ALPBACH VISITORS SKI CLUB
The Alpbach Visitors Ski Club (AVSC) was founded over forty years ago in Alpbach, Tirol, Austria. It remains there today because it has a unique relationship with the village and people of Alpbach.
In the early years and in its heyday, AVSC was at the forefront of British Junior Alpine Skiing running 4 courses every year for about 20 to 30 trainees and produced many of the early British alpine champions. Although much emphasis is now placed on year round training on the dry ski slopes, and now the new indoor arenas with real snow, AVSC is still alive and well!
While the UK based clubs gained in importance, AVSC continued as a social club and offered “snow fun” skiing courses for children as they believe children learn much more when they are enjoying their classes. But behind the fun there was a serious aim, to turn out good all round skiers who although they may not be able to race competitively are, with confidence, able to tackle any slope in any conditions.
Their continued emphasis is on getting the basics right and where better to do this than on snow! They now have some promising skiers under training.
They run two courses each year for 8-18 year olds, at February half term and at Easter, and are considering starting a third course at Christmas. The Junior Training Committee monitors the progress of each child to ensure that every one of them is brought on and “stretched” within his or her capabilities. They have re-introduced race training for those who have mastered the basics and are beginning to see a steady improvement in this area as well.