Tobin Leopkey took his first ski instructor course in 1992 at the age of 16. Now at the slightly creakier age of 41 he is still passionate about teaching people to slide down a snowy hill. He is a Canadian Ski Instructor’s Alliance certified a Level 4 instructor and former member of the CSIA High Performance Team. Having taught at many resorts along the way, Tobin is currently owner and head coach of Section 8 Snowsport Institute, where he runs ski instructor courses, mountain leadership programs and all mountain ski technique camps around the world.
Drills and progressions that you’ll find in most ski instructional videos are great… if they meet the following criteria:
Piste to Peak Volume #1 will give you a solid understanding of ski technique fundamentals so you can relate specific movement patterns with specific results on the snow.
This video will breakdown the skills, the best ways to perform them and most importantly… explain why? The trouble shooting section will help you determine areas of weakness and give you a few tricks to develop whatever it is that is holding you back.
Piste to Peak Volume #1 will not only improve your own ski technique… but will also give you the knowledge to share your passion for skiing with others. It’s a great reference for both recreational skiers and budding ski instructors.
Essentially this video contains the skiing curriculum we cover on snow throughout the first week of our legendary ski instructor courses.
Maybe not… but with all the great information we’ve crammed in, Piste to Peak Volume #1 is a pretty good alternative. It is designed to help you better understand ski technique and give you cues to monitor your own progress.
By the way, we do coaching in real life as well… contact us!
One day of private lessons at a fancy resort costs about $600… that’s $4,200 + tax + tip for a week… then you have to buy your instructor expensive draught beer at apres!
This video is $20 CAD (that’s like $15USD)… there’s no tip required;) and there’s stuff in there you can start practicing right away before you even hit the slopes. If you really don’t like it… Heck… we’ll give you your money back.
“I would like to take this opportunity to let you know how impressed I am with your “Piste to Peak” DVD. As a lowly CSIA level 1 ski instructor, I suppose you could say I’m a “ski technique geek” and have an impressive collection of books, DVDs etc on the finer points of ski technique. Your DVD pretty much blows everything else I’ve got out of the water. Keep up the good work.”
– Peter Berry
“I am currently a full time ski instructor at Sunshine Village and I am training for my CSIA level 4. I was really impressed with this video! The skiing is fantastic and Tobin is able to take a lot of technical information and present it in a fun and simple way. All the information is in line with current CSIA technique and methodology. I would highly recommend this video to any skier who wants to improve and understand skiing. It is also a great resource for instructors at all levels. Thanks Section 8!”
– Chris D’Silva
Just wanted to thank you for your great Piste to Peak volume 1 videos. I’ve been a recreational skier for quite a long time and your videos combined with a couple of short private lessons have radically improved my skiing in this season. Your videos provided me with the theoretical knowledge which made my private lesson time many multiples more effective. I have your videos on my iPad and watch them whenever I feel like short refresher or just to watch you ski.
Can’t join you guys in person this year, but I’d definitely like to try and join in on one of your ski camps next season!
Thanks again for the great videos and virtual lessons! When’s volume 2 coming out ;-)?
Just wanted to let you know that I am finding your videos very helpful. Not only do they remind me of the important concepts covered in the sessions I took with you, but also remind me of the terminology used in the CSIA program.
Physics is not my thing so I appreciate your very clear explanations, on snow and off snow. Great analogies! (E.g., soccer goalie stance, running down the stairs . . .) And lots of humour interspersed 🙂 I also like the accompanying music a lot.
I know I’ll continue watching these videos repeatedly as I prepare for Level 3. I especially like the troubleshooting video. Those demos of the various and typical problems were really well done. I appreciate seeing that there are many ways to approach those issues. I’ll be sure to recommend your videos to my fellow instructors!
Hope that our paths cross again! ”
– Sandy Murray
“It was one of the best ski videos I have ever seen. It was certainly the best ski “instruction” video. It’s serious and theoretical but funny too. I especially think the trouble shooting section is very helpful for many people.”
– Takeshi Otsuka
“We have just watched the videos. They’re absolutely excellent. Your presentation is fantastic and makes it all really simple and understandable. I am unashamedly going to be stealing some of your ideas. Now they’re up and running I’m going to be pushing my friends into ordering it.”
– Adrian & Cath
“Your videos are fun to watch because you have minimized the talking and maximized the demonstration. They are not over theorized which is a weakness of many ski instruction videos. Where you do speak you explain things in a very simple and easy to understand way, supporting what you say with some pictures and immediate demonstration. I think this is what most people interested in such videos are looking for. Any passionate skier will enjoy them thoroughly.”