Knee injury recovery timescale – a personal diary

BASI Member, David Walton, tells his own story of how a beautiful day went wrong on the slopes! His accident confirmed a ruptured ACL, torn MCL and LCL and detached meniscus! Dave had the presence of mind to document his knee injury at the time of the incident and kept a diary of his progress through…

Piste colours, are they gospel?

Written by Joe Beer from Alpine Learning Curves Piste colours – can you trust them? When I started writing my #ALCblogbook project and I got to Dealing with Fear and piste colours as a subject I hit a problem that comes up all the time; “one man’s meat is another man’s poison” – what people think of piste colours…

BASI Ski Instructor Gap Courses – let the season begin

Over 250 students are getting set to head off to some of the world’s top winter resorts to undertake their BASI ski/snowboard instructor courses. Winter gap season has arrived and there is plenty to look forward to. Not only will students be spending 8 to 10 weeks in resort with the prospect of skiing and…

BASI Snowboard Instructors Qualify in China

BASI has just finished the first of three Snowboard Level 1 courses that are running in Chongli, China. Trainer, Steph Wiehe, presented certificates and instructor badges to seven successful students, a number of whom will now work the Chinese winter season and sit their BASI Snowboard Level 2 in March 2016. All ten students completed the…

Blog 4. BASI Heads East – We are not alone!

Here at the Duolomidi Resort in Chongli, China, the first BASI Snowboard Level 1 course has been underway this week with great snow conditions and very, very cold temperatures. Wednesday afternoon was -19C with a wind-chill factor of Baltic. BASI Trainer, Steph Wiehe, re-organised the programme and on Wednesday afternoon brought the students indoors and worked through all the…

Blog 3. BASI Heads East. BASI Snowboard Level 1. China

After a vicious 24-hour snow storm on Sunday 22 November, causing general mayhem and blocking the main highway from Beijing to Chongli, Day 1 of the BASI Snowboard Level 1 in Duolomidi Ski Resort, Chongli, China got underway with blue skies, cold, cold air and crisp, fresh pistes virtually to ourselves. A full course with…

Blog 2 BASI Heads East – The land of snow and ice

I made it! A bit of a detour via Amsterdam and then Paris before finally making it to Beijing. BASI Snowboard Trainer, Steph Wiehe arrived just after me on Saturday 21st Nov. We were met by our BASI Business Partners in China, Byron, Beard and Qian who go by the name of CASSI Snowsports Services Company Ltd….

Blog 1 BASI Heads East – It’s like riding a bike!

Once you’ve done it once………… Training people to become proficient snowsports instructors is what the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) does really well. So when a speculative email enquiry from China arrived in Tania Alliod’s inbox in February 2015, she thought – “No problem, we train instructors from many countries so why not China!”…

1. lessons in learning 2

earning Curves. Understanding learning and how to get the most from your next lesson or winter sport holiday Clear Communication Is the instruction content sensible (sense-able)? To put it another way, sense enabled. Can it be directly accessed by the senses? All humans interact with the world we live in via our 5 senses. We:…

SKIING : ‘IT’S LIKE RIDING A BIKE’

Written by Rachael Hallewell, BASI ISTD “It’s like riding a bike.” Not for me, with all my crashes, blown up wheels, squeals of fear and countless scars ingrained into my skin forever, skiing comes far more naturally to me, than riding a bike. However, this idiom is said of when we learn new skills and…