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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


    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


    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!

  • by Charlotte Dawson

    Limited places

    Ski le Gap have a limited number of places. For the 2017/18 winter, we will operate with a maximum of 24 students to ensure the best experience both on and off the slopes.

    Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis – so don’t wait too long to sign!

    Please get in touch if you would like a copy of our registration form.

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    0207 731 5432