift its what your mother would always put into your Christmas sack if there was nothing else she could think of. Well, my new pair of socks are awesome!
POINT 6 SOCKS Ski Light.
Light terry loop cushioning in the shin and under the foot offers fantastic comfort and warmth. This is the most versatile weight of ski sock- not too thick, not too thin.
Wool 62% Spandex 2% Nylon 36%
I’ve worn some socks in my time, but, these are quite definitely the most comfortable and warm socks I’ve ever had! Good cusioning and just the right amount of paddding in the right places. Gives a good feel in the boot. It also makes you ski better!
If you haven’t got a pair yet, bag some soon, they are just superb! I don’t often rave about my socks, but these have fired me up to shout about them.
As for the Coffee? well, you will need to find out on the next blog just how good coffee can taste on the side of a mountain…whilst wearing my socks, of course.
The Mayrhofen Ski Safari, and the added bonus of wall to wall sunshine!
We had such a fantastic week in Mayrhofen. In fact, all the Ziller Valley. With the great links from resort to resort via the transportation links available all on your lift pass!
Starting as always on the Penken (Mayrhofen area) and spending two days exploring the area we managed to find our ski legs on various pistes within the resort.
Mayrhofen boasts of a great town life and lots of entertainment, if that’s what you want, or, our Hotels provided both evening music and dancing if that’s your thing or return to your room for a quiet nights sleep! your choice. The Neue Post hotel provides a top quality wellness area which is perfect for easing those tired legs after a day’s worth of ripping the mountain up.
Our great team this year involved, Barbara, Louise, Belinda, Nikki, Jess and Tracy. Great company thank you. We had a ski agenda, and that’s to leave the week with some new found skills to improve your ski performance and I think we did that judging by your smiles!
After skiing the Penken area we swiftly moved onto the Kaltenbach arena which links up to Hoch Fugen, This hosts some amazing skiing with more than enough to keep us occupied for a few days if we so wished. Our plan was to get up to the Hintertux glacier, however, after our visit to the Arhorn Ski area it was soon apparent that with so few people in that part of the resort and superb snow it was to become our favorite area to ski. In fact, its the locals mountain of choice. Home of some of the worlds most famous ski racers. There was plenty of race training going on down the black run whilst we were there.
It’s always the ‘carving’ skills which we are all focused on. After a few days warming up, carving seemed to take precedent whilst we had some empty pistes on the Arhorn. Perfect gradients for building confidence and learning how we can best find that early elusive edge, and keep it …..all the way round that arc!
Seen here some images of the team practicing and learning new skills to create that rounded arc on the edge. More images to be found on our facebook group page. www.facebook.com/worldclassskiing
HOW TO SAVE MONEY WHILST ABROAD! USE A CAXTON fx card!
Not that this is an awe inspiring, flashy, trendy or ‘isn’t the snow fantastic’ post, Its a rather sensible look at how to avoid the card and bank charges when dealing with foreign currency.
Recently our good friends at Impulse Racing steered us towards CAXTON-fx it’s a debit card, and more, for dealing efficiently with international transactions. Basically when you use your card abroad, your bank will charge you for the transaction, even your debit card, and then take a % of the transaction to add insult ! Add up these charges over the year and you will be amazed at just how it adds up. We at World Class Skiing are, by nature of the business, paying hotels, lift companies and expenses whilst abroad. So, now having the CAXTON-fx account we have managed to save our business a considerable amount on bank charges, in just 3 months.
Of course, you do not need a business to have a Caxton-fx card, take out a personal one. Simply top up, when the rate is at its best, and then spend with your card abroad with no extra fees! We are lucky that we even have a designated account manager who will contact us when our preferred currency is in our favor, we can then ‘fix’ an amount at the agreed rate and use the cash when we need it!
To find out more and sign up if you wish, simply visit our bespoke World Class Skiing CAXTON-fx page by clicking the link on the right hand side below our events posts.!
WCS in Hintertux, what a week we had. Amazing conditions with some great company. At WCS we are forging ahead with some great projects and some new formats for our 2016 Hintertux Autumn ski weeks to make the week even more exciting!
