To ski lovers, and fans of winters sports in general, the months between the spring closure of ski resorts and their re-opening in winter feel particularly long.
This is why many choose not to give up on high altitude skiing, and practice summer skiing in beautiful locations such as Cervinia and Stelvio in Italy, Saas Fee in Switzerland, Hintertux and Strubai in Austria, and Tignes and Les Deux Alpes in France.
At the latter resort, located in the Isère region, summer skiing is not only seen as a fun activity or an irresistible pastime, but also as an opportunity to improve your technique while waiting for the winter season. The 50kms of slopes at Les Deux Alpes, which reach an altitude of 3650 metres, have inspired the development of a summer program known as ‘Jam Session’. The idea comes from Ski Academy Network, an Italian ski school that can count on the experience of certified trainers and coaches.
What exactly is a ‘Jam Session’? It is an original, engaging teaching programme for all ages, which allows anyone to refine their skiing technique by splitting each day between theory lessons in the classroom and practical training on the track.
During your downhill descent, you are always in touch with your coaches through the Whisper radio system; your performance is also filmed, so you can review and analyse it later.
You will also undertake classic training with ‘dry ‘exercises (without equipment), which help you understand and optimise the correct moves. Furthermore, each student can request a personalised training plan and receive a dedicated technical evaluation at the end of the course.
Ski Academy Network offers courses of different lengths for all ages, from week-long full-immersion sessions (4 hours a day on the slopes and 2 hours a day in the classroom) to easier sessions, such as the ‘Easy and Fun’ package (2-3 hours a day for 2 to 6 days).
Pricing starts at €325 and reach up to €1,450 including courses, ski pass and lodging. These are significant prices, yes, but they should be seen as an investment by anyone who wants to refine their professional skiing technique ahead of the winter season.