January Intense Seasonal Training Course

  • Seasonal + Instructor Training
  • Verbier, Switzerland
  • 03/01/2023

£1,800.00 (£600 per additional week) pp

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  • About the Course

    The 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.

    We’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 7 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 the program has since expanded to offer different courses to suit different needs and availabilities. We now boast 2 seasonal programmes –

    1. The original format that runs from Dec to March with training weeks interspersed with practice/free/work weeks inbetween. The week’s run from Monday to Friday with 5 hours on snow coaching (with a brief lunch break). The specific week’s this version runs are: Dec 5th, Dec 12th, Jan 9th, Jan 16th, Jan 23rd, Jan 30th, later dates to be decided based on what the group want. We’ve found after the initial block the desires of the individual group members tend to range often with some wanting to pursue off-piste focuses, some touring, some piste performance and instructor exams, some wish to have private lessons to consolidate areas, etc. etc. For this reason the plan for the latter part of the season is made later on based on the individual desires and what will work best for everyone. The minimum booking is 4 weeks with the first 2 December weeks being mandatory. We often have people come out in November to Cervinia for 2 pre-weeks too which is a super way to start the season. If numbers allow we’ll make a separate November Masters group.
    2. A condensed, intense 5 week programme running the whole of January and into Feb – what better way to take advantage of typically the best winter conditions and snow without being away from home for too long. The week’s run from Monday to Friday with 5 hours on snow coaching (with a lunch break). The first week will begin on Tuesday Jan 3rd to avoid New year week. The week’s the course will be running are: Jan 3rd, Jan 9th, Jan 16th, Jan 23rd and Jan 30th. The  week’s need to be booked in order and the minimum booking is three weeks.

    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. If you’re interested in joining please get in touch as soon as possible!

    Here’s some feedback from the previous course 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
    “The positives: 1) the coaches. I feel very lucky to have skied with them. They are all excellent teachers who were so invested in our skiing and giving us such a positive experience. They are also endlessly kind, patient, and fun. And I think they complement each other perfectly – and this point also goes back to the structure and length of the Masters – as we had the right balance of technical and practice over time; 2) the group. Everyone was so nice and fun, it was a pleasure to ski in their company; 3) my skiing – I’m a lot better!: from Gill Smith
  • Teaching Content

    • Masters Seasonal Training Content

      Being a seasonal course the first part of the course will have a huge focus on re-building your skiing and ensuring your fundamental ski technique is sound. During the earlier part of the course a lot of time will be spent on slower speed, piste based work to fix bad-habits, engrain new movements and movement patterns, develop your understanding and set the foundations for the rest of the season.

      As the course progresses you’ll be progressively moved and encouraged into harder terrain where the new techniques will be put into practice! Nearing the culmination of the course we aim and expect to have everyone skiing lots of interesting, challenging and exciting off-piste terrain with confidence and vastly improved technical abilities.

      Of course when it snow’s you’ll ski the powder regardless of what week of the course it is – at least some of it 😀

  • Available Group Levels

    • 2: Intermediate

      Able to make consistent parallel turns on piste. Confident on red runs and able to ski harder terrain (blacks, moguls, powder) but with limited success.

    • 3: Advanced

      Confident parallel skier on all gradient pistes. Starting to create dynamics in your skiing and challenge yourself in harder non-pisted terrain.

    • 4: Instructor

      Consistent in all terrain, rarely losing accuracy and pushing their speed whilst keeping a high degree of ski performance. Able to transition from piste to off-piste with no hesitations or issues.

    • 5: Expert

      Comfortable and at ease in all terrain. Able to transition from piste to off-piste with no hesitations or issues. Starting to use the terrain and features to be inventive and add an element of style to their runs.

  • Travel Information

    Verbier is really easy to get to by train, plane or car. By train you can get the Eurostar from London to Paris and then onward to Lausanne of Geneva and then change to Martigny, Le Chable and then Verbier. It’s a beautiful journey that takes not much longer than flying (taking into account waiting time), is much more environmentally friendly and you don’t have any baggage weight restrictions 😀 You can find further info on www.sbb.ch.

    If flying, Geneva airport is the nearest airport with numerous flights in and out every day. From there the train journey is very simple from Geneva airport – Martigny – Le Chable – Verbier. If you’d prefer to get a transfer, Alpybus run regular transfers from Geneva airport to Verbier at multiple times throughout the day. See their website for further details.

    If driving, the journey is pretty straightforward and simple taking around 12hrs from London.

  • Accomodation Information

    The course doesn’t include accommodation and how you choose to go about this is up to you. If you live in resort or nearby that’s super easy! Last year a number of the participants rented a large apartment for the majority of the season whilst others stayed in smaller apartments/studios and some in hotels. If you need help sourcing accommodation please let us know and give us an idea what you’re looking for when you get in touch and we’ll help out!

  • Pricing Information

    The courses pricing varies depending on which variant you choose. Below is specific details for each:

    Original Season Long Masters course: £600 per/week. Minimum booking of 4 weeks

    January Intense Masters: £600 per/week. Minimum booking 3 weeks, weeks must be booked in order.

    Depending on demand, we’re happy to run multiple additional weeks. In certain occasions (generally for previous participants) we’ll allow bookings that don’t meet the minimum criteria set above.

    The course fee doesn’t include lift pass or accommodation.

  • Booking Information

    If you’re interested in joining please get in touch as early as possible so we can get the ball rolling and planning. Please email theteam@warrensmith-skiacademy.com to express your interest and we’ll go from there.

Additional Information

Course duration

Seasonal

Course type

Seasonal Performance Training. Masters course

Location

Verbier, Switzerland

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