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04 | RESORT: Banff

BANFF, ALBERTA

Work Hard & Play Hard in Canada’s Premier Alpine Resort

THE HILL - Although there are a bunch of ski hills in and around Banff, locals and visitors alike will tell you that it’s all about the ‘Shine. If you say you’re going shredding in Banff, you’ll be talking about Sunshine Village. The ski area is spread over three individual mountains – Mt. Standish, Goat’s Eye Mtn and Lookout Mtn - and each has something totally different to offer. For lessons days, Sunshine has some incredible training terrain: beautiful, big, wide-open green and blue runs that are ideal for nailing the drills required to pass your instructor exams. But, when not in training, you can smash it on some of Canada’s toughest in-bound slopes... entry into the notorious Delirium Dive is only permitted with an avi pack and a buddy! Sunshine has it all from awesome tree-skiing to big-mountain powder faces and from sick parks with monster hits to some of the most insane backcountry terrain.

THE COMMUNITY - Banff is a very cool little town in the middle of the Canadian Rockies. You’d think the town planner was a rad shredder herself as the whole town seems geared towards skiers and snowboarders and then to entertaining them when the chairlifts stop running!

BANFF IS A SKI AND SNOWBOARDING MECCA... WITH A NIGHTLIFE TO MATCH! If Carlsberg did instructor training courses, HQ would be Banff! There’s a bunch of pubs & bars if you fancy a drink or two. But if two becomes three becomes four, you can get your boogie on at Auroras, The Dancing Sasquatch or Hoodoos! As well as nights out, we will also organise trips to the ice hockey, bingo bowling (more fun than it sounds!), cinema & DVD nights, football & basketball tournaments, fancy dress parties and poker nights. Banff is where it’s at. Your SnowSkool reps will be there to ensure that you make the most of your season.

ACCOMMODATION - On the SnowSkool course you will be living at the Banff Alpine Centre. Essentially it’s a lodge and it is the ideal destination for young SnowSkool students allowing you to live, eat, drink and socialise together. It’s an awesome set-up - the sense of international community, of camaraderie and of atmosphere is the most important thing about this accommodation and has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. The hub of the lodge is “SnowSkool HQ” – a large chilling area where it’s all about sitting in front of the fire with your laptop, listening to some tunes, checking out Facebook (via the free WiFi!) and chatting (yes, actually chatting!) to your new best buddies about the day’s riding. The Banff Alpine Centre has incredible facilities too; we mentioned the free WiFi but we didn’t tell you about the ice-climbing wall, the restaurant – Cougar Pete’s - or the Stormy C!!! The Storm Cellar is the on-site pub and is a perfect hang-out for SnowSkool students. For your amusement is free pool, free darts and table football…also FREE! The TV is always pumping out sick movies like the Art of Flight or, at times, Premiership matches! Wednesday night is open-mic jam night so if you fancy a strum, a drum or a sing, you can get involved. Friday night is karaoke night and every night is cheap drinks night. The Storm Cellar has developed legendary status in Banff and it will be approximately 50 paces from your bed!

Laura Roberts, 19 Snowboard Instructor Banff, 2010

RESORT STATS Average Annual Snowfall: Area: Number of Runs: Terrain Breakdown: Top Elevation:

30ft 3,358 acres 107 named runs 20% beginner - 55% intermediate - 25% expert 9,000ft / 2,730m

Freestyle: Rogers Terrain Park with range of jumps (from 5ft to 35ft), XL hip, various boxes & rails (from flat-down box to 40ft kinked rail) and the 24ft Mail Trench!

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“SnowSkool Banff! My memories – riding hard, great instructors, big nights out, chilling at SnowSkool HQ, fancy-dress parties, poker nights… lots of laughs – you get the picture? Oh, and I nailed my Level 2 instructor qualification and park certificate! It really was the best 13 weeks of my life – I lived the dream!”

