About

Etancons Valley

Etancons Valley and La Meije

For some instructors, after a while skiing becomes just a job. For me, skiing and the mountains remain my passion. When I have free time I spend it in the mountains, either skiing or ski touring, or doing some of the many other activities this region has to offer – rock climbing, mountaineering, walking, trail running, mountain biking or via ferrata to name a few.

If you’re here, you probably want to know a little bit more about me,  why you should read my site or why choose me as a ski teacher in Deux Alpes, so here is a bit more about my professional life and qualifications.

I began teaching skiing in 2004, at Nevis Range in Scotland, and still think this is the best job in the world. I gained my International Ski Teacher Diploma in 2014, giving me full equivalence with the highest level qualifications across Europe and recognition to work in all the Alpine nations as an independent instructor. Along the way I have taught in five countries across three continents, and worked alongside instructors from all corners of the globe.

I teach all types of skiing to all levels and ages, and over the last decade or so have gained experience of many different customer needs and expectations as well as many different approaches to teaching skiing. Piste performance, off-piste skiing or ski touring – I love all aspects of this sport and want to share the many pleasures of skiing with as many people as possible.

Over the last year I have been writing articles on skiing and the local area for a number of websites. I find this a great way to share my experiences of our mountains with more people. Have a look a the Writing page for more details.

Below is a summary of my experience and qualifications – an outdoor CV in brief – for those wanting more information.

Qualifications:

BASI Level 4 International Ski Teacher Diploma (full French and European equivalence)
European Mountain Safety Award (Eurosecurité)
Freeski Development Coach Level 2
Mountain Leader Award
Single Pitch Award (Rock Climbing)
Skivo Academy First Aid Certificate

Experience:

Les Deux Alpes, France – Ski instructor, summer and winter since 2013/14 winter season
Arinsal, Andorra – Ski instructor, seven seasons
Cerro Catedral, Argentina – Ski instructor, one season
Nevis Range, Scotland – Ski Instructor, one season
Whakapapa, NZ – Ski instructor, one season
Aerial Extreme, Trentham Gradens / Knowsley Safari Park – High ropes course instructor, two summers