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All Mountain Snowboard Improvement CourseFernie, Canada - 3 Weeks

BC's Deep Powder

With three weeks of Nonstop snowboarding improvement coaching and guidance in Fernie, your riding ability will improve massively. Enjoy every inch of one of the best powder-heavy resorts in the world.

Who's it for?
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Resort

Fernie boasts the largest ski area and the longest vertical in the Canadian Rockies. It is well known for its light fluffy powder and consistently great conditions.

 

Partner that with exhillarating freeride terrain and there is no doubt that this is a dream destination for any snowboarder.

 

As well as an epic mountain resort, downtown Fernie is an awesome old Canadian mining town, with a relaxed and friendly vibe. There are numerous bars, shops and restaurants to keep you busy during your three week stay.

Coaching

It's very hard to really improve your skills and progress when you only ride for a week at a time. You find you will spend a lot of that week getting your stamina and technique back, then by the time you begin to really improve it's time to go home again!

 

With the three week snowboard improvement course, the focussed coaching means you push through the boundaries that have previously stood in your way.

 

We are experts at pushing snowboarders to new heights, and we can't wait to show you how to enjoy your newly improved skills! Our coaches love to guide you around their favourite spots on the hill - yes they do have the world's best job! 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 riding on pistes but dream of powering through powder? Our coaches will refine your technique and build your confidence before taking you to more testing terrain taking your riding to new levels.

 

Similarly the course is designed for snowboarders with off-piste experience that want to ramp it up a notch. Renowned for challenging terrain, steep slopes and deep snow, Fernie is the perfect environment to further develop your off-piste riding.

Groups

You’ll be grouped with riders who are of a similar ability and share similar goals. This creates the best coaching environment; progressing together and taking on terrain that pushes everyone.

 

To ensure that we can deliver multiple snowboard groups catering to different experience levels we sometimes combine riders 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

Inject more fun, adventure, and learning into your time:

 

  • First tracks: Ride the lifts with your pro: your own private mountain before sunrise.
  • Avalanche course: Gain insight into safe off-piste travel, avalanche types and formation, snow stability tests, and search & rescue techniques.
  • Cat boarding: Like heli boarding, but great value. Snowboard un-tracked powder, with a piste basher taking you to the top. Possibly the highlight of your year.
  • Technical Sessions: 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 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. 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, 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  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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