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For more information on the specific courses we run at Sunshine Village, Banff please get in touch: team@snowskool.co.uk or visit...

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06 | RESORT: Big Sky

TIM FAGAN, 24 Ski Instructor Big Sky, 2012

BIG SKY, MONTANA Come to the Wild West and Ride Cowboy Country!

THE HILL - With more than 5500 acres of terrain, Big Sky’s motto is “The Biggest Skiing in America.” But that is not even half the story…our bro’s in the States regard Big Sky as a training ground for Alaska. Why…? Well, 4350ft of vertical descent and 35ft of light, fluffy snow make this a full-on steep & deep resort. And some of the terrain is fully insane…with long couloirs opening into huge powder fields, cliff drops into tight chutes and single descents stretching 3000 vertical feet in waist-deep powder! Now please let me remind you of the name of this resort: BIG SKY. You’ve probably not heard it before. And that, my friend, is the beauty of the place. Even during the busiest weeks, lift lines are non-existent. Locals say that the only thing that will slow down your riding is your own leg strength…or lack of it! If you want to get down with some freestyle riding, Big Sky has a sick park but the interconnected Moonlight Basin is the place to go with two incredible snow parks with everything from basic boxes to monster table-tops!

THE COMMUNITY - Best thing about Big Sky…ski-in/ ski-out. This is pretty rare (and generally super-expensive) in North America. So after a big day shredding the pow, you can sink into a hot-tub, dive into the pool at the Huntley Lodge or point your tips to one of the local bars for a cheeky beer. Big Sky is a lively mountain village with four or five grubby bars (!) and a few more classy establishments. Kick back with some live music at Scissorbill’s Saloon or head over for a beer at the Lone Peak Microbrewery. If you fancy something to eat, you’ll be spoilt for choice with over twenty eateries – Italian, Fondue, Steak, Burger, Seafood, Pizza, Thai, Fine Dining and…The Montana Dinner Yurt! Jump onboard a snowcat, travel 2 miles up

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the hill and enjoy a 3-course meal with live acoustic music in a backcountry yurt! Apart from life’s essentials – skiing/ riding, eating and drinking, there’s a lot of fun to be had at Big Sky with a zipline, snowshoe-ing, high ropes, bungee trampoline, climbing wall and snow-tubing. And there’s free WiFi all round the village! The atmosphere is superrelaxed and friendly and everyone’s always ready to say “Howdy” and have a chat! ACCOMMODATION - SnowSkool Big Sky students will be housed in a series of slopeside condos. All condos have two or three bedrooms and have a spacious, open-plan kitchen/ diner onto a living room with large fireplace, cable TV, DVD player and free WiFi. SnowSkool students have access to a fitness centre, large swimming pool and hot tubs at the nearby Huntley Lodge. The condos are ideally located ten minutes from all the amenities in the village centre and with stunning views of Lone Mountain and out over Lake Levinsky.

RESORT STATS Average Annual Snowfall: Area: Number of Runs: Terrain Breakdown: Top Elevation:

35ft 5,532 acres 150 named runs 14% beginner – 26% intermediate – 60% advanced 11,166ft / 3,403m (second highest vertical drop in US)

Freestyle: In Big Sky, 2 Terrain Parks with jib park, kickers, tables, boxes and rails, also super-pipe and standard half-pipe. In Moonlight Basin, 3 Terrain Parks with jumps, boxes and rails (all from S to XXL)

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“I phoned SnowSkool about their Banff course but by the end of the call I wanted to jump on a plane to a place I’d never heard of…Big Sky!!! I’m stoked they told me about it and I’m stoked I joined the course. It is just such a cool place to ski – unbelievable terrain, so much snow, my skiing got so much better so quickly. The instructors were great, the accommodation was amazing, the restaurants & bars were cool and the people are super-friendly…I could go on! I’ve made it my mission in life to tell people about this place!”

