From Novice to Instructor in a matter of weeks

The participants in Revelstoke have been giving their all to the Level 2 course this week and making great progress towards achieving their goals and completing their time in Canada. 

We had a talk with Cameron Tait, one of our skiers, and he reflected on what it was like when he completed his level one and shared with us his expectations for level 2 training and exams.

What level did you start at when you joined the course?

​I mean I'd skied once or twice and been to hong Kong but I wouldn't say I was really a full on skier.

What made you decide to head out to Revelstoke for the season?

​Originally, before I started the course I mean, I was on a gap year so I didn't know what I was gonna do really. Anyway long story short, Max and I decided to spontaneously join the course and do something new.

How did it feel when you passed your level one?

I was pretty relieved. Achieving the first milestone is pretty important if you want to continue learning. I'm glad I can go to to level two, one is more of a stepping stone for me.

What do you think of Revelstoke? Was it a good place to learn?

​It's insane - like I would use all the good adjectives. It's fun and the terrain is pretty varied. I'm glad I learned here because it pushed me as a rider. I wouldn't be as confident as I am now if I wasn't in Revelstoke.

What was your average training day like for level one?

Getting out of bed is the hardest part! I don't usually have breakfast till I get to the resort. We usually start with a warm-up lap, see how everyone's feeling and get hyped up for the day. Then our instructor will give us a specific exercise and we'll practice on that terrain for the day, improving as we go. Then we'll all get the bus home and either go out or order take-out.

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome?

The first couple of days of training and seeing people's riding levels was scary, they were so good and it made me want to up my game. Improving my riding then was a huge challenge and I developed my riding so much during that time - being in a group is a good motivator!

What's your favourite part of the course so far?

Besides just skiing and learning every day?

Point taken, what are your goals as a future instructor?

Level two first, then maybe three a little while in the future. I'm gonna get a lot more mileage under my belt and ski whenever I can. Then I want to instruct over the next few years and later down the line, but just as a fun pastime in the winter months. It's not a full time career for me, I've got other stuff I want to do too.

How has level one improved your riding and prepared you for level two?

​I've improved my technique completely. The way in which I approach the mountain especially has completely changed. The course has given me a foundation to work from and to improve my riding - now I go out riding with my friends and push myself to do better every time. I've just compiled so much knowledge from the course my constantly learning, there's no way I haven't improved massively and I think I'm almost ready for the level two exam!

What's your favourite run in Revelstoke?

I like Critical path glades; I think that's what it's called. Tasty glades are pretty cool... it's so hard as there are so many good ones! *starts looking at map* Critical path glades, that's the one. Yeah, I like that one.

Any advice for future participants?

From my point of view it doesn't matter about your experience. If you approach it with an open mind and at least have a passion for it you'll be surprised what you can achieve.

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Written by Catherine Moore