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Pre Skiing fitness program week 6

Mon 17th October 2016, 05:46

SnoworksGap Pre Course Fitness Programme


Welcome to your final week of ski fitness preparation before you venture on to the awesome Snoworks Gap Course. I know how excited you must be right now and so you should be as it is truly a brilliant course! I guarantee you are going to enjoy every element of it.

Now being the final week you will of course ...

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Week 5 pre-season ski fitness program

Sun 9th October 2016, 12:48

SnoworksGap Pre Course Fitness Programme


Your penultimate week is here! How did you find the training last week? Some of it I know was pretty brutal but that training in the lactic acid threshold will benefit you a lot for when you get out on the mountains! The ability to sustain your body in good and efficient positions will enhance your performance greatly plus allow you ...

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Week 4 pre-season ski fitness program

Sun 2nd October 2016, 20:08

SnoworksGap Pre Course Fitness Programme


Half way through the process and how are we doing? I hope you had a great week with your training and preparations!

Within this week’s training strategy I have put together some longer stages of working periods to develop your strength endurance in particular – endure and embrace the burn! ...

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Week 3 ski specific fitness program

Mon 26th September 2016, 07:49

SnoworksGap Fitness Programme

Week 3

Can you believe we are already coming to the end of September and you all are now just a month away from the awesome GAP course!? How did your training go with week two of the programme? I hope you enjoyed it and found the new exercises challenging.

We continue this week with Strength Endurance, Core Strength, Balance, ...

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Mon 19th September 2016, 07:15

SnoworksGap Pre Course Fitness Programme


Hey! So, how are we all as we move on to week 2 of the programme? I hope you enjoyed the first week and were also challenged with the training. I would love to know how you found it so do feel free to email me with any comments and questions you have. I am also very active on my Instagram with lots of fitness posts so have a look if ...

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SnoworksGap Pre Course Fitness Programme WEEK 1

For this first week I would like to start perfecting the basics and get a feel for the standards of your current fitness levels. It is important to be able to do these with good form and consistently. It is all about building up from a stable foundation which will enable you to progress from week to week and ...

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Ski Fitness program

Sat 10th September 2016, 12:31


SnoworksGap Pre Course Fitness Programme

Welcome, class of 2016, to your six week fitness programme in preparation towards your Snoworks Gap course. I am very excited to be here with you on your journey towards starting ...

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Matt Chapman SnoworksGAP BASI level 1 and 2 Autumn 2015 

After finishing college last year, still not knowing what I want to do with my life, I thought about what opportunities there would be off Island (I live in the Channel Islands), working but also enjoying life!

My brother had achieved BASI levels 1 &...

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Why not ski in the summer too?

Thu 9th June 2016, 16:55

Why not snow ski in the summer?

No sooner have you hung up your ski boots and taken out the flip-flops or cycling shoes, depending on how your summers roll, you get bombarded with emails, Facebook, Tweets and links about skiing, booking early, powder of last year and more! And let’s all be honest here, when we’re asked the question “What do you do in the summer”? With a cheeky grin we reply ...

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So you’re thinking about becoming a ski instructor? You’ve looked through the various options and qualifications you can train for, your skiing is up to the minimum required levels to start the journey and you’re ready to take the first step in gaining a qualification to teach on snow.

If you’re based in the UK then BASI (British Association of Snowsports Instructors) is ...

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Core – “The center of it all”

Mon 14th September 2015, 10:58

(Image 4-times Olympian and Snoworks coach Emma Carrick-Anderson doing supermans on a swiss ball, build up to this one folks!!!)

Following on from the last two fitness related blogs “Skiing and Cycling the perfect marriage” and “Weight training and Plyometrics” we bring you the last in the series “Core, the Centre of it all”

The core muscles are paramount to your general health and wellbeing ...

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Plyometrics and weight training for skiing

Tue 1st September 2015, 15:10

(Image - Freddie Carrick-Smith 'Bounding' in Tignes) 

Weight training & Plyometrics for skiing

You don’t need to look far to see the importance of weight training and plyometrics in the world of skiing. You Tube videos of our ski racing heros’ performing amazing feats of strength and balance combined.