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08 | RESORT: Big White

HELENE Bowater, 27 Ski Instructor Big White, 2008

BIG WHITE, BRITISH COLUMBIA Luxury Accommodation in Canada’s Largest Ski-in/ Ski-out Village

THE HILL - Despite being one of Canada’s five largest ski resorts, Big White is refreshingly uncommercialised and lift lines…well, them other resorts can keep ‘em! Biggie is wellregarded by those “in the know” in the search for pristine powder snow. The weather rolls in from the Pacific Ocean, dries out on its journey over interior BC and, when it hits the Monashee Range, the slopes of Big White get hammered by bucket-loads of Canada’s driest, fluffiest powder snow! A natural playground, Biggie is incredibly fun to ride. It offers fantastic training terrain that is ideal for the SnowSkool course; lots of cruisy greens and wide-open blue runs that are essential for perfecting drills and learning the more technical details of skiing/ riding like a snowpro. To test your mettle, you can move on to the tougher black runs, drop into the doubleblack diamond Cliff Area or hit up the steeps & deeps underneath the Powder Chair. The Snow Park is super well-tuned with some insane hits and rails and you can flip, spin and

slide to the sounds of the latest beats pumped out by the Park Crew! But Big White is probably most famous for its tree-skiing…wherever you are on the hill, cast the piste map aside and dive into the nearest patch of trees to experience a different line every day! THE COMMUNITY - Big White is Canada’s largest ski-in/ ski-out village…the High Street in Big White is actually a pisted ski run! Although commonplace in Europe, ski-in/ skiout access is not so easy to come by in North America and the benefits of being able to clip in at the back door of your digs are hard to

BIG WHITE’S

MOTTO IS “IT’S THE SNOW” IN REFERENCE TO CANADA’S LIGHTEST, FLUFFIEST POWDER

over-emphasise. You’ll quickly appreciate the simple things like an extra half hour in bed on a cold Canadian winter morning or the ability to return home for lunch! Like it should be, the slopes form the main part of the resort’s infrastructure and are a useful way to access all the local amenities – restaurants, bars and shops. The atmosphere in Big White is friendly and super-relaxed but with some great bars and a bustling nightlife. ACCOMMODATION - In spite of all our tight organisation and hard work, feedback tells us that the main draw of the SnowSkool Big White course is the accommodation! All students are housed in luxurious and spacious ski-in/ skiout apartments, each with a private hot tub as well as a swimming pool and gym. Whatever we say about it, you will be overawed! You can finish your day’s lessons and be in the hot-tub on your balcony with a cold beer in your hand within two minutes of leaving the pistes. After dinner, fall into one of the huge leather sofas, stoke a fire and relaaaaaaax!

RESORT STATS Average Annual Snowfall: Area: Number of Runs: Terrain Breakdown: Top Elevation:

25ft 2,765 acres 118 named runs/ 27 unnamed 18% beginner – 54% intermediate – 28% expert 7,606ft / 2,319m

Freestyle: Telus Terrain Park with range of jumps (from 5ft to 30ft), 7ft quarterpipe, various boxes & rails (from 8ft box to Stepchild Round Rail - street style with Donkey Kick), halfpipe and skier-/ boarder-cross circuit

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After impressing during her training course, Helene was approached by the Big White Ski and Board School with a job offer for 2008/09.

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“After talking to SnowSkool about what I was looking for from my ski instructor course, I knew that Big White was the ideal place for me – great skiing (and somewhere to learn how to ski powder!), luxury lodgings on-hill, a friendly ski community and a more “mature” crowd on the course. It lived up to expectations in every regard!”

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don’t tell

anyone!!! For more information on the specific courses we run at Big White please get in touch: team@snowskool.co.uk or visit...

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10 | WHY SNOWSKOOL?

WHY SNOWSKOOL?

We love it when you ask why you should book with SnowSkool instead of one of the other operators…it’s our chance to show off a little!