The 2015 week was our 25 year in Hintertux. We have seen some changes over the years and mainly in the shape of the glacier, at one point we thought it was disappearing rapidly. Now, with some fantastic snow management is looking the best it has for many years.
Our week was made a great success by the people who came along, thank you so much for your company and some great fun. With World Class Skiing we aim to ensure that everyone attending is part of the experience, the inclusive approach ensures we all have a great time. This year the settled weather along with superb snow conditions made everyday a day to put a smile on every ones faces.
To ensure we cater for all demands we will be developing a range of ‘ALL TERRAIN’ courses, at differing levels for abilities. With the ATC (All terrain Course) you will be sure of gaining new knowledge and skills for coping with the different areas of the mountain. Also the BDC (Bump Development Clinic) you will be able to tackle the bumps easily with coaching from the WCS trainers. These are just a few of the 2016 development programs we are preparing for you so keep an eye out for our new range of courses!
Take a look here at the conditions we enjoyed this year on the glacier.
So, let’s see you all again next year for our pre season ski.
Well, here we go, the company has just moved into its new base, an HQ which is only just above sea level….! Global warming had better not happen too quickly!
We have taken on a fantastic space at the Plymouth University Building, Brixham Laboratory, here in Brixham, Devon with probably the best view in the world! Apart from maybe the One at the top of Condor 3 in Bariloche, Argentina.. With the business expanding and lots of new projects to work on we decided to move up a notch and expand out! Laura, who some of you will have already met either by email, telephone or in person is our business manager and overall number one organiser for WCS and WCT! Laura comes from a background in brand franchising and is bringing her skills to us and is my best motivator in ensuring WCS and WCT achieves its goals and keeps moving forward.
The office is part of a large laboratory building formally used by the firm ‘Astra Zenica’ as their environmental research establishment. All new and very well appointed, its the jewel in the crown for offices in the South West of the UK with an enviable position. We even get a Kayak rack!
A fully serviced space with 24/7 security and access and refreshment facilities on hand.
With this superb venue, we also have the use of training rooms, lecture facilities etc which make the venue ideal for all first aid courses and especially activity first aid with plenty of outside areas and facilities to use. With the old WW2 gun battery buildings near by making the surrounding area perfect for outdoor first aid scenarios.
When it comes to skiing, well, the outlook may not be a mountain covered in snow, but it is inspirational to look across the ocean and the boats in the bay.
So, if you are in the South West of the UK anytime, come and see us, we would love to welcome you to the WCS & WCT HQ!
Remember to bring your Kayak, Fishing rod and swimming shorts….
THE WORLD CLASS SKIING SOUTH AMERICAN ADVENTURE 2015
MY HAT GOES HOME….AT LAST.
After many months planning our Adventure finally closes on September 14 after 17 days of new experiences. It has been a whirlwind tour of Argentina and a quick hop into Chile. Taking in the vast expanse of the country from one end to the other. The visit to the 2015 INTERSKI was the ultimate excursion in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the World…Tierra Del Fuego.
With Tony, Jenny, Dianne and Mick we toured the country and we would like to think we have seen most of it, the truth is, we have only scratched the surface.
Buenos Aires is quite a city, vibrant, alive and a city of diverse attitudes and viewpoints. As I have previously written our visit to the cemetery was a highlight. A cemetery? Well, its like nothing you have ever been to, its magnificent. Of course the EVA PERON mausoleum was a must.
Bariloche was our main point of interest with a few days staying in Villa Angostura, just 100 km away. Angostura is only 40 minutes from the Chilean border, however, it did take us almost 3 hours just to cross it, paperwork, paperwork and more paperwork and the obligatory stamps caused a backlog at the border. I was expecting it….
After the long wait at the border we only had time for a quick drive down the valley to a fantastic restaurant on the lake shore. The restaurant is brand new and the food was simply remarkable. You would pay top dollar in the UK for that. ..Not so top Dollar in Chile, $30 each..just amazing.
The accommodation we logged at in Angostura was equally amazing, beautiful views over the Andes and with a swimming pool you could not keep away from….this was quite possibly the most relaxing place I have ever stayed at…beats top notch expensive mainstream hotels for sure.
