What do you do at New Generation?
I continue to work as a ski instructor in Courchevel 1650 where I am also the resort manager. Alongside this I head up the tech team at New Gen, working to design and develop our instructor training courses and ski school products. Throughout the winter I support the mentors in the 3 Valleys, assisting with training and running mock exams. As a BASI Trainer I examine courses up to Level 4 ISTD which keeps me busy throughout the winter and the spring. In the summer and autumn I am focused primarily on race coaching, my training centre Podium has helped many of New Generation’s trainee instructors to prepare for their Eurotest over the years.
Why did you became a trainer and what do you like about coaching?
I had a limited background in ski racing from about the age of 11 to 18 and in retrospect I had quite sporadic and limited access to decent training. Although I skied to a reasonable level, representing the English ski team, I pretty much stopped at 18 to study English Literature and Philosophy at the University of Manchester. Upon leaving University I went to work as a ski instructor in Tignes, France and Sestriere, Italy with the French and Italian ski schools. It was access to these ski schools and their systems that really opened my eyes to what good skiing was about. I spoke French and learned Italian (through persistently trying to chase Italian women) and so had the advantage of access to lots of amazing skiers and experienced professionals. I think I felt that I was learning all the stuff that I wished I had known as a competitor and I felt I really wanted to pass it on and not let others have the same experience I felt I had. I guess that was the start of it.
What motivates you to get on your skis?
Lots of things. 1) I love to train and get better…or try not to get worse 2) I learn a lot about skiing through training myself. 3) Insecurity; I worry a lot about a lot of things[!] but worrying about not doing things well is actually a big motivator for me. 4) I believe particularly as a trainer for ski instructors there is a big onus on me to walk the walk as well as talk the talk so I feel obliged to try and stay sharp and also physically fit, though this gets harder every year!
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Becoming a ski instructor may seem a daunting task and the variety of courses available certainly does not make it any easier, but here at New Generation we have more than a decade of experience running ski instructor training courses and during that time we have come across most situations, problems and questions.
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Here at New Generation we offer a selection of complete ski instructor courses. You can join us on a residential course from 1 week to the whole season training, practicing and taking exams. We offer both BASI accredited training and exams, depending on the level you are trying to achieve.