Where is home for you?
Home is now Bourg Saint Maurice, France at the bottom of the Les Arcs ski area. I was born and raised in Watford, UK but home will always be Ireland as well.
What Qualifications do you hold?
BASI Level 4/ISTD with French Equivalence
BASI Snowboard Instructor
Swiss snowsports ski/snowbaord instructor
Irish Ski Instructors Association level 4
Snowsports England & Scotland Instructor
UK Snowsports coaching awards.
What is your teaching experience?
I started my first 6 weeks dry ski slope instructor training in 2004 as a hobby in Hemel Hempstead, England. I enjoyed teaching and learning as much as the technical ski training and quickly progressed. I taught hundreds if not thousands of beginners on the dry slopes and snowcentres of the UK before I ever left for the snow. I've since taught in France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Australia and I'd love to add to that! I still enjoy teaching beginners as much as taking people into the backcountry on ski tours.
What is your favourite place to ski and why?
Les Arcs has an amazing amount of incredible skiing, the North Face of the Bellecote is one of the most amazing off-piste descents I have ever done, I think only Alaska could compete!
What do you like most about Les Arcs?
I like the fact that it doesn't have the pretentiousness of other ski resorts. It definitely has the skiing to compete with anywhere. It has the fun and the spectacular views but it comes with a dose of reality, is more affordable for instructors and clients and means I can live in a town only 8 mins by funicular!
What do you do in the summer?
I've done a multitude of summer jobs since becoming a ski instructor. Guiding Americans around France on bikes was an enjoyable summer. After various jobs on building sites I've since retrained as an electrician. It means I can stay in Les Arcs all summer, playing golf, mountain biking and hiking!
Why should a client chose you?
I think my enthusiasm for skiing and teaching is a good reason to choose me. I really enjoy sharing peoples skiing experiences and helping them to achieve their goals, that's why I called the ski school "AIM!"