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Beginners Snowboarding Course – Bardonecchia, Italy

TW Snowboarding Academy at Bardonecchia, Sauze d'Oulx and SestriereOur Beginners Snowboarding Course runs from a Sunday afternoon until Saturday evening, usually accommodated in one of our Hotels in Bardonecchia, a skiing resort right at the top of of Val Susa in Italy. Our courses run from Monday to Saturday being spent on the mountain ski areas of Campo Smith, Melezet and Jafferau in the resort of Bardonecchia, Italy. It offers the ideal opportunity to learn the sport in a relaxed and friendly coaching environment and make friends with your fellow students, our top-level Guides and Instuctors, and the professional snowboarders you may want to meet and socialise with.

It is our aim by the friday afternoon of each Beginners Snowboarding Course, to have each student confidently and safely descend a 4.7km run – and in their normal riding direction, link sets of basic and regular (heel and toe side) turns as they descend the mountain. Students will also descend the Boardercross Piste of the 2006 Olympic Games.

Coaching focus will be placed on the Fundamental Elements of Snowboarding, the BASI Central Theme and Snowboarding/Mountain Safety, with particular emphasis placed upon acquisition of skill. Although the course is primarily for beginners and those a bit rusty or returning to the sport, snowboarders of all skill levels are welcome on this course. Students who already ride/board, or make fast progress, are evaluated by skill level, and placed into appropriate groups. This ensures our student boarders are able to progress through at their own individual levels, ensuring every student gains the maximum performance and skill, whilst with us on the course. Skills are taught according to the British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI) and Scuola Sci Italiana (the Italian Ski Association) guidelines and criteria.

Tim WadeStudents will be introduced to some basic flatland freestyle tricks: riding switch, ollie, nollie, nose and tail slides, FS/BS nose rolls, FS/BS 180’s and jumped FS/BS 180’s – primarily to give you an insight of what is to come within the sport. You will also be guided though the 2006 Olympic Snowpark and Halfpipe ski areas and introduced visually to the different obstacles, rails, boxes and jumps (there is no need to try them).

Each evening after finishing on the slopes we usually discuss the day with a drink and some free local aperitivo (italian food usually buffet style) for a bit of Apres-ski. TW Snowboarding and FlowCasa have extensive local knowledge of the local area, attractions, events and functions – for example we are usually enjoying live music and very cheap wine on a Monday evening whilst all guests with other package companies are long back within their hotel rooms. Usually Saturday is left as a free day where students can make their own use of the Bardonecchia ski areas to practice and develop what they have learned across the previous 6 days. Some choose to visit and use another ski resort in the valley, maybe experience some of the other snowboarding culture the valley has to offer. Although this is what we encourage; some use the Saturday to take a sightseeing day in Turin or a Juventus football match prior to departure.

Courses are typically run in groups of up to 8 students, and we usually put groups in contact with each other by both our website and social networks prior to each course commencing, upon full payment of course fee. We find this allows our students to get to know each other somewhat before arriving, and very much makes introductions and familiarisations a lot more speedy on the earlier days – therefore we immediately get concentrating on the snowboarding.

Are you thinking of attending alone? Please do not worry! TW Snowboarding Academy courses and FlowCasa accommodations are designed with lone-travellers in mind. They are a great way to progress your snowboarding with friendly and knowledgable instructors and professional snowboarders, learning alone or in a small group with others of the same level… You will end the week staying with us, with a whole new bunch of snowboarder friends!

Accommodation is in a comfortable hotel. Usually in Italy, the Italians just take a coffee and a brioche (like a French croissant) for breakfast, but there are many cafes locally and on the mountain, a few offering what we call a “bad replica of an English breakfast” – we find it preferrable to eat well the night before, eat a toasted sandwich with a coffee, and join the Italians in waiting for lunch!

Monday to Saturday ski passes for all Bardonecchia ski areas are included in the course price, and will be issued shortly after arrival with us.

Hire of snowboard, bindings, boots and helmet for the duration of the course IS NOT included, and students are encouraged to use their own equipment (we can arrange board, bindings, boots and helmet hire through out own piste side outlet). Please DO NOT purchase any new equipment prior to departing to join us – through agreements with local outlets, you will likely find we can provide you with a better manufacture and quality at a surprisingly significantly reduced cost, once you arrive in resort with us.

Please contact us for latest prices, group discounts and availability for your chosen dates.

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