The right instructor can make or break the success of a ski holiday - particularly where children are involved - and may be the difference between getting "bitten by the ski bug" for a lifetime, or, well, not. As with so much, it's the small details that can make the biggest impact, and these guys can often seem the unsung heroes of the resort, infecting their students with the same passion and enthusiasm for the sport, and the mountains, that has so shaped their lives and careers!
Rupert Longsdon, our Founding Director, is a firm believer in booking up your ski tuition in advance of your trip, whatever your standard or experience:
"You can never stop learning and this is particularly true when it comes to skiing. Always budget for a ski instructor or guide, you will get so much more out of your holiday."
We love being given the opportunity to make our guests ski holiday exceptional with the perfect accommodation, recommendations for fine mountain dining, the best childcare and world-class apres, but most importantly, it's about what goes on out on the slopes all day, and that's where these fantastic folks come in!
Here are some quotes from the Oxford Ski chalet, hotel and concierge teams on why we love these instructors:
Ken (Progression, Val d'Isere) - Ken is the founder and director of his ski school and is still as keen and enthusiastic now as he was when he first set foot in Val d’Isere. After a lesson with Ken, not only have you improved significantly, but you will have had a thoroughly enjoyable day with one of the nicest guys in Val d’Isere.
Alejandro (Altitude, Verbier) - I had a private lesson with Alejandro and it is the best lesson I have ever had! It was a fantastic technical lesson and he made it fun... very engaging and enthusiastic.
Andreas (Oxygene, Val d'Isere) - Knows how to build great rapport with his students - Very funny, chatty and lively. Many stories to tell and also gave simple yet effective pointers which made big differences.
Jo Jo (Marmalade, Meribel) - Jo Jo's energy and enthusiasm are her big selling points. Her bubbly nature is infectious and makes for great fun during the lessons, which in turn relaxes the student and makes learning come naturally.
Francois (Snow Descente, Courchevel 1850) - Have received great feedback on this instructor and the ski school for one of our clients who has autism. The lessons have improved confidence in all aspects of the clients life.
Three cheers for these consummate proessionals and all-round good eggs... always a pleasure to work with!
And just where, we wonder, are they spending their summers...?!?!