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TARGET’s Summer Ski Courses 2014

The 2014 summer course focus will be: Ski Technique and Ski Race Training

At TARGET we are excited to announce our 2014 summer ski training courses in Les Deux Alpes. Experience the thrill of ski training in the morning and the relaxed summer holiday atmosphere in the afternoons! Develop your skiing in small, focused groups with two of the UK’s highest qualified ski instructors who will work with you to help you reach your personal skiing targets. These ski courses are for anyone looking to jump their skiing to the next level and include technical training as well as ski race training. This year our summer courses include accommodation in a lovely catered chalet, with everyone staying together we will have a great time and you will go home a better skier.

Where and When?

Our summer ski courses will be run on the Les Deux Alpes glacier in France. We have selected this location as it is the ultimate summer ski training location for quick lift turnarounds, so you get more skiing in, excellent snow conditions and a huge variety of off-snow training facilities. Find more information at

There are 3 weeks of courses running between the 21st June and 12th July 2014.

Week 1: Saturday 21st June – Saturday 28th June

Week 2: Saturday 28th June – Saturday 5th July

Week 3: Saturday 5th July – Saturday 12th July

What’s Involved?

This high altitude course will keep you working on your skiing technique over the summer months so you will be ready to achieve new targets by winter.

During the mornings (until about 1pm) we will be running all-round technical ski training as well as Giant Slalom and Slalom race training. We will use a variety of drills and exercises in and out of gates to develop your skiing towards your personal goals. It is a great time to work on technique as the conditions and terrain are consistent. As always the TARGET ski courses are run by experienced ski coaches Amanda and Lynn, both have the highest level of ski teaching qualification and are BASI instructor trainers.

We will have lunch at the chalet, then after lunch it is time to enjoy the sunshine while developing relevant ski specific fitness levels with a personal trainer in a relaxed and fun environment. There will be some evening theory sessions focusing on understanding technique and improving your ski teaching knowledge. We will also use video analysis throughout the course as a tool to enhance performance, learning and understanding.

What’s Included?

This is an all inclusive course so we will take care of everything from the moment you step off the plane. A return transfer is available from Lyon airport to Les Deux Alpes on Saturday. You will enjoy a camp atmosphere while staying in the TARGET team chalet (a beautiful, spacious chalet in a lovely quiet location) on a full board basis enjoying 3-course dinners, great breakfasts and a hot lunch after ski training. A 6-day liftpass will be ready for you on your arrival. You will receive 5 days of personalised coaching with Amanda and Lynn, two of the UK’s top ski instructors.

How Do I Get there?

There are regular flights to Lyon from the UK with Easyjet. Return transfers on Saturday are included in the package price, these transfers will be in a private car or minibus from Lyon airport to Les Deux Alpes and back again when you depart. To catch the transfer please book flights to arrive in Lyon airport on Saturday before 4pm and depart Lyon the following Saturday after 10am. Please do not book your flights until your course is confirmed. The Arrival Day for the course is Saturday allowing a warm-up ski day on the Sunday and the coaching sessions run Monday to Friday. So if arriving Sunday suits better let us know, you will not miss any training and we can adjust the fees accordingly. (Please note: If the weather is not great for during the week, we may swap the freeski day to midweek or end of week to allow training in the best conditions. This will happen at short notice.)

What is the Price?

A great price for 6 days all inclusive* ski course with TARGET : £750 per week

*The price includes liftpass (6 days), 7 nights Full-board Accommodation (based on 2 people sharing a room, please ask if you are interested in a single room supplement), 5 days of technical and race training in small groups (no more than 1:8 coaching ratio) with Amanda and Lynn, return Lyon airport to Les Deux Alpes transfer at the scheduled time. The price does not include insurance or flights. Do not book your flights until your course is confirmed.

With 1, 2 or 3 week training options available there will be a discount of £50 per week for those staying more than one week.

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Week 2: Saturday 28th June – Saturday 5th July

Week 3: Saturday 5th July – Saturday 12th July

How do I book?

Please email us at to register a place and to request a booking form. Spaces are limited so get in touch to reserve a place on the TARGET Summer Ski Courses 2014 soon.

Summer is one of my favourite times of the year to go skiing – always great snow for perfecting skiing skills, lovely warm weather and great outdoor activities to do in the afternoons.” Amanda Pirie

“Our summer courses are a great opportunity to progress towards your skiing targets. We will concentrate on technique and challenge your skiing in gates as well as develop your ski fitness through a fun and challenging programme.” Lynn Sharp



A busy year!

Hi everyone,

So my blog has been seriously neglected over the last 12 months and I apologise for the radio silence.

A lot of great things have happened and I am going to do more to keep sharing my stories instead of enjoying them all to myself!

