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Pro Ride Camper Snowboard Travel Blog Week 3
Camper Bianca Brewer is out from Belgium to become a snowboard instructor with Pro Ride. Read about her 3rd week at Pro Ride Snowboard Camps.
This week with Pro Ride we started practicing our Level 1 teaching stuff. Duncan, our head coach, ran through all the different steps of a beginner lesson with us the previous week, teaching a beginner snowboarder all the way through from equipment familiarity to novice turns. This week we were all taking it in turns to practice the different steps of beginner progression according to the QuickRide System, which is used by the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI). Duncan makes it all look so easy, but it was actually harder than I thought it would be... I always get a bit of stage fright, so it took me a few goes to get used to talking confidently in front of a group of people. It's also quite hard to explain exactly how to snowboard when you've been doing it for so long yourself, because it sort of comes naturally to you and you don't necessarily think about all the movements much anymore. But the coaches do a great job of walking us through everything we need to get ready for the Level 1 exam, so I'm sure we'll all be fine. We were also given a book at the beginning of the Pro Ride course that has all the theory in it, I really need to start reading it! I don't know what's happened to me... I used to be such a nerd! Whenever I was told to read or study something I would get straight to it and keep on track of everything, but now I somehow seem to have gotten really lazy when it comes to stuff like that. I think my brain switched off after graduating from university in September, my body decided to take a proper gap year before starting my Masters next year. Haha!
On Monday Duncan and Karen took us to the Valley of Death. The name scared me a bit, but it was really cool! It's a secret little spot somewhere on Blackcomb mountain, I can't even remember how we got there... It's a valley through the trees where a creek runs below the snow. This added some extra excitement, because you had to avoid falling into the creek. There were lots of small holes in the snow where you could actually see the water running underneath. It took us forever to get through there, because there was so much powder and a few of us kept getting stuck or falling over. Haha! But it was a really fun day! I love how at Pro Ride they challenge you and take you to places you would never go to alone, it's so good for your riding!
This week I also got introduced to the legendary Moguls' cookies! Moguls is this little coffee shop in Whistler village, they make the most amazing cookies. My favourite is the raspberry and chocolate chip cookie, you get them to warm it up for you and it just melts in your mouth. mmm!!! They are about the size of my head, so you actually start to feel a bit sick by the time you finish it, but it's so worth it!