The ski season may be finished in the Portes du Soleil but there still seems to be plenty going on even though Alpine Learning Curves is dormant for the next few months.
Having just moved back to the UK last week, Joe headed up to London to represent BASI Telemark at a function hosted by The Skiers Trust – at the House of Lords no less!!
The Skiers Trust of Great Britain is responsible for promoting and funding all sorts of winter sports in the UK, which are unfortunately deemed a minority interest by our government. This is despite the success of indoor slopes in the UK and the fantastic results achieved at the recent Winter Olympics & Paralympics with these as the platform for many of the rising stars in the GB Snowsports arena.
It was a great opportunity to network with a wider circle of interested folk beside ski instruction. Besides hobnobbing with all sorts of sporting celebrities including Olympic Athletes of past & present, Joe was able to re-connect with a favourite charity, Snowcamp (skiing, snowboarding & life skills for young people).
Snowcamp help get kids interested in Snowsports who might never normally have the opportunity, mainly from the inner cities and low income families. Since Joe & I are both from traditional working class backgrounds and brought up on council estates this is a subject close to our hearts. A family holiday in the Alps is still an aspirational dream for many ordinary families meaning much of our grass roots talent is passed by.
Joe is hoping to run introductory telemark sessions at Hemel indoor slope on behalf of Snowcamp this August. Watch this space.
Meanwhile, the best news for the finish of a season, Ed has just completed his Telemark Level 3 technical and passed with flying colours! Well done Ed, no surprise really, what a great way to finish your European season and set yourself up for NZ!
Finally, a reminder that we will not be taking bookings for next year until September, after the school summer holidays.