Each year, the Club welcomes dozens of new Reps ready to serve the Club in resort and on the Club’s Freshtracks holidays. But it’s not as easy as being in the right place at the right time. In order to ensure the enjoyment of everyone skiing with a Club Reps, it is necessary for potential Reps to complete an interview and the Ski Club’s Mountain Safety and Leadership Course, which takes place in Tignes every November and December.
In the Autumn, you will be invited to interview with members of Club staff who liaise directly with Reps on a day to day basis. This is an informal interview, not so much a job interview but more like a discussion about your skiing experience, where you’ve skied previously, and your skiing ability.
This course will be the minimum requirement for anyone to act as a Ski Club Rep as part of our new in resort Rep service and on our extensive range of Ski Club Holidays. This course will again contains high-level instruction, avalanche safety training and leadership skills development – all led by our expert team out in resort. As in previous years the course is available for anyone of the Purple Ski Club ski standard and above. Please note if you have already passed the previous Reps course you do not need to attend this course and you are already qualified to act as a Rep, although may need to complete refresher and first aid courses from time to time as required.
The 2023 Mountain Safety and Leadership Course will take place in Tignes between 27 November and 9 December. For interest and enquiries please contact the On-Snow Services Department here.
There are four elements to the course, each of which will be assessed at the end of the course to make sure you reach the required standard.
This technical module will explore ski and snowboard performance. Using BASI trainers we will introduce modern ski performance techniques as well as introducing kit and equipment and how it affects our ski performance. The module will be delivered over two days on snow.
Day 1 – On Snow
Objective – To introduce correct ski/snowboard performance.
Day 2 – Training and Development
Objective – To introduce personal skiing/snowboarding performance assessment and training
This module will aim to introduce candidates to what makes a great Ski Club Rep. It will look at different approaches to group management in all aspects of life and how we can bring that experience to the slopes. It will explore industry standard techniques on effective and safe group management with a mixture of off and on snow sessions throughout the two weeks.
We’ll start by looking at what makes a great rep, before moving on to looking at creating a team and how the rep impacts this process, how we can communicate better and how to manage and control groups.
This on-snow module will look at effective leading and group management in variable and off piste terrain. It will explore the considerations we must make when travelling in off piste terrain, what equipment is needed when skiing away from the piste and how to ensure your group are safe.
The final module will take place at the end of the course and will teach best practice avalanche rescue technique. It will introduce candidates to correct accident procedure in the event of an avalanche and use practical exercises to assess candidates in effective rescue scenarios.
The level 1 American Avalanche Association Avalanche Safety Course will make up the main body of this module with an additional day on burial scenarios and effective rescue. It will be delivered on snow over three days, including a theoretical morning/evening session indoors.
If the following applies to you, why not become a Ski Club Rep and share you love of the mountains with others?