Several different courses are on offer for recreational skiers including Ski Skills, Race Carve and Junior Race Camps - and for qualified ski instructors, Ski Instructor Training, Eurotest and Test Technique. The skiing takes place on the Tignes glacier ski area, with accommodation based in the resort that has been operating since the middle of June.
The minimum level required for the Ski Skills course is Snoworks level 4 (comfortable on red runs and easy black runs and can ski all day with a stop for lunch). This course is designed to develop skier’s all-round performance to help prepare them for the winter season. Race Carve courses are available for adults and juniors and focus on skills required for skiing gates and include GS (Giant Slalom) training – minimum level good red run skiers that can carve turns.
For anyone looking to train for their ski instructor qualifications, then the Ski Instructor Training courses provide an opportunity, off season, to learn from some of the best coaches in the business. Instructors can also train for their higher level qualifications that require competition ski racing. The Test Technique course trains instructors in slalom skiing (qualifies instructors to work in France as trainee’s) and the Eurotest training prepares instructors to pass the ultimate test – a high speed giant slalom race that opens the doors to full qualification status. Passing the Eurotest involves competing against the world’s top ski racers and getting within a percentage of their time (18% for men, 24% for women).
Phil Smith, director of Snoworks Ski Courses, said: “The snow is in great shape right now and we’ve been running courses for the past few weeks. Now it’s possible for people to travel from the UK, we’re welcoming guests throughout July. Tignes is an absolutely fantastic place to ski and also relax during the summer, with mornings on the slopes and afternoons either relaxing or taking part in all the other summer activities on offer here”.
Commencing July 13, 20 and 27, courses run for 5 full days Monday to Friday
- Ski Skills Development:
- Ski Race Carve:
- Junior Race Camps:
- Ski Instructor Training:
Travel and accommodation:
Travel and accommodation during the summer for Snoworks Ski Courses is booked on an individual basis. Flights with EasyJet, BA and SWISS are available from London (and other UK airports) to Geneva and accommodation in Tignes is available on a self-catering bases. Contact the Snoworks office for information.
Snoworks specialises in ski courses based primarily in Tignes and Meribel along with a programme that spans across many of the worlds ski continents. Coaches and instructors include Phil Smith (founder and director), Emma Carrick Anderson (4 times Olympic ski racer), Lee Townend (BASI Trainer) and Nick Quinn (Former Development Manager for BASI), Euan Gardiner, Bryan Hogg, Tristan Benwell, Dave Norman and Jenny Gardiner along with numerous UIAGM Mountain Guides. Course destinations include Tignes, Meibel, St Foy, St Anton, La Plagne, Corvara, Zinal, Gressoney, Baquiera Beret and Hintertux – Adventure destinations include Chile, Japan, Norway, Iceland and Kyrgyzstan. Snoworks courses include, Ski Skills, All-Terrain, Off-Piste, Backcountry, Backcountry Access, Legends, Steeps, Off-Piste Safety, Race Carve, Junior Race and Bumps. Partner Company Snoworks Pro runs GAP courses along with a full race training programme for ski instructors.