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Which course is right for you? One of the questions we are asked most is "How do I go about becoming a ski instructor". This article is designed to answer those questions, but if you have any specific questions, please feel free to call and speak direct to one of our BASI trainers on 0870 760 7360 (option 3) who will happily make time for a chat.

There is no need anymore for a snow dance, or praying to the snow lords, Val d'Isere is all over it, taking matters into their own hands, all hale the snow cannons! Last season Val d'Isere was one of the top resorts for snow cover due to world-record production of artificial snow early in the winter. This provided a fantastic base required to elongate the season, and anyone skiing on May 1st will agree that the skiing was one of the best for the time of year. Reports of no snow, definitely not in Val d'Isere. Read more...

Searing 30 degree heat is not what Mark Jones is used to when instructing BASI courses, however in this instance he was in Beijing, China. Requested to deliver BASI 1 to a group located in Beijing in the worlds largest Snowdome. Located 40km from the city centre and 15km from the airport, Qiaobo Snow Dome is Beijing’s only indoor skiing environment.The 40,000-square-meter park is divided into four parts to separate the boarders trying to land 1080 nosebones off the ramps from the kids more concerned with making snow angels to the serious skiers. The French Alps it certainly is not, but Qiaobo offers year-round snow and is a perfect place for beginners to get their first taste of skiing and snowboarding. Read more to find out how Mark got on...

Hot weather, winter season 6 months away, no need to think about fitness, WRONG! We talk about fitness all the time at ICE, it is one of the key ingredients in succeeding and accelerating your learning on an ICE course. If you can introduce it into your everyday routine it is far easier to ramp it up a notch come September. Or perhaps you are already a Ski Instructor, Personal Trainers or physiotherapist and want to assess others, design personal conditioning programmes and know how to implement them with optimal technique. Skifitness.tv has a lot of answers from their conditioning programmes for for a first time skier to 1 Day Fitness Workshops for the professionals. Read more...

Don't lose your fitness over summer. At ICE we always emphasise the importance of keeping up your exercise and maintaining that vital core strength. If you are on a course next year and you are fit, your skill level will improve exponentially compared to your less athletic peers. Trail running is a good way to improve your core, with obstacles like roots or rocks—requires you to engage your core muscles for stability adapting to the terrain. Salomon are holding four trail running events around the country in Leeds, Edinburgh, London and Bristol, this is a great opportunity to get motivated and keep up or start improving your fitness. To sign up and find further information read more on www.salomonsunsetseries.co.uk

Alpine Skiing is going through an "evolution, but not a revolution" chairman Bernhard Russi described. The Alpine Committee recently grouped its members at Portoroz to hear the sub committee proposals. FIS is going through some changes, discussions were around some of the new rules are with regard to course setting, basic quota and online entries, however the biggest change that has caused some complications to the racers is the new speed starting order. Contested was the that the athlete ranked 10 in WCSL-DH always had to start first in training runs, therefore always being the guinea pig test pilot for the others. To avoid this situation the skiers ranked 1 to 10 WCSL will now be drawn between bibs 1 to 19 (uneven numbers) for the training runs. Visit FIS-ski.com for further details.

I am often asked, what do I need to take? I say "we are going high, steep, on rocks, in powder, climbing, skiing and hopefully not falling! What do you need, EVERYTHING!" Do not lighten your load of those essential items. Tony Lamiche and Alex Pittin put a great film together that sum up what to bring when going steep in the mountains.

Let loose in Laax, Salomon boarders Flo Corzelius, Max Buri, Raffi Kossmann, Johan Nordhag, Jeron Lohner and Sebi Springeth celebrated the end of season with some good old fashioned park ripping.

The popularity of Val d'Isere has attracted a new redevelopment “Le Coin de Val”. More hotels, new luxury chalets, more shops, services and restaurants are planned to be built in a 5 year development plan starting this autumn. It will cover 22,000 square metres and replace a whole range of 30-year-old buildings near the bus station, Dick’s Tea Bar and a 250m stretch of the Avenue Olympique towards La Daille. An underground moving walkway will also connecting mountain access to the new accommodation.

