No snow? No season? No problem!
At the time of writing, the world is in pandemic lockdown. We are all confined to our homes and gardens, doing our bit to keep each other and everyone else safe and well, and relieving the pressure on our emergency services, which are currently battling the deadliest outbreak of Covid-19.
Many dreams of holidays or seasonal work have been dashed, but don’t worry! If you’re keen to get back out on the slopes, our guest blogger Simon ‘Cookie’ Cook is on hand to show you that you don’t need snow, slopes, mountains or much to get training and to improve your skiing!
The time will come when we are allowed to roam free again! Read on and let Cookie’s experience and skills inspire you and you will be ready when we are let loose again!
Over to you Cookie…….
Jumping like this is great for everyone – all abilities, experience and skiing goals.
Doing this on snow would be best of course, but stuck in the back garden, car park or even a living room will still work too.
Start without wearing skis to get used to the movements, but work up to doing it with skis on.
*Budding freestylers need to be able to jump 180 as the basic first trick.
*Keen free-riders wanting to explore further off piste need a quick turn in. their tool box for tough, tight couloirs or spots you haven’t got room to turn normally.
*Even beginners and intermediates just wanting to cruise some pistes can work on agility, flexibility and all round confidence on skis by playing around like in this video.
*The same training can also be done on a snowboard too!
Make sure you practice jumping both ways – everyone has a preference but learn both!
For more inspiration on living the seasonaire dream, follow Cookie on Instagram!
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My life couldn’t be more active! As a full-time instructor, coach & trainer, I thrive seeing others enjoy sports as much as I do.
My passions are windsurfing, skiing and snowboarding, and I love trying to inspire people to get active through social channels (and some polite peer pressure of course!).
I’m into all kinds of sports – basically anything that gets me outside and moving!
A particular love is speed-riding – like low-level parachuting with skis on, high speed skimming across the snow.
Find me a sport I haven’t tried and I’d love to give it a go!
My seasonal journey began straight from college, and is now split into two seasons.
Through the winter I live in Alpe d’Huez, working as ski and snowboard instructor and off-piste guide for the local ESF school. I teach everything from beginners to advanced and off-piste on both skis and a board. I started winters with the simple love of being in the mountain and riding.
I have done a wide mix of jobs over the years that allowed me to ski and board a lot – bars, hotels, chalets, repping and operations management. It’s amazing the people you meet through the years and opportunities that arise.
My skills were improving over the seasons, particularly in back-country and off-piste. I then became friends with the director of a local ski school while in the ski resort Flaine, who encouraged me to work for him the following year, to train and become an instructor with his school. The rest, as they say, is history (thanks again Theo!).
Through my winter life I’ve also been lucky enough to hook up with a number of brands as a sponsored athlete and brand ambassador. Huge thanks to Whitedot Ski, Planks Clothing, Cassette Optics and OLFI action-cameras for all your help and support.
The summer sees me working as a Resort Manager for Neilson Holidays. I’ve worked summers with them since 2006, across Turkey, Egypt and Greece in a variety of roles, leading me to now head up the operations in one of our Beach Club resorts. Our centres include windsurfing, sailing, stand-up paddling, biking, tennis, fitness, waterskiing & wakeboarding, and kids clubs. The last few summers I’ve been in the Cosmos Hotel, Vassiliki, a mecca for watersports with some epic biking and fitness facilities available too!
If anyone is looking for advice or to chat through options for work and overseas life, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or via my Instagram feed at @cookiesport