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Lisa Porto

What skill do you teach? Snowboarding

What qualification do you have? BASI Level 1

When was your first Snowsports experience and where? Borovets, Bulgaria in 2013. Skiing for the week (albeit not very well!) Then at the end of the week I did a snowboarding taster lesson which I really enjoyed, and decided to come back to the UK to learn!

What’s the best thing about being an instructor at The Snow Centre? I love teaching and sharing my passion for snowboarding with a wide range of people. It is great to be involved in someone's journey in learning to snowboard, helping them to make progress and find enjoyment in the sport, and seeing their sense of achievement. 

One single tip you would give to anyone taking part in Snowsports… Everyone learns in different ways and at different speeds. It doesn't matter if it takes you longer to pick up an aspect compared to your friend/ partner / family member etc. You will be a better snowboarder for taking your time and learning the foundations properly, rather than trying to skip through aspects just to keep up with others. 

Funniest Snowsports memory? Seeing my partner in crime, play chicken with a piste marker...let's just say the piste marker won! Even better that it was all captured on camera too!! 

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.”