Children Ski Courses in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Dolomites UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site
My Powder Club is a special ski course I conceived years ago bearing in mind the specific needs of children approaching the world of alpine skiing and backcountry skiing and the fusion between the most modern and the established skiing techinques in order to offer to my little Customers an excellent series of ski lessons which are useful, interesting and amusing at the same time; the main aim of my Powder Club is to teach my little students how to ski in the best way in every snow situation, both on ski slopes as well as off-piste, and how to do it in complete safety under my constant supervision. Powder Club is a way to inspire children and to grow their confidence in their own skiing abilities, as well as to teach them to respect mountain and to how to face possible dangers, turning them into expert skiers.
The ideal setting of my Powder Club ski courses is the 5 Torri ski area in Cortina d’Ampezzo (Dolomiti SuperSki) where I work as a professional Ski Instructor for the greatest part of the winter season, but I can arrange this ski course all over the Alps and even further; as a young and daring skier, I have faced a lot of different situations all over the world (in my career I had the occasion to ski in Japan, Norway, Austria, France, Switzerland, Sweden and other countries) alone and with my customers, and I dare saying I can have complete control over my students in every situation. The Powder Club ski course is addressed ideally to children between the age of 10 and 17 years old, but I can arrange them also for younger skiers or older customers, so feel free to contact me for different needs or just for additional information.
POWDER CLUB SKI COURSES | DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE
My Powder Club is something I offer for years now, a specific ski course for children which I have studied and perfected all over my career bearing in mind all the different needs of children. Since we’re taliking about a targeted and tailor-made ski course, my students can be no more than 8 per course; this means that places are limited. For information about my calender, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Being a professional and qualified Ski Instructor with a great experience and illustrious customers, I consider myself responsible for the safety of my students and when I teach I always focus on maintaining the utmost level of safety and control. If my customers are good at skiing and if they ask me for something which can be challenging or even dangerous (like heliskiing or high-altitude expeditions), I choose always to be accompanied by a professional Mountain Guide, as also require by law in Italy.
In addition to regular skiing lessons, both on the groomed slopes as well as on off-piste grounds, I usually take my students to the nearest snowpark for a freestyle day; this helps young skiers to gain confidence with jumps and speed, focusing on precision while skiing. Of course, I always bear in mind the specific skills of every student, so that to assure in every situation safety and fun for the participants.
Participants to the Powder Club will be provided with a Safety Backpack containing safety equipment, the same required by law in the European Union for ski mountaineering: ARTVA Avalnance Transceiver, shovel and probe; I can provide my students also with specific equiment for every lesson, as twin-tip skis and helmets, for instance.
THE WEEK | AN AMAZING SKI EXPERIENCE
My Powder Club is a week of high-level skiing improvement; I usually follow a program based on my needs as a ski instuctor determined to achieve specific teaching goals, but this structure can vary according to my students’ needs or as a consequence of unfavorable weather conditions. Here below I explain how one of my Powder Club ski courses can be, but only by way of example.
Day 1. On the first day of our Powder Club we will introduce ourselves and talk briefly about skiing skills, previous experiences on the snow and aims of these lessons; then I will present to the participants the week program. Each student will get the course materials (like twin-tip skiis and Safety Backpacks) and I will explain them the correct use of the equipment. Then we will start with the practical lesson on the closest ski slopes and off-piste tracks.
Day 2. On the second day we will travel to a previously agreed ski resort (I usually give my students two or three options among which to choose, always taking weather forecasts and snow conditions into account); this will be the occasion for the first backcountry skiing approach and the training ground for the correct use of the safety device.
Day 3. The third day of my Powder Clud ski course we will face some nice backcountry sking slopes; the whole day will be calibrated to the average skiing level of the students and under my constant supervision.
Day 4. For the fourth day I usually like to take my students on the slopes of another ski area among the available in the nearby area; when I’m in Cortina d’Ampezzo, I usually choose the slopes of Alleghe (Civetta), Armentarola (Alta Badia) or Marmolada (Arabba-Marmolada), all of which are included in the Dolomiti SuperSki area, a brand that guarantees excellent conditions of the slopes thanks to a strict criteria of quality and usability, also to see how my students feel on different slopes. This is furthermore a very good occasion to show my students other parts of the Dolomites UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.
Day 5. On the fifth day, I usually go technical with a lesson focused on skiing technique and skills improvement; after four days of observation, I have a pretty good idea of how good are my students at skiing, as well as I have the occasion to work specifically on the mistakes or weaknesses in techinque every single student has. My favourite settings for this training session are Faloria, Tofana or 5 Torri (Cortina d’Ampezzo – Dolomiti Superski), but of course the setting depends on where we are based.
Day 6. On the sixth day, we usually study together the basics of racing and then we have a small race with the participation of every student involved in my Powder Club. Racing is amusing and it is something that kids and teens are very good at, as well as it is an excellent occasion to grow confidence and determination.
Day 7. The last day is always a special one: we take a ride together to a ski area in the surroundings or, if snow conditions are excellent, an off-piste day. This last day helps me to make sure of the improvement of my students’ skiing skills and give me the occasion to enhance the correct sequence of their movements while skiing. This is also a lesson dedicated to relaxation and having fun, because I think fun is an extraordinary didactic resouce in dealing with my young students.
A regular day of lesson has usually this time table: meeting at 08:30, at 09:15 beginning of the lesson, at 16:00 lesson end and transfer to the hotel (or another place according to the parents’ needs).