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Snoworks has launched a brand new course that will run on the Tignes glacier during Summer '18. Why wait for winter to ski better? NEW

Want to improve your technical skills skiing but are finding it hard to find the time to achieve it?

It can be hard during winter when you just want to experience the mountains, and ski all-mountain.

Snoworks says one of the great times for technical development and improving your ski technique is in the summer and autumn, pre-season.

And we're lucky enough that in Europe there are some good glacier resorts.

Read exactly where, here:
If you visit glaciers in summer you'll see mainly racers, freestylers, instructors and dedicated skiers developing their technical skills in preparation for the winter season.

Put in the effort early and you'll reap the rewards.

Snoworks ©PollyABaldwinSnoworks ©PollyABaldwin

Snoworks is launching a brand new course that'll run on the Grande Motte glacier in Tignes during summer and autumn 2018.

The courses aim to provide a high level of technical coaching for skiers wanting to improve their technical skills.

During the winter months Snoworks runs training sessions in what it refers to as an 'open' environment.

It is one where the elements easily change and affect the learning environment, causing many skiers to struggle.

"Many years ago when we began the journey at Snoworks into all-mountain skiing we recognised the difference in coaching methodology for ' open ' and ' closed ' sports," the director of Snoworks Ski Courses, Phil Smith, says.

"During the winter months we are working more or less exclusively in 'open' environments with our clients - In the bumps, in off-piste, coping with ice and bad visibility, on steeper terrain.

"We recognise that whilst many of our clients have achieved great results learning to perform in the 'open' environment they would also like to develop their technical skills to much higher levels.

"The best way to do this is to come out of the 'open' environment and invest in time pre-season."

Developping skills on a Snoworks technical course using video feedbackDevelopping skills on a Snoworks technical course using video feedback

Getting the technical stuff down - or at least into your practice - and we'll be more prepared for when winter comes.

Makes sense to us.

Are you a skier that...

  • wants to improve
  • wants great skiing experiences
  • wants to ski with other skiers of similar levels
Then a Snoworks summer course could be right for you this year.

One happy trainee has reviews:

Having been stuck on a plateau for so long I surprised myself and skied like a new person on my winter skiing trip.

I can only put it down to the time I invested in the summer.

Another has written:

Absolutely fantastic. I loved every minute of it - especially the Snoworks approach!

It just suits me perfectly and I never felt so free and confident to ski as I did last week after just two years' skiing.

To top it all, it was all so much fun.

Check out more on the Snoworks website:
'Playing the game' Snoworks'Playing the game' Snoworks


Summer weeks starting 2nd, 9th, 16th July.

Autumn weeks starting 15th, 22nd, 29th October and 5th, 12th, 19th November.
  • Courses run for 5 days, Monday to Friday with approximately 4 to 5 hours of instruction with a break for lunch.
  • To join a course skiers must be able to ski reds and blacks all day (with a stop for lunch).
  • Costs: £350 for the course.
  • Accommodation packages are available, starting at £219 per person including half board on a twin occupancy basis in a 2 star chalet during the summer.
  • Return Geneva Airport transfers cost from £110 return.
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Snoworks is based in the French Alps and specialises in offering ski courses in destinations across the world.

Train in Tignes, La Tania, St Foy, St Anton, La Plagne, Corvara and Hintertux, or consider an adventure ski trip to destinations in Chile, Japan, Norway and Kyrgyzstan.

Coaches and instructors include Phil Smith (founder and director), Lee Townend (BASI Trainer) and Nick Quinn (Former Development Manager for BASI), Euan Gardiner, Dave Norman, Bryan Hogg and Tristan Benwell, along with numerous UIAGM Mountain Guides.

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