We are a dry ski slope in the grounds of Christ’s College in Guildford. A large part of what we do is teaching the students at the school as part of the curriculum, but equally important, we are also open to the general public, ie YOU! Membership of Christ’s College Ski Club is open to anyone aged 5 years or older. Becoming a member is easy, membership for the current ski season is included in the price of your first visit to us. It doesn’t commit you to anything, there are no catches, it just means you can use our slopes!
We also have a separate slope dedicated to donutting, which was added when the slopes underwent a major rebuild in 2009. This has proved very popular with adults and children alike.
James established Bishop Reindorp Ski Centre in 1983, which became Christ’s College Ski Club when Bishop Reindorp School became Christ’s College in 2003, and he was teaching people to ski even before that. He is a highly experienced artificial slope instructor and is responsible for ensuring that all teaching at the slope is of a high standard and is geared towards individual needs. James likes to share his knowledge and experiences in his own relaxed and friendly manner (watch out for the very dodgy sense of humour).
The rest of the squad
A small number of dedicated volunteer instructors complete the team at the Club, some have been with us for over 10 years. All are registered with an appropriate governing body – either Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland, or BASI. We have an ongoing instructor training program covering personal performance, teaching, first aid and ski technician skills. We are proud to say that most of our instructors have the excellent BASP 2 day Mountain First Aid qualification, and are Salomon Rental Technician trained. You may occasionally find a second instructor helping with, or observing, your lesson, as shadowing other lessons is part of our ongoing training process.
We aim to make all lessons as much fun as possible, whilst keeping you safe, because if you are enjoying yourself there’s a good chance you will also be learning. We pride ourselves on being sympathetic to every individual’s needs, including the most nervous beginners. We are also happy to let you pick our brains with any questions about equipment, lessons in resort, where to go for a good holiday, what to wear, or anything else ski related.
Here’s a picture of Paul our snowboard instructor, well, he says it’s him!