How often does one know the weather and road conditions before setting off on a skiing holiday? The Snow Driving courses, which take place in Cortina, on the Italian Dolomites mountain range, helps remove any psychological barriers the driver may have and enables him/her to acquire the necessary confidence to tackle these particular road conditions.
Course Duration: 2 or 3 days.
Timetable: from 08:00 until 19:00 approx, including theory lessons
Group makeup: 6/7 students.
Staff: 2/3 instructors plus 1 track assistant and 1 group assistant
THEORY – Topics covering the car
The theory lessons are virtually the same as on the Track 2 and 3 courses, while trajectories on asphalt are briefly mentioned, greater emphasis is given to all the specific problems connected with driving on ice and snow.
The track exercises are similar to those of Safe Driving or Track Courses without the Skid Car. In fact the icy surfaces are slippery enough without the extra use of the this device. The biggest difference is that braking exercises are carried out at lower speeds, for obvious reasons. The “tondo”, the pendulum and every other skid on the snow are really a lot of fun. The tyre section is gradually reduced, and spikes increase according to the students’ progress. At the end of the course the tyres look like those used for real races.
The track is divided into small circuits and the snow drifts simulate the worst road conditions. Lapping the entire circuit requires maximum effort from the drivers, but at the same time it gives an enormous amount of satisfaction.
On the 3-day course there is even more time for the base exercises and of course we do more laps of the circuit, facing every possible type of situation.
Studding or spiking tyre types: ‘MonteCarlo or Sweden.’