BIG IS BETTER

We are the market leader - more people book onto season-long instructor courses with SnowSkool than with any other company. SnowSkool’s size benefits you in two main ways; we have lots of groups of ski instructor trainees and lots of groups of snowboard instructor trainees meaning that groups can be split up according to ability ensuring you are not riding out of your comfort zone or being held back by less-experienced skiers. On a social level, SnowSkool is where the party’s at…we have big guest lists, we have big roadtrips, we get better prices for a bigger group and there’s always someone to go for a beer with, to chill and watch a DVD with or to ski/ ride with!

SKI THE GLOBE

SnowSkool has operations in five of the most incredible ski resorts…and counting! We don’t throw a dart at a world map to make our choices; we pick the sickest resorts with the gnarliest terrain, the highest annual snowfalls, the biggest vertical, the best trainers, the comfiest accommodation and the best offsnow activities and nightlife.

I’s DOTTED, T’s CROSSED

When we ran our first course way back in 2004, it was a lot of fun but, admittedly, a bit of a shambles in terms of the organisation! Since then, we’ve got better every year and we have now run nearly 30 season-long instructor courses in five countries in two hemispheres. Over one thousand people have become an instructor with SnowSkool. The lessons we have learnt over the past decade (almost!) are put into play on all aspects of every course and the courses run as smoothly as a smooth Smoothster in Smoothland!

WHAT DO YOU WANT?!

At SnowSkool, we like to give you the choice of what you want to do. We run five seasonlong courses in two different snow seasons – the southern and northern winters. We cater for those looking for not just a little luxury as well as those looking to get their qualifications as cheaply as possible. We have short courses (2 to 5 weeks) and long courses (8 to 12 weeks). We have courses specifically designed to appeal to an older crowd and we have courses that are lapped up by the younger lot. You can opt out of flights or catering. You can arrive early or you can stay late. You can even structure your own payment plan! If we have missed anything, let us know and we can probably be flexible on that too!

SEXY REPS

It is as if our reps were plucked straight from the pages of High Street Honeys or the cover of Men’s Health because, man…they are good! Their job descriptions include: making breakfast, organising football tournaments, offering you some technical advice (they’re all qualified instructors), video-ing you on the slopes, booking trips to other resorts, sharing an après-ski pint, arranging ice hockey matches, writing up the score card for pub golf, taking photos

on nights out, researching questions for pub quizzes, offering you a consoling arm after a tough day on the slopes, writing up the weekly e-newsletter, being on hand 24:7. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg for them!

WHAT NEXT?!

SnowSkool has spent three years compiling the world’s most comprehensive instructor recruitment database and so if you want to find work as an instructor after the course, we can help! We have connections to (at last count) 125 Ski & Board Schools in fourteen different countries in two different hemispheres. We also run jobs seminars in resort and are pioneering a new “Report Card” scheme whereby we monitor and track your performance throughout the course to give your potential future employers an unbeatable insight into your development as an instructor.

FINANCIAL PROTECTION

You want to know that your money’s safe… it is! But don’t take our word for it - check with ATOL (www.atol.org.uk)! SnowSkool is ATOL bonded meaning that if we fail, ATOL will reimburse your course fees and repatriate you if you’re abroad.

SNOWSKOOL HAS SPENT THREE YEARS COMPILING THE WORLD’S MOST COMPREHENSIVE INSTRUCTOR RECRUITMENT DATABASE

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12 | RESORT: Three Valleys

THREE VALLEYS, FRANCE The Largest and Most Diverse Ski Area in the World

The Hill - Granted, it is a little bizarre to refer to the Three Valleys as “the hill”! In reality, more than 600km of pistes connect up eight worldfamous ski resorts spread over three beautiful valleys in the French Alps and all under one lift pass. It is the world’s largest ski area. It is the world’s favourite ski destination…which makes it just about good enough for SnowSkool! With such a large area to choose from, not only will you be able to find runs to suit your ability and experience but the mountain will soon invite you to pick up new skills and to challenge yourself. It is the biggest and the best…there is not much you can’t do in the Three Valleys! Join the families on the green and blue runs, practice your carving on the red runs, hit the moguls on the black runs, drop into one of the numerous snow parks and pick the brains of your instructors as you get to know the secret powder stashes well beyond the reach of the punters!

