Get back into the rhythm with our early season technique weeks or build your skills as an instructor with our BASI preparation courses.
Whether for a personal goal, professional goal or just exploring the mountain, we love people committed to becoming an even better rider.
Private coaching programmes and fees
Building skills so they are ever present in your riding takes time. You could go for a quick fix, the one-off private, and it might make you feel good for a short period of time – but ultimately it won’t last as well as a snowboard coaching programme. Whether it’s personal or professional, over the course of a holiday, a season, or even longer, we love working with people who are committed to being an even better rider.
There is a strong balance in snowboarding between 4 major factors and you need to have a good understanding of how these factors interrelate with each other to be able to perform with fluency, ease and style. How the snow and terrain connect to give us the strong riding platform we crave for will ultimately influence how our body and board can react to create our individuality. The higher awareness you have of the board, the acute pressure points along the edges, the ability to manipulate the flex patterns, will give you a much stronger feel. Finally, your body is the driving force therefore must be stacked, free, coordinated and agile to be able to stay balanced, direct the board and perform.
Forget the fashion, forget because your mates do it or you think it sounds cool to say “I’m a snowboarder. The reason we ride is the feeling we get. The “stoked” you get from shredding. It’s never-ending, no matter the conditions, the time of year, whether you’re on snow, drymat or indoors. If you love snowboarding you just don’t care, you’ll find something to get stoked on. There is always a line to be had or a feature to play on. The longer you do it, the better it gets. This is our gift to you – come and enjoy.
Every advert, magazine and video features Freestyle Snowboarding. Don’t misinterpret this representation of freestyle at its highest level. It’s about expressing yourself through your riding, finding your own style. If we only ever made turns where would our inspiration to continue to ride come from? Nollie backside 180, switch up to pole tap, slash the bank then cloudburst the slow sign to finish. We have a tried and tested skills development program that will turn the park into your playground, not a battlefield.
These snowboard coaching programs are designed for experienced freestylers and competitive riders. Specific to your goals, these coaching programs hit you from a different angle than before. Technical focus will concentrate on the micro-movements and skills needed for complete control of your board and body. Understand and create a better core. Learn to structure training sessions dependent on the skills you are working on. Realize the right and wrong times to push yourself to beyond your previous limits. Hammering the same trick over and over might not always be the best approach – build the skills required by identifying the weaker components that need more practice, isolating, then developing in a less direct manner.
These programs emphasis the need to take more control of your own development, to be able to self learn and develop your skills without always needing a coach, peer,video or picture to deliver instant feedback.Learn to develop intrinsically.
Freeriding is the timeless heartbeat of snowboarding – the combination of peace and excitement when riding untouched snow. The thing is, there’s more riders, which means less fresh tracks. To get the best freeriding experience you need to understand how the snowpack is formed and all the elements which affect it – temperatures, wind, sun. Add to this a knowledge of all the rideable terrain in the area, and you’ll get the best riding experience for the conditions available.
The main difference between off-piste and backcountry is the accessibility. Off-piste is generally to the side of, next to or round the back of a groomed run. Easily accessible – sometimes visible, sometimes hidden. Any area that is not a marked piste becomes avalanche territory therefore can be dangerous to ride. Off-piste is unfortunately less respected due to a general naivety amongst many snowsport enthusiasts. After fresh snowfall, the rewards are high but because of the proximity to the main slopes it can be short-lived and tracked out extremely fast.
Back country Freeriding allows you more freedom, riding in isolation – pure serenity. To gain access you must be prepared to forsake the luxuries of lifts and get hiking. This can be walk ins, walk outs ranging from 15 minutes to several hours depending on the route of the tour. This results in an ability to find fresh, untracked powder days after snowfall.
With the freedom to roam throughout the back country comes more dangers. It can be a hostile environment, a powerful unforgiving area which is not patrolled. Safety is always at the forefront of any expedition no matter how big or small. To manage the risk, strong technical riding abilities are required, together with good fitness levels, mental strength, correct safety equipment, knowledge of the area and the ability to say no and turn back if conditions do not look right. As long as these risks are managed effectively you’ll have the biggest stoke every turn – it is real hedonism. It is almost impossible to explain – it must be experienced.
