Science Friction Club
$22 / Year
- Troubleshoot your ski technique and with SkierLab's interactive diagnostics tool
- Access our basic skill development framework.
- Receive ski tips & other snow sliding words of wisdom in your inbox
- Participate in the open forums, a community of enthusiastic skiers who love to improve
- Keep up to date on cool ski camps & courses
Access Instructional Video: Piste to Peak Volume #1 - Skiing Fundamentals
Secret Snow Sliding Society
$88 / Year
- The Science Friction Club on steroids
- Train skills with the drill library
- Figure out new moves in the cue corner
- Make progress with progression sessions
- Upload video for a Lab Analysis and let us build your Personal Development Plan
- Teaching resources & instructor community
- Get secret deals on training camps & courses
Access the complete Piste to Peak Ski Performance Instructional Video Series
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What Exactly is Skier Lab?
SkierLab’s skill assessment tools were built by the ski professionals at Section 8 Snowsport Institute in an attempt to simplify systems for new ski instructors on our training programs.
As more tutorials have been added and membership has grown, SkierLab has morphed into an exhaustive resource for technical ski improvement and a supportive community for recreational skiers of all ability levels. Unlike most ski training resources that offer set drills and progressions, Skier Lab allows you to choose your own skill development adventure, based on your personal challenges and the goals you set. It’s student centered!
Armed with an understanding of cause and effect, you’ll pay close attention to subtle cues offered by your body, your equipment and your surroundings in order to give yourself effective feedback on performance. It’s like having a personal coach right inside your head... but much less annoying.
Assess skills by observing the skis interaction with the snow
Connect your brain & body with cues for motor skill development
Develop ski technique with drills & training tactics for all levels
Forums to ask questions, receive feedback & discuss strategy
Meet the Coach
Tobin Leopkey grew up skiing the steep and deep tree lines of Vancouver Island, Canada. Taking his first ski instructor certification in 1992 at the age of 16, he’s now slightly creakier in his 40's but still passionate about teaching people to slide down snowy hills. Having taught on 5 continents and many mountains along the way, Tobin is a Course Conductor and Level 4 Instructor with the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance, a former member of the CSIA High Performance Team, the Whistler Blackcomb Demonstration Team as well as author of ski technique articles for Ski Canada magazine. Since 2005, Tobin has been owner and head coach of Section 8 Snow Sports, running ski instructor courses, mountain leadership programs and all mountain ski improvement camps around the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
What ability level is SkierLab suitable for?
Anyone who enjoys sliding on snow with slippery sticks on their feet! We’ve got progressions and sessions for your very first time on snow, all the way up expert skiing objectives in all terrain and conditions. You’ll discover why your skis don’t always do what you want them to and learn strategies to fast track your skill development, whatever stage you’re at.
Can’t I just learn all this stuff from Youtube?
There are plenty of inspirational skiing clips and quick technique tutorials out there on the internet, but generic ski tips produced for mass consumption are typically incomplete. Drills and exercises won’t do much for your skiing until they’re put in the right context for you as an individual. In fact, practising moves designed for someone else is likely to exacerbate any symptoms.
We’ve created a self diagnostics tool to help you troubleshoot issues and select development tactics tailored specifically to your needs. You’ll develop an understanding of cause and effect and seek cues that let you know when you’ve got it right.
We’ve also got a thriving community where you can get direct feedback from top level pros.
Is SkierLab membership worth paying for?
To put it into perspective, some resorts charge $1,000 per day (plus tax) for a private lesson, potentially with an entry level instructor. Oh, and don’t forget the tip! Or you could pay a fraction of that for a whole year of world class coaching. SkierLab is an interactive community where you can learn at your own pace... and you won’t even have to buy us expensive beer at apres:)
What if I’m an instructor?
We teach people to teach people skiing and we’ve got plenty of content for you too. SkierLab is a comprehensive resource with a community full of keen instructors on a professional development mission. Many use it while training for that next level of certification. Others use it to troubleshoot tricky students, gain a stronger technical understanding, build a bigger skill development toolbox, have more success with their clients, earn more private requests while raking in bigger tips!
What If I run a ski school?
What a great way to train your staff, keep them inspired and churning out great lessons for your guests! Get in touch and we can discuss a group membership for your snow school.
What if I want to Cancel?
No problem, if you just want to take a break you can pause your membership or cancel anytime from within your SkierLab account. Zero hassle. Of course, we think you’ll want to stay!
What are people saying?
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 the videos! The skiing is fantastic and Tobin is able to take a lot of technical information and present it in a fun and simple way. I would highly recommend these videos to any skier who wants to improve and understand skiing. It is also a great resource for instructors at all levels. Thanks Section 8!
Just wanted to thank you for your great Piste to Peak 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 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! Cheers?
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 it's up and running I'm going to be pushing my friends into signing up.
Adrian & Cath
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!
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.
I would like to thank you for the Piste to Peak videos, which helped me become a much better skier in only 1-2 seasons, after being stuck on the same level for a decade.
If I should name only one thing, that is the most important one, that would be the fore aft balance. I followed your advice and this alone did miracles, as I noticed the skis do what I was intending with nearly no effort. The exercise with the two wood planks on top of each other is a great one and I really used this exercise a lot and recommend to everybody. This simple drill, which I did several for weeks at home before the ski holiday boosted my movement patterns enormously. I could maintain a lot better fore-aft balance in more difficult situations and was able to make smaller and then gradually bigger jumps without getting out of balance.
I ski now with a lot less effort than before, and am able to adapt to unforeseen situations much quicker.
We watch a lot your P2P videos with my children, and only by watching the correct movement of skiing we get better. "Try to do as Tobin does” is an often used sentence in my family when speaking about skiing.
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