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Snoworks - Phil Smith all mountain ski courses

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I am considering a week with Snoworks anyone used them or know how good they are.
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Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Yes, a few times. Best ski teaching I've ever had, and a very sociable experience as well as most clients and instructors stay in the same hotel. I did a review of a week's race training I did with them - a quick search should find the thread.
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
just got a mail from a friend who used them in Val d'Isere - copying from the email she says....
Did an all performance ski course with a company called Snoworks - absolutely superb. You get video'ed and have debriefing sessions at the end of the day in the chalet to make sure you are totally aware of your learning outcomes!!!!! If you are interested herewith the link ..

http://www.snoworks.co.uk/
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I stayed in a chalet hotel in Tignes in December where a lot of the guests were on a Snoworks course. All I chatted to were having a great time. All said it was excellent. I got the brochure but couldn't fit it in this year but am definitely thinking about doing it next year. Unfortunately, husband and friends aren't interested so will need to pluck up courage to go on my own, (big baby if injured - who would look out for me Embarassed ). Anyway, looking forward to receiving next years dates! Anyone else interested in going?
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Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
maggi, on the Snoworks courses I've been on there have been quite a few people travelling on their own and as you've seen it's a really sociable way to go to ski school. There was also a social event in the autumn (at same time as Daily Mail Ski Show) with lots of Snoworks clients and instructors getting together for a bit of a party. Phil also mentioned that they would be taking a stand at the Ski Show, so that would be a good opportunity to go along and say hello.
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maggi, Im definitley going do do a week with snoworks next season I have emailed for dates but have nothing back yet.
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Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
I don't think next season's course dates have been fixed yet, but this year's dates (http://www.snoworks.co.uk/courses/course_planner2.html) should give you a reasonable indication of what and where each course will be offered.
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Russell, Do it. See my post lower down Snoworks - Off Piste Backcountry St Anton. I had a great time and will go back next year.

If you do book and see Brian, tell him that bouncing is better Smile
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BOD wrote:
If you do book and see Brian, tell him that bouncing is better Smile


Was he trying to get you to absorb or sink into the turn?
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He was trying to stop me bouncing, i.e. un weighting the skis to turn (austrian style), not the Phil Smith way at all! It took me a few days to get to grips with the new techique but it certainly paid off, once I started doing it "Phils" way. It was most noticable when sking breakable crust. My original style had me falling over when I broke through the crust, but Phils way provided more stability and a more dynnamic approach, even if I did look like a bag of spanners in the video.! (I don't care where your arms or body is I'm only interested in what the skis are doing on the snow - Sound familar ? - Brian)
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It certainly does sound familiar! I had a week with Brian a couple of years ago and it was the most fun I've had skiing in a long time.
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And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
Me too I have never laughed so much on a weeks skiing.
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Have just bought the new Phil Smith video - no time to watch it yet but am looking forward to it. Interested to know whether people thing it is possible to learn from videos - I have found some to be quite helpful.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
pam w, Let us know what you think when you've watched it a few times. I bought Warren Smith's DVD and I thought it was helpful.
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
I watched the video - very enjoyable, and some good stuff and ideas, but I would have liked more exercises to try, to bridge the (sizeable) gap between what I do and what Phil Smith does on the video. For example, he does lots of jumping round the skis in the air and placing them on the new edges - but just the finished article, done on an extreme slope. Would have liked to have some ideas of how to progress in the right direction. I know that his philosophy of ski teaching doesn't bother much about what happens above the hips. But on those jump turns he was clearly using a very good pole plant - nothing mentioned at all about that, which I would have found helpful. His arm position was also clearly vital to the dynamic balance, but nothing mentioned about that either. Maybe some slow motion bits of pole planting (and other things) would help.

Also, the initial section on equipment was very sketchy. OK, I already knew that "short" was the right idea for skis these days. But how short is short? No dimensions given, or even suggestions such as "up to your eyes".

Yes, nothing is a substitute for proper lessons - but I do think this video could usefully have added some more pedestrian stuff. There was plenty of room for more tape on the video....
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