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Meet our instructors

Stephen Mitchell

What skill do you teach? Snowboard Instructor

What qualification do you have? BASI Level 2 & UKCP Freestyle Level 1

What was your first Snowsports experience and where? My first experience was at the Snow Centre with Ollie Paxman. I did all five snowboard levels in a row and loved it.

What’s the best thing about being an instructor at The Snow Centre? The best thing about being an instructor is the free riding! Just kidding, I love how social it is. I get to know so many different kinds of people whilst doing the thing I love most. It's cool seeing the people you've taught come back to another lesson!

One single tip you would give to anyone taking part in Snowsports… Definitely practice as much as possible; there's always new stuff to learn, even the top pros have a ton of tricks that they've never tried before!

Funniest Snowsports memory? I think one of my funniest experiences was in Mayrhofen with a couple mates. The Sky Gods blessed us with 150cm of pow and we went off piste together. Towards the bottom of one of the runs we all got stuck in a tree well and it took us 20 minutes to get out and wade 10 metres to somewhere we could get our boards back on! Don't ride pow on your own!

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.”