THE COMMUNITY - The Three Valleys are home to 16 different villages giving you plenty of choice for not only where to ride but also where to stay and where to hang out. The Three Valleys unique mix of pedestrianized villages, spa towns, family resorts and lively towns catering to the most hedonistic of après-skiers offer a little bit of everything to SnowSkool seasonnaires! Although a massive resort, the Three Valleys still retains the local and personal feel of many of Europe’s smaller resorts. SnowSkool operations are based at the heart of the Three Valleys, in and around Méribel. which is generally-regarded as one of the liveliest destinations within the Three Valleys. With fantastic off-slope facilities including a sports centre, swimming pool, climbing wall and ice rink as well as a host of restaurants, pubs, bars & nightclubs, it is the perfect place to base the SnowSkool Three Valleys course.

INSTRUCTOR COURSE FRANCE

ACCOMMODATION - On the SnowSkool course you will be staying in one of our chalets, all of which are based in the Méribel valley. Each chalet has its own unique charms but some things remain consistent across all SnowSkool chalets – large living area with comfortable seating and open fire, dining area with large banquet table sufficient to seat all guests and fully-equipped kitchens. The chalets range in size from five to nine bedrooms and so, with a standard two people per room, host between ten and eighteen students. Our chalets become a real home-from-home and the comfy sofas and crackling fire are a welcome sight after a tough day on the slopes. Kick back, grab a beer and enjoy some of the multimedia options available…all chalets have TV, DVD players, stereos and free WiFi.

KICK OFF THE MORNING IN MERIBEL, HIT UP VAL THORENS FOR LUNCH AND THEN CRUISE AROUND COURCHEVEL IN THE AFTERNOON... UNBELIEVABLE DIVERSITY

ANNE Kessler, 18 Snowboard Instructor Three Valleys, 2012

Freestyle: Lots of snow parks in the Three Valleys including DC’s Area 43 in Méribel with a host of jumps, mini-skate ramp, 3 street lines, 220m of rails and an airbag!

“I’d always loved snowboarding and couldn’t wait to finish school so I could kick-off my career working as a snowboard instructor. After my first call with SnowSkool talking about the Three Valleys course, my mind was made up – biggest ski area in the world, super-professional qualification, great chalet accommodation and a company that just had the right vibe and who I clicked with immediately. I haven’t been disappointed.”

SKOOL BREAKDOWN

After finishing the course, Anne headed back home to Australia to work a season.

RESORT STATS Average Annual Snowfall: Area: Number of Runs: Terrain Breakdown: Top Elevation:

AGE PROFILE

25ft 600km of pistes 335 named runs 45% beginner – 35% intermediate – 20% expert 10,600ft/ 3,230m – highest village in Europe (Val Thorens)

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Posh & Becks For more information on the specific courses we run in the Three Valleys please get in touch: team@snowskool.co.uk or visit...

British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) Alpine Ski British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) Snowboard

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14 | RESORT: Treble Cone

TREBLE CONE, NEW ZEALAND Soulful New Zealand Town with the Country’s Best Snow and Terrain

THE HILL - Treble Cone is a pretty dope place to shred. You can’t really argue with the facts. It’s the…biggest with 1350 acres of terrain... steepest with 2300ft of vertical...deepest with 18ft of annual snowfall. And, man, the views from TC are something else! You can almost reach out and touch the Lake and the mountains beyond. You won’t get bored even after seeing it every day of the season! TC is a local’s mountain more than anything and has some super-gnarly terrain to push you out of your comfort zone - 45% of the hill is classed as advanced or expert! TC is the southern-winter training ground for the national ski teams of Austria and Norway! The off-piste and free-riding at Treble Cone are legendary with insane chutes, crazy gullies, huge powder bowls and a bunch of natural half-pipes and hits all over the mountain. There is some incredible training terrain too and we have a group of scarily well-qualified instructors to make sure that you can smash the mountain …rather than the mountain smashing you!

