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Dorian F.
27 reviews
75
/hour
‘Val Thorens’
Private ski & snowboard lessons

Response Time: 7 hours

82% of Dorian`s previous customers left 5 star reviews
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82% of Dorian`s previous customers left 5 star reviews
  • Experience: 8 Years

  • Languages: English , French

  • Cancellation Policy: Strict [?]

Originally from Val Thorens, my parents are both instructors, and taught me to ski before I could walk (skiing at 1 year, snowboard at 4 years). When I was younger I competed at the alpine race, and then I started the French Ski Instructor diploma when I was 17 years old.
Passionate about sliding sports since my childhood, I became very polivalent (snowboarding, skiing, freestyle, freeride, technical, handi-ski).
Working also with people with disabilities or reduced mobility, I know how to show great patience and humor at all times.

  • Excellent with all abilities
  • Fun children’s lessons
  • Patient with improvers
  • Fantastic with experts
  • Off piste expert
27 reviews
Overall Rating 5.0

(27 reviews)

(5.0/5)
Friendliness
5.0
Time keeping
4.9
Communication
4.9
Technical feedback
4.9
Dariusz R.
24/04/2019

5.0

Intermediate

Fantastic instructor! Dorian gave me good tips to improve my skiing. I really recommend him.

Dariusz booked a total of 3 hours with Dorian

Helen T.
22/04/2019

5.0

Intermediate

We booked Dorian for three family lessons, two adults and two children aged 8 and 10. Dorian was fantastic and catered for all our abilities and had great fun with the kids. All of us made great improvements with our skiing and really enjoyed the lessons. We would definitely recommend Dorian for both adult and children’s lessons.

Helen booked a total of 6 hours with Dorian

marc L.
18/04/2019

5.0

Intermediate

We booked a three hour session with Dorian on our first day to help us find our ski legs after a years break in skiing. He was excellent and really got us sorted for the weeks skiing - giving us lots of tips and good techniques. A lovely chap who is from val thoren so we really got the inside track as well. Thanks so much. Marc and Regina Lawton.

marc booked a total of 3 hours with Dorian

Gordon R.
15/04/2019

5.0

Intermediate

My 19 year old son and his 2 friends had a great time with Dorian. He helped them brush up on their technique and the learned a few tricks. He was very friendly and great source of local knowledge for eating out and clubbing which they appreciated. He comes highly recommended.

Gordon booked a total of 3 hours with Dorian

lorrayne s.
14/04/2019

5.0

Mixed

Dorian was amazing. We had a 14yr old who was learning to ski, and two others who hadn't skied in 14 years. He was brilliant at setting exercises for the older two and getting the younger girl to learn the basics of skiing. We did 4 mornings with him and by the end my 14yr old was skiing down Green and Blue runs easily and with confidence. I felt we learnt so much from him and he was great at getting us to push ourselves so that could get the best out of our skiing. Will be booking him again next year for sure.

lorrayne booked a total of 12 hours with Dorian

John J.
09/04/2019

5.0

Mixed

Very pleased with Dorian's instruction. He is a good teacher and very flexible with lesson times and our mix of ages, experience, skiers and snowboarders.

John booked a total of 10 hours with Dorian

Sarah L.
08/04/2019

5.0

Intermediate

Dorian was brilliant - not having had a lesson for 30+ years he was brilliant and my whole family have noticed my improvement with both technique and speed. He also had the added bonus of my 10 yr old son on the second day - who has no fear! He taught us both together with humour and enthusiasm and didn’t stop smiling.

Sarah booked a total of 6 hours with Dorian

Aaron T.
28/03/2019

5.0

Beginner

Dorian was a great instructor. Very patient. My friends and I had a great time and improved a lot. Highly recommended!

Aaron booked a total of 3 hours with Dorian

Sam R.
27/03/2019

5.0

Beginner

I really enjoyed my lesson and learnt a lot. Dorian was very fun, helpful and spoke good English. I would definitely book again. Thanks Dorian :)

Sam booked a total of 2 hours with Dorian

Pippa M.
24/03/2019

5.0

Beginner

Dorian is a fantastic ski instructor. He communicates very clearly and is so positive especially during my moments of 'panic' he brought a smile to my face. Due to his extensive technical abilitily he is able to communicate exactly what is not quite working so I was able to correct it with ease. I went from nervously tackling blue runs to nervously tackling black runs in 3 days, most of all really enjoying it! Dorian was fantastic with my son too. I cant recommend him highly enough. Thank you for making our holiday so special we will definitely see you next year.

Pippa booked a total of 12 hours with Dorian

Tom B.
19/03/2019

5.0

Beginner

Was a great instructor. Helped me so much a taught me how to snow board.

Tom booked a total of 3 hours with Dorian

Danielle N.
13/03/2019

5.0

Beginner

Dorian is very patient and very capable. He was friendly and helpful. Recommended.