TARGET logo white backgroundFirst off, my good friend and fellow BASI demo team member Amanda Pirie and I joined forces this summer to create TARGET Ski Training – a unique level of training aimed to unlock your potential and propel you towards your skiing targets whatever they may be.  Click on our logo and it will take you to our website where you can find out more information and subscribe to our newsletter.  We run performance courses for skiers covering race training, exam preparation, all-mountain skiing, off-piste education and specially designed private tuition.

We launched over the summer, and then ran 5 weeks of courses this Autumn.  You can imagine that it has taken up a lot of our time and I spend most of my time updating the social media sites of Target Ski Training nowadays.  We learnt a lot, even though we’ve been doing this together for 5 years and are looking forward to running our summer camps in Les Deux Alpes this June and July.


Last season I became a BASI trainer and so since December I have been running several Level 1 Instructor courses as well as a trip to Sestola on a technical exchange with the Italians, there wasn’t a huge amount of snow there early January but it was an incredibly hospitable trip.  I’ve been working more and more with BASI and in December was thrilled to be selected onto the BASI Demo Team who will be going to Argentina to the Interski Congress in 2015. I can’t wait to present our ideas to instructors of the rest of the world.  Check out this little clip of the selection weekend in Zermatt to give you an idea of what demo skiing is all about:

Amanda and I are the second couple to feature in this video.  We will both be going to Argentina in a 10-strong team.  First training camp starts in May after the end of season BASI courses.

I have to say that work has been quite relentless this season – a very good thing but I have only had 2 days off for ‘me-skiing’ since I started work in October so I am very excited to be heading out to Kuhtai in Austria this week to test all of next season’s skis. Hopefully I will get to update soon on what’s hot and what’s not for the snow next year!

1176404_10152161586951405_1563000844_n  Photo : Running a bumps session during the BASI Level 3/4 Preparation course for New Generation Ski School in Val d’Isere.

New Generation Staff Training

Hi all,

Last time I wrote I was about to run a staff training session for some of the instructors that were free to don their stiff skis and work on our own techniques.

Here is a short video of a great afternoon back in January! :

January Round Up

528765_10151176862522820_637897039_nAs I write this I am looking out at a very snowy and windy Val d’Isere.  The resort is getting the top up I have been hoping for for a while now.  It’s been a very busy month, hence the lack of blogs but apart from the 9-4 teaching cycle how can it be so manic?  Well, there has been lesson planning, prep work, french lessons, badminton matches, family visits, meetings, dinners, powder days and then the general cooking, cleaning (not so much) and rest time that everyone needs.

In fact things are pretty great, I don’t have spare time because if I have a few hours off I will find something to do with them.  Just don’t ask me what’s going on in the news, to review any movies or to sleep during the day.

I am especially happy after passing my Rookie delivery of the BASI level 1 Instructor course, meaning I am now a BASI trainer.  It was great fun teaching young aspiring skiers the skills to become instructors.  The days were long as I was delivering both on and off the hill and had to have those sessions planned out but I enjoyed thinking up ways to develop these kids and get them to the level.

The french is coming along, although the only time I really get to practice is on a Tuesday with my tutor!  The fitness is coming along as I have been getting into badminton some evenings after work.  January also saw my parents come to visit, bringing Christmas with them.  Unfortunately that week saw temperatures of -25 consistently all day but the weather was sunny and the snow good.

Working hard delivering to a range of clients has meant there hasn’t been much ski time for me.  Luckily I made up for this with my great colleagues Blair, Jas and Dougie last Saturday.  For evidence of our amazing day and an awesome edit from Blair follow this link:

This week I am looking forward to skiing the snow thats currently dumping in my off-piste lesson tomorrow, delivering my staff training session on Friday and a ski for me day on Saturday.

If anyone is thinking of heading to the alps the snow is falling, but do take note the french holidays are starting!  Happy Skiing!


Snow Conditions in Val d’Isere

SAM_0679… Are amazing!  With a long spell of cold and clear conditions you’d expect the snow to be getting harder underfoot but instead it is remaining quite soft.  The hard-packed areas are chalky and grippy and there is cover EVERYWHERE with 250cm depth still on the top slopes.

The pisting has been great and not too many bumps forming at the end of the day.  The local off-piste is getting a bit tracked out but with a hike and the right aspect there is still some nice snow to be had.  If you can get a last minute deal, this is the place to be!

Check out this wee video from an after work ski after an early finish :


Happy New Year!




Season 2012/13 Launched

DSC_1136Hello Folks!  Good to be back and re-launching this season’s blog!  Can’t quite believe I am over 7 weeks into the season already and its not even Christmas!  So much has been going on, so much to report!  Where to start?

