What do you do at New Generation?
My name is Lynn Sharp and my job allows me to ski every day of the season and every month of the summer. I hold the BASI ISTD Level 4 qualification which allows me to work as a ski instructor in pretty much any European country but I choose to be based in Val d’Isere, France for its variety of terrain and accessible back-country. Along with this I hold the UKCP Alpine Coach Level 3 and the Euro Mountain Security which means I can coach top end racers and take people exploring off-piste too. So there is a huge variety in what I do, from introducing beginners to their first ever slide on skis to coaching National team athletes – both being things which I have had the pleasure of lots of years of experience in. Nowadays I also work as a BASI trainer and a UKCP coach trainer so I train and assess instructors and coaches following in the same footsteps.
How long have you been skiing for?
I was lucky to have a head start – I’ve been skiing for over 25 years with skis strapped to my feet since I could walk and recreational racing all through my school years in the Scottish hills and dry ski slopes. But for the last 13 years I have done full winter seasons. After I left school I spent 6 years racing full-time all over Europe on the British Ski Team. I had a good go at it skiing to 31 FIS points in Slalom and 39 in Giant Slalom and won 17 British titles, including British Overall Ladies Champion in the process. After retiring from competitive skiing I spent 4 years in Chamonix as the Head Coach of the British Ski Academy and coaching the British Children’s Team. During this time I was also working my way up the BASI qualification ladder and before I knew it I had completed my French Equivalence, moved to Val d’Isere and got a job with New Generation Ski School.
Why did you become a trainer?
It was never enough for me to stop at becoming an ISTD instructor in France, I find it easy to teach something I am passionate about and so training students to teach skiing was the natural progression for me and I went for trainer selection in 2011. I also strive to keep my technical skiing up at a high standard and was selected onto the BASI Demo team last year.
What inspires you?
Personally I am inspired by the mountains and if you can get the chance, it’s an amazing environment to spend any part of your life in.
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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 over 10 years experience of running ski instructor training courses and during that time we have come across most situations, problems and variables.
We are available 7 days a week and will be able to guide you through all steps of the BASI system, at every level. So contact us today and find out more.
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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.