THE COMMUNITY - For sure Wanaka must be one of the coolest places on earth. Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka and surrounded by snow-capped peaks, Wanaka lies at the heart of a World Heritage site. Its residents are extremely friendly and very outdoorsy – don’t think your ears are playing tricks on you if you hear an 80 year old lycraclad Granny tell you she has just hammered it down Mount Iron on her off-road bike. Welcome to New Zealand! There is so much to do, the town is just like a massive playground with world-class skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, sailing, sky-diving and hiking all in one place. Nearby Queenstown is the adrenaline-fuelled capital of the back-packing world and, with bungee jumps, white-water rafting, canyon swinging, luge and jet boating, you won’t run out of things to do on our NZ course!

After the lights go down, Wanaka has a pretty happening night-life…not as hectic as some ski towns and certainly calmer than Queenstown but there are plenty of places to party until the wee hours!

ANDY SELKIRK, 20

ACCOMMODATION - We offer two accommodation options for the SnowSkool NZ course. The standard package offers accommodation at BASE backpackers which is situated slapbang in the centre of Wanaka. The modern backpackers offers great facilities such as wireless internet, fully-equipped kitchens, large TV room and a restaurant and bar downstairs. The premium package offers accommodation in the family-run Belvedere Apartments … about 150m from BASE. The apartments have two twin-bedrooms and an open-plan lounge/ kitchen/ dining area, laundry facilities, entertainment systems and private balconies. Students can also make use of the sauna and heated locker room.

Ski Instructor Course, New Zealand, 2009

RESORT STATS Average Annual Snowfall: Area: Number of Runs: Terrain Breakdown: Top Elevation: Freestyle:

18ft 1,350 acres 56 named runs 10% beginner - 45% intermediate - 45% expert 6,850ft/ 2,800m - highest lift-served skiing in NZ No freestyle but Snow Park is nearby!

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AN INTENSE TRAINING PROGRAMME ON AN AWESOME SKI HILL IN A LAID-BACK TOWN

“Because it runs during Uni holidays, the SnowSkool NZ programme suits students like myself very well. What a place…! I have travelled a lot but maintain that Wanaka is the most amazing place I’ve ever been – it’s just breathtakingly beautiful. And the people are so cool! TC is a tough hill to ski but ultimately very rewarding and with the guidance of the SnowSkool instructors, you’ll be nailing it pretty quickly! I’m back at University now but going on the SnowSkool course in Wanaka was one of the best choices I’ve ever made!”

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QUALIFICATIONS New Zealand Snowsport Instructors’ Alliance (NZSIA) Snowboard Instruction New Zealand (SBINZ)

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17 | Which Course for ME?

WHICH COURSE FOR ME?

If you want to do a course in the southern hemisphere between July and September, check out our course at Treble Cone, New Zealand. But if you want do a course in the northern winter….man, do you have a choice to make! Below we have listed a few helpful hints but we advise you to speak to one of the team at SnowSkool HQ for more tailored advice. And we have added in SnowSkool NZ for good measure!

INSTRUCTOR COURSE FRANCE

A selection of chalets available for weekly rent in the Méribel Valley Choose from a range of chalets…whether it’s a high-end chalet close to the centre of Méribel, an authentic Savoyarde chalet in the village of Les Allues or almost anything in between…the choice is yours! Whatever you go for, be assured that we’ll be fully focused on providing you with a memorable holiday. Join us in The Three Valleys this winter and enjoy everything that the world’s favourite ski destination has to offer.

