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Meet our instructors

Anna Harrison

What skill do you teach?

Alpine skiing

What qualification do you have? 

IASI Level 1

What was your first Snowsports experience and where? 

Being born in Russia and having lived north of the Arctic Circle, I've started XC skiing, ice skating and sledging while in nursery school, later adding competetive winter orienteering (a combination of map reading and XC skiing). I learned alpine skiing in 2016, indoors. Once I was ready to practise, I tried out the Snow Centre which I thought would be reachable easier from where I live. One of the best decisions I've made, and not only because of the scenic drive!

What’s the best thing about being an instructor at The Snow Centre? 

The best is having an experience in an amazing environment, where one can live and breathe the athmosphere of snowsports, meet new friends, have fun, teach people new skills and learn oneself so much every day.

One single tip you would give to anyone taking part in Snowsports… 

"Learn it, love it, live it!"

Best Snowsports memory?

Joining the Hemel Ski Race Club. It took me 14 months of regular practice after making my first skiing steps. It has involved a lot of help, advice and guidance from coaches, instructors and better skiers but I got there and made new friends in the process!

Funniest Snowsports memory?

My first slalom race. For a brief moment, standing on the start ramp, I was tempted to say I changed my mind and step down so steep did it look, but thought better of that, shut my eyes and just went downhill through the course. Allegedly, I was 'racing' in a snowplough!

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The word from the slopes

  • “Love it here. Great slope and the staff are really friendly. Also love the Alpine bar and viewing area. So pleased to have it back.”

  • “Incredible welcome and help from the staff! First trip back since before lockdown and it was well worthwhile. Lovely welcome and talk through the new set up. Then my son had an issue with his own kit and the guys couldn’t have been more helpful - very kind and very knowledgeable. The snow as good as ever and the cafe a good finish to a great time. Thank you all!”

  • “The Hemel ski centre has a great atmosphere, the instructors are friendly and helpful, it’s just an all round really well run place”

  • “Had a great time at the snow centre, went once before lockdown and was good to be back. I had a one on one lesson which was good but went too quickly. I’ll try to book two lessons on the same day so I can keep up with progress. It was all well managed and seemed to have good Covid measures in place.”