Sunshine World Professional Skiing and Snowboarding Academy
teacher is never a giver of truth-he is a guide,
a pointer to the truth that each
student must find for himself.
A good teacher is merely a catalyst."
- Bruce Lee -
Beginner (click here) Intermediate
(click here) Advanced
(click here) EXPERT
At Sunshine World you can benefit from having
the most highly experienced, qualified and dedicated snowsports
Teaching Professionals there to help you towards YOUR goals. Just Beginning
Skiing and Snowboarding are FREE sports- there are no rules.
We will help you to find the style and technique which is right
The Sunshine World Pro Team is committed to helping each individual
explore these wonderful sports in a free environment where there
is always room for self expression. We believe that there is
no absolute truth that must be adhered to in order to ski or
ride “well”. We believe that as long as you are
safe and are having the time of your life then you have got
the right idea- whether you are cruising merrily down a green
in a secure snowplough or sliding backwards down a black on
one ski (yes it can be done!).
Whatever you standard from total beginner to instructor standard
at Sunshine World we have a proven track record (read our testimonials-
click here) of helping our guests to surprise themselves time
after time with how much they can achieve and how much they
can ENJOY sliding down a hill.
This is a magic and very exciting position to be in. You have never skied or
snowboarded before. You have the understandable fear of the unknown and the
anticipation of what’s to come- you aren’t even sure if you’ll
At Sunshine World we love first timers because it reminds us of how wonderful
it is to discover these magnificent sports all over again. Our Pro Team will
help you through the Beginner Progression safely and at whatever pace you feel
comfortable with. Some people will be cruising happily down the greens and using
the chair lift unassisted within just a couple of hours. Some prefer to take
more time and we are happy to use the softly, softly method of building the necessary
coordination and awareness in a step by step progression that keeps YOU in total
control with no fear of being “thrown in at the deep end”. How else
could we safely teach four year olds?
At this stage we will introduce you to the concepts of Posture and Balance, Rotation
of the skis or board and Edging: Which will help you to stay on your feet, change
direction and STOP (always popular!).
You’ve been skiing or snowboarding before on dry ski slopes
or on holiday and have between 2-7 days experience. You have the
ability to use button lifts and chair lifts and can make your
way down a green slope fairly comfortably. At this stage you may
be thinking of refining your technique and challenging new, slightly
This is a stage in people’s skiing where it is very easy
for an instructor to impose their opinion of “good” skiing
or riding onto someone. There are many ways to improve and achieve
results and hundreds of possible exercises to build coordination
and skills- none of which are the absolute way
forward. At Sunshine World we believe that the best results are
the ones which YOU want to aim for and so we talk to YOU and get
a feel for which direction YOU would like to take in improving
your skiing or riding. Of course we can give you suggestions also
but we will never stick to a “one method fits all” approach
which so many ski schools and systems have to as they churn out
such large numbers of people. We prefer the personal approach.
Possibilities at this stage can be to introduce you to carving
(maybe even racing through some gates!), small moguls (bumps),
steeper slopes- Blue or even Red runs, basic freestyle techniques
such as Riding Switch (backwards for skiers or towards your “back” foot
for snowboarders), taking some air (jumping) and trying out some
variable snow conditions and maybe even a cheeky bit of easy off-piste.
At this stage we can increase your understanding
of and ability in:
- Posture and Balance- and Dynamic Balance
- Rotation of the skis or board- moving towards simultaneous
rotations of the skis for parallel skiing or rotating the
board around a more central pivot for more controlled turning
- Edging- progressing towards Carving turns (riding solely
on the edges of your skis or board) and increasing coordination
to help your “grip” on the slope.
We can also introduce you to:
- Pressure Control- Using vertical body movements
to increase or decrease the amount of pressure on your ski
or board (like an intelligent suspension which you control).
- Timing, Rhythm and Coordination of your
movements- to help you flow down the hill.
You have skied on snow for at least 10 full days and have already
experimented with harder pistes- blues, reds, maybe black
and maybe with moguls, easy off-piste and maybe carving.
