Trainees attending the BSA in 2017/18 will benefit from our continuing commitment to exceptional tutor/coach:trainee ratios.
Founder of the BSA and former British ski team downhiller.
In 1996 Malcolm reformed the Ski High School as the British Ski Academy in Les Houches, Chamonix Valley, where operations were run first from Les Campanules Hotel and then from 2001 at the BSA's exclusive base, the Etoile des Neiges. All of the current British Alpine Team have trained with Malcolm and the BSA at some point in their careers. Now based in the Aosta Valley, the BSA programme is expanding to include FIS racers and the Academy continues to grow with its excellent sporting ethos and the generous support of sponsors and friends.
USSA Alpine coach of the year 2016, Rob joins us on a year's sabbatical from the prestigious Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV).
Formerly Steamboat Springs Head Coach and US Ski Team Regional Coach before joining SSCV, Rob had an SSCV partnership with Ski Gymnasium Stams where he spent over 3 months training in their system, as well as studying the Norwegian system on a fact finding mission in 2014.
Rob is motivated to continue to push GBR athletes to higher levels and to see each athlete reach their full ski racing potential. He says his greatest satisfaction as a coach is seeing maximum progress, and athletes who put their chin in the fall line!
Our Head of U12/U10 training, Charley's thoughtful, calm approach makes him an ideal coach for our junior racers. He holds the highest American qualifications and has an infectious enthusiasm for the sport.
BASI Level 4 ISTD, IASI Level 4, European Mountain Safety Level 4, USSA Level 200 Coach,
UK Snowspnorts Level 4 Development Coach and Level 2 Performance Coach, PSIA Level 3
Louise joins the team for the first time this season and assumes the role of Head of Pastoral Care as well as tutor for Humanities and English. She brings with her a wealth of experience from over twenty years in the secondary sector of education, including school trips, such as a Geography trip to Iceland in 2016 and skiing in Bulgaria and the Alps. Louise lives in North Wales and looks forward to swapping the mountains of Snowdonia for those of the Italian Alps. We are delighted to have her on board.
Doug worked at Team Summit Colorado as a FIS coach from 2000-2005 and was the head FIS coach there from 2005-2011. He spent two seasons after that coaching privately through SSCV (Ski and Snowboard Club Vail), and from 2013-2016 as the Head Women's FIS coach at SSCV.
Doug says he is excited by the opportunity to work with the athletes and staff at the British Ski Academy in this upcoming season. And we are very glad to have him.
With a 50 FIS point profile across three Alpine disciplines and a recent career in professional road cycling, Brad joined us in 2016 and continues to be a key member of the coaching team.
Lynn Mill (née Sharp) helps out at our pre-season race camps. Lynn runs www.targetski.com in Val d’Isere.
Simone raced for the Sci Club Sansicario. He has coached for the past ten years, gaining Italian Maestro instructor and FISI race coach certification, and coaching experience of a high standard at all age levels. He covered FIS Head Coach positions in Italy and Australia for the past 4 years. As principal coach to GB U21 star Zak Vinter since 2016, he steered Zak to the lowest ever teenage FIS result in British ski racing history. Simo is looking forward to working with our boys U21 team.
Dave Tee has been in the England Alpine Team from 2008 to 2009. He has a range of instructing and coaching qualifications, including BASI Level 3, UKCP Alpine Coach Level 3, Mountain Safety Level 3 and IVSI.
Head of maths is Ailsa Whitelaw, our resident astrophysicist now returning for her third season. Ailsa has three years teaching experience in Scotland and is currently spending her summers in New Zealand, following the snow. Ailsa also doubles up as an expert start referee at our home races.
BSA Administration, Stroud, Glos, Dominic runs the BSA office side and is the least outward bound of us all. Occasionally he makes it over to rumble down the bumps.
Penny is now the School Liaison Officer in her fourth season for the BSA. She lives in Les Houches, prior to that she lived in Scotland for 26 years, did her degree at Strathclyde University and worked in education for over ten years.
Charlotte has taught science for twenty years in U.K. secondary schools. She is very much looking forward to her third season with BSA and this year returns as our Head of School.
Zoe grew up in Munich where she studied primary school teaching with the focus on German as a second language and sports. Also a Yoga and Pilates teacher, this is Zoe's third season with the BSA.
Romain joins our FIS staff for the main part of the 2017 season. Romain has worked as a coach and technician with France (WC), Andorra, and Argentina. He has a wealth of experience and is a great addition to our team.
Playing a part in Primary tutoring and on the coaching team, Helli grew up racing, she was an England Alpine Team member and is now a BASI certified instructor. She was also a junior national team rower. Helli studied at the University of the Arts London and at Parsons School of Design in New York.
Martine returns as housemum this season, always welcome on the pastoral team and, manager of the BSA Parents and Coaches Facebook page - outlying parents: make friends!
Steve is a graduate in Sports Science/Physiology from the University of Leeds, with a recent MSc in Sports Performance from Portsmouth as well as 2 gold standard PT qualifications. He’s been training elite ski racers since 2003 (amongst other sports) to optimise the athletes’ potential and to raise levels of confidence in their own abilities.
Noni Stocker joins the U12/U10 team on a regular basis and brings a wealth of experience to her role. Since 2002 Noni has been a British instructor examiner (BASI trainer) held her Carte Professionelle (France) since 2012
Detra has been a ski coach in Pila for nearly 10 years, involved in the training all ages and at an international level. With Alpine skiing coach qualification lvl 3, FISI as well as ski instructor & telemark qualifications, great local knowledge and long experience of working with the young we are very much looking forward to working with Detra from October onwards.
Jordan began racing with Telford Ski Club and made the GB U18 squad before retiring from racing in 2016. He is studying sport science at Durham University and joins the BSA whenever his schedule allows. With his instant impact as a serious-minded coach and technical analyst, Jord has been described by Canadian coach Conrad Pridy as having the best eye of any young coach that he's met. A great addition to the team over the summer, we look forward to him joining us in Aosta. in the coming season.
Laura lives in North Wales where she has recently graduated in Primary Education. She has a background in gymnastics which she has coached for many years. Laura captained her university gymnastics team for two years and also took up rugby as a side line. She is looking forward to joining the BSA team as primary tutor and getting back on the slopes!
Joel grew up in Northern Ireland where he was a keen swimmer, representing his county on several occasions. He was also starting full back for the local rugby team and represented Bangor University holding his position as full back on the 1st team. A drummer and a surfer, Joel loves his time on the slopes and we are very happy to have him on board at the BSA as a general factotum this season.
Tereza Is very much looking forward to joining the House Mum team for this coming season. As an owner of Gulabin Lodge Outdoor Centre based in Scotland, which provides activity residentials to children of all ages all year round, she fully understands the need for excellent pastoral care for children who are away from home. Tereza enjoys life in the outdoors, she loves horse riding and is a qualified Ski Instructor.
Fraser studies Sport and Exercise Science at Newcastle University. A long term trainee with the British Ski Academy he joined our coaching staff this summer, and has been a great asset in the Alps and on the UK circuit. After 5 years on the British and Scottish Ski Teams Fraser has made the transition to coaching and on occasion he coaches the British Children's Ski Team.
Graham was in the Scottish team from 2013-2015 and is currently working towards his Basi 3: with only two modules left and anticipates his Basi 3 will be finished by December. An easygoing kind of guy, always happy to help, we are very glad to have him on the coaching team for 2018.