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Pete Gillespie

What skill do you teach? Alpine, Telemark and race training.

What qualification do you have? Level 4 Alpine instructor and coach (BASI, IASI, SSE), Austrian state qualified instructor, Swiss Brevet Federal, International Ski Instructors Association ISIA, Alpine Educator IASI.

When was your first Snowsports experience and where? Dry ski slope in Hemel Hempstead followed by family holiday in Soll, Austria. 

What’s the best thing about being an instructor at The Snow Centre? Working with a great Team both on and off the snow. Meeting new people and spreading the passion for Snowsports. 

One single tip you would give to anyone taking part in Snowsport... Enjoy the journey, remember it’s all about fun!

Best Snowsports memory? Representing Ireland at Interski 2015 in Argentina

Funniest Snowsports memory? Turning up for a lesson without my skis first day of a new job teaching in the French Alps! 

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.”