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Internship Testimonial – Frederique

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by
Matt Barlow
 

Internship Testimonial – Frederique  

Frederique is a very talented young snowboarder out of the Netherlands who came to Canada to take part in a Ninja Academy Snowboarding 3-week internship. After a couple of weeks training, she picked up her CASI (Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors) level 1 certificate and joined the ranks at Marmot Basin. Freddy quickly took to her new role in the ski school, located in the beautiful Jasper National Park in Canada, instructing youngster and adults alike. Her passion for snowboarding shone through as her skills continued to progress during morning snowboard sessions with our Ninja Academy coaches. In no time at all Freddy had learned the roles and responsibilities of a snowboard instructor and experienced the rewarding feeling of earning a wage teaching something she loved.

We got together with Freddy to provide us with a few words on her experience. If you're thinking of a life in the mountains or turning your hobby into a profession then you should try a 3-week internship with Ninja Academy Snowboarding.

Freddy was kind enough to provide us with a testimonial in English and also her native tongue of Dutch! Scroll down for the translation.

[English]

Who are you?

My name is Frederique, I am 19 years old and I am from the Netherlands.

What do you enjoy the most about Jasper?

What I enjoy most about Jasper is that it is a small but nice town. Everyone knows each other and it is nice to hang out with everyone. There are a lot of things to do in Jasper, more than you would think. You have a lot of nice places you can go for food & drinks with everyone and there are a lot of activities you can do which is what makes Jasper such a nice place. On top of that, Jasper is located in a National Park so you get some really nice views when you live here.

What do you enjoy the most about Marmot Basin?

What I like the most about Marmot Basin is there is a nice atmosphere and vibe. Everyone is super friendly, everyone who works here is super friendly and everyone helps you a lot. There are many nice spots where you can chill out in between snowboarding and skiing. You have lots of different options to go snowboarding and skiing, you have beginner slopes to double black diamond slopes. You can go everywhere, even off-piste and between the trees. There are lots of good secret spots to go down.

How was the training during the course?

The training I had during the 3-week course with Ninja Academy was excellent. The coaching was great, when I came here I was an experienced snowboarder but during the 3-week course there was a huge improvement in my snowboarding with all the technical information and you learn a lot from Ninja Academy, not only during the 3 weeks but throughout the season.

Would you recommend Ninja Academy?

I would say definitely do it and it’s definitely the best decision I made in my life. Everyone can do it, it doesn’t matter what level of snowboarding you are at. It really improves your snowboarding, you learn a lot more about teaching others and everything to do with snowboarding. So again, I would say do it.

[Dutch]

Wie ben je?

Mijn naam is Frederique. Ik ben 19 jaar en ik kom uit Nederland.

Wat vind je het leukste aan Jasper?

Wat ik het leukste aan Jasper vind, is dat het een heel klein maar gezellig dorpje is. Iedereen kent elkaar en het is dus ook heel fijn om met iedereen om te gaan.

Je hebt ook verrassend veel dingen die je kunt doen in Jasper. Er zijn heel veel plaatsen waar je gezellig wat kunt drinken of eten, maar je hebt ook heel veel verschillende activiteiten, wat Jasper heel leuk maakt.

Daarnaast ligt Jasper natuurlijk ook in een nationaal park, dus je hebt het beste uitzicht wat je maar kan hebben als je hier woont.

Wat vind je het leukste aan Marmot Basin?

Wat ik het leukste en het beste aan Marmot Basin vind, is dat de sfeer hier heel goed is. Iedereen is super vriendelijk en iedereen helpt je met alles.

Je hebt ook super veel plekken waar je lekker kan relaxen tussendoor het snowboarden of skiën. Daarnaast heb je veel verschillende mogelijkheden om te gaan skiën of snowboarden. Er zijn beginners pistes tot ‘Double Blacks’, ofwel  uitdagende zwarte pistes maar je kan eigenlijk ook overal off-piste en tussen alle bomen door. Ook zijn er super veel ‘secret spots’ waar je goed naar beneden kunt boarden of skiën.

Hoe was de training tijdens de cursus?

De training tijdens de 3-weekse cursus die ik heb gedaan met Ninja Academy,  was echt top. De coaching was heel erg goed.

Toen ik hier kwam was ik best wel een ervaren snowboarder maar  binnen 3 weken is mijn snowboarden heel veel verbeterd met alle technische punten. Je leert heel veel tijdens 3 weken maar ook tijdens heel het seizoen van Ninja Academy.

Zou je Ninja Academy aanraden?

Ik zou zeggen: zeker doen! Het is het beste wat ik ooit in mijn leven heb gedaan.

Iedereen kan dit doen, het maakt niet uit van welk level snowboarden je bent.

Het verbetert super erg je snowboarden en je leert super veel over lesgeven en alles wat met snowboarden te maken heeft.

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