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79% of Sam`s previous customers left 5 star reviews
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79% of Sam`s previous customers left 5 star reviews
Sam J. has received the Trophy Award for consistently providing a fantastic service

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  • Sam J. has received the Trophy Award for consistently providing a fantastic service
  • Experience: 25 Years

  • Languages: English

  • Cancellation Policy: Super Flexible [?]

BASI Level 4 ISTD
French Carte Professionelle
EMS European Mountain Safety

Teaching on artificial slope since 1998, teaching on snow worldwide since 2003 in Japan, USA, New Zealand, Switzerland, Italy and France.

With a love for the mountains from the ones I grew up in the Welsh mountains to the Alps where I now live, I have been climbing them since I was a kid. There is no better place to spend your day

  • Excellent with all abilities
  • Great with beginners
  • Superb for intermediates
  • Fantastic with experts
  • Brilliant local knowledge
What to expect in a lesson

Learn to turn everywhere and start exploring the mountain. With great local knowledge I try to avoid lift lines and can show you hidden gems in the Portes du Soleil

14 reviews
Overall Rating 5.0

(14 reviews)

(5.0/5)
Friendliness
5.0
Time keeping
5.0
Communication
4.9
Technical feedback
5.0
Roy Gonen .
03/03/2022

5.0

Mixed

Sam was super professional and friendly. Our progress was so much faster than we expected and his explanations and tips are priceless.

Roy Gonen booked a total of 5.5 hours with Sam

Kate .
25/02/2022

4.9

Beginner

My daughters had two private lessons with Sam and made great progress- from complete beginners to snowboarding down the slope in one go. Fantastic. Even more importantly, they want to do it all again! Thanks Sam!

Kate booked a total of 2.75 hours with Sam

Tami .
17/02/2022

5.0

Mixed

My son had a lesson with Sam and really enjoyed it and told me he learned a lot. He just wished Sam had more availability this week!

Tami booked a total of 1 full day with Sam

Selma M.
02/02/2022

5.0

Beginner

The boys really enjoyed their time with Sam thank you 😊

Selma booked a total of 2 hours with Sam

Benjamin G.
05/03/2020

4.9

Beginner

Sam is friendly, very good at communicating issues with your riding, had a good remainder of the trip due to his guidance at the start.

Benjamin booked a total of 3 hours with Sam

Shi-Ya W.
02/03/2020

5.0

Beginner

I had a great lesson with Sam and highly recommend him to anyone looking to progress to the next level. He provided clear explanations, offered simple yet useful tips that I could takeaway to work on and refine my skills afterwards, and most importantly, lots of encouragement! Sam is extremely experienced and qualified as an instructor and all around just a really nice guy. He was punctual, highly responsive over messages and also had great local knowledge (whether on the slopes or off).

Shi-Ya booked a total of 2 hours with Sam

Rachel A.
22/02/2020

5.0

Beginner

My teenage boys had great fun learning to snowboard with Sam. They were both of different abilities but he kept the lessons fun and engaging for both of them, making it more of an adventure. He was also really flexible with us, as we were often running late / needing to start a bit early to fit in with other family members. We would definitely book with Sam again the next time we are in resort.

Rachel booked a total of 8 hours with Sam

Vicky P.
19/02/2020

5.0

Beginner

Sam was absolutely awesome and so generous with his time! He helped us massively and gave great 1-2-1 instruction where needed! Would highly recommend - thank you!

Vicky booked a total of 6 hours with Sam

Laura A.
06/02/2020

4.8

Beginner

I had a two hour lesson with sam and it's made a huge difference to the way I snowboard. Not only this but he taught me how to read the terrain of the slopes and gave me board advice. He's made a huge difference to my holiday. I also felt really comfortable in his company. Absolute cracking guy!!

Laura booked a total of 2 hours with Sam

Joanna C.
06/02/2020

5.0

Intermediate

Very good beginner/intermediate lesson with Sam. Would recommend him wholeheartedly.

Joanna booked a total of 3 hours with Sam

Steven B.
05/02/2020

5.0

Mixed

Sam was great - 10/10 I needed to reset and go back to basics. Sam very quickly assessed all my bad habits and was able to help me back onto the right path. After only a couple of hours it was easy to see the progress I had made. Really appreciate the help and advice, and would 100% recommend to others.

Steven booked a total of 2 hours with Sam

Oli M.
24/01/2020

5.0

Intermediate

Great teacher, plus an ex champ!

Oli booked a total of 2 hours with Sam

chris c.
23/01/2020

5.0

Intermediate

Great 3 hour lesson with Sam. Having ridden for years we wanted to refine technique and correct bad habits. Sam was great at offering simple tips which provided instant improvements without information overload. Learnt a lot in the time and was perfect balance of fun, technical development and friendliness. Had afternoon of trying to implement advice and huge improvements in riding. Highly recommended.

chris booked a total of 3 hours with Sam

Esti G.
02/03/2019

5.0

Beginner

Brilliant! He really knows how to teach beginners and he makes the lessons fun! Totally recommended :)

Esti booked a total of 1 full day with Sam

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