You can also have fun on two planks: Alpine Skiing, Ski Touring or Telemark
Feel like broadening your horizons, opening your mind and developing a new skill? Ultimately it will only enhance your snowboarding and many of the skills you already have will cross-over directly to the new discipline – you just need to know how to tap into them and think out of the box.
|Half day (3hrs morning/afternoon)||£200.00|
|Full day (6hrs total)||£400.00|
|Half week (5 days, 3hrs/day)||£1000.00|
|Full weeks (5 days, 6hrs/day)||£2000.00|
*NEW* Winter kickstart
Start your winter ahead of the game. The winter kickstart program is designed to blow the cobwebs away and hit the ground running. You’ve been out of the snowboard game for many months so its time to iron out bad habits and implement the right technique before the main season hits.
Tignes resort is in full flow this time of year giving you the perfect, quiet training ground for fine tuning your riding. Whether you want to build your confidence, gain more control, improve technique or just ride like a boss then why the hell are you waiting for mid season? Get on the snow now.
The more time you spend on a snowboard, the better you will become. Well that’s not entirely true. You could be spending all your time reinforcing bad technique and poor movement patterns. Spending a week breaking snowboarding down to it’s core fundamentals and slowly putting it bad together to allow your riding to become efficient and effective is once of the best training and developmental aids on offer. It’s giving your riding a service, making sure everything is working correctly, fine tuning your style. What better time of year to focus on this than pre season, before the high season and heavy snowfalls kick in.
Early season shredding can often produce some fantastic conditions. This mixed with a strong personal focus on how to improve your riding will really change your winter. Cheaper lift pass, cheaper accommodation, affordable coaching creates a stronger rider. Its a win win situation.
The Winter kickstart program is available in both a week long format and long weekend. Week long consists of 5 days coaching. Long weekend consists of 3 days coaching.
BASI instructor training
Whether you are thinking of becoming a snowboard Instructor and entering the system for the first time or you are going for the highest accolade, we deliver pre-course training for all levels and modules specific to your needs.
Being a Trainer, delivering every level of course, holding the position of Snowboard Director for 5 years and part of the BASI snowboard course development team since 2003, gives me an insight into BASI’s requirements like no other. Understand the right assessment criteria for each specific course and where you are in the phases of learning with relationship to each individual strand. Develop a training program to target your weaker areas in your technical performance. Broaden your teaching capability with a higher understanding of the tools needed to create effective, successful lessons.
If you wish to succeed in your development as a Snowboard Instructor then training is paramount. Fast track your development with McNair Snowsports.
Coaching (max 6 per group) includes 5 days on-snow (6h per day) plus evening sessions to review, agree actions and check out biomechanics and videos.
Upcoming courses, prices and locations
|23rd - 27th November||Tignes, France||Kickstart weekend||Dragon Lodge||£550.00||3 PLACES LEFT|
|5th - 9th December||Tignes, France||Jenny Jones workshop||Chill Alp||£1450.00||AVAILABILITY|
|9th - 16th December||Tignes, France||Winter kickstart||Dragon Lodge||£650.00||1 PLACE LEFT|
|24th - 29th December||Tignes, France||Learn to shred 9-15yrs||N/A||£300.00 (9am-12pm)||6 PLACES LEFT|
|3rd - 16th January||Niseko, Japan||Explorer B/C||Country Resorts self-catering||£2500.00||SOLD OUT|
|20th - 27th January||Sainte Foy, France||Intro B/C Freeride||White Room chalets||£1050.00||3 PLACES LEFT|
|27th - 3rd February||Grimentz, Switzerland||B/C Split mix||Self catered||£950.00||4 PLACES LEFT
|3rd - 10th March||Sainte Foy, France||Jenny Jones workshop||Sainte Foy Chalet co.||£1950.00||AVAILABILITY|
|10th - 17th March||Gargellen, Austria||B/C Split mix||Gasthof Wulfenia||£1200.00||4 PLACES LEFT|
|17th - 24th March||Sainte Foy, France||Jenny Jones workshop||Sainte Foy Chalet co.||£1950.00||SOLD OUT|
|21st - 28th April||Siglufjordhur, Iceland||Splitboard Touring||Self catered||£1600.00||3 PLACES LEFT|