I had my first week of lessons with Alliance when I'd just about mastered linking turns and was cruising on blues, but lacked confidence and style. After 5 days with Simon I was transformed into a different rider. I learnt things about control, accuracy and speed that I didn't know existed never mind knew how to apply. At the end of the week, I could happily zip down reds without fear. But more than anything, I also started to *look* like a snowboarder for the first time.
Since then, I've made an annual pilgrimage to Tignes so that Alliance can keep "pimping my ride". I've had a mixture of technical, freestyle and freeride training in group lessons and always come away achieving far more than I'd set my sights on.
In January, I had a private lesson for the first time. Due to the overnight snowfall we did a mixture of offpiste - scoring fresh tracks and working on variable terrain - and freestyle. I've come away with 2 new tricks ticked off in my trick book and plenty to work on for the rest of the season.
There are two main reasons why I keep going back to Alliance. The first is for the high quality tuition and professionalism. There's no doubt that the Alliance coaches are at the top of their game. They can take complex, difficult techniques, demonstrate them perfectly and then break them down step-by-step so that you can understand how to replicate them. They really take the time to get to know their clients, their capabilities and aspirations to ensure that they get the most of their lessons. The second, is because they make the lessons the most fun you can have on snow in two hours.
The Alliance coaches have given me the confidence to try things I'd never dreamt I could do and have shared my celebrations of each accomplishment, be it major or minor. There are snowboard schools and then there is Alliance Snowboarding School. For me, no other comes close.
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