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  • by Charlotte Dawson

    A Level results: more to life!

    Done better than expected? Grades fell short? Considering deferring your offer until next year?

    For those of you collecting A Level results today, I wish you the best of luck.

    It is a stressful day. It is probably the most nerve wracking day of one’s academic career thus far; the culmination of 14 years of study and seemingly endless exams. Not to mention the feeling that one’s success in life depends entirely on getting top grades. I was certainly made to feel this way.

    If you missed out on the results you wanted, it is not the end of the world. I know you’ll probably hear that a thousand times today but honestly, you might no longer be on the path you planned, but you could be on a better one.

    I was unexpectedly forced to take a gap year before university and in hindsight it changed my life, and the lives of many others I know.

    There are many different routes to a fruitful future. A gap year to digest your results and re-evaluate what you want to do with your future could be the answer.

    Don’t just take my word for it, there is an impressive list of successful people who got rubbish A Levels or worse still, got kicked out before their exams!

    Sir Richard Branson, one of Britain’s most successful entrepreneurs and whose daughter did a course with Ski le Gap (I couldn’t resist mentioning that!), is a massive advocate of the fact that grades are not the be all and end all.

    He encourages students to ‘get out in the world, travel, meet new people, enjoy experiences and try new things’ to find out what it is you want to do in life. A gap year is the perfect opportunity to do this.

    As long as you make the most of your time, “recruiters look favourably upon graduates who have taken gap years”, explains Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters.

    If you are thinking of taking some time out, we are the original provider of ski and snowboard courses specifically designed with gap years in mind. Established in 1994, our aim is to provide young people with the ultimate gap year experience, who are well prepared and ready to take on the world of work or further education.

    Now to quote Steve Jobs: ‘your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do’. So, if you love skiing or snowboarding, you really should consider one of our constructive gap year courses that have been designed with stand out features to help enhance future career prospects in the snow sports industry or any field for that matter. As well as being great fun!

    Perhaps you did better than expected, maybe you fell short – either way I encourage you to consider taking a gap year. Listen to Sir Richard Branson and Steve Jobs and do things you enjoy – explore the world, visit new places, experience new cultures, gain life experiences and above all have fun!

    A well-planned, productive year out encompassing things you enjoy can help launch your career in the right direction. My suggestion: become a ski or snowboard pro!

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  • by Charlotte Dawson

    Meet course advisor Charlotte

    Put a face to a name and meet me: Charlotte!

    I started skiing when I was 3 years old as we were living in Canada and lucky enough to have the mountains on our doorstep. When we moved back to the UK, I found every excuse to get back on the slopes – school ski trips initially and then working a winter season as a ski rep and chalet host before heading off to university.

    To anyone thinking of becoming a chalet host – don’t be fooled, it is extremely hard work! I blame the film Chalet Girl for making it seem like the most glamorous way to spend a winter season – it’s not (tried and tested)! Think about becoming a ski instructor instead. Gaining an internationally recognised teaching qualification is CV enhancing – it gives you communication and leadership skills and boosts your self-confidence. And let’s face it, when you can say you’re a ski or snowboard pro, it sounds impressive!

    After completing my degree followed by a couple of years in London, the lure of mountain life was too much to resist and I am now working full time with Ski le Gap.

    As a course advisor, I am here to help! Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you would like to know more about any of our ski and snowboard instructor and improvement courses. Or about life in the mountains generally – which you can’t beat.

    If you’re dreaming about spending time in the mountains – don’t hesitate, get in touch now and make it a reality! You will have an epic winter with Ski le Gap.

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  • by Charlotte Dawson

    10 Reasons Why You’ll Love Mont Tremblant


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    Introducing a truly charming, winter wonderland resort in Canada where gappers are treated like VIPs!

    1. It’s Canada!

    If you have been to Canada before, you will agree with me! If not, you must come and explore this beautiful and hugely welcoming country. Most gappers, once they’ve been with us for a season, never want to leave! I’m sure you will have as much fun and love it here too!

    2. #1 Resort

    As the original training company, we got the first pick of resorts and chose this one! Voted the number 1 resort in Eastern North America for the past 19 years, Mont Tremblant is world class. It has excellent terrain and the village is a bustling resort – packed with boutique shops, bars, cafes and clubs. Come and experience the ‘joie de vivre’ of this exciting French-Canadian mountain village.

    3. Great snow

    Canada is famous for frequent dumps of snow, quiet pistes and great grooming. Tremblant is no exception! Renowned for its excellent snowmaking abilities – so even if (dare I say) it’s a bad year, there is still plenty of snow for you to enjoy the slopes.

