Seasonal Courses at the Academy

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Warren smith ski academy seasonal training courseThe Masters and seasonal training courses are the culmination of 20 years of successfully running academy courses! Throughout the years we’ve built up a super relationship with lots of clients and on any given week there tends to be numerous familiar faces who have been coming to academy courses year after year as part of their regular skiing experience.

Warren smith ski academy seasonal training courseWe’ve repeatedly been asked if we could offer a multi-week/seasonal training program specifically designed for academy regulars who have no desire to do the instructor training course but would love to do a season (or the best part of one) and train with us to dramatically take their skiing to a whole new level.

In 2019 we ran the first Masters seasonal academy: a 4 to 9 week seasonal training program designed around the participants to meet their needs and available dates and offer the best possible program to not only excel their skiing to new levels but also have great fun along the way. The closed group trial program was a huge success and we’ll be adding this to our regular course calendar from 2020 onward.

Warren smith ski academy seasonal training courseThe course is always built and designed around those on it and as such it can change format with regard to the exact dates, weeks and structure of the weeks. If you’re interested in joining please get in touch before the winter season as this is when we start planning everything with the whole group to come to a consensus on what dates work best for the majority that will be on the course. Depend on demand we can run multiple seasonal training groups and this season it’s likely we’ll have 3 running – one that spans the season, an intensive 4 week course in January and a 6 week course at the end of the season starting in early March.

Being a extended program the course massively benefits from time to fully engrain good habits and fully develop your skiing. One of our most common bits of feedback from the week’s courses is that you feel great by the end of the course and wish you had some more time to practice and develop – the seasonal courses give you this with targeted ski training and periods for rest, practice and consolidation throughout.

Warren smith ski academy seasonal training courseIn addition to the in resort training, the program has a much more personal and bespoke approach to the build up to the season/course. Once booked on you’ll be contacted personally and over the course of a few emails and phone calls we’ll get a gauge of your fitness, flexibility, mobility and current ski equipment. During the coming Summer and Autumn months in the lead up to the course you’ll receive targeted training and advice on the above to get you in the best place possible to go into the course with your best foot forward and get the most out of the training.

Here’s some feedback from the 2019/20 courses participants to give you an idea of how they found the course:

“I’m an Academy regular and always plan to go once or twice a year but I jumped at the chance to participate in this multi-week training programme!

I have to say this met all my expectations and with a much longer course there was more time to iron out biomechanical aspects (especially leg-steering and middle body strength)  that were particular to me but at the same time within a group of like-minded people.  Some days were a challenge but I would have expected nothing less and the course did indeed take me to new levels not only in my technical skiing but just as importantly on an emotional level. I gained the confidence to tackle even the steepest runs. Knowing that you are capable, something the course instils in you, not just because they want to encourage you, but because they know you can, is incredibly uplifting!  Such great fun and a life-changing experience!” from Karin Tearle

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