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All Mountain Snowboard Improvement CourseFernie, Canada - 2 Weeks

Ride Powder With Confidence

Achieve more than you believed was possible with two weeks of expert coaching from the best in the business. Tackle challenging terrain with new found confidence in just a fortnight.

Who's it for?
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Resort

Fernie has a legendary status in Canada, and it's deserved! Not only does the resort have the longest vertical and largest ski area in the Canadian Rockies, but it also boasts five huge bowls offering some of the most exhilarating and varied off-piste terrain in the world. All this is within patrolled boundaries, giving you a perfect location to really improve your snowboarding skills.

 

The resort also has a great variation of groomed runs for those who are not yet ready to jump straight into the powder, so there truly is something for everyone.

 

Coaching

Fernie is irresistible for some of the world's best snowboard coaches, many have now made this awesome town their permanent home.

 

We are fortunate enough to recruit the very best to work on our programs - what our snowboard instructors don't know isn't worth knowing!

 

Over the two week snowboard improvement camp you will benefit from their collective decades of experience, as they support you to master the basics or refine your high-end all-mountain skills. 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.

Groups

You’ll be grouped with snowboarders of similar ability and similar goals so you can all improve together and tackle terrain that pushes you all.

 

Confident on groomed runs but feel restricted by your technique and dream cruising through powder, our improvement camps will take your riding to the next level. Our coaches will work closely with you, building your confidence and ability so you can tackle more advanced terrain.

 

Fernie is famed for its challenging terrain and deep powder. On our off-piste camps you’ll be taken to the most challenging parts of the mountain and work on building your technique in the steep and deep. Perfect for snowboarders with off-piste experience that want to push themselves.

Weekends & Activities

Inject even more fun and adventure into your time:

 

  • First tracks: Start your lesson with our pros with the slopes all to yourselves. A great sunrise photo opportunity!
  • Avalanche course: This 1 day course teaches safe off-piste travel, avalanche types and formation, snow stability tests, and search & rescue techniques.
  • Cat boarding: Like heli-boarding, but a fraction of the cost. A full day riding untracked powder in the company of guides, with a piste basher taking you to the top. Possibly the highlight of your year.
  • Technical sessions: Get the most out of your snowboarding, with sessions covering board tuning, stretching & injury prevention, the history of snowboarding, equipment advice, nutrition and more.
First Tracks
Snowbiking
Cat Boarding
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 snowboard is stored overnight, ready for an epic day on the slopes!

Typical Day Here's what a typical day in Fernie will involve. Now... imagine two 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. 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. 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 +

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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