Great Spring Skiing Deals to be had in Val d’Isere

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An early Easter, and plentiful snow, means great conditions this Spring

Those that can be flexible will get the best ski deals this Spring.
Every end of ski season is different, we have to consider the weather, the snow, the date of Easter.
All these factors will make a difference as to whether there will be good deals to be had at the end of the season.
And this season all the factors are lined up for some great skiing and great deals.

For a lot of people the normal winter ski season, runs until Easter, and then their minds start to think of different activities, weekends away, going to a beach, enjoying the longer evenings that spring provides. But for the keen skier your mind must still be drawn to the mountains, the search for spring snow, the slip-slap-slop of sun cream, the much milder temperatures, the outside lunches, the beer at the end of the day sitting out in the evening sunshine.

Spring Fling Clinics Val d'Isere
Great Ski Deals – TDC is doing a discounted 5 half day “Spring Fling Clinic”

Of course each year the date of Easter changes, as much as a month of difference can be had from year to year.
2013 Easter is quite early, which means that as of this coming weekend (13th April), all the major holidays are over.
However with the snow that the Alps have been having, the snow conditions are about as good as they get. Never mind just looking for “spring snow”, there is still fresh powder to be skied.

Resorts, like Val d’Isere and Tignes, are high. So there is always a great snow record, right until the very end of the season. Because of this, the ski lifts in Val d’Isere and Tignes are not scheduled to stop running their normal service until May.

An early Easter, plentiful snow, and ski resorts that are still geared up and ready to go, means that there is an opportunity to enjoy a fantastic holiday, with a great deal thrown in.

Chalet Companies and Ski Schools alike are offering a range of great deals. TDC is doing a discounted “Spring Fling Clinic”15th-19th April & 22nd-26th April 2013.

Have a look at some of the deals the are offer from the Travel companies in Val d’Isere.
VIP Ski, YSE Vald’Isere, Fish & Pips, Scott Dunn, Consensio, and Mountain Rooms, to name but a few.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Spring Fling Discount Ski Lessons April Val d’Isere

Spring Ski Training in Val d’Isere

Discount Ski Lessons April Val d'Isere
Enjoy Your Spring Fling

For 2013 TDC will be offering our Spring Fling Clinics.

TDC Val d’Isere‘s spring ski clinics are a great way to finish your season on a high.

Val d’Isere has had an amazing snow record this season and the lifts here are open until the first weekend of May.

15th – 19th April 2013 in Val d’Isere

22nd – 26th April 2013 in Val d’Isere

5 half days; Price 275€

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Spring Fling Val d’Isere

Clinic Details  1-8 people,

0900-1200 or 1300-1600

3 Levels – DevelopmentDevelopment PlusChallenges

Want to know more about the levels?

Unrivalled prices – €100 less than Mid Winter prices.

Spring skiing is a different experience; warm temperatures, and a traditional melt freeze cycle that will give you some of the best and most varied skiing possible. If the mountains don’t get a melt freeze cycle then that is normally because there is a late season snow storm, either way it makes for great conditions.

The spring clinics have been very popular and are at discounted prices.

TDC‘s successful clinic format, is a small group lesson with lots of personal feedback from the instructor.

Get the best ski improvement courses this spring, improve your ski technique so that you finish the season at your best.

Email us now

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Tignes Glacier skiing

Whilst the final touches are being made to the renovated chalets and Hotels in Val d’Isere and Tignes, the glacier is being put to good use. Not only are TDC coaches running pre-season BASI prep courses and slalom training, but national teams have been up on the hill making their final preparations for the World and Europa cups.

See how the slalom training is getting on at: http://www.youtube.com/thedevelopmentcentre

All our coaches regularly use video analysis as a tool for teaching and all you need to do is ask you coach. You may even feature on this site!

Neil and Shane

From Neil and Shane rip up val
From Neil and Shane rip up val

Really nice to have Neil and Shane come and stay for a few days. Managed to get a few shots of them skiing that look good and i promised to show them to the world. The off piste pics are a long way away from the piste and took us a few days to walk in to but on arrival they both still had the energy to stick some lines down.

From Neil and Shane rip up val
From Neil and Shane rip up val

Great Powder skiing in Val d’Isere

Sometimes you get good conditions and have to make the most of them.This is the recipe to follow:

First you have to have the good snow; then you have to have the good visibility to see it;then you have to be skiing with poeple who are prepared for a challenge and just love it. Mix together with some local knowledge of where to go and when to go there and then see what happens!

tdc launch day

The whole tdc team was on the mountain today to launch our ski school’s season. We are really pleased to have Josh back with us for the winter and we are over the moon to have Lena joining our team. We are as strong as ever and hope to ski with you this winter in Val or Tignes. Here are a few photos of some of the tam on the hill today, the whole lot can be seen at http://picasaweb.google.com/tdcski

From TDC training day
From TDC training day

tdc coach Ben Langridge on the dry slopes

tdc coaching on the dendex
tdc coaching on the dendex

First turns of the season..… on Dendex.

I’m whiling away the rest of the autumn with a bit of coaching at the local dry ski slope.

I haven’t skied on the ‘mat’ for probably 5 years now – and I’d honestly forgotten how much fun it is.
I even managed to squeeze out 2 sets of 50 old school short swings in 100 meters!
Don’t ask me to carve though – I left all my kit in Val – so I’m donning some old rear entry hire boots and some health and safety conscious – you won’t cut your fingers on these edges – hire skis.