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#strongskilegs has been the default hashtag on SnoworksGAP’s Instagram this spring and summer, the reason being is that the SnoworksGAP lead instructor Lee Townend, has been bitten by the road cycling bug.

It doesn’t matter what you do to keep fit, but if you are considering training to become a ski instructor, or are already working your way through the BASI ski instructor system (or other training associations), then getting ...

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(image is Rupert G ripping the windsurf in Greece summer 2015) 

SnoworksGAP Ski instructors - What do they do in the off season???

Ever wondered what a SnoworksGAP ski instructor does in the summer?

The question you will get asked the most as a ski instructor is: -

‘So what do you do in the summer?’


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Working in 'Japow' as a ski instructor. The best job in the world! 

Words by SnoworksGAP 2014 ski instructor Joe Cutler. 

Immediately after passing my BASI level 2 (British Association of Snowsports Instructors) I was in a plane heading to ...

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Words by SnoworksGAP ski instructor Nick Jenner. 


Working at the Hermitage Club:

Despite failing the technical component of my BASI 2 exam, I was fortunate to have two jobs offers to instruct, one in Switzerland, the other at the Hermitage Club in the US.

After much deliberation, I chose the Hermitage Club. Why? Firstly, I ...

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Here is a fantastic blog from our good friends at Voucher code pro about skiing beginners. Aspiring ski instructors to SnoworksGAP, here are some wise words.

"A beginners guide - click HERE"

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What career did you choose this winter?

Wed 7th January 2015, 21:26

SnoworksGAP student Maya Gordon did the BASI Level one and two GAP course and worked a winter season as a paid ski instructor in Japan! Read her career choice and views on training and becoming a ski instrucutor before Christmas.

Hi Maya, why did you choose a Ski instructor course as your GAP year as opposed to one of the many other opportunities on offer?<...

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So you think you might want to be a ski instructor but have your doubts? Is it all about watching kids on the magic carpet and picking up their poles for them or was the South Park sketch right in just teaching the Read More

Ski instructor training to BASI level 3 and beyond!

As SnoworksGAP heads into it’s second year of the I.S.I.A & I.S.T.D level 3 and 4 B.A.S.I pre-season training program we ask one of last years successful trainees 'Mike Abromowitz' a few questions about their experience.

I.S.I.A (International ski instructors association)


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Whatever your results are, taking a GAP course this autumn and qualifying as an instructor is a decision many will take over the coming weeks.


Recent news suggests that British instructors are not welcome in the Alps, but this is in fact not the case. Anyone qualifying as an instructor on a Snoworks GAP course at BASI (British Association of Snowsports Instructors) Level 2 can work in countries such as Austria, Switzerland, Japan, Andorra and parts of Italy.


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So you want to become a ski instructor? Do I do it on a fast track course? (GAP) or do I do it over a season? (Or longer)

This is no doubt a question many of you ask yourselves, friends, work colleagues and current ski instructors.

In this blog I shall share with you an unbiased look into the benefits and pitfalls of both options.

Firstly I need to explain briefly the BASI (British Association of Snowsports Instructors) Alpine pathway to certification and the ...

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I went on the Snoworks Gap course in 2016 just after I finished my A levels and it was an amazing experience. The Snoworks Gap course is unique because the pre-season training means that you are qualified with BASI Level 1 and 2 before christmas giving you the whole season to work as a ski instru... Issy Warren BASI 1 & 2 2016 (Read More...)

Snoworks Gap is an amazing course to do. All the instructors are amazing skiers and teachers, who have such a passion for what they do, that they really help get you through the exams. You are taught to do more than just ski, you learn how to teach effectively and also how to service your skis. D... Eleanor Whittaker BASI 1 & 2 2016 (Read More...)

I want to start off by saying thank you to the amazing team at Snoworks, who were brilliant, all the teachers at Snoworks are genuinely invest... Frances Whittaker BASI 1 & 2 2016 (Read More...)

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