BANFF Banff offers access to three world-class ski hills and this incredible town has some of the best nightlife on offer of any ski town.

BIG SKY Big Sky is our BIG mountain experience with some of the best snow and gnarliest terrain of offer…and a cool village to boot.

BIG WHITE SnowSkool’s premium package, Big White has it all: great skiing, top-notch tuition and fantastic ski-in/ ski-out accommodation. And hot tubs!

THREE VALLEYS The Three Valleys is the world’s largest ski area and SnowSkool is based at it’s heart: Méribel! BASI quals and lovely chalet accommodation.

TREBLE CONE New Zealand is about more than just awesome riding. It’s a mystical place, stunning scenery and you will meet some of the friendliest people.

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Call: +44 (0) 1962 855220 for more information * On-snow gives an overall grade to the skiing/ riding: terrain, amount/ quality of snow, vertical & terrain parks ** Off-snow gives an overall grade to the off-snow activities ex nightlife…sports centres, cinemas, ice rinks, shopping etc

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19 | IMPROVER COURSES

18 | MEET THE TEAM

MEET THE TEAM The Beautiful People That Make It All Tick

THE SKIING HAS-BEEN - Phil Purdie left the City and the world of Investment Banking to set up SnowSkool in 2003 with a small loan from the old man. Phil’s a good ole-fashioned ski fanatic and has skied throughout the world (in places as diverse as Japan and South Africa) as well as having eight seasons’ experience in Canada, Europe and NZ under his belt. Recently he has turned his attention to making sure his one year old son, Jackson, skis in the Winter Olympics in 2030 (in the Cairngorms). THE BRAINS - After working as a Management Consultant in London for ten years and picking up a MBA from Cambridge University, Steve Purdie joined SnowSkool and quickly restructured everything we do! Although a half-decent skier, Steve prefers spreadsheets to park skis and accounting to backcountry shredding and was recently suspended for two days “thinking time” for suggesting that there is nothing wrong with snowblades.

THE AGEING PARK RAT - Former Paratrooper Adrian “Dunk” Gourlay is our course organiser and spends a lot of time going into a lot of detail about things you wouldn’t even think about! On-snow, Dunk’s a freestyle snowboarding guru and it is rumoured that he once nose-pressed a sixty-one mile long kinked S-rail somewhere in the backcountry between Banff and Revelstoke, all in aid of charity. Going to press, Dunk has racked up six seasons in Canada and two in NZ. THE SHEILA – Marion Fagan is CEO of SnowSkool Australia and, in between running a family and living a social life that would make Kylie Minogue look like the shy, retiring type, Marion deals with all the demands of our customers from the other side of the world. She repped the full NZ course in 2010 and tends to make an appearance for the first week or two at one of the courses to help knock the reps into shape, mother her beloved Aussies and entertain us with her rapier wit!

SNOWSKOOL REPS: Who’s who?! We’ve got quite a few reps on the books at SnowSkool what with all the courses that we are now running in Canada, France, NZ and USA. There’s Sarah who’s a loud-mouth Kiwi bird and sick snowboarder and wee Scottish Rosie who cooks like Heston, mothers like Delia and is loved by all. There’s AJ who takes himself a lot less seriously than the photo suggests but skis more seriously than it suggests. AJ tends to hook up and do his seasons with Tom – a mild-mannered Home County’s type that, when sent to Canada, grows wild facial hair and skis like a mad-man! King of customer feedback, George, impresses the ladies offsnow and the men on-snow and particularly in the park. Jordi’s not too shabby in the park either although doesn’t he know it! Less wellknown is that Jordi is fluent in Swedish...this has yet to come in useful!

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Call us on +44 (0) 1962 855138

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SnowSkool Ltd, 37-39 Southgate Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9EH, UK www.snowskool.co.uk e: team@snowskool.co.uk t: +44 (0) 1962 855138


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Snowskool's 2012 Brochure, showing ski and snowboard instructor courses.

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