The 2013 trainees got together and got SITCo Trainers Gavin and Colin a thank you gift.
The gift was a how to fly a Helicopter Lesson!! Here is how we went…
A massive thank you to all the 2013 crew, and a big thanks to Nick and his team at Wanaka Helicopters. Brilliant day… — with Gavin McAuliffe andColin Tanner at Wanaka Airport.
The 2013 trainees got together and got SITCo Trainers Gavin and Colin a thank you gift.
After much celebrations the @sitconz @sitco 2013 Ski Snowboard Course comes to an end…
Congratulations to all the newly qualified Level 2 Instructors…
sitconz’s photostream on Flickr.Some brilliant photos and great memories from SITCo Ski Snowboard Training NZ 2012.
Bring on 2013…
Winter is coming to Queenstown! Browns Ski Shop www.brownsnz.com has got in their 2014 skis and boots, and SITCo are trying on new some new ski gear…
SITCo HeliSki Day 2012 (by SITCo NZ)
Do you have your Level 1 and Level 2 Ski or Snowboard Qualifications already?
In recent years there has been a big rise in the number of people who have trained for and taken their ski and snowboard qualifications.
Quite often this has been done as part of a gap year or a career break.
Keen skiers have been doing this all over the world - Canada, Europe, US, Australia and NZ to name just a few.
Most of the English speak ski and snowboard nations have instructor qualifications that start at Level 1 and then go up from there.
So Level 1 is the introductory qualification, and then this is followed by the Level 2 more advanced qualification, and then Level 3 and/or Level 4 are the experienced instructor qualifications.
As you go up through each level the teaching level increases and so does the personal skiing standard.
Once you have your Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications, then a lot of people maybe go and work a season in a ski resort somewhere, or do some part time work at the local dry slope or indoor ski slope.
I’ve got my Level 1 and Level 2 what now?
Then after a few seasons the question becomes what now? Well for those that are keen and are up for the challenge then there is the obvious choice of going for your Level 3.
Going for the Level 3 will not only greatly increase your knowledge of how to teach and improve advanced skiers. It will also mean that your own level of skiing will need to be at a higher level.
Quite often rather than just doing a “season” and then getting your qualifications the Level 3 will require a higher level that might take a few seasons of training to achieve.
This might sound a little of putting but when you think about it, it means that a high standard is being set and when that standard is achieved then it is something to be proud of.
Level 3 training in New Zealand
New Zealand is not always associated with skiing, but the mountain ranges are extensive, the scenery is spectacular and the ski industry is booming.
Ski Resorts like Coronet Peak near Queenstown in the South Island, might be a little bit smaller then the “big” northern hemisphere resorts, but it provides a world class training environment in a spectacular setting.
One thing that is some times over looked about NZ skiing is the fact that the NZ winter season is the opposite season from the northern hemisphere. So fantastic winter conditions for training exist in June, July, August and September. (some great spring skiing can be had in October as well!)
This is perfect for people who want to take on the next challenge in their skiing and snowboarding, and start moving towards their Level 3 qualification.
SITCo L3 Training August 2012
In August 2012 SITCo Ski and Snowboard Training will be running a full on Level 3 training program. This will involved getting trained on and off snow to achieve the high standards of the NZSIA and SBINZ Level 3 qualifications.
Such a course is ideal for anyone who already has their Level 2 qualification. The L2 can be from Canada, US, Europe or NZ.
The SITCo training is integrated with the NZSIA courses that are required to achieve the Level 3; 5 day pre course, and a 4 day exam. The pre course and the exam are about 5 weeks apart in order to allow people a chance to make changes and improvements in their performance. The SITCo training is during the 5 week gap and is designed to help people facilitate the improvements required.
Further modules can be taken to allow a person to gain the ISIA stamp as well.
For further details check out the website - http://www.sitco.co.nz/ski_instructor_courses/courses/level_3
Ski and Snowboard Training NZ
Ski New Zealand This Summer
Everyone always thinks about the big skiing nations as the European Alps and North America. But there is great skiing all over the world. If you go to the other side of the world there is some amazing skiing and riding to be had in New Zealand.
New Zealand is a fantastic place, with diverse landscapes and cultures. Mountains and Lakes. Palm trees and Penguins. There is a very active and outdoor culture, so sports and recreation are very much the norm. NZ is an awesome place to spend a winter, the people are friendly, the place is beautiful; just ask anyone who has been there. On the whole New Zealand is a very safe place, and with English being the main language there are no language problems.