Danielle booked a total of 5 hours with Dorian

nerendra p.
01/03/2019

4.9

Beginner

We had Dorian for 3 x 3hour sessions in which he taught skiing for 2 days a snow boarding on the other. We found Dorian to be a great instructor as well as great company. he was able to instruct with easy to follow instructions which were then explained so that we could understand the end goal. He also introduced a few games into the lesson which broke this up. I would without hesitation recommend this guy. 6 stars if I could :)

nerendra booked a total of 9 hours with Dorian

Benedict L.
28/02/2019

4.9

Intermediate

Very helpful to get us all going again so that we could make the most of our holiday.

Benedict booked a total of 6 hours with Dorian

Phil H.
26/02/2019

5.0

Intermediate

Dorian gave exceptional guidance whilst with him and excercises to complete when skiing alone to improve our technique. He ensured his time was evenly split between my wife & I and gave us both more confidence after just 2 hours.

Phil booked a total of 2 hours with Dorian

Colleen D.
24/02/2019

5.0

Intermediate

Dorian was an excellent instructor. He was very friendly and spoke very good English. He did exactly what we had wanted him to do, in that he gave us individual tips and instruction and not just follow me down the mountain that we have had in previous lessons. He was very good with our teenage girls and was good fun as well. I would thoroughly recommend Dorian for your ski lessons.

Colleen booked a total of 3 hours and 1 full day with Dorian

Elizabeth C.
21/02/2019

5.0

Intermediate

Our daughter had a great couple of mornings (6hrs) with Dorian, he really pushed her as requested and tidied up her teqnique and overall improved her skiing. Dorian was super friendly and very smiley putting our daughter at ease straight away and at the end of every lesson he explained what they had done and what she needed to practice. Money well spent! Thank you Dorian from us all especially Elektra. If we ever visit here again we will definitely book Dorian again.

Elizabeth booked a total of 6 hours with Dorian

Aaron H.
05/02/2019

5.0

Beginner

Dorian was a great instructor. Very patient. Really made a difference with our progression on the slopes. Highly recommended

Aaron booked a total of 4 hours with Dorian

David E.
31/01/2019

5.0

Beginner

Could not ask for any better instruction! My husband and I are are complete beginners and have had 10 hours worth of lessons with Dorian. Not only did Dorian keep the lessons fun but also challenging enough so that we improved quickly - within 3 days we were doing red runs, getting to see a lot more of the mountains and most of all had enough confidence to enjoy skiing. Overall a few lessons with Dorian was a great investment to our holiday. Would highly recommend!!

David booked a total of 10 hours with Dorian

Claire W.
26/01/2019

4.3

Intermediate

Dorian was super helpful and catered to all our different levels! He was also very accommodating in letting another person to join the group last minute - would recommend!

Claire booked a total of 4 hours with Dorian

Alex M.
25/01/2019

4.9

Advanced

I had two off-piste guided sessions with Dorian: on the first, we had great fun on some fantastic descents and he gave me some really helpful pointers as well to improve my technique; on the second I was pretty sick (and should probably have been in bed) but Dorian stayed positive and was very understanding, despite me skiing like a complete muppet. I'll definitely book with him again next time I'm in Val Thorens.

Alex booked a total of 6 hours with Dorian

Claire B.
07/01/2019

4.8

Beginner

We couldn’t have asked for a better instructor for our children. Dorian was absolutely fantastic! He made their lessons so much fun, and they all improved considerably over the week. From starting off as beginners, they were attempting red runs by the end of the week! The children couldn’t wait to see him every day. Dorian is friendly, fun, kind and helpful, not to mention an amazing skiier. Thank you so much!

Claire booked a total of 17 hours with Dorian

Jo F.
05/01/2019

5.0

Beginner

I highly recommend Dorian. He is a great instructor, combining technical expertise in teaching with very clear communication about how to improve. I was a pretty much a complete beginner and Dorian helped me progress with confidence to doing green / blue slopes over 3 lessons. I would definitely book Dorian again. Jo

Jo booked a total of 2 hours with Dorian

Ryan M.
04/01/2019

5.0

Mixed

Excellent instructor class of 4 all different abilities and they each thought he was fantastic

Ryan booked a total of 1 full day with Dorian

ilvars S.
28/12/2018

5.0

Beginner

My lessons with Dorian was really effective.. He is very friendly, easy to commucate and a very good instructor. I totaly recommemd him and I will book a refresh lesson next year if coming back to Val Thorens.

ilvars booked a total of 2 hours with Dorian

Caroline C.
18/12/2018

5.0

Intermediate

Dorian was extremely patient and helped improve both my confidence and technique. A delightful young man.

Caroline booked a total of 2 hours with Dorian

Jennie
03/12/2018

5.0

I have had Dorian as an instructor a few times now and can't recommend him highly enough. He really knows his stuff. He always has a smile on his face and is so positive. I need a lot of guidance and he is very patient and thorough. My skiing has come on leaps and bounds. He has also instructed my son and husband (who are off piste skiers) and they have the most wonderful time, they even learn a thing or two. Thank you Dorian for making our skiing SO enjoyable, we love you loads. See you next season. Jennie

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