Author Archives: Freedom Snowsports
Psychologists have studied the rationale for skiing. Skiers speculate about it. Ordinary mortals shake their heads in dismay over it. There is an ambivalence to this sport. There are no scores or points to skiing. But the beauty of movement that gives a self assurance that is better than winning a game. It is a sport that brings escape from the cares and tensions of daily life. Skiing brings an awareness of the grandeur of nature; an exhausting exercise for most people, yet no other sport gives such a feeling of satisfaction and healthy vigour. Why do we ski? Words cant explain it. You have to experience the hours and days and weeks of skiing. You have to meet the people who ski, the individualists, the non-conformists. You have to see the beauty of the snow covered mountains and valleys. You have to participate in this moment of truth. Why do we ski? You have to become a skier to know! So join us for some Chamonix skiing.
New this season we are running some Women’s ski coaching groups. Designed to coach and develop piste performance skills in a women only group. Coached by one of our elite female instructors. The main difference being that all people, from the instructor to the group participants. The entire group dynamic and coaching environment is entirely female. Intending to give a supportive environment for women to develop their skills in the sport of skiing. And hoping to attract more female skiers to improve and develop their skiing skills with us.
The sessions will develop piste performance skills in all turns and all pistes. And while this training is focused on the piste, these skills will enhance your all round skiing performance. These coaching sessions are suitable for skiers comfortable on piste with a variety of turn shapes (on all red runs). But would like to develop more performance, skill, and control. These sessions will give you more choice over how to tackle different types of turns and terrain. Read More…
Our Approach to Teaching Snowsports
Our teaching is based around the individual students that we are with. This is not just based on a skiers level of ability. It’s about identifying which learning styles and communication methods their progression favours. What this means is that our teaching model is about understanding different phases and styles of learning. We adapt our teaching styles to get the most out of an individual person’s development. We also understand and adapt to people when they are in different stages of skill development. So our instructors are trained to find, recognise, and adapt to these attributes in people. Augmenting their teaching styles to better suit the needs of different people.
Ski Bus Timetables in one place
We thought that considering we cover the whole evasion ski area, it might be useful to have all the ski bus timetables in one place. Therefore we have put all the free ski bus services over the whole evasion ski area right here, and you can save them to your phone for later.
Live updates of ski lift operating times in Megeve, St Gervais, and Les Contamines. Piste and trail opening status, lift opening status, and snow conditions.
A Model for Learning Movements & Skills
Skills for skiing
Some people are born with being able to sprint fast or other talented gifts. Such as being able to obtain skills for skiing effortlessly. But what about those who are not blessed with these abilities and genetics. I am a professional and I am going to tell you that its possible to teach these things, and all motor skills. By first understanding how we learn movement patterns and skills. Which brings me to the Fitts and Posner Three Stage model of acquiring a motor skill. While there are different learning styles to which individuals process and understand information. The process we go through when acquiring motor skills is similar for everyone. Even though motor skills vary widely in type and complexity, such as skills for skiing. The acquisition process is still similar for all. Paul Fitts (1964, Fitts & Posner, 1967) proposed three stages (or phases) of acquiring a motor skill: the cognitive, associative, and autonomous stages (see the table below).
1st Stage of Skill Development
Workout Routine for Skiers
The most effective way to keep developing your skiing performance without being on the mountain, is in the gym. Here we share with you a specially crafted physical training routine for performance skiing. Created using a periodisation approach to change your body into a skiing machine. The routine details 4 main periods followed by maintenance and development. Each period focuses on building different strengths that build upon the advantages of the last. The training program below details the periodisation and intensity first. Followed by detailing the split routines for each period.
Here’s a downloadable copy of the strength and conditioning routine.
Ski Area Map
Here is our handy google resort map for St Gervais, Megeve, and Les Contamines. Enable location services on your phone and use it as a GPS piste map to guide you around the ski area, restaurants, and our lesson meeting points. Alternatively if you are looking for our Chamonix map click through to our meeting point piste map of Chamonix.
Hint: click on the icons to see its details, phone numbers, and directions.
Megeve & St Gervais Ski Areas – Freedom Snowsports Meeting Points
At the centre of the Evasion ski area is Megeve. The Evasion ski area is comprised of 3 main areas; Megeve, St Gervais, and Les Contamines. We explain some of the details about each of the ski areas in the map above (click on the icons), and also below in plain text.