"Safety, enjoyment and learning"
I fell in love with the mountains on my very first ski holiday in my early twenties. Realising that I wanted to spend more time in this environment, I decided to to devote my winters to living in the alps and improving my skiing.
My background as a musician instilled in me the discipline to practise and train through any setbacks and soon I was progressing through the ski instructor grades.
I achieved the highest level attainable in ski instruction, the International Ski Teacher Diploma, in 2000 and have taught skiing in Méribel and Courchevel ever since, helping hundreds of people to maximise their potential on the slopes. Being able to remember what it was like learning to ski myself helps me to empathise with my clients; I can still recall my own fears as a wobbly beginner. Nowadays, I ski mostly with returning clients, many of whom have become close personal friends but it's always great to meet new people.
Away from the mountains, I tour all over the world as a professional musician. Alongside performing, I have presented workshops on learning, mental techniques and performance strategies at universities and conservatories in Europe, the US and Australia.
This informs my approach to teaching skiing: my teaching is systematic, helping you learn skills that will enable you to deal with anything you encounter on the mountain, whatever the terrain or conditions.
My other interests include all sports (my wife says I have a sports disorder!), opera, literature, history and gastronomy.
Having taught in the 3 Valleys for twenty years now, I know all the best stops for those well-earned morning coffees and hot chocolates and all the best places for lunch. Infact, one of my dearest ski instructor friends nicknamed me "the lunch instructor." Funny though that I always seem to get clients who share this passion. They say you get the clients you deserve!