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All Mountain Ski Improvement CourseFernie, Canada - 3 Weeks

Canada's Very Best

With three weeks of Nonstop ski tuition and guidance in Fernie, your skiing ability will improve massively, allowing you to truly enjoy every corner of one of the world's best powder-heavy resorts.

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Resort

Fernie has the largest ski area and the longest vertical in the Canadian Rockies and is famed for its powder and consistently good snow conditions. Combine that with exciting freeride terrain and there's no doubt that this is a dream ski destination.

 

On top of that, downtown Fernie is an amazing old Canadian mining town, with a really fun and friendly vibe. There are plenty of bars, shops and restaurants to keep you entertained when you're not skiing.

Coaching

It's very hard to progress when you only ski for one week at a time; you spend most of the week getting your stamina and skill back, then by the time you begin to make improvements it's time to head home again!

 

With our three week ski courses, the focussed instruction ensures that you push through the boundaries that have always stood in your way.

 

We are experts at taking skiers to new levels, and we love showing you how to enjoy your newly refined skills! Our coaches love to explore and will show you the very best terrain and snow on the mountain. One of your lessons will even start with 'First Tracks', getting the lifts with your group before they are open to the public so you can dive into the powder before anyone else. 

 

Confident on pistes but dream of effortlessly charging through powder? Our coaches will help refine your technique on groomed trails and build your confidence before taking you to more advanced terrain.

 

Similarly, the camp is designed for skiers with previous off-piste experience that want to develop to the next level. Famed for its challenging terrain, steep slopes and deep snow, Fernie is the perfect environment to develop your off-piste skiing.

 

Groups

On our camps you’ll be grouped with skiers who are of a similar ability and share similar goals. This means you can all progress together and tackle terrain that challenges everyone.

 

To ensure that we can deliver several ski groups each week catering to different experience levels we sometimes combine guests on one, two and three week camps together. Furthermore, we will combine a 1 week camp with a 2 week camp to provide as many 3 week options as possible. This works really well to ensure there is always a great social experience as well as well-matched ability groups.

Weekends & Activities

Make the most of the mountains with our extra activities...

 

  • First tracks: ride the lifts before they are open to the public. Your own private mountain before sunrise.
  • Avalanche course: learn about safe off-piste travel, avalanche types and formation, snow stability tests, and search & rescue techniques.
  • Cat skiing: like heli-skiing, but a fraction of the cost. Guided skiing of untracked powder, with a piste basher taking you to the top. Possibly the highlight of your year.
  • Technical sessions: weekly sessions covering ski tuning, stretching & injury prevention, the history of skiing, equipment advice, nutrition and more.
First Tracks
Snowbiking
Cat Skiing
Avalanche Training
Tech Sessions
Ice Hockey
Curling
Apres Ski
Accommodation

Our own hotel, the Red Tree Lodge, acts as the official hub of the course. On most course dates, we will also accommodate particpants at the nearby Best Western once the Red Tree capacity has been met.

 

There is the choice of shared or private rooms - regardless of whether you are travelling alone.  Rooms are spacious with queen sized beds, en suite bathrooms and widescreen TVs. Breakfats will be served at your hotel & inclusive evening meals are served at the Smokehouse, on site at the Red Tree Lodge. There are plenty more bars, restaurants and shops within a short walk.

 

Each morning we'll take you on a short bus ride to the mountain, where your skis are stored overnight, ready for an epic day on the slopes!

Typical Day Here's what a typical day in Fernie will involve. Now... imagine three weeks of this!
0730
Wake up to the sound of the ski patrol bombing the mountain because there's been a fresh dump of snow. Energise with breakfast.
0900
Ride up Timber Chair, pick your favourite line and lay down some fresh turns or cordruoy arcs. Ski freely as you warm up ahead of a big day.
1000
Meet your group and discuss the day's objectives. Your coach will find the best snow. Be prepared to learn, progress and have fun.
1200
You'll need to stop at some point. Reflect on a great morning and the wipe outs over lunch. Maybe try some Canadian poutine.
1300
Ski some more until your legs give up. Consolidate the skills you were working on in the morning with more mileage and drills.
1600
Share a jug of beer in the Griz with friends. Head back to the lodge for a hot tub. There might be a tech talk on ski maintenance or biomechanics.
1800
Relax over a well earned dinner as you swap stories from the day's adventures. Lots of chatter in anticipation of the next day.
2000
Head into downtown Fernie for a drink. Embrace Canadian life and cheer on the local ice hockey team. Or just kick back in the movie room.
Dates & Prices

What's Included

Professional Coaching +

You'll receive 20 hours coaching per week. Our full day coaching sessions are Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri, with Wednesdays and the weekends for free skiing, consolidating what you've learnt and other activities. The maximum group size is 7 people per pro but typically they are 6 or even smaller.

Accommodation +

You'll stay in the Red Tree Lodge, which has the following facilities:

Breakfasts - Seven Days Per Week +

You'll be treated to a hearty breakfast at the Red Tree Lodge seven days per week. Options include coffee/tea, juices, cereals, toast, pastries, yogurt, fruit, porridge oats, as well as hot items like eggs, beans, sausages, hash browns or bacon.

Dinners - Three Nights Per Week +

Enjoy a nutritionally balanced & fiilling three course meal at the Red Tree Lodge three evenings per week.

Lift Pass +

You'll be given a lift pass for the duration of your course.

Airport Transfers & Resort Transport +

If you arrive with the group flight (or land before), you can join the Nonstop transfer to the resort. All your transport within the resort is taken care of, just don't forget your gear.

24 Hour Hosting +

Your host will ensure your course runs smoothly. They'll be on hand 24/7 for a chat, laugh, or to solve any problems.

Video Analysis +

Throughout the program our coaches will make the most of technical video analysis to help with your development.

Technical Sessions +

You'll receive technical talks on subjects like biomechanics, looking after your gear, and injury prevention.

First Tracks +

Head out onto the slopes before the lifts are open to the public - your own private mountain. Could be cancelled in adverse weather. No one wants to rise early for poor conditions!

Weekly Socials +

Each week your host will organise team socials and après for all the group to get involved in.

Optional Cat Skiing +

Hop into your own private snow cat in the backcountry and experience powder like never before.

Optional Avalanche Safety Training +

Learn all you need to know to explore the backcountry.

Not Included +

These things are not included in the package:

Flights +
We can give you advice on the best flights to get.
Travel Insurance +
We can point you to insurance policies that previous clients have rated. Some offer discounts to Nonstop participants.
Ski Equipment +
It's best to buy your ski equipment when in resort, if you don't already have it. Our coaches will give you advice on the best skis to get, and you can get a Nonstop discount at some local shops.
Lunches & Weekend Meals +
Make your own or try out some of the local restaurants or resort options.
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