As a family ski-club the DHO organises a number of all-day fun training courses for youngsters during the British School Holidays. Our coaching programmes are designed to develop the individual to get the best out of their skiing in whatever direction they choose.

Coggins is great foundation training for kids interested in going to serious race training with DHO Racing. For a taste of proper race training we have the performance group during February half term. For those who want sociable all mountain skiing with a great local guide and coach then Eagles is the popular teenage choice.

We train versatile, adaptable, skilful skiers with a life-long love of skiing, they have fun and make life-long friends. Several who started in Coggins have gone on to be Ski Teachers and even come back to teach with us in Wengen Ski School.

As we are an all-day activity Parents can go off and explore safe in the knowledge that their kids are having the best time with a great bunch of like-minded skiers.

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Coggins Ski Group

DHO “Coggins”

Coggins is unique to the DHO and to Wengen. The origins of the name are lost in the mists of time but it is thought to refer to the little “Cogs” on the railway.

Skiing

Fun, Fast skiing for 7 to 13-year olds. When kids are ready for something different from regular ski-school they should try DHO Coggins. Coggins runs all day so Parents are free to do their own thing or ski with the DHO adults.

Developing speed and control in recreational and pre-race training Kids. The emphasis is on fun and activity-based learning. Trainers are carefully selected from the Swiss Ski School though the Coggins training programme is distinct in its approach to skier development. Coaching is given on the move with constantly changing tasks and variety of terrain. We do a lot of skiing and the trainers know every jump and bump on the mountain. Coggins learn a lot whilst having the best time!!

Parents have commented not only on what their kids achieve with skiing but also on the development of personal confidence and social skills.

Kids just say “It’s cool”!!

Group size

We try to keep the group size to a maximum of 8 or 10. However we will organise as many groups as we can so that group standards are more even. Early booking helps.

Racing

Coggins can expect to take part in a race during their week for which they all receive a certificate and there are prizes for the winners. The prize giving is a great event back in the DHO Club House and is also when we present the coveted Coggins Badge.

We often privileged race on the Lauberhorn World Cup Piste especially for our big half term.

Timing

Meeting at 8.45 am outside the Mannlichen Cable car and returning to the same place at 3.00pm. The kids are taken to lunch by their trainers at Kleine Scheidegg where they can be met by parents if necessary (even if they don’t ski.)

Age 7 to 13.

Standard.

Good ski school Class 3 (red prince), not always parallel but they will be able to ski red runs with few falls and be both brave and keen. We are not able to take beginners or cautious snow-ploughers.

Coggins should be able get on and off a chair lift, look after their own sweetie money and go to the loo by themselves and in time!!

Clothing

All Coggins wear suitable helmets, provided by the ski hire shops, and DHO race bibs for identification. Parents are responsible to make sure that Coggins have suitable clothing for the conditions including warm gloves and proper eye protection, sun screen, etc.

Costs

Coggins is CHF380/week (up to 6 consecutive days) paid at the beginning of the week

CHF80/day if booked on a day by day basis.

One parent must become a member of the club.

Lunch is charged at chf 90 based on six lunches at chf 15 . Unused lunches can be refunded. A little change in their pockets is useful for sweeties etc.

Coaches

Organised by Bob Eastwood (UK Snowsports Coach/Tutor, IVSI, BASI L3 ISIA ) and staffed by himself, Rachel Eastwood, (IVSI, BASI 2, UKSS coach) and a variety of other selected Swiss Ski School instructors.

Enquiries and bookings

Please contact Bob Eastwood via email coggins@downhillonly.com

Tell us about the children’s skiing experience and skills so that we can judge the suitability of Coggins for their needs. Please ask any questions you may have.

Dates for 2020/2021 season

Christmas and New Year

Runs from 20 December 2020 to 1 January 2021

Half term

Feb 7 to 12, only if there is demand

Main week 14 to 19 Feb. If you have a different half term please get in touch.

Easter

Runs from 28 March to 9 April (restricted skiing from 6 April) Empty slopes great snow

What to do when kids grow out of Coggins? You can move up to Eagles

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DHO “Eagles”

Adventurous and sociable skiing for teenagers.

They still want to develop their skiing. They want to ski fast and hard, on and off piste, have a laugh and meet people. Their parents would still rather they were under professional supervision.

We organise a group of like-minded individuals to ski with a top-class Swiss Ski Coach. Fun fast skiing over the whole mountain. Off piste as conditions allow. Sociable lunch stops.

Eagles is a great way to meet people and the group usually socialise together after skiing as well.

If the group want to, they can compete in the weekly DHO race. Eagles compete for the famous “Snogg’ins Trophy” on our big race day in February

Age

13+ with a mature standard of behaviour. They are treated as, and are expected to behave as adults!

Standard

Good, confident skiers. Happy to ski on black runs but perhaps not yet confident in all conditions off piste.

Timing

Meeting at 9am and returning to resort late afternoon

When

This group will be organised during the New Year week and the main half term week. Other weeks are possible subject to demand.

Costs

Eagles need to be members of the DHO. The cost of a week with Eagles is chf380 for up to six consecutive days.

Eagles are required to be individual or family members of the DHO. Junior membership is £45???

Coaches

The group is lead and coached by a top qualified Swiss instructor who has in depth local knowledge for finding those powder stashes.

Dates

Christmas and New Year

Runs from 20 December 2020 to 1 January 2021

Half term

Sunday 14 to Friday 19 Feb.

Advance booking is usually essential you can book in resort only if there is space. Contact eagles@downhillonly.com for booking and enquiries.

Still not fast enough for you? Try……

Performance

DHO “Performance group”

We run a small training group at half term with a specialist race coach. The training is aimed at those wanting to experience race training before committing to dedicated race camps, those who might want to ski for their school, college or who want to take their training in a different direction.

Kids who get the racing bug will find the DHO organises a full racing and training programme through the year.

The course is designed in conjunction with the head race trainer from the Swiss Ski School and the content includes skiing performance and gate training complemented by video analysis and future training advice.

If they get the racing-bug they can go to further training with DHO racing

Ages

From 10 to 16 years old

Group size

The group is small with a maximum of 8 participants (minimum 6). It will run for 5 days Monday to Friday.

When

From Monday 15 to Friday 19 February 2021

Costs

Cost: CHF 420

Booking

Please contact Bob Eastwood if you are interested at coggins@downhillonly.com

Booking is essential in order to book the trainer,

Coaches

The coach this year was Martina Wyss a current World Cup Skier with the Swiss Telemark Team. We will always strive to have a coach of this quality.

Review

“In February half term we took part in the DHO Performance Group race-training and had a fantastic time. Peter Wyss was our coach; he is a professional ski-race coach and he taught us how to ski Giant Slalom races during our five-day course.

“In the mornings we did race-training which involved skiing a course Peter had set up for us again and again. He filmed us racing the course and then we would all go to a small hut nearby where he could show us what we were doing and give us advice on how to improve our racing line, and our body posture, style and speed. We felt it improved our skiing massively over the course of the week.

“In the afternoons he took us to do other fun skiing including some off-piste skiing and speed tests. There were only five of us in his group, and so he was able to give each of us lots of attention. It was really fun to be taught by him and he was an excellent coach!

“At the end of the week we joined in the DHO Polytechnic races, and a special cup was awarded to the fastest racer in the Performance Group.

“We’re hoping Bob will be able to persuade Peter to run another course next February year as we would like to do this again!”

Toby and Rory Francis (Aged 13 and 11)