Well firstly… it’s been all quiet on here as I launched my new Facebook page a few weeks ago, a professional page relating to all things skiing.  It’s full of cool and useful links relating to the snow, lots of pictures from the last few weeks and all my details are on there too to keep you up to date.  Click here for the Facebook Site, it gets updated daily.

Secondly, I started a resort blog for Val d’Isere through  Reporting on the latest snow and weather conditions, news and events happening right here in Val – if your interested in planning a trip to Val or just want the local gossip from town that blog can be found at Snowvole Val d’Isere Blog.

So where have I been for 7 weeks at this time of year?  I moved out to Val on the 24th October – a very laden car made it the 1136miles door to door.  And I was straight into work on the 25th working with one of my old athletes Clare on the Tignes glacier for 3 days.  From there I travelled to Les Deux Alpes for a 7 day glacier camp with the British Ski Academy.  Both glaciers had amazing snow on them and weather that more or less behaved itself.  With a stopover at home for a night to collect kit I then went over to Zermatt for 4 days to attend the BASI trainers conference and the coaching conference that was running alongside it.  It was great to keep all things BASI up to scratch, its now been a year since the trainer selection and I am still waiting to Rookie a course so it was a good refresher in the meantime.

DSC_1102That brings us up to the start of November – phew.  This year Amanda Pirie and I ran our usual Eurotest/Performance Ski Coaching course over 5 weeks in the resort of Saas Fee.  What a great few weeks we had – everyday blue sky and great packed snow.  While we didn’t have as many Eurotester’s this year, there was a mixture of ski instructors training for exams, masters ski racers and those wishing to improve their race technique like the Ladies week we ran on the second week.  It worked really well, with the two of us coaching and taking no more than 8 per coach we always had our bases covered.  I even got some time to train myself and help set times for our Eurotester’s.  Just a run per day but a lot of fun, although very addictive, once I got going it was hard to stop after one run!

The video evidence is below and you will see I have a new toy in the form of a headcam – lots of fun.

After 3 glorious weeks though, the last two were a different story!  A BIG storm came across the alps – all good news for the resorts but not so much for race training.  In 3 days 1.5m of snow fell on the glacier and we had a lot of wind to contend with.  So along came plan b,c,d and all the other contingency plans – we kept them busy off the hill on the days we couldn’t get up and actually got some brilliant freeskiing techinical work done so a really good job to those trainees who stayed patient and worked hard in tough conditions.

I finished in Saas Fee on the 7th December in time for our New Generation Staff training weekend.  I drove 250 miles circumnavigating Mont Blanc via Geneva all in snow for a day in Courchevel and then home for a day’s training in Val – below.  We got our new team kit – very orange but amazingly bright and really easy to spot on those bad weather days.  I also got my new kit like skis, poles, goggles – a nice treat after a long month in Switzerland.522603_10152385770535495_1489380289_n

When I arrived back home the Men’s World Cup was on La Face, I could see it from my bed!  Val d’Isere sure know how to through a party!  This past weekend was the Ladies World Cup in La Daille too – conditions for that were great until DH race day when snow and wind lowered the start of the race, made flat light conditions and then eventually also cancelled Saturday’s Super-G.  Great to see both Dave and Chemmy racing in these events live though and having a brief catch up with them both.  I was working on the course team on Friday’s DH race and slipped the course in between Vonn and Mancuso and again just before Chemmy – ace but nerve racking, not something you want to mess up!  I was then helping take down the safety netting that afternoon when the predicted snowstorm started to hit town.65194_10151112301307820_1983851844_n

Unfortunately I’ve been a little under the weather this past week – not a good time to be ill, I was shadowing a Level 1 BASI course with my mate Mark Jones but eventually had to take a day off working the World Cup yesterday (not such a bad thing as yesterday was taking down more netting in the cold!) hopefully now on the mend. 🙂

Well I will finish off here – Today I had my first New Gen lesson of the winter!  I had a great private lesson with a confident skier given the whiteout snowstorm conditions that we have this week.  The weather is in, about 20cm of snow has fallen today and more all through the week with Wednesday looking to be the best day.  I have lots of exciting plans and looking forward to be featuring in your inbox or browser again soon.

Happy Skiing!

Lynn’s Ski Sale

Looking for some new kit but don’t want to bust the bank?  I have a large range of new and used ski kit for sale – skis, poles, protection, goggles, catsuits, training tops, shorts, jackets and trousers.  There is also some race wax to go too.  My selling list is everchanging and an ongoing process so if there is anything not listed that you think I might be able to help you with please email and ask.  For all info and more details on the kit available you can contact me on :

For pictures please follow this link to the online album : Ski Sale Photos

For more detailed info on the products follow this link to the spreadsheet : New & Used Ski Sale