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Meet our instructors

Ric Eales

What skill do you teach?  Skiing

What qualifications do you have?  BASI Alpine Level 2

When was your first Snowsports experience and where?  At Sandown dry slope probably about 40 years ago!

What’s the best thing about being an instructor at The Snow Centre?  Sharing my passion for skiing with people just starting their snowsports journey .

One single tip you would give to anyone taking part in Snowsports ... Keep smiling!

Best/funniest Snowsport memory? Two best memories ... my smiling daughter when I skied with her for the first time when she was 5 years old; and skiing the Vallee Blanche in Chamonix on the most perfect blue sky day with fantastic snow and breath-taking views – this was probably about 25 years ago and sadly the glacier has retreated significantly since then.

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.”