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First Tracks

Snow Camp courses give young people the opportunity to progress from beginner skiers and snowboarders right through to becoming qualified instructors and their journey starts with First Tracks.

 

About First Tracks

First Tracks provides young people (aged 13-21) with their first experience of snowsports at indoor snow centres in the UK throughout July and August every year. Over two days young people will learn how to ski or snowboard and will take part in life skills sessions focusing on independence, responsibility, confidence and self-esteem. 

Young people are taught how to ski or snowboard by qualified instructors and Snow Camp youth apprentices and volunteers, who have completed the courses in previous years. They are the best role models to demonstrate to the new young people what they can achieve with Snow Camp.

Young people are also supported by our Wellbeing Managers who are professional counsellors and are on hand to lend a ear while providing additional advice and guidance.

At the end of the two days the young people will have made significant progress on the slopes and will have experienced, for the first time, the feeling of sliding down a ski slope, giving them an increased sense of achievement and a pride in what they have accomplished.

An awards ceremony closes the course, with the young people receiving their accredited Snowsport England or Snowsport Scotland Snow Life Award along with medals and certificates, providing a lasting record of their achievement and experience with us. It is always rewarding to see the impact of First Tracks on the young people, as they always achieve far more than they thought possible and many are keen to progress on to our Graduate course, which runs throughout the Autumn.

If you work with young people and would like to enrol them on First Tracks, please get in touch with the Programme Manager in your area.

Where We Work

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Snow Camp London

Our London courses are run by Shayleigh Kitto and take place at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead.

Shayleigh 07526 204168

Snow Camp Midlands

Our Midlands courses are run by Cormac Whelan take place at the SnowDome in Tamworth.

Cormac 07719 329732

Snow Camp Scotland

Our Scotland courses are run by Laura McIntyre and take place at Snow Factor and Bearsden Ski and Board Club in Glasgow.

Laura McIntyre 07714 754476

Snow Camp North West

Our North West courses are run by Morv Bett and take place at the Chill Factore in Manchester.

07857 694953

Our Course Film

Watch this short video to find out more about our courses and the opportunities that are available for young people through Snow Camp.

I’m a full-time carer for my mum and I struggle with anxiety. Attending Snow Camp gives me a much-needed break from my responsibilities at home while improving my fitness and reducing my anxiety. Day 2 of First Tracks was a massive day in my life. I wasn't sure I wanted to go back after the first day, but I did and it’s the best decision I’ve made! First Tracks made me realise the enjoyment that comes from achievement and by sticking with snowboarding and not giving up meant I could snowboard quite well by the end! Going from VERY nearly giving up to snowboarding from the top of the big slope was an AMAZING feeling!

Connor Snow Camp young person

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