    4. It’s a Winter Wonderland

    Tremblant is the most picturesque resort; often referred to as a Winter Wonderland thanks to the huge amount of winter activities it has on offer. Join us and enjoy an experience like no other! Learn to build an igloo, try snowshoeing before warming up by a roaring fire, stargazing the night away!

    5. Treated like VIPs

    We are the only people allowed to operate on the mountain with our own instructors, aside from the Tremblant snow school (for obvious reasons!). Therefore, if you are participating on one of our courses, you are treated like VIPs. You’ll know everyone from the lift attendants to the bar staff. This is just another charm of being in a smaller resort!

    6. Laid back, super friendly locals

    Canadians are friendly, fun loving people. In Tremblant, the locals will make you feel at home and are more than willing to offer a helping hand or enjoy a well deserved après ski beer with you! The laid back Canadian vibe makes for an amazing atmosphere in resort.

    7. Top nightlife and après-ski

    The resort has a vibrant nightlife and après ski scene. This is especially true during the weekends when young crowds travel to the resort to party (and trust me it gets busy)! Fear not, gappers are given VIP passes – no matter how busy the bars get, you’ll get special privileges with queue jump, free entry and loads of discounts. Le P’tit Caribou (a favourite) has been voted the best après-ski bar in North America!

    8. Host to unforgettable events and festivals

    Tremblant hosts many exciting events and festivals throughout the winter. One of the most unique is the Snow Polo, when international teams compete on horseback on the frozen lake. Dubbed the glamour event of the winter, it’s one not to miss! The National Alpine Championship and the coveted Caribou Cup where brazen skiers and snowboarders dress up in fancy dress before trying to cross a 75-foot pond, is another one for some crazy entertainment!

    9. Tasty local dishes

    You can’t come to Tremblant without trying Poutine – a Canadian dish made of french fries and cheese curd topped with gravy – aka ‘posh chips’. Other local specialities you must try are Maple Taffies (maple syrup cooled on snow) and Beaver Tails (fried dough pastries).

    10. Home away from home

    I can understand why so many gappers make Tremblant their home away from home – I did too! Top resort, great snow, a myriad of unique activities, unbeatable nightlife, extremely friendly Canadians that make you feel part of the woodwork (especially in the bars!) all make for an unbeatable winter adventure that you’ll never forget!

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  • by Charlotte Dawson

    Teaching Experience

    LEARN…TEACH…SHARE YOUR PASSION

    On our Ultimate Experience ski and snowboard courses Gappers get to become real instructors and teach at Tremblant’s Snow School. It is a very challenging experience (being responsible for 5 six year olds on a mountain!), and gives students the opportunity to try out their newly acquired skills and get a taste of what it’s really like to be an instructor.

    Once the gappers have qualified as CSIA and CASI Level 1 instructors, this work experience week is a great chance to put their internationally recognised teaching qualifications into practice. Having the opportunity to give real lessons immediately improves communication and leadership skills, as well as being a huge confidence boost. This definitely makes their first job as a ski or snowboard instructor much less daunting!

    Not only is it an invaluable experience and hugely rewarding, it will help their CV stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs in any field.

    Past gapper Liz said, “Despite the tears and cries for Mummy (and that was just from us!) it really was a week I couldn’t have gone without”.

    Teaching at the Snow School enables the Gappers to gain valuable experience as well as realising they are now fully fledged instructors!

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  • by Charlotte Dawson

    Past gapper gets his CASI Level 3 Snowboard Instructor Certification

    Great to hear from past gapper Mark that he passed his CASI Level 3 Snowboard Instructor Certification in Fernie this winter – huge congratulations! 

    CASI (Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors) are the internationally recognised, professional snowboard teaching body in Canada. Obtaining Level 3 is for advanced snowboarders and no mean feat. It allows you to teach advanced students as well as beginning to lead instructor training. You must have extensive knowledge in teaching on-piste, freeride and freestyle.

    Mark completed our Ultimate Experience course a couple of winters ago and has been chasing the snow, teaching snowboarding in different resorts. This has allowed him to spend plenty of time working as an instructor, honing his communication, analysis and group management skills – one of many prerequisites to take the Level 3 qualification.   

    Even though Mark has already done our programme and continued his journey, we feel like proud parents! All our gappers become part of our awesome alumni family – we love keeping in touch and up to date with what they are up to. Fantastic to hear that Mark is now holding his CASI Level 3 qualification – this definitely cements his position within the snowboard industry as an amazing instructor!