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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!

  • by Charlotte Dawson

    2017/18 Dates & Prices + early bird offer

    We have finalised our dates and prices for next winter (2017/18).

    It’s time to book now to secure the lowest price.

    We have seen a significant increase in costs, not helped by the current volatility in exchange rates so our course prices have had to go up 🙁

    That said we would like to offer you an unbeatable early bird deal 🙂
    Book now for next winter at this season’s prices.

    Our course prices will be increasing on 31 December 2016 so book before the price rise to take advantage of this amazing offer, which we will not match again. Join those clever enough to book now at this season’s prices for next winter and enjoy a BIG saving!

    Most importantly, once it’s in the diary you can start getting excited about the ultimate winter on the slopes!

    Full payment is split into two invoices and is not required until June and October or we can set up a payment plan to suit you. Just get in contact and we will happily sort out a plan to suit you.

    Dates and prices 17/18 winter season
    Intensive Training 7th Jan – 3rd Feb 2018 – £3,895
    Ultimate Experience 7th Jan – 16th March 2018 – £7,985

    Dates are flexible; please call us to see if your preferred dates are possible.
    An additional £250 registration fee is due upon registration to fully secure your place.

    Any questions, please drop us an email or give us a call – we’re here to help!

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  • by Charlotte Dawson

    Pools are open for Canadian IEC working holiday visas 2017

    If you are hoping to qualify and work as an instructor next winter season you will need a work visa and the application process for 2017 has just opened.

    Please note: you do not need a work visa to do any of our courses but if you would like to go on and work as an instructor in Canada afterwards you will need one – most likely the International Experience Canada (IEC) Working Holiday Visa.

    Demand for these visas is high so we advise you to submit your profile now to ensure the best chance of getting one.

    You apply for your IEC visa through the Canadian High commission but please do contact us for information to help guide you through the process.

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