A new season and new uniforms for New Generation Ski
The team at New Generation need the very best when it comes to ski & snowboard clothing, after all many of the instructors will clock up over 100 days and 600 hours on the mountain instructing this season. So they need to be comfortable, they need clothing that is durable, warm and won't let them down.
The days when the standard issue for a ski instructor would be an 'all in one' red suit are long gone. No colour is off limits to these instructors in fact the brighter the better as this makes them more visible on the mountain!
For the 5th consecutive year we're pleased to have been asked to supply New Generation instructors with much of their ski equipment requirements. From ski helmets to back protection, ski goggles to skis all of the instructor’s gear that you will see in the 10 resorts that New Gen now operate in is available to buy in our stores.
Anyone who has visited Courchevel or Meribel in recent years will have spotted the New Gen instructors. They have became as well known for their 'subtle' shades of clothing as they have for their excellent teaching skills.
Winter 2012/13 continues along a similar theme as New Gen instructors have selected the best selling The North Face Enzo Jacket from The North Face Summit Series range. The clothing is constructed from GORE-TEX Pro 3 layer fabric and is ultralight, whilst being perfect for extreme and extended use.
Alesandro Cambon, who runs New Generation "Work while you train" ski instructor programme in Nendaz says "I think the uniform is great. I love the colour, but more important it is light and comfortable for working and training."
For 2012/13 the team at New Gen have selected a range of skis from brands such as K2, Salomon & Armada but by far the brand of choice for this season is Head. The most popular skis in the range are the versatile: i.Supershape Magnum ski and i.Supershape Titan ski
Tom Speakman, an instructor in Courchevel 1850 says the Supershape Magnum really is such a versatile ski. "It is great for everything. I use them for teaching intermediates, training instructors and for skiing in my free time. With the KERS technology it allows me to swap between carving and short turns easily for demonstrations. I have always been a fan of Head as a brand and the Supershape ticks a lot of boxes."
Tom Saxlund, New Generation’s owner also skis on the Head Magnum ski. He wholeheartedly agrees with how versatile the ski is. He says "Really really good on piste for carving, and have a tight radius, but can also cope with large radius turns too. On piste very grippy. They are surprisingly good in the bumps and actually feel softer and more forgiving in the bumps and the powder than you would expect for a ski that performs so well on piste."
Sam Wheeler. Then with all the snow that the alps has seen, some of the instructors have been making the most of it with some fatter off piste skis. For example Sam Wheeler who is on New Generation’s Verbier team, skies on the Armada JJs ski. He said how good the rockered off piste style has been in all this season’s fresh snow, and that the JJs really perform in all the chopped up stuff too. Great for those wide freeride turns.”
Meanwhile Sam Pickup has been leading the way on the touring front this season. He says "This year I bought Line Sir Francis Bacon skis and have fitted them with Marker F Tour 12 touring bindings. I went for a slightly shorter ski than normal so they are really agile for kick turns. The skis themselves are really fun off piste whether it is light powder or heavier crud that I need to smash through."
Amy bought herself a new pair of goggles and says she often struggles to find a good female goggle fit for the smaller face. She went for the Salomon Xtend Xcess8 ski goggles and says they are great. "They're a really good fit and the lenses are really versatile - they were surprisingly good in flatter light."
Nine of New Generation’s team have also given the Hotronic Snapdrys the thumbs up. The difference between warm and cold feet can really make or break your day’s skiing. Euan explains: "Often it can be tricky to dry your boots overnight an so I often pop these on before breakfast and in no time my boots are toasty and dry!"
New Generation Ski & Snowboard school now operates across 10 resorts in the French & Swiss Alps. They specialise in developing new coaching tactics to help people change their skiing. They also teach all levels, from first snow plough turners, to instructor trainees.