Elliot Russell

elliot-russell “After spending a season in Canada with The Winter Sport Company I decided to book onto their advanced course in New Zealand. I couldn’t believe how much I learnt in the first week of training. The trainers were at some of the highest levels in the Southern Hemisphere. The town was one of the most picturesque places I have ever been to and waking up there every day was the best feeling.”

After spending a season in Canada with The Winter Sport Company I decided to book onto their advanced course in New Zealand. I arrived two weeks early and was worried as the mountain did not have much snow and only a couple of runs were open, but that soon changed after a couple of days of heavy snowfall!!

On the first day of training we drove up the hill (which is a great time to catch up on some sleep or read some notes)! When we arrived all of the instructors were waiting and already knew everybody’s names, so they called over the groups and we started skiing straight away.

I couldn’t believe how much I learnt in the first week of training. The trainers were at some of the highest levels in the Southern Hemisphere and they made learning so achievable.

New Zealand is one of the most picturesque places I have ever been to and waking up there every day was the best feeling.

There was so much to do in the town and the surrounding areas that you definitely wouldn’t get bored. The restaurants were amazing and you got a wide range of delicious food to choose from.

The accommodation was great and the rooms were big enough that you didn’t feel confined and you had your own space. The owners were really friendly and did everything they can to make our stay the best.

I came away from the course having trained up to and beyond the level I had expected, I already had a job lined up for the next season but everyone else on the course who didn’t managed to secure one for the next season.

Elliot Russell CSIA level 2 Ski Instructor and CASI level 2 Snowboard Instructor Advanced NZSIA/SBINZ Instructor

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