Well Rounded Skiers

All aspects of skiing and are covered including racing, moguls, park, and all-mountain skills, with a strong emphasis on mountain safety. It is our belief that building a broad base of knowledge is important to build overall skiing skills and personal development.

Podium of Life Has the Secret to Success

The secret to success is actually not a secret at all.  High achievers, whether they are athletes, musician, artists, or scholars all have one thing in common:  hours and hours of deliberate practice.  In fact, Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers, claims it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert in any field.

What is deliberate practice? It is practicing and training with a purpose.  At the Podium of Life Ski Academy, the instructors already have this figured out.  Skiers are NOT on their way to becoming an expert by randomly skiing down moguls, over jumps or around gates.  POL instructors understand this and every training session is structured with purpose.  Instead ofsending skiers out on the mountain in big groups, POL has a very small skier/instructor ratio.  For deliberate practice to occur, mistakes must be identified, addressed and corrected.  Small class size allows the instructor to pay attention to the details for EVERY skier.

What is the 10,000 hour rule?  It is simply putting in the time.  POL students are on snow up to 12 hours a week more than the average skier!  POL of life skiers are investing an extra 48 hours every month toward the 10,000 hour rule!  Wow!  Combine this extra time on snow with deliberate practice and Podium of Life has the Secret to Success!

“For the past two Winter seasons I have been attending Podium of Life Snow Sports Academy. This allowed me to train everyday to achieve my goal; to win gold in the 2018 Paralympics. My goal for the first season was just to train and race as much as I could which I did in the Vancouver Island Society of Adaptive Snowsports (VISAS). The next season’s goal was to train with both the VISAS and also get into the Able bodied club Mount Washington Ski Club (MWSC) which I did and had an excellent race season winning many medals.

It is now August 2013 and I have just received a letter from the BC Adaptive Snowsports inviting me to join the BC Para-Alpine Ski Team development program, which involves training with the BC team, attending Building Our Best camps and races and competing in the BC Winter Games for this upcoming ski season. So once again I will be attending Podium of Life. I am now setting my new short term goals and doing Summer training in preparation for the next Winter season.”

Congratulations to our 2013/2014 award recipients!

Maja Nymann – Moller Award of Excellence, top BC slalom skier, winner of the Enquist race, named to the BC High Performance Program.

Kole Harle - Teekay true grit award, top 5 BC alpine racer, named to BC High Performance Program.

Teal Harle - King of slopestyle, named to the BC Slopestyle Team, 74th in AFP world ranking, invited to train with the National Park and Pipe team.

Mel Pemble – Golden Girl and National Contender, winner of every disabled race she competed in this season.

Sofie – Slopestyle Champion, ranked 70th in AFP world ranking

Liam – Courage on skis award, one of the top ski racers BC

Calvin – Venturesome skier – willing to try new thing. Competed in the BC alpine race series

James – Radical Rail rider, 2 golds and a silver at BC Freestyle Championships

Justin – All – mountain man, loves to ski “always and everywhere”

Kieran – Diversity of Skills Master, one of the top U14 racers in the province

Hayden – Alpine Racing Jr. Star, one of the top U12 racers in the province

Jayden – Spirit of Skiing – always enthusiastic, loves to ski everywhere and give everything a go

Dillan – Queen of moguls, competed in her first freestyle event and placed top 5 in moguls and slopestyle

Sylvi – Speed Under Pressure – best performance at a big event, one of the top U14 racers in the province

Michelle – Rookie of the Year, competed in her first freestyle competition, and loves all aspects of skiing

Josie – Most improved Skier, loves all aspects of skiing especially groomed runs

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