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All Mountain Snowboard Improvement CourseFernie, Canada - 1 Week

Discover More Of The Mountain

Bust through barriers in your snowboarding technique, whilst riding the very best terrain. Don't waste precious time tracking down the best areas of the mountain, let our highly qualified team of coaches take you there from day one.

Who's it for?
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Resort

Fernie Alpine Resort's consistent snow record and thrilling terrain make it the ideal place to enjoy a one week vacation. Although once you're here you might not want to leave!

 

Rolling Stone magazine named it "North America's Coolest Town" and that infectious vibe spills onto the mountain.

 

48cm of snow falls in Fernie per week on average, meaning there are a crazy amount of powder days. Just the size and availability of terrain to suit all standards of snowboarders takes your breath away. It has more trails and a higher vertical than anywhere else in the Canadian Rockies.

 

Coaching

Exploring a resort on your own can be fun, and so is joining ski school in resort, but there is so much more you can enjoy.

 

Our coaches aren't the typical ski school instructors. We only select the most experienced and highly qualified snowboard pros who will increase your confidence across the whole mountain.

 

They train riders of every skill level and spend a load of their time actually teaching other instructors! There really is nobody better equipped to guide you around this legendary alpine resort.

 

Not only will they take you straight to the sweetest spots on the hill from day one, they will also give you tips, drills and feedback that will improve your technique and broaden your horizons.

Groups

You’ll be grouped with people of similar ability with similar goals to ensure we get the most progression out of you. Whatever your focus, our coaches will help you achieve your goals.

 

For intermediate snowboarders who are confident on groomed runs, our improvement camps will help take your technique to the next level. Our coaches will work on developing all elements of your technique on groomed trails, before moving onto more advanced terrain to test yourself.

 

Experienced riders may wish to push themselves in more difficult terrain. On our off-piste camps we won’t waste any time in taking you to the best parts of the mountain and our coaches will help refine your high-end technique in Fernie’s legendary terrain and powder.

Weekends & Activities

More mountain adventures...

 

  • First tracks: Heading out before the lifts are open to the public - your own private mountain and some great photo opportunities.
  • Cat boarding: Like heli-boarding, but a fraction of the cost. A full day of untracked powder in the company of guides, with a piste basher taking you to the top. Possibly the highlight of your year.
  • Socials: Give you a flavour Canadian mountain life with activities such as curling and ice hockey.
  • Technical sessions: With everything from board tuning, stretching & injury prevention, the history of snowboarding, equipment advice, nutrition and more.
Apres Ski
Tech Sessions
Cat Boarding
First Tracks
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 snowboard is stored overnight, ready for an epic day on the slopes!

Typical Day Here's what a typical coaching day in Fernie will involve. At the weekends, free ride and consolidate your skills, or explore and rest.
0700
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. Ride 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
Ride 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 board maintenance or biomechanics.
1800
Relax over a well earned dinner as you swap stories from the day's adventures with your snowboard buddies. 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 and be able to enjoy all its facilities, including:

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, hash browns, sausages, beans or bacon.

Dinners - Three Nights Per Week +

Enjoy a three course meal at the Red Tree Lodge three evenings a week. A soup and salad buffet will get you started, followed by healthy and filling main courses such as lasagne, chicken, roasts etc. before a well earned desert.

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 +

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

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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