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Snowboard School

Snowboard School Team

The NTSC snowboard instructor team is certified by the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI) and is led by Technical Director, Jason Hewitt- CASI Level 3, CASI Park Instructor and CASI Carving Instructor.

STUDENT ABILITY LEVELS

Our ski school uses five levels to determine ability of students. The purpose is to facilitate group lessons with similar ability, pace and improvement goals - which makes those lessons the most productive and the most fun. You can track your development in your Progress Book. Your instructor will fill in the book at the end of your lesson with your goal and strategies for improvement. When you are ready for the next level, your instructor will make the recommendation and inform you of next steps.

Never-ever

  • First time rider, no experience on a snowboard but keen to try

Beginner

  • Making isolated and linked turns on beginner (green) terrain

Novice

  • Turning on beginner (green) terrain with greater speed
  • Starting to ride on intermediate (blue) terrain

Intermediate

  • Can ride most intermediate (blue) terrain with moderate speed
  • Can ride conservatively down some Ontario black diamond runs

Advanced

  • Comfortable on groomed advanced (black) terrain at moderate speed
  • Exploring and adaptation to varied terrain such as bumps and in different conditions

Snowboard School Team

During the season snowboard clinics are open to members. When booking your day trip online, please select the clinics you would like to sign up for. Please note that helmets are mandatory for all snowboard clinics.

Intro to Snowboard Park & Half Pipe Clinic


Using a safe and progressive approach, this clinic is for snowboarders who are new to entering the Snowboard Park or Half Pipe. During this clinic, you will learn the commonly accepted park etiquette and rules, how to inspect and identify the features in the park (eg. half pipe, jumps, rails, boxes, spines, etc), where to stop, how to 'drop in', basic principles for hitting features, and the proper speed to hit the features.

Freeride Jam Session


This clinic is for intermediate to advanced shredders looking to get lots of mileage on the snow and make the maximum use of terrain available at the resort while still getting a few valuable tips to improve your freeride skills from your instructor.

Think “less talk and more rock”.

Moguls Clinic


This clinic is for snowboarders who would like to shred the moguls. We will cater to those who have never entered a mogul field before, and to those who are seasoned veterans. In this clinic we will explore skills like how to "double up", "gap" a mogul, ride using the corridor approach, ride the peaks, ride the valleys, or ride using the tornado approach.

Introduction to jumps and the four types of Air Clinic: Coast, Pop, Ollie, and Nollie


In this clinic we will use a progressive approach and learn how to drop in and get some air off of moguls and snowboard park jumps. We'll catch some air using the four creators of lift: Coast, Pop, Ollie, and Nollie.

Half pipe Clinic


In this clinic, we will use a progressive approach to learn the skills needed to ride the Half-Pipe. Learn the different parts of the half-pipe, how to take a proper inspection run, how to 'drop in', how to ride the walls and how to catch some air above the coping.

Snowboard Race Clinic


In this clinic we will teach snowboarders of various ability levels to race downhill through a set of race gates. We will teach you how to improve your time by taking the best 'line'. Come out for our annual 'Race Day' competition vs. High Park Ski Club. Medals will be awarded for ALL ABILITY levels in the male and female categories.

Jumps and the four basic snowboard grabs


In this clinic you'll learn to amp up your snowboard park style by stomping the four basic snowboard grabs: Indy grab, Mute Grab, Melon Grab and Stalefish Grab

Instructor Apprentice Program

If you are interested to experience what it is like to be an instructor or if would like to train for certification with the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI) - this is the program for you. As a snowboard student of advanced ability, you will shadow our NTSC instructors during lessons and get hands-on experience that will help you train for CASI 1 certification. NTSC has a number of successful graduates of this program who successfully passed the CASI 1 course, and are currently teaching with the club!!!

First check out the CASI website for more information about CASI 1 course requirements, course dates/locations, and the CASI 1 Course Guide and then contact the NTSC Snowboard School (boardschool@ntsc.ca) , or talk with one of our snowboard instructors for more details about this NTSC program.


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