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Meet our instructors

Simon Longstaff

What skill do you teach? Ski at all levels / race training

What qualification do you have? SSE level 4; IVSI.   SSE Level 1 Tutor; BASI and IASI Level 2; UKCP level 1 race coach

When was your first Snowsports experience and where? Gosling Dryslope 1986. 

What’s the best thing about being an instructor at The Snow Centre? Every day is different!

One single tip you would give to anyone taking part in Snowsports… Never give up!

Best Snowsports memory? Skiing from top to bottom of Mont Fort in Verbier in the Mid 90’s in about 3 feet of powder on 2 meter long race skis; probably wearing a very loud Nevica onsie! 

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.”