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WHIP help

Discussion in 'Thredbo' started by SAL, May 9, 2012.

  1. SAL

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    My wife is relatively new to skiing and probably higher level 3 or lower 4 (skis easier blues with parallel turns). She is actually nicely balanced over the skis, but lacks confidence. The WHIP course suggests a minimum of level 5. Would she be out of her grade if she attempted the program or do they cater for lower grade skiers? Any help/advice, particularly from those who have done the program or taught it, would be appreciated.
     
  2. macdaddy

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    I'm also interested in this. My wife can ski (or should I say get down) anywhere on the mountain (Golf Course Bowl, Bluff, Funnelweb etc.) and has skiied double black runs in Canada that were steeper then anything in Oz. However, she is quite slow and cautious and her technique definitely needs a lot of work. She's probably had about 70 - 80 days on snow (most of them in a single season in Canada)

    I'd love to know if this course would be suitable for her.
     
  3. Triangle42

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    I would email them, the email for their private lessons and I am guessing for WHIP as well is snowsportsbookings@thredbo.com.au
    Hope this helps!
     
  4. SAL

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    Thanks T42 but I have been in contact and they suggested I get her appraised with a private lesson earlier in the season and get the instructor to determine her suitability. However I was interested in the perspective of someone experienced in the program to give me an idea of how flexible they are when it comes to the skill levels of applicants.
     
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  5. Rover

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    I did the HIP program at thredders a few years ago.
    I did it with a group of similar level skiers, some from here.
    I think the important thing is maiking sure the group you are doing it with are of s similar level. We knew everyone on our group except for one couple who were the weakest skiers in the group.
    its not a SLAP program but a HIP program...so its not about being at a high level to begin with.
    I have heard that with the WHIP program there are groups that are move interested in the socail aspect rather than the improvement of ski-ing aspect.

    I would discuss with with the the ski school.

    I would advise to get some ski-ing in prior to commenement of the program, and maybe a lesson or two to brush off the cobwebs prior to assesment on the first day, otherwise you may end up in the wrong group.

    Enjoy..I did...and found it well worthwhile.
     
  6. SAL

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    Thanks Rover
     
  7. Little Tiger

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    The definition of level 5 from their website is this
    So if she is parallel on blue runs sound like she is level 5?
     
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  8. SAL

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    The first chart only goes to 6 and the second chart goes to 8 so you need to scale up the grade from the first chart. If she is 3 to 4 on the first chart she should be fine. They just don't want beginners who have not been off Friday Flat. If she is happy skiing blue runs she is in the target group. Best idea is to talk to them a bit closer to the season when they have more staff who will be able to answer your questions.

    I did one of these courses a long time ago. They split us into 3 groups depending on our skiing ability. It was well worth doing and we were taken places that challenged us but was within our ability. I learnt about new places even though I had skied Thredbo quite a bit. We also improved our technique quite a lot. I would have liked more tecnical stuff but I am a mechanical engineer so a bit obsessed with the technical side of things.
     
  10. SAL

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    Thanks skichanger, that's what I wanted to know.
     
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    I did an old school women's and two subsequent SLAPs. Both women described are perfect candidates. I fully recommend the five day. They will group you a few hours into day 1. It won't be perfect but they will love it. At that stage of your skiing you will bound ahead, I honestly believe its perfect for gung go intermediates.

    My last experience was less impressive, I'm a pretty good skier these days with the age old bad habits that a few instructors on here will see from half a km away. But how are you going to fix that in 5 days.
     
  12. SAL

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    Thanks tbnext.
     
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  13. macdaddy

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    Thanks for the info all!