Ski instructor Sam is a passionate ski coach who works as an instructor all year round. He comes from Yorkshire in England and he speaks English. Sam has been teaching in ski resorts all over the world and he still works back-to-back winter seasons in Verbier and Australia.
Sam loves skiing so much that he tries to be on ski’s for more than 300 days per year. He says there is no greater freedom, happiness and adrenaline than when skiing and there is never a dull moment if you are always trying to reach the next level. Sam always loves helping people to enjoy their holiday. He is looking forward to sharing his experiences with you!
If you would like to know a bit more about Sam, we asked him few questions :
What has been your best ever feedback?
An article was written in the telegraph by one of my clients, who happens to be in the public eye and focuses his career on the outdoors. I was lucky enough to teach his wonderful children. He outlined how much fun they had and how much they enjoyed the lessons, but also the bond that was created throughout the week. It was amazing to read the article in such a well known newspaper!
How did it make you feel?
It made me feel great. Feedback, positive or negative, is such a vital part of our development. When clients appreciate what you have done for them and make it known, it really affirms why I do, what I do.
Why do you love teaching?
My personal love of skiing is enhanced when I see my experience and knowledge, being passed on. Seeing clients improve, become more confident and develop their skills is the best feeling.
What’s your highlight of the summer?
Running ski sessions in a snow dome has been great! It’s allowed me to keep instructing and coaching, whilst being in the UK, catching up with family and friends.
What is your top technical tip?
Be specific, then don’t over complicate it.
What ever you are working on technically, keep it that way. Understand what you are working on, find a drill or exercise that works for you, and stick to it. Don’t over complicate things by adding in irrelevant extras!
What is your favourite run in Verbier?
On piste – Fontanet aka The Secret Red
Off piste – Rock Garden.
Why are you returning to Altitude?
I am team blue through and through! The company has become a family to me, offered me fantastic progression and great support. We are a great team. I believe our core team is really strong and I am looking forward to meeting the new additions!
What is the highlight of your skiing Career?
One morning, I picked up a group of children who I coached every week. The snow was deep, the sun was shining and we attempted to ski as many itinerary runs as possible! We completed four of our favourite ones and the team and myself had smiles beaming from ear to ear!
After finishing our morning, I dropped the children off and met another client at Medran. A young boy full of enthusiasm, but lacking in confidence. I remember watching his face light up on the lift and it took me back to being a child, looking out at the snowy mountains and falling in love with the sport.
Half way through the lesson, we came to the top of Lac des Vaux, normally around this time, he would of been hinting for a break…it didn’t come. I suggested we stopped for a hot chocolate, his response was ‘not today Sammy, we don’t need a break today.’
During my career I have experienced some real highs, passing my Eurotest and the Level 4 Technical exam, on my first attempt, but those things did not give me the same satisfaction as the day I have just described. Seeing clients grow in confidence, and watching them develop a real love and passion for skiing, is really the most amazing feeling