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ICE gets its intro touring courses back on track for next year

Following its early closure in March 2020, there has been no skiing or snowboarding in Val d'Isere. For many months the residents of Val d'Isere had to look forlornly at pristine empty pistes and dormant lifts while the town fell silent. That is about to change however as Val d'Isere is due to open its glacier skiing in Le Fornet ahead of the summer season and looks forward to welcome intrepid snowsport enthusiasts keen to lay down some turns after a period of abstinence. Covid-19 regulations will of course be observed and the area will be limited to 600 people per day at this stage. This bodes well for the forthcoming winter season and we have released a full winter program of courses for this season as usual.

The program for season 2020/2021 has been released on the ICE website. Despite the interruptions due to Covid-19 at the end of last season, the resort of Val d'Isere is gearing up to be able to receive visitors for next winter and as a result ICE has released its course program and we look forward to an exciting winter.

Mark Jones made his yearly pilgrimage to the ski tests this winter. The annual SIGB ski tests are a great opportunity to pay homage to next years brace of new skis. This year was an exception in that the whole event was due to be run in the Italian Alps but was cancelled at the last minute due to the virus outbreak. Incredibly ,the UK ski industry made a herculean effort and managed to shift the whole event up to Glenshee, Scotland! The timing of this was impeccable, because this coincided with a period of great snow, and wall to wall sunshine in the highlands, a rare event indeed!

What does it feel like to achieve a perfect turn?

Last week was race training week with ICE!

Mark Jones tests and explains to us why he thinks these piste skis are the best ones for 2020.

Here we have Mark Jones explaining the benefits of the best men’s freeride skis. He is one of the chief testers at the Ski Test.

ICE Val d’Isère Ski Instructor Training Centre have won 2 awards.

The BASI National Education Team give us some great ski fitness tips!

How to tune your edges!

The women showing us how it’s done!

ICE Trainer Rupert Tildesley was one of the 4 Tech examiners in Hintertux this May!

3 Tech week in Val d’Isère.

Congratulations to Dessi Popova for passing the 3 Tech this March in Val d’Isère!

The BASI National Education Team proudly representing GB & the EU.

Some of our ICE trainers in Pamporovo, Bulgaria at the Interski Congress 2019!

The BASI National Education Team arrive at Sofia Airport ready for some training before INTERSKI 2019!

One legend, one champion & one rising star all reveal the sensation of creating that perfect turn!

ICE director & BASI NET team member Mark Jones gets involved in ski testing through the winter. In this article, he runs through the highs and lows of ski testing, and how to pick the right team for it.

Behind the scenes look at James Woods. The tricky decisions, tactics, weather and of course that all important top tip of avoiding the fence!!

14 years ago this week, the legend that is Dougie Mill was in ICE Trainer Rupert's group training for his BASI level 2 with ICE. This week Rupert is delighted to be running the very same course alongside him as a trainer.

C'mon ICE Students, I know many of you have skied in the Scottish mountains, all this competition requires is to submit video footage of your best single descent in the UK from 2018 or 2019. To take advantage of Snowsport Scotland's competition enter and submit your link ....

One of our partner ski schools in Italy, Interski, is currently recruiting.

Frequently we get students asking about what equipment to buy and questions about the Salomon S/Lab Shift binding. Great video clip to explain how simple the Shift binding is from ski mode to hike mode.

It's official, Dave Ryding is now the most successful alpine World Cup skier in Britain's history. Second place in Kitzbühel a couple of years ago and now in now Ryding makes history in Oslo on New Years Day with a second again. Matched with Marcel Hirscher in the semi-final, Ryding held his nerve and stole the win. Meeting Marco Schwarz in the final knowing that second place was in the bag, Dave was elated, however a slow start allowed Marco the lead putting great pressure on Ryding, he jettisoned and caught up, but skiing on a knife edge forced an error and Marco took first place. "I'll look back at the end of my career and see where I'm at, but I just want to keep working, keep learning, keep getting better and maybe - you never know - maybe go that one step more," Ryding said.

Fantastic to see the two ICE trainers dressed up in the Christmas ski gear, I'm just not sure which one this is, Dave or Rupert?

Marcel Hirscher's interview at the Audi FIS World Cup in Val d'Isere. It's the hardest GS in World Cup, describes Hirscher.

The Audi FIS World Cup at Val d'Isere this weekend proved to be sensational yet again. Held on La Face de Bellevade, notoriously excellent for steep giant slalom and with a smattering of snow and wind made conditions extra dicey for the skiers. However Marcel Hirscher proved yet again he was the master of the slopes and blasted into first place with ease, with a whopping 0.71 margin on his first run. Hirscher celebrated his 60th World Cup win and the 5th giant slalom win in Val d’Isère.

Great conditions in Val d'Isere and more snow to follow this weekend with another half a meter forecast. For those early birds catching the snow, I'm jealous!

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