Meet Your Mentors – Verbier

As Verbier is something of a heartland for New Generations instructor training courses it takes a lot of trainers to delivery everything we offer. With courses running at every level of the BASI system meet the mentors who can take you from your BASI 1 to BASI 4.

BASI 1 and 2 Course

With 20 students on this course alone it takes quite a few mentors to put you all through your paces.

Ski Mentor RobRob Wilhelmsson

One of the coaches heading up this course is Rob. Having grown up in Geneva Rob has been skiing since he was 2 so was already an accomplished skier when he joined New Gen to finish off his BASI qualifications. He has been working for us ever since and has not only completed his BASI Level 4 ISTD but also his Swiss Patente, Brevet Federal, UKCP Freeski Coach Level 2 and BASI Snowboard Level 1.

Don’t be fooled by his youthful skin this mountain man has serious experience teaching and running training courses.

Ally Ski Mentor

Ally Johnson

Hailing from the South Coast of Oz Ally grew up with the ocean as his backyard. When there wasn’t any swell to surf he would head inland for the snowy mountains with his snowboard. After achieving everything he wanted to as a boarder Ally made the jump to skis and has never looked back. Ally has now taught in both Australia and Europe for a number of years and is ready to pass on both his experience and passion for the sport to our trainees.

Ski Mentor GordonGordon Porteous

Having grown up in Glasgow Gordon learnt to ski in the motherland at the Bearden Ski Club and Nevis range. He since moved to slightly bigger mountains and has been teaching there for 13 years firstly in Andorra and and for the last 10 years in Verbier. Along with his BASI qualifications Gordon holds the Brevet Federale and UKCP Level 2 Race Coach.

Mountain Safety Training

Dave Roberts

Dave started skiing at 7 and raced on dry slopes as a kid & university student. But it is not just groomed pistes that appeal to Dave. A real mountain man he has completed expeditions in the Himalayas, Russia, Bolivia, Greenland & Patagonia have followed, along with first ski descents in Chile & Argentina. Along with his BASI Level 3 ISIA Dave holds the BASI Level 4 Mountain Safety and the IML (International Mountain Leader / Accompagnateur en Montagne). Working in Verbier Dave shares his mountaineering knowledge with our students at all levels as he prepares them for their mountain safety exams – he didn’t get the nickname Davalanche for nothing.

BASI Level 3 ISIA

Training in quiet weeks and teaching during the peak weeks our level 3 trainees have the perfect support to make the jump from BASI level 2 to Level 3.

Trainer AndyAndy Hind

As well as being a lead trainer on our BASI level 1 and 2 courses Andy heads up the Level 3 ISIA programme in Verbier.

Andy has been hooked on skiing since he was 6, having grown up in the Lake District he began teaching at the local dry slope when he was 16 and has since taught in Italy, Switzerland, France and New Zealand.

As well as completing his BASI Level 4 ISTD Andy holds the Swiss Patente and has experience in race coaching with his UKCP Race Coach Level 2, Freestyle with his NZSIA Freeski Level 1 and he can snowboard too.

Andy splits his time between the Gap and ISIA courses in Verbier using his extensive experience to put our trainees through their paces.

Trainer Ale  Ale Cambon

Ale is our resort manager in the neighbouring resort of Villars, where he runs training from BASI Level 1 to BASI Level 3 ISIA. Because he is relatively close to Verbier he is pinched from time to time to bring his experience to our Verbier courses.

Not content with one system alone Ale holds the BASI Level 4 ISTD, the Swiss Patente and the Italian Maestro de Sci – he is also a BASI Trainer and Examiner.

Ale runs mock exams with our Verbier students and runs some coaching on the ISIA course. When you ski with him be sure to ask him about his career as a professional pole vaulter!

BASI 4 ISTD

With three separate training teams for our ISTD courses two coaches run the training to push trainees to the limit and get them across that final finish line of their qualifications.

Ski Trainer Tom  Tom Waddington

Tom is our Swiss Area Manager, Verbier Resort Manager and as well as the BASI ISTD he holds the Swiss Patente, Swiss Brevat Federal and is a trainer and examiner for BASI.

A self confessed punter skier until he joined our Meribel BASI 1/2 Gap course Tom now has what he describes as “probably one of the coolest jobs in the Alps”. Most of his time is spent on the hill coaching our Level 4 trainees but he also stays very involved in our Gap and ISIA courses. Tom is passionate about creating a solid pathway through the qualification system where our trainees can be supported right from level 1 to 4, so that just like Tom himself you can go from Gappy to the top of your game!

Ski Trainer Jon Jon Ahlsén

You name the qualification this ex racer has got it: BASI 4 ISTD, Swiss Patante, NZSIA interski demo team, CSIA Level 2, BASI Trainer and he even found time to squeeze in seven (!) years at university, and nine years working as a lawyer. Jon has amazing experience from his work in Europe, Canada and New Zealand and now passes this on to our level 4 ISTD trainees in Verbier