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  • by Charlotte Dawson

    A day at the Snow Polo

    Gappers had an amazing opportunity to watch Snow Polo as Mont Tremblant were hosting the prestigious event for a third consecutive year this winter.

    The Snow Polo tradition started in St Moritz, Swtizerland and is now being held in only 4 other premium ski resorts around the world, Tremblant being one of them! This was a great chance for gappers to enjoy such a unique experience.

    Snow Polo is a team sport played on horseback, with each team consisting of 3 players. The players on their harnessed horses score points by hitting the ball between the goal posts using a long-handled mallet.

    The game is fast paced – the horses can run up to 40 km per hour!

    The Snow Polo is a variation of the paddock polo – being on ice, horses are equipped with special shoes to stop the snow building up and two studs are fitted to both front and rear shoes to add traction. A red leather ball is also used for better visibility.

    Playing for the Ralph Lauren blue team was Nacho Figueras, star athlete and supermodel. Hailed as the David Beckham of this equestrian sport, it was great to watch a polo icon in action – he also provided some eye candy for the girls!

    We hope Mont Tremblant Snow Polo, the glamour event of the winter, will be back again next year so gappers can continue to enjoy such a great experience.

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  • by Charlotte Dawson

    Weekend Trip to Ottawa, Canada’s Capital City

    Last weekend we had an unforgettable trip to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, which overlooks the majestic Ottawa river.

    On arrival the students headed straight to the shopping centre and the famous Byward Market in the heart of downtown Ottawa for some much needed retail therapy!

    Due to the abnormally warm weather for February we were unable to ice skate the entire length of the Rideau Canal (normally a 5 mile skate with rest points serving hot chocolate along the way). However, there were plenty of other activities to get stuck into – some opted for a civilised evening at the theatre while others rushed off to play a round of glow-in-the-dark mini golf, followed by arcade games!

    Don’t think I’ve mentioned yet that Ottawa is considered one of the world’s most haunted cities, so tucking up for a night’s stay in the most unique hostel – the Jail, really set the tone!

    Jail cell 802 for one of our gappers!
    Gappers being held in the stocks!

    After a haunted night’s sleep and a guided tour of the former prison which included some gruesome and truly incredible stories we headed out to explore the many art galleries and museums Ottawa has to offer. We couldn’t miss a visit to the spectacular government buildings. The neo-Gothic structures of Parliament Hill are remarkable and very reminiscent of the houses of parliament in the UK – making many of the gappers feel at home!

    Parliament Hill - home of Canadian democracy

    A great road trip combining a taste of Canadian culture and an unforgettable stay in jail!

    Join us next year on our Ultimate Experience ski or snowboard course to enjoy a weekend trip to explore Ottawa.

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  • by Charlotte Dawson

    Weekend Trip to Quebec City

    Our weekend trip to Quebec City is definitely a highlight for our gappers!

    After an initial reccy of the nearby area (we stay in the beautiful old town of Quebec City) and a food refuel of pizza, the gappers headed to Valcartier – the largest winter playground for some gravity defying experiences!

    With snow slides galore to choose from, gappers particularly enjoyed snow rafting and the ultimate night tubing run – Everest!  Being dropped down a near vertical ice run in a rubber ring produced some blood curdling screams!  And that was just from the photographer…

    The adrenaline fuelled evening ended with a much needed drink at the Hôtel de Glace – an amazing snow structure with sparkling ice sculptures, dazzling decor and an ice bar serving drinks in handmade ice glasses!

    Hôtel de Glace
    An intricately carved alcove in the Hôtel de Glace
    Enjoying drinks from the ice bar!

    The next morning was Carnival time! Gappers headed out to experience the biggest Winter Carnival in North America with ice skating and tobogganing or simply a wander around the Ice Palace to watch the parade.

    Some gappers visited the Montmorency Falls, a massive waterfall, which in winter is breath taking. In the cold weather, the splashes from the waterfall freeze and end up forming the famous ‘Pain de Sucre’ (Sugar Loaf), an impressive cone of ice at the base.

    Montmorency Falls: 83m of frozen waterfall!

    After an action packed day, the gappers explored some of Quebec City’s nightlife, sampling some of the local bars (the favourite being an authentic Irish Pub!) and ending up in the castle-themed Dagobert nightclub.

    After a not so early start to the final day, students wandered the streets of the historically fascinating city of Quebec, picking up some last minute gifts and souvenirs before heading home to Tremblant.

     

    Château Frontenac - the most prominent building in Quebec City's skyline
    Parliament Building in Quebec City

    Always a fun trip!

    All our weekend trips are included on our Ultimate Experience ski and snowboard courses – if you would like to join us, please do not hesitate to get in touch to find out more about Ski le Gap and what our courses have to offer.

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  • by Charlotte Dawson

    Ski Patrol Training

    Being a ski patroller is one of the most satisfying jobs on the mountain. Not only is it hugely rewarding when you help save a life but you also get to see some of the most amazing sunrises and sunsets while opening and closing the mountain.

    Ski Patroller opening the mounatin
    Beautiful sky during sunset

    Mont Tremblant is one of the most beautiful national parks – a vast terrain of rolling hills covered in snow! After many years of sweeping the mountain, Maurice (Head Patroller for Tremblant) is still not bored of what he describes as ‘the most amazing landscapes imaginable’. As a privilege to Ski le Gap students, the gappers can witness these sights for themselves while helping the Ski Patrol squad.

    You only get photos like this if you are first on the mountain!

    On top of this, our students do a Mountain First Response course to learn some of the skills and practical experience necessary to respond to an emergency situation on the slopes. The course focuses on mountain safety, how to prevent the risks inherent to alpine sports and what to do in an accident/rescue situation.

    After a morning in the classroom, the gappers move onto the slopes to put their newly learnt theory into practice, becoming a pisteur for the day. A simulated accident gives them the opportunity to strap their friends into the toboggan (Canadian term for blood wagon) and get them safely off the mountain. Driving a toboggan is easier said than done – as is getting it onto a chair lift!

    Toboggan training
    Practice using the backboard and vacuum mat
    Learning how to drive a toboggan

    All gappers completed the course and now have an understanding of how to provide first aid at the scene of an accident in the absence of professional medical help. They can confidently be mountain ‘Good Samaritans’ and have another certificate to add to their name with the completion of the day course in mountain first aid – a great addition to their general knowledge and CV!

    Gappers in training
    This course includes a certificate - a good addition to your CV!

    Our Mountain First Response (first aid on the mountain) course is included on our Intensive Training and Ultimate Experience courses.

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  • by Charlotte Dawson

    100% PASS RATE FOR CSIA LEVEL 1

    It has been a tense few days as the students have been preparing to take their CSIA Level 1 exam.

    But our 100% pass rate has been maintained as all the students passed with flying colours! Massive congratulations to all our gappers!

    CSIA’s newest Level 1 ski instructors!

    The examiners were hugely impressed with the level of training and preparation of the Ski le Gap students going into the exam. This is unsurprising as they receive coaching from our top level instructors (they all have the highest certification) 5 days a week.

    No rest for the wicked – the students are back on the mountain (impressive after a lot of celebrations) to work towards their CSIA Level 2.

    An extended congratulation to those with work visas, as they have all been offered jobs as ski instructors at Mont Tremblant for the rest of this winter. We know you will do Ski le Gap proud!

    Good luck and congratulations to all our students on passing their CSIA Level 1. They can now say they are ski instructors…pretty impressive!