BASI Level 3 ISIA
Alex has an infectious love of the mountains and has made Verbier his home.
However, before starting out in his ski teaching career (on a Peak Leaders course) he was a keen and successful jockey. But qualifying as a ski instructor has lead him away from horse racing and into the alps.
Despite keeping close ties to the sport and spending summers working at the stables, his excellent banter and patience mean horse racing’s loss is ski teaching’s gain…
SOME LOCAL KNOWLEDGE:
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MOUNTAIN RESTAURANT?
“Carrefour or Le Rouge. Both have a great atmosphere, the views and the food are amazing and both have very friendly staff.”
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SKI AREA?
“This would have to be Fontaneys, it’s a fantastic run with some epic rollers and a great back drop. Also, few holiday-makers know it’s there, so it’s usually really quiet.”
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE FOR APRES?
“My favourite apres would have to be Le Rouge: music is great and there is no better place to have an after-ski beer in the sunshine. On a colder day pub Mont Fort is great – everyone heads there and it’s a great place for team drink on a Friday.”
WHAT’S YOUR BEST TIP FOR A HOLIDAY IN VERBIER?
“Verbier is fantastic place to ski on and off the piste, with lots of fun secret runs, but they can take some local knowledge to find.
So book an instructor – not only do you get the local knowledge and help navigating resort, but you can also relax and enjoy your skiing knowing that you are in safe hands and you’re going to get to anywhere you need on time. Plus you’ll become an even better skier. Definitely worth it…”