I’ve been asked to coach some slalom racing which is always a pleasure, starting with Portsmouth Uni who are training for the British Universities Champs – I took some photos of them through the gates which are now posted on the tdc photo gallery http://picasaweb.google.com/tdcski/
Unfortunately since we were skiing under the floodlights and the guys were so fast – I struggled to get really clear shots but some of them are ok, even when blurred however – you can still pick out good and bad technique, hopefully the team will find them useful.

Portsmouth Uni get some tdc coaching
Portsmouth Uni get some tdc coaching

I also set a slalom course for a Southern Region race – which had to start on a big 35 degree ramp. I was worried the kids would pick up too much speed so I set 4 big ‘Tomba turns’ at the top, unfortunately it was a touch too tight so I had to whittle it down to make it more manageable.
It was interesting for me to see that the kids were super comfortable and fast edge to edge – when the gates were more or less straight! But only a few could handle the bigger turns at the top which showed they didn’t have enough leg rotation. Often when ‘mat skiers’ get onto the snow they find it hard to maintain a constant speed because they’re not used to finishing their turns, the dry slopes being so much slower means that leg rotation is less important.

Anyway I hope I get the chance to work with these kids again, I’ve been scheming some drills and exercises just in case. In the meantime I’m getting ready for the winter – although I’m not looking forward to having to force on a pair of front entry boots – I can’t wait to get back on the snow, gonna try to beat 100 old school short swings on the ‘Village’! Enough rambling – I’m heading into Christchurch for a coffee… my round today then boys!

Cheers – Ben Langridge
tdc coach – www.tdcski.com

tdc early season clinics

Once again in December 2009 tdc will be running the very sucessful and popular early season clinics.

tdc‘s early season ski clinics are a great way to get yourself up and running for the season.

tdc early season clinic - Fri 12th Dec 2008

Val d’Isere and Tignes early season snow has been amazing the last few years, and this is the perfect opportunity for keen skiers of all levels to take a week out at low peak time and get the best tuition, in a fun and friendly enviroment.
The early season clinics have been very popular and are at discounted prices.

Get the best ski improvement courses early in the season, improve your ski technique so that the rest of the season you are at your best.

For December 2009 the early season clinics in Val d’Isere and Tignes are;

Mon Nov 30th – Fri Dec 4th 2009
Mon Dec 7th – Fri Dec 11th 2009

The early season clinics are 5 half days – Monday – Friday 9am – 12noon or 1pm -4pm
Cost – 250€ – 280 €

If you are looking to improve your skiing technique, in a fun, friendly and challanging way then tdc‘s early season clinics are ideal

The early season ski improvement clinics run at the same levels as our normal coaching clinics

discovery – discover your talent, ski with confidence …for strong blue run skiers…

development – develop your performance, feel your skiing flow …for strong red run skiers…

development Plus – take on steeper and varied slopes …for strong red run /ok black run skiers

challenges – take on new goals, challenge yourself …for strong black run skiers…

At 250€ – 280€ for 5 days of high quality coaching these clinics are very popular and excellent value.

Email us now to book your place, for you and your friends.

or call +33 6 15 55 31 56 or book online

tdc ‘s BASI prep courses 2009/10

tdc have been running BASI prep courses very successfully over the last number of years. We would like to say congratulations to all those who have then gone on to be successful at their BASI courses. We are running BASI prep courses throughout autumn 2009 and winter 2010 so let us know when you want to book.

These courses are designed to help you get ready for any forthcoming exams or BASI courses. With 5 BASI trainers within tdc‘s ranks these courses provide an ideal opportunity to prepare for success.

All courses include in depth video analysis.

NEW for Autumn 2009

BASIlogoOctober Courses – why wait until the onset of winter and the November storms. Enjoy the longer days and warmer conditions of skiing in October on the Tignes glacier. Very often the afternoons in October can feel really summery, training feels very different at this time of year.
Cheap accommodation and equipment testing at the Melezes Hotel in Tignes les Boisses. The guys at the Melezes run a ski and board camp where you can test all the latest kit the prices for accommodation and airport transfer have to be seen to be believed, check out the deals at:
http://www.skiandboardcamp.com/

Course Details

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tdc BASI trainers

Autumn Weeks – Monday to Friday

Prepare for BASI Levels 2, 3 & 4

5 – 9 October
12 – 16 October
23 – 27 November – Train for your teaching course
Cost 200 €

Winter Weeks – Monday to Friday

Prepare for Levels 3 & 4

18 – 22 January

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be ski ready

Winter Cost Options

  • 350€ full week
  • 200€ 5 half days
  • 50 € per half day

There will also be training throughout the winter season for those people in or near the resort, with less regimented timings – same winter costs apply.

BASI Level 1 & 2 Prep

If you are new to BASI and are thinking of embarking on your first course this level is ideal for you. Equally if you have completed the trainee instructor module and need to brush up your technique before you undertake the Level 2 Instructor Training assessment this is the perfect way to ensure success.
This is best suited for those going for Level 1 Instructor and Level 2 Instructor Training modules.

tdc basi prep courses
tdc basi prep courses

BASI Level 3 Prep

This is for people who have successfully completed the Level 2 Instructor assessment and feel they need some training before they take the next technical or teaching level.
Prepare to be at the level before your assessment.

BASI Level 4 Prep

This is for people preparing for their final technical and teaching level. These courses will be run by BASI Trainers who are involved in trainer education and who regularly deliver the BASI ISTD technical and teaching module. With a proven track record for helping people pass their final test this course is a valuable option.

book you tdc BASI prep course now

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If you need help with accommodation or transfers please let us know and we will do our best to help.