Downhill Day at the British Ski Championships in Tignes, it was great to see such an amazing high standard of skiing. Billy Major winning the men's and Darcie leading the ladies. Read more for the results

Pushing skiing to the next level. The most talented and gifted boarders and skiers have congregated at the Suzuki Nine Royals based in Watles, South Tyrol, Italy, to bring skiing heavenly music to our eyes. Andri Ragettli, the talented young Swiss skier has combined his extraordinarily talent with the outstanding majestic beauty of the jumps to produce the first ever quad cork on skis!! With limitless options, this is just the beginning, Public Contest Day is on Saturday April 1st, 2017, we may see some more surprises!

It's official, skis in 2018 are getting lighter. A sneak peak at the hottest skis coming out in 2018 reveals some great designs. Watch the video for a sneak peak at next season's skis!

To get to those inaccessible places involves expert climbing techniques but results in skiing dream couloirs. Another great video from Salomon.

The Shadow of Mackenzie allures Leo Ahrens to explore the pillows and powder galore. He effortlessly floats through the powder with great technique, and with a few epic jumps this makes for excellent viewing.

Brilliant comparison footage of the Alpine Ski World Cup Championships in St. Moritz on 19 February 2017. Marcel Hirscher the man to beat claimed his sixth World Championship medal, Ryding had a rocketing first run coming fourth and then settled with 11th after the second run. In the video you can see just how close Ryding was to catching his dream of a gold medal inch by inch with Hirscher.

Whether you just want to understand your own posture or whether you are an instructor observing others, it is very important to understand your A frame. With this knowledge you can improve your skiing posture and limit your risk of injury. Bonne Sante Physiotherapists in Val d'Isere explain why the 'A'-frame position may occur.

Salomon’s patented EPS4D helmet technology not only meets standards but exceeds them. Emilie Valade, Product Line Manager in the Active/Protective Department at the Annecy Design Center, shares the story behind Salomon's new helmet lineup

Definitely the next level, Alexandre Pittin embracing mountaineering with skiing in the first episode of 50 degrees North.

Great news for ICE and a warm welcome to our new BASI Trainer Dougie Mill! We have trained over 2000 students at ICE and recommended and helped the majority to pursue skiing jobs within the ski industry after completing their courses. Rupert Tildesley trained Dougie on an ICE course many years ago, Dougie is the first student to make it all the way through and come back and deliver a course for ICE.

Happy feet! I’ve got those hap-hap-happy feet! Give them a lowdown beat - and they begin skiing! Mark Jones explains how important it is to get your feet where they should be when you’re on the mountain.

An outstanding jaw wrenching run by Dave coming an incredible 2nd! With just him, his coach and his service man defeating historic figures in skiing with large teams behind them. Dave really does have incredible talent!

A skull and crossbones? A beautiful woman? A pattern? The options are endless. Yvan Rea, a graphic designer from Salomon Snowboards, had his workshop put on display during a local French exhibition and provides a really interesting video which shows what designs are chosen for Salomon Snowboards and what designs never see the snow!

Two of our Partner ski schools Ski 2 and Ski Astons are looking for instructors for the upcoming Holiday periods in February and April. Please click through to find out more.

What a great opportunity to design your own ski boot. Athletes Greg Hill, Chris Rubens, Tony Lamiche, Cody Townsend and Alex Pittin were allowed into the Salomon ski boot workshop to create their dream boots.

Cranking it up in Zagreb, Dave Ryding defeating all odds with an amazing 7th place. Fantastic footage of a great smooth powerful run.

Our specialist Physios in Val d'Isere give some very important training tips to train for skiing to prevent injury. Get active, get fit for skiing!

Snow and sunshine all in one day in Val d'Isere, looking good for the gap course starting in January.

Attempting to run, ski and climb a 77km route with 9000 elevation in 24 hours. Very few people could attempt this feet, but only Kilian attempts this with the optimism that if he fails it is not really failure it is just another opportunity to have another go! Another great thought provoking video from Salomon.

ICE trainers Mark, Rupert and Dave looking very smart in new uniform and ace skis from Salomon chosen by all three trainers. Snow is forecast in Val d'Isere this week so if you haven't booked up yet, what are you waiting for, come join us! If you need advice about what course is best for you, or you are booked onto a course and need advice on kit, give one of our trainers a call on 0870 760 7360.

If you feel your skiing has hit a plateau and you are looking to do some focussed training to reach that next level, a Masterclass with ICE and a world-class coach could be the answer. We have a full program of courses this winter including performance courses, off-piste/touring courses and race training with Chemmy Alcott and Alain Baxter.

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