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Freestyle snowboarding in Banff

Pete+ | March 28th, 2012

While spending a week in Banff, I found it the quality of freestyle riding eye-opening. With amazing parks in all three of Banff’s local resorts (Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mount Norquay), there’s understandably a heavier focus on that area.

So I spent a while sat under the kickers of Lake Louise picking up the following shots. Many of the riders were on the Nonstop 11 week course and were absolutely killing it! Read more »

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Banff ski and snowboard instructor course comes to an end

Pete+ | March 27th, 2012

Time really flies! It seems like yesterday that everyone excitedly jetted out to Canada to start their courses, but already our 11 week Banff course has come to an end.

Norquay stair set

Mikey tackling the stair set at Mount Norquay

As well as making some really strong friendships, the Nonstoppers in Banff have really moved mountains with their technique (pardon the pun). I had the pleasure of riding with most of them in their last week Read more »

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A day riding Kicking Horse.

Pete+ | March 26th, 2012

Kicking Horse powder bowl

While visiting the 11 week instructor course in Banff, I was lucky enough to join  the trip to Kicking Horse. It has a reputation as one of Canada’s best steep and deep resorts, so I’ve wanted to visit for a long time, to see whether it lives up to its reputation.

 

It’s always hard to make solid opinions about a resort after such a short space of time, Read more »

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Snowboard performance camp diary – week 1

Pete+ | March 21st, 2012

Here’s an update from Becky after the first week of our 2 week snowboard performance camp in Fernie.

Apologies if this becomes a little overwrought with emotion, as I have a feeling this blog may turn out to be a love letter to Fernie.  When the opportunity cropped up to come on the Nonstop 2 Week Performance Camp in Fernie I was pretty excited but not as excited as I should have been…

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Banff instructor course diary – week 9

Pete+ | March 19th, 2012

Here’s an update from Sarah and Alex in week 9 of our Banff instructor course…

Monday

With only 2 weeks to go before Level 2 pressure was on to perfect our teaching and skiing technique and Mike, Charlie and Annie were definitely on the case. Leaving the meeting point at precisely 10:00 (leaving almost half the skiers behind who caught the late bus – naughty!) we warmed up and headed up to the top of Lake Louise to focus on our turning. Later, in the afternoon, we were really excited to find ourselves Read more »

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