Snowsports in New Zealand
Often thought of in the same sentence as Rugby, Sheep Farming and The Haka. Snowsports enthusiasts shouldn’t overlook the fact that New Zealand has a very strong and flourishing snowsports industry. One of the greatest things about the NZ ski season is that when it is Summer in the Northern Hemisphere it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere. So the winter season in New Zealand runs June – October. Just as you are worried about having to hang your boots up at the end of the season, there’s another awesome winter season just about to kick off on the other side of the world.
This fact, that there is the possibility of an eternal winter, has not missed the attention of some of the big names in the ski and snowboard industry. Many of the top international race teams head ‘south’ to train on good winter snow, such names as Lindsey Vonn, Ted Ligety and Jon Olsson have been regular visitors over the last few years. The Burton New Zealand Open is part of the TTR World Snowboard Tour, and every year brings a host of big names down to compete. The homegrown NZ freeskier talent pool is also going strong with the likes of Jossi Wells and his brothers making regular X Games appearances and podium finishes.
"There is some amazing skiing and riding to be had in New Zealand"
Where’s the skiing/riding?
There are many different places to ski in New Zealand.
North Island - Whakapapa (pronounced - Phakapapa) and Turoa are the biggest ski areas and are on a great big volcano called Mt Ruapheu. It last erupted in 1997! Quite spectacular.
South Island - there are lots of ‘ski fields’ - so lets start with the big ones - Coronet Peak and The Remarkables (based out of Queenstown), Cardrona and Treble Cone (based out of Wanaka), Mt Hutt (Methven), then there are lots of others - Craigieburn, Temple Basin, Mt Cheeseman, Mt Dobson, Mt Olympus, Broken River, Round Hill, Ohau, to name a few.
There is a great difference between all the resorts with each having their own little character. Some are very small and are called ‘club fields’ due to the fact that they are run like a club rather than a business. Don’t let the fact that some of these are accessed only by rope tows put you off, the skiing is full on and very challenging. At the other end of the scale there are places like Coronet Peak, which is ran by NZSki, and it is a fully commercial ski resort that has every facility that you could want, and provides a world class guest experience, with high speed chair lifts and lift pass scanners that will count up the amount of vertical meters you cover in a day – just log in at the end of the day to the website to see who skied the ‘max vert’.
Most of the skiing in NZ is on the mountain tops, with the valley floors remaining ‘green’ for most of the winter. There are some areas where there is accommodation on the mountain, but on the whole most people live and take holiday accommodation down the valley, and then travel up to the snow each day. This allows for the towns near the ski areas to provide way more than just ski facilities.
Queenstown is by far the best example.
From Queenstown you can ski easily at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables, each ski area having some great skiing, and both being of a very different character. However Queenstown itself has a wealth over other activities available – bungy jumping, jet boating, mountain biking, golfing, wine tours, spas just to name a few of the activities. Once you are done entertaining yourself for the day, then in the evening there are restaurants to suit all tastes, and a nightlife that never fails. Just ask the England Rugby team!
Fantastic for Training
One thing that must be said is that compared to the large European and North American resorts that have hundreds of different runs and chairlifts, the skiing in NZ is great skiing, but it is quite a lot smaller. This however does have a potentially hidden advantage; that is the fact that you will be skiing on the same run more than once during the day, it very quickly comes to mind not just “how do I ski down here?” but “how do I ski down here better than I did last time?”
This means that the NZ mountains are the perfect place to train to improve you skiing or snowboarding skills. Over the last few years there has been a wealth of different training options arrive in NZ, from race training, to freestyle training, to Instructor Training.
A great example of this is the likes of SITCo which is a Queenstown based Ski and Snowboard Training program. SITCo run a number of different courses from 10 weeks to 5 weeks to 2 weeks, that are designed to allow people to come to NZ and train for their Ski and Snowboard Instructor Qualifications.
With the NZ season being in the ‘off season’ it means that people are able to come on a SITCo course train for their Instructor qualifications and then head of to the Northern Hemisphere to work a season as an instructor, as they are already qualified.
SITCo has been doing this since 2002 and there are now a great many people out there who have got to live their dream of living and working in the mountains.
If you are keen to live the dream, then you cannot go wrong with a winter season in NZ.
"You cannot go wrong with a winter season in NZ"