Image: Ticket to Ride Group
August 01 2011
It’s never premature to think about skiing, even if you’re reading this with sand between your toes at Cornwall’s new Ticket to Ride Kitesurf Academy (first picture, www.ttridekitesurfing.com; courses from £50) in Perranporth. An intriguing development is the Powder University (www.cmhski.com/powder-U; from C$6,579, about £4,149) in Banff, Canada, headed by Roko Koell, the so-called Professor of Powder behind its inception.
His Powder 707 course in the Bugaboo range (second picture) starts in December, and programmes carry on into April, when the five- or seven-day Powder 505 launches in the Cariboos. It is serious business, seeking the most challenging terrain available on any given day; only confident skiers or riders – comfortable on double black diamond runs at resorts such as Whistler and able to cope with couloirs – should apply. Weeks are limited to 10 skiers/riders, with prices including guides, coaches and a Bell 407 chopper.