Only 3 days there and we were off to Ushuaia, 2 flights to get us there, it took us 3 hours, just goes to show you how large the country is.
Ushuaia was once used as a prison, if you were sent here, you must have been in trouble, its so cold, windswept and isolated that escape would have been almost impossible. Those days have gone now and the city relies on tourism and an electronic manufacturing industry to generate its income. Nestled in the Beagle Channel Ushuaia is a stopping off port for those not wanting to negotiate Cape Horn and the worlds worst seas.
We were not thre for the sailing however, we were there to visit the 2015 INTERSKI congress and view the worlds top ski teachers performances in high speed accurate synchro demonstrations.
Each Nation belonging to ISIA International Ski Instructors Association heads to the congress every 4 years. Its a show case of each nation and what they have to offer the snowsports Industry. For our association, BASI, its a fantastic networking opportunity to establish good relationships with countries who will accept our qualification and so offer our members work world wide.
No trip to Ushuaia would be complete without a 3 hour boat trip in the Beagle channel to view the wild life and the splendours of the waterways. There are many small islands in the channel and many are occupied by Sea Lions and seals, this was a trip of a lifetime. Only issue is, if the boat is down wind of the Seal inhabited islands, the whiff from the seal community was pretty….fishy, to say the least!
Once completed it was time to head back to base and pack for our return the following day. A night in Buenos Aires again followed by a 14 hour flight home…….enough time for me to write this blog….
Ho yes, the hat intro, After me hanging onto a hat I was given by the Australian Demo Team in Japan in the 1995 Interski, I finally managed to return it to its rightful owner, Tina! And what a shock, Tina was the one who gave it to me in the first place!
The ROJO hat gets to go home ..at last. Look after it Tina!
With over 1000 pictures, let the few here tell the story..
Superb skiing from the BASI team.
The Team, enjoying the views in Bariloche….the Obligatory ‘SELFIE’ !
Even the vintage skiers were out in Ushuaia..
This is one way to sell your logs….I want a truck like that…much better than a new L200….
Mick proud to show off the view!
The Ushuaia local graffiti, more like great art…
Argentina is soon to have a major vote for the new leader….lots of runners for the position. It all happens in October.
Here we are en-route to Villa Angostura.. the views are amazing all the way.
From skiing thigh deep powder in the morning, to this in the afternoon….AYE AYE Captain!
Jaz Lamb, our Trainers Director and Demo team guru…
Crossing the line to Chile.
Typical Ushuaia street.
More great skiing…
Im sure this chap is quite fed up with the crazy visitors..
And in Bariloche, we met up with BASI Trainers, Lesley and Mike, working hard for a month running the gap course..
And me, and a Quilmes….my favourite beer…
Finally, my hat goes home. I swapped it for my BASI hat at the 19195 Interski in JAPAN. It was the last thing I picked up before I left home, hoping I could get it back to its owner…and quite amazingly, I did! By chance, Tina who gave me the hat was the one I handed it back to…20 years later. Maybe one day it might end back with me in Brixham….in another 20 years time..most travelled Interski hat…ever..Look after it Tina!
So, to finish off, this is our next destination.. Will you join us?…CHILE..Skiing on the doorstep from this picture…gourmet meals and accommodation to write home about..See you there!
And the end bit.. well, Ushuaia is at the end of the world as we know it..but I feel fine………!
Where do I start?, It’s a mad dash to get this information up as soon as I arrived back at the hotel this eve. It was a fantastic show from the BASI team today and a real pleasure to be here with the World Class Skiing Posse to support the Team.
This is how my day started…..with a sunken boat in the Beagle Channel….
After that it got a bit more exciting!
It’s widely acknowledged here that the professionalism of BASI and level of performance has been the talk of the town this week, and INTERSKI!
The team did the association proud and Andi McCann delivered a solid performance from the team, and also a fantastic audio presentation on how BASI exports fantastic ski teachers world wide. Well done Andi, brilliant job!
There is so much to say here, but I feel that with the time restraints on getting this information up there I have decided to let the pictures do the talking. The weather today was variable to say the least! Overcast with a blisteringly cold Antarctic wind howling across the slope, as it only can be…..at the end of the world….