Caitlin is an experienced instructor qualified in both the CSIA and BASI systems. She has worked in Canada and Switzerland, working for Altitude since 2015.
Caitlin loves teaching children and adults alike, being able to further people’s technique and see them improve and grow in confidence – it’s very special! She has worked extensively with younger children in both skiing, summer camps and childcare, and uses these insights to enhance her lessons and create a fun, learning environment. Caitlin is positive and enthusiastic and loves sharing her passion for teaching and the sport.
During the summer months Caitlin works for our summer camps where she works with our younger campers – 3-5 year olds.
Client feedback – What has been your best ever feedback?
“Your lessons where just superb, we all had a great time. As corny as it sounds you made our holiday. We are very thankful for your kindness of heart and patience” (family with 2 young children, L1 & L3, Verbier April 2017 – who ski with me now each year).
How did it make you feel?
It summed up my whole experience of being a ski instructor and reminded me straight away of my passion and love for teaching and the sport.
Why do you love teaching?
I started teaching in Canada in 2012, and haven’t stopped since. I have worked with clients as young as 2 and at all levels. I have a lot of experience with children, and have previously been awarded as Best Kids Ski Instructor. My favourite ages are our Polar Bear’s 3-5 years old. I love seeing their progression and how excited they are when they get to go up to the big mountain which is such an adventure. However, I love teaching children and adults alike and watching people’s confidence grow! It’s very special!
What’s your highlight of the summer?
I love summer in verbier, its hot and sunny here – not like cold Scotland! I don’t think I have a highlight as such – just being in the outdoors whether its climbing, having a bbq, wake surfing, hiking up to Lac de Vaux and seeing the ski runs in summer, exploring the neighbouring countries or at the lake or outdoors pools, it’s all just one big highlight.
What is your top technical tip?
You’ll ski your best when you’re relaxed and having fun – being tense gets in the way of having the movement necessary to ski the bumps, ski at a performance level, go over a jump etc. I always like to teach my clients to a level where they will always be skiing with a big smile on their faces. Having that enjoyment allows you to explore more and ultimately will allow you to progress a lot faster!
Have a read of my blog on our website – teaching kids to ski, to see my top tips! – https://www.altitude-verbier.com/blog/news-articles/teaching-kids-ski-instructor-caitlin/
What is your favourite run in Verbier?
I love the loop following the James Blunt Chair lift, down the black which comes out at the Carlsberg and following It down the M25. It’s a fast lift and such a long run! Perfect for leaving clean lines in the snow and a great progressive run in steepness for training and learning. – however as you come into the 4 valleys my absolute favourite run is the red coming back down to Siviez from Combatseline.
Why are you returning to Altitude?
Verbier is a fantastic resort to train and teach in so in my eyes it’s the full package! I have gained over the years numerous clients who I just can’t wait to see again and further their skills! I also love the connection I have between the kids I work with in summer and also winter. – its great to see them progress and grow!
What is the highlight of your skiing Career?
Welcoming back previous clients. Like I said above, I love being able to further people’s technique and see them improve and grow in confidence each season.