Insider information on the ski & snowboard industry and our ski and snowboard instructor courses.

A season in Banff becoming an instructor

Pete+ | May 31st, 2011

The following blog from Max Murley is a great insight into spending a season in Banff on a ski or snowboard instructor course. If you’ve got any doubts about whether it’s a good idea, read on…

If you’re looking to do an instructor course and have got this far, don’t leave this website… it would be the worst decision you’ve ever made!

After endless nights comparing instructor courses I finally chose to go with Nonstop; it was the best decision of my life. The next choice I made was to do my course in Banff; the second best decision of my life. Read more »

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A video season in Canada

Pete+ | May 5th, 2011

As well as winning our ’10/’11 NONSTOP photo competition with the shot below, Ross Fairgrieve has proved to be a bit of a dab hand with a head-cam. Check out his “Where Next Photography” blog here for a great insight into our Canadian Snow Safari and a season in Canada. Read more »

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Last cat skiing day of the season

Pete+ | April 11th, 2011

This year we’ve had a over 100 people on NONSTOP courses going on cat skiing / cat boarding days and, without fail, it has become one of the highlight of their season. The latest group to go out was from our late-season 3 week ski and snowboard instructor course. Although in April, you can see from the pictures below that there was still a lot of snow falling!  Here’s the accounts of one of our trainee instructors:

Just had my first experience of CAT boarding and as the locals in Fernie would say it was ‘awesome’. I’ve boarded in powder before but never experienced anything like this. Read more »

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Fernie’s amazing late season snow pack

Pete+ | April 8th, 2011

Fernie is still seeing epic conditions this late in the season, and we reckon it’s got to have one of the best snow packs in the world right now, with a base of over 4m. For April, that’s pretty good going! Here’s how it compares to the snow packs in the upper elevations of some of the other Canadian resorts:

Fernie 434cm

Marmot Basin 135cm

Big White 323cm

Whistler 352cm Read more »

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Learning to ski powder on our 2 week camp

Pete+ | April 6th, 2011

Our Canadian NONSTOP courses are now wrapping up for the season and one of the last to run was our 2-Week Development & Performance Camp. True to form, conditions are still great out in Fernie! Here’s how Steve Farmer got on…

So this is the year that I hit 40 and decided to head to Fernie to improve my powder skiing! On arrival we were met by Jenny the NONSTOP host, who showed us around the Red Tree Lodge. The accommodation was excellent, with large clean rooms with en suite bathrooms. To keep the cost down I had opted to share, but there was still plenty of room. The next Read more »

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