21st Nov 2014

BASI CPD Course in Zermatt

It's always exciting to do those first turns of the season, and this year was no exception. Having recently returned from a climbing holiday on the Greek island of Kalymnos, it was quite an abrupt change going from climbing to skiing, sun to snow, and warm to cold.

In order to keep our BASI license valid we need to complete 3 days of Continued Professional Development every 3 years. BASI have designed a variety of new CPD modules, and this course combined 3 of those modules; teaching, technical and mountain safety.

I was a student on the course for the first 2 days and relished the opportunity to work on my own performance on piste. I then switched roles and was delivering the mountain safety module. There was a fantastic atmosphere amongst the groups, everyone striving to improve performance and learn from others.  I'd highly recommend this course to BASI members even if you don't need to do CPD just yet.

Snow conditions are excellent for the time of year.  There is far greater snow cover in Zermatt and Cervinia then there was at the same time last year.

This was also a great opportunity to try out my custom-made Jöttnar Bergelmir shell. First impressions were complete protection from the harsh environment, combined with the freedom of movement required when skiing.


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