Ski skills: become a better skier!

NEW for 2019 Cross country ski performance course

We promise that you will become a better Nordic skier during this course. Whatever level you are at now we will help you develop the fundamental skills that are vital to becoming a more effective skier. All skiers who have achieved the highest level of performance have similar qualities: their posture is good, their balance is excellent, their movement patterns are good and they are strong. All of these fundamental elements can be improved (dare we say it, whatever your age). We can help you to do this to become a more effective skier and enjoy the process!

When we ski well we move efficiently on the snow, it feels good and the movement flows. Our innovative and unique approach integrates outstanding ski coaching with ski specific Pilates. You may be an experienced skier who wants to take your skiing to the next level and enjoy the process, someone who wants to take on and enjoy longer ski tours or someone who would like to take one of the classic ski races. We aim for this week to be fun and stimulating, helping you to transform the foundations of your skiing and enhance your understanding and performance as a Nordic skier.

Highlights

• Expert teaching and coaching with two BASI instructors.

• A clear individual action plan for developing your skiing into the future. After a full six days of skiing you will leave with a good understanding of your how you can continue to improve your skiing whether on or off snow.

• Small group size.

• Excellent cross training benefits, the gains you make this week will overflow into your other sports and fitness activities.

• A supportive environment so you can focus on your skiing in a relaxed group atmosphere.

Venabu the perfect location for technical ski training. With immediate access to over 140km of superb tracks with varied Nordic terrain, the area has a great snow record. The hotel’s friendly atmosphere, good facilities (saunas, excellent massage therapist) and delicious food enable you to enjoy the best of both: top level, up to date ski coaching and a relaxed, holiday atmosphere. 

Dates:

9-16 February 2019

9-16 March 2019

Price:

18600 NOK

per person, based on a twin/double room share

Grade:

Intermediate to advanced. This course will suit cross country skiers with a good foundation of classic technique who want to enjoy a holiday and improve their skills. 

Group size:

Minimum 4, maximum 10

Course programme

Day 1. Arrival 

This evening we will meet at the hotel and have dinner together with the coaches. We will talk about the week ahead however we'll have a more detailed briefing over coffee the following morning. After a day of travelling this is an evening to meet everyone and settle into your week. Dinner times in Norway tend to be reasonably early and at Venabu the evening meal begins at 18.30.

Day 2. 

am. We'll meet after breakfast for our briefing before gathering in the ski waxing room to wax the skis and prepare for skiing.  This morning we'll have a short ski to help you find your ski legs and see where you are with your current skiing. 

pm. Understand and develop the foundations: good posture, balance and weight transfer through off snow exercises followed by on snow activity. 

16.00 Pilates-based movement awareness and recovery session to reaffirm your learning and prepare for the following day on your skis. 

Evening: Ewen will talk about ski waxing for cross country skiing: how it helps us and how to get it right. Ewen will aim to demystify what can sometimes seem to be a baffling aspect of nordic skiing. 

Day 3. 

am. Today we focus on the different techniques of classic skiing. During a ski tour we will break down the classic ski techniques and develop your understanding of the correct movement patterns. 

pm. Integrated exercises to improve your movement patterns in the different techniques.

16.00 Pilates-based movement awareness and recovery session.

Day 4. 

am. Building on yesterday’s experience we will use training and coaching of ski techniques indoors to refine your understanding and then transfer this outdoors onto skis. We will video the ski session. 

pm. Using video review we will identify the fundamental elements of your skiing for further development. Once we have created an action plan we will do further practice indoors and then a ski session to consolidate. 

16.00 Pilates-based movement awareness and recovery session.

Evening: Mindfulness for skiing. In this informal session Joy will introduce mindfulness, what it is (and isn't) and how it may help you to enjoy your skiing more.

Day 5.  Downhill skills. A change today as we take the time to focus on all aspects of cross country descent including the following techniques: step turns; plough and plough turning.

16.00 Pilates-based movement awareness and recovery session.

Day 6.  A long ski tour to enjoy and consolidate.

16.00 Pilates-based movement awareness and recovery session.

Evening: Ewen will host a session for anyone curious about ski racing. We find that clients who love their skiing are often curious about races such as the Birkebeiner so this is an opportunity to find out more and have your questions answered by an experienced coach. We will talk about the classic races, why you might want to take on such a challenge, where to start and how to begin preparing for your first race.

Day 7.  During the day we will accommodate what you wish to work on individually and create an action plan that will include your physical and mental training along with the technical skiing development. 

Day 8. Departure day

 

This itinerary may change to adapt to snow and weather conditions and to the needs of the group.

 

Although we don’t include skate skiing in this programme if you bring your own skate skis and would like a skate training session then we can include this in the programme.

Each day starts with a short ski waxing session to prepare our skis and there will be a short ski specific warm up to prepare ourselves: to tune in and enjoy the day on your skis. We will finish the ski day with recovery and stretching. 

Follow up session:

In the two months following your course we include an additional follow up session with the coaches. This could be feedback on a ski or rollerski video that you send us or a Skype session to discuss how your skiing and training have developed since the course, the choice is yours. Typically the session would be up to one hour long.

Your coaches:

Ewen Martin has been teaching skiing for 30 years: Alpine; Telemark; ski touring and Nordic where he is an International Ski Teacher. He also works as a trainer for BASI, teaching and assessing instructors. Ewen’s expertise and enthusiasm enable him to get the very best out of each skier he teaches.

Joy O’Flanagan is an experienced BASI Nordic Ski Instructor and movement specialist: a fully qualified physiotherapist and Pilates instructor. Also an International Mountain Leader, Joy is happiest out and about in the mountains and has been seen participating in ultramarathons. 

What’s included

• Expert ski and movement coaching on six days

• Follow up session to help your ongoing development after the course.

• A clear individual action plan to support your ski development

• ‘Mindfulness for skiing’ session

• Ski waxing talk to demystify what can be a puzzling aspect of cross country skiing.

• A session introducing ski racing for the curious.

• Seven nights accommodation on a three-quarter board basis: breakfast and dinner buffets, which are substantial! Plus a packed lunch made up at breakfast. Thermos filled with your choice of hot drink.

• Venabu’s renowned Norwegian Buffet served on Wednesday evening.

• Ski hire and ski waxing

• Transfers to and from Ringebu at the start and end of your stay.

Optional airport transfer: Oslo Gardermoen airport transfer for 480 NOK per person, one way. On Saturdays Venabu runs an airport bus. This leaves Oslo Gardermoen at 14h, meeting time 13.45h. For the return to the airport the bus leaves Venabu at 9am, it reaches the airport at 13h. Please contact us for details, the service must be booked ahead.

For more information on this course please contact Joy O'Flanagan:

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