Maybe you have played around with some basic freestyle manoeuvres
also. You have begun to establish a technique and style
which you can feel is “yours” and consider
yourself to be a competent skier or rider.
From here there are many possible areas that you may wish to develop
in. We can help you to refine and explore your technique and experiment
with new ways of moving and balancing so that you can add the
techniques you like to your style and disregard the ones which
you don’t feel comfortable with.
At this stage we can look to help you understand which techniques
are effective during different challenges on the hill:
- Piste: We can help you develop more control
on piste and build towards strong ability in carving, short
radius turns, Gibbing- piste based freestyle manoeuvres and
generally helping you to flow down pistes “effortlessly”.
- Bumps: We can help you to build strong
Pressure Control understanding and physical coordination as
well as working on how you can use your speed and line through
the moguls to help make even quite challenging bumps feel
EASY! It does take more skill to go through bumps than down
a piste of equivalent pitch and we can help you develop your
- Steeps: We can help you to conquer your
fear (if you have any!) of the Black runs and if you’re
very good even steeper off piste pitches. We know many exercises
and techniques which can safely build your skills in an environment
where you already feel comfortable before unleashing them
in a blaze of glory. We will know when you’re “ready” and
you probably will too!
- Variable Terrain and Snow Conditions: The
conditions on the hill are never the same on any two days-
they can be similar, but never identical. We can help build
your awareness of different conditions such as deep powder
snow, icy sheets and slush (weather permitting of course).
- Freestyle: Ah yes, the New School is upon
us. Only it isn’t really new. Skiing and snowboarding
have always been free sports and there have never been any
actual rules like in tennis or football. The idea of Freestyle
is simply to help us focus on the fact that when we’re
on the hill we don’t HAVE to listen to anyone else’s
way of doing things, we don’t HAVE to stick to any rules,
we can simply do whatever puts a big smile on our face- we
aren’t hurting anyone after all! If you want to learn
how to ski or ride down the hill in ever more imaginative
and challenging ways we can teach you a whole variety of tricks.
From manuals to grabs to rotations to railslides we can help
you to understand the jargon and actually perform some funky
moves of your own- we might even catch you on film or in a
At this stage we can continue to develop your
Stance and Balance, Rotation, Edging, Pressure control and Timing,
Rhythm and Coordination very much focussing on taking the direction
which YOU desire. It’s your skiing and riding and so it’s
your choice how you do it. We can help guide you.
BRING ON THE BLACK!
Ok, you’ve arrived. You are already a very strong skier or boarder and
you probably feel that you don’t need any more coaching. We agree! Once
you have the ability to take on even the hardest marked slopes and feel comfortable
with bumps, steeps, variables and freestyle and have chosen which areas you prefer
and have a style which you feel confident and comfortable with then of course
you don’t NEED coaching. You can just have fun! That’s why we do
this after all isn’t it? So where does the Pro Team fit in if you
don’t NEED us? Well, just because you’re comfortable doesn’t
mean you’ve done it all. Some of our Pro Team have been skiing and riding
for over 19 years and done thousands of hours of coaching at all levels and yet
we all keep thinking of new ways to challenge ourselves and each other in the
name of having fun.
If you are in this category of strong skiers and riders we certainly won’t
be INSTRUCTING you. We will act more like ski and snowboard buddies- we can guide
you round the coolest off piste or set up timed Giant Slalom races for you- you
can even challenge the Pro Team! We can build back-country kickers and film and
photograph jumps and rail slides with you.
If you’re interested you can also shadow some of the Pro Team’s coaching
sessions and we can help build your ability as an Instructor. We can even point
you in the right direction to take your own Instructor’s qualifications!
Most importantly please remember that all of what is written here is meant as
a guide- the message we want you to remember is that at Sunshine World we strive
to cater specifically to your desires!
As always please feel free to call us any time for a friendly chat about how we can cater to You on: 01932 242 707