What skill do you teach? Skiing
What qualification do you have? Anwärter and Landes 1 Ski instructor diploma
What was your first Snowsports experience and where? The first time I stood on skis, it was in the German Alpes. But I was too small to remember. Have heard the stories… I was on little plastic skis. My parents would hold me between their legs as they skied down the mountain. As a ski instructor, I have done this with the little ones many times. It is surprisingly hard work!!
What’s the best thing about being an instructor at The Snow Centre? The Snow Centre keeps the size of groups small which really boosts the learning experience for the guests and for me. Teaching smaller groups gives me the opportunity to provide a personal learning experience to each individual. Guests improve much faster when the instructor has the time and space to cater to each individual’s needs. This makes my job so fulfilling!
One single tip you would give to anyone taking part in Snowsports… Speed is always fun. But the best skiing I have ever done and the times I have improved the most are when I’ve taken it slowly… feeling the slopes… feeling the skis… feeling the turns… work with the skis and the slopes and they will work with you and you will see your style and confidence improve in no time!
Funniest Snowsports memory? My first time doing seriously deep powder, I was in very thin GS (grand slalom) skis which dig deep into the snow at each turn. I kept losing balance and fell over constantly diving face first under the snow. I would remerge covered in powder! It was probably funnier for the others with me who would periodically brush off the layers of snow accumulating on my helmet and ski suit. That day somewhat redefined the term “snowman” for me…