All our team are native English speakers.
The owners of Ultimate have taught skiing and snowboarding all over the world; Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria, New Zealand and in North and South America before Ultimate Snowsports was born in 2007. After 10 successful years in Tignes & Val d’Isere, we are proud to offer the same great product with new, friendly, experienced instructors joining the team each year. This winter, we give a big warm welcome to snowboard instructors James and Rob!
All our instructors are qualified to the highest possible standard (BASI Level 4 ISTD) and have all the appropriate paperwork to be working legally in France. A few of our instructors have made it to the dizzy heights of being selected as trainers and examiners for the British Association of Snowsports Instructors. They ensure that Ultimate Snowsports instructors are at the forefront of the industry using the most up-to-date tools and techniques to improve your skiing, whatever your level.
The concept of offering a 100% British snowboard school, means that there will never be a language barrier between you and your instructor.
We all look forward to sharing our knowledge and enthusiasm with you on the mountain.
Home town: Aviemore
Growing up in the Highlands of Scotland, Rob quickly found his love for snow sports at the age of 4 riding on his local mountain. From there, his passion has continued to grow and take him throughout the world, snowboarding in New Zealand, Canada, Patagonia and across Europe.
However, Tignes still ranks firmly as his favourite resort. It’s limitless pistes, vast backcountry terrain and variety of freestyle parks means there is always somewhere to have an amazing day.
Rob holds the highest international snowboard instructing qualification (ISTD), and can help tailor every lesson to your needs and ability.
Whether you want to master your first turns, progress your freestyle, explore backcountry terrain on a splitboard or learn how to eurocarve, Rob has the passion, knowledge and commitment to get you there!
Home town: York
Likes: keeping active, travelling, and a good coffee!
After first putting on a snowboard at Sheffield dryslope when he was 12 years old James has been hooked ever since.
After working part time at the local indoor snowslope whilst at college, James started gaining his instructor qualifications from there and moved onto travelling abroad for the winters and has now been teaching for ten years.
He has worked in places across Europe and further afield including Japan, New Zealand and Canada.
When he’s not on the board, he enjoys mountain biking, hill walking and photography
Home town: Stoke
Likes: Ice cream
Simon one of only a handful of instructors in the British system who are qualified to ISIA level in both snowboarding and skiing.
He started skiing at the age of 3. From racing at Stoke Ski Centre dry slope, he progressed to national team level before ‘retiring’ to pursue an honours degree in Business and Music at Liverpool University. Simon completed his ski instructors at the young age of 20, and then moved on to teach snowboarding. Since then has enjoyed many seasons teaching, mostly in Espace Killy. After spending 2 winters working in Val d’Isere for BASS, he moved to Ultimate Snowsports in 2007. He feels that there is no better place to live and work in the world.
He has exceptional technical knowledge and ability, which coupled with a fun loving personality means that you will have a great experience whatever your level!
In his spare time he enjoys any active sports such as windsurfing, surfing and cycling.
Home town: Rossett
Likes: Coffee time
Ben has an unsurpassed depth of teaching knowledge. Ben started skiing at the age of 7, at The Oval dry ski slope. After many winter holidays and after completing his first instructor courses, Ben starting working for the Interski Snowsports School at the age of 18. He finished all his ski teaching exams in his early twenties and moved on to teaching snowboarding as well. Ben has completed a whopping 23 winter seasons, 12 of which were continuous between New Zealand, Europe and America, which makes him the most experienced seasonnaire at Ultimate Snowsports!
He is a trainer/examiner for the British Association of Snowsports Instructors and is highly respected within the organisation.
In his free time he is keen to keep active by cycling or playing squash, yet he is not averse to winding down the hours sat back in a comfy chair watching non-stop sport!
Home town: Ravenshead
Likes: keeping active, a wee afternoon snooze, a bit of social
Tom is another who completed all his ski teaching exams and then moved on to snowboarding world as well.
Tom started skiing at the age of 12 on school trips, enjoyed his first winter season at the age of 20, and completed his first teaching qualification 2 years later in the Aosta valley.
It was here that Tom managed the Interski Snowsports School for 3 years, but has also experienced winters in Italy, NZ, and of course most recently Tignes.
Winters are now a complete part of his life!
Continuing the trend of our instructors who enjoy teaching all abilities and all ages, he is a great asset to the team!
He studied Business Tourism Management at the University of Hertfordshire.
During the summer months, Tom works managing teams many large events such music festivals, tough mudders. He also had a major role the in managing the volunteer staff for the London 2012 Olmypics.
When he is not snoozing or socialising, he enjoys cycling or playing a round of golf.
Home town: Shaftesbury
We are pleased to welcome India back to the office team. Already experienced in both instructing and the resort itself, she will be able to deal with your lesson requests with ease!
India started skiing at 2 and a half on family ski holidays.
This is her fourth season in Tignes, having done one in Verbier before university.
She passed her first instructor qualifications when she was 17 and after taking a break from instructor courses for a few years India completed the BASI Level 3 (ISIA) last May. She spent this ‘summer’ teaching skiing in Australia, and is now working towards Level 4.
She loves all skiing including occasionally scaring herself in the park and pipe.
During the summers she loves running and hopes to complete a marathon and triathlon at some point.