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STEPHAN D

"20 years experience teaching in Val d’Isère, Chamonix and the 3 Valleys."

About STEPHAN D

Full French and USA certified ski instructor.

20 years experience teaching in Val d’Isère, Chamonix and the 3 Valleys.
Fluent in French and English, good conversational level German and basic Russian language skills with good ski technique vocabulary.

Although I am an independent instructor, I often work for First Tracks, Elite Ski Team, Oxygene and Snow d’light ski schools and you can find a selection of client testimonials below.

Client Testimonials

I had 5 outstanding mornings with Stephan: if you are looking for someone who can really expand the scope of what you think you can ski, and maximise your enjoyment while doing it, he is the man. I hadn’t skied for 10 years - after some steady but intensive piste skiing in the first couple of hours, we were off-piste, in beautiful surroundings, no-one else in sight, learning how to ski everything from deep powder to spring snow. By the end of the week we were skiing slopes and couloirs I thought only hardened ski guides would attempt. Stephan has an uncanny ability to find the best snow, whether on- or off-piste, to avoid the crowds, and to make you feel confident in what you are doing even when it is pushing the edges of your ability, so you can really enjoy being out there. There were many highlights from the week, but I have to mention ski-ing “the couloir des pisteurs” (and being able to point out our near-isolated tracks to my disbelieving wife the following day!), and Stephan taking it upon himself to drive me to Val d’Isere one day to find great weather and spectacular snow when the 3 Valleys were clouded over and raining. It was a truly life-affirming week!

Martin THORNYCROFT London, March 2018

I had the pleasure of skiing with Stephan de Rassy in Meribel.
He was very kind and a great teacher for myself and my 6 year old son Danila.
I hope to ski with him again next year and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a patient and competent instructor for both kids and adults alike.

Oxana from Moscow, January 2019


I've skied with Stephan every day for over a week in December 2015-January 2016 and I had a truly excellent time. Stephan's bilingual which is very helpful in France, a fantastic skier and a very good and effective teacher, knows the Three Valleys like the back of his hand (and all great restaurants, too!), has a terrific sense of humor (very important!) and is full of interesting stories. He's also very forthcoming and helpful in every respect and full of useful advice. We've become good friends, no less!

Vladimir Voronoff, Moscoz

Dear Ken,

We wanted to let you know that our skiing lessons with Stephan were fantastic and most certainly were the high point of our skiing holiday.

As a family we first used Stephan in 2014. He coped with the mixed ability, grown up children with no experience, my wife and I experienced skiers wanting further help. Our children after a few hours were able to ski by themselves and at the end of the week we were all skiing together.

Returning in 2015, we had no hesitation in booking Stephan again. The children had further lessons and our son was even able to ski with us on black runs. My wife and I had further “tips” and enjoyed an excellent “off piste” excursion.

All instruction delivered with good humour, videos and photographs.

Looking to 2016 already, I hope he is available!

Ian Lambie

Stephan,
Thanks a lot for an awesome day of skiing today! You have a talent for this challenging profession and I appreciate your subtle sensing of when to slow down and when to take the next challenge and steering things accordingly while keeping a close eye on safety and keeping it all fun! ).
Hope to ski again with you soon!
Peter Odinstov

Dear Rupert,

I just wanted to say thanks for recommending Stephan de Rassy for a private ski lesson - he was very good, and had a pleasant low-key manner. He listened and watched what I needed and the lesson was well tailored to focus on the issues I most needed to improve. He gave me just the right number of issues to concentrate on without getting confused, and when one exercise didn't quite strike a chord with me, he substituted a good alternative. I felt a lot more confident by the end of the lesson and ended up booking him for a second day. He took advantage of the rare perfect conditions that day to give me a lesson in powder skiing, which was excellent. I also liked his teaching method of videoing so I could observe and review my technique later on.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to any future clients.

Best wishes,

Kristen Hopkins
London, UK

Qualifications

  • Carte Professionnelle License

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