| In an ideal world, we would all arrive at our ski resort with our own personal ski
teacher who would ski with us all week long, giving instruction when we wanted it
and just coming along for the ride when we didn't. We would also have our own
personal massage therapist who would be there as and when we wanted to soothe our
aching muscles and iron out all the bumps and bruises.
(Preferably someone who could also sort us out if we pulled the odd muscle here and there).
Just to make the week perfect, we would have someone skiing along side us, capturing
all our best skiing on film (and editing out the worst bits before they presented us
with a video record of our holiday).
The more likely reality is that we pay through the nose for a few hours of private
lessons, rarely with the same instructor and always at a time that suits them. We
join the queue for a massage with a therapist of unknown ability and, should we injure
ourselves, the local medical centre will be pleased to give us a certificate to claim
back some of our lift ticket cost. As for having someone to capture you on film, forget
Now there's a solution. I can provide all these functions, all week, in a unique
package which one national newspaper journalist described as 'stunning'. Here's what
- Your own private ski teacher to work with you throughout the week.
- Your own private massage therapist as and when you need one.
- Your own private fitness and stretch advisor.
- A videographer to record your skiing as it progresses.
I am an advanced/expert skier. I have an excellent understanding of ski technique and
equipment and ski to a level between BASI 3 and BASI 2. For my own reasons, I have not
completed a course that gives me a recognised qualification and therefore cannot call
myself a professional ski instructor. However, I have and do successfully teach people
to ski. The restrictions on ski instruction in France are such that, even BASI 3 and
BASI 2 qualified instructors cannot legally teach privately in French resorts. In this
respect, having no qualification is advantageous. There are ways and means of obtaining
official authorisation to teach named individuals
travelling with you to a resort and I will endeavour to have such authorisation to teach
you and anyone travelling with you. The position is Switzerland is unregulated. Other
Therapist and fitness advisor
It would be very easy to make this an overpowering function (stretch class in the
morning, on piste warm up, après ski stretching, evening therapy session, etc) so lets
just say that I will be on call as and when you need me. Any non-skiers travelling
with you may choose to use this function during the day or evening as suits you. In the
6 weeks that I skied last winter, at least one person needed my help each week with
injuries. In two cases I was able to keep people skiing all week when they had expected
to be reduced to spectating from the bar.
If you've ever taken a video camera on a ski trip, I know exactly how you feel. You end
up continuously stopping on the piste to film your friends as they ski by. All the good
scenes are the ones that you shot and, the few seconds you see of yourself skiing on
film are usually out of focus or not you at all! As a means of improving your skiing,
nothing beats seeing yourself on screen at the end of the day. (demoralising at first,
but rewarding by the end of the week!) You can see immediately what you're doing wrong
and begin to see what needs changing. I will film you as much or as little as you like,
on and off snow, either as a means of assisting your progress or just for fun. At the
end of the week I will edit the film down and send you a copy in VHS format (mini DV if
It's your holiday. You make the itinerary. My rôle will be to support and assist
you where and when you request it.
A conservative estimate of the 'in resort cost' for the facilities I can make available to
you as a ski teacher and therapist would be in the
region of £1500, not allowing for the value of any video work. My charges - In addition
to transport from London and half board accommodation in resort - represent exceptional value.
For more information or to discuss a prospective trip, please call or
e-mail and I will be in touch.