Week 6 exam prep.
After a relaxing week end in punakaiki with some underworld caving, glow worm viewing, inflatable rafting, a train ride and some swimming in the sea or river we returned to Springfield for pre exam repetition and refining ski week.So what does week 6 hold for us, wedge turns, parallel turns, more wedge turns more parallel turns, mock teaching ski school teaching and time to get reacquainted with the platter and beginner slopes.The groomers have done a spectacular job of shifting what's left of the June snow dump around the mountain, and yes you regularly have the odd pebble or stone beneath your feet but now that's just normal.Wedge, wedge, wedge parallel parallel parallel repetition is key, you don't achieve them you don't progress. After what seems like a lifetime of doing a wedge turn you want to progress at least to a higher bit of the mountain for something different.Jase works tirelessly with each and every one of us perfecting the minor areas making those wedges and parallels perfect and some days there are people there longer than others - you know who you are, I'm sure it will all be worthwhile come 30th and we can like Jase once again.Thurs and we spiced things up a bit and wore our infamous red ski school jackets, pairing up and delivering our own 90 min lessons. The afternoons were then left for us to deliver our own area of a mock lesson to each other, exam mode once again. In the evenings we discussed any areas missed and bits to improve on. evening we had a treat from Darfield with a $10 Chinese buffet box -yum!
Week 7 NZSIA level 1 exam
morning arrives everyone has newly waxed skis from gnomes, the briefing is complete followed by an early night we are in exam mode. Up and out by we arrive at Porters with plenty of time to get ready. Matt and mark meet us for a daily brief, we hear about the coming week and specifically the plans for the day ahead.
We separate into our two groups with our exam scenarios to cover and some personal skiing up at T3. Personal skiing is first on the agenda and some challenging conditions make us work those edges and point that sternum to the downhill ski tip. A late lunch for some we resume on the beginner slope to continue those scenarios and work through the teaching model. (Repeat after me ISNLPGC and summary!)
Day 1 & 2 fly by with long days, late lunches, frantic scribbling or typing and we only have one teaching scenario to take in. Day 3 arrives as strong winds force a closed day on the hill. No need to panic we have been saved by donutland, everyone meets at in Springfield and we walk through the final teaching scenario. We use the afternoon to deliver our session to peers and pick our exam teach from the faithful envelope. Having had some tricky snow conditions early on in the week arrives with some fresh powder. Roughly 17 cms has fallen and a little white blanket is a sight for sore eyes. Having had our exam teaches the night before there is an eery silence in the bus for the ride up the mountain, either people are preparing, stressing or sleeping if your Harrison. The teaches start first thing and the last one is at , then it's time to ski. Off for some wedges on the platter and the snow conditions are considerably better than mon and tues. All that's left for are some final wedge turns and parallel carve turns until . With nothing left to do comes around quick and we sit anxiously chewing the fat in porters cafe, tick tock and its results time!! With a nervous look around the room the smiles say it all, all of the Craigieburners passed, PHEW!!! now its party time. A alcohol dash to Darfield bottlestore and we are set for the night. Always eventful the GNAR, Aspen extreme and ski shot rounds suitably loosen us up for the annual and obligatory naked donut run. What a night and epic 7 weeks, off to bed at knowing in a few hours it will be painful, bring on the next 5 weeks to Level 2.