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Bernard C.
Bernard C.
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  (30) reviews
105
/hour

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  • Bernard C. has received the Trophy Award for consistently providing a fantastic service
Val d’Isère
Skiing

Response Time: 5 hours

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94% of Bernard`s previous customers left 5 star reviews
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94% of Bernard`s previous customers left 5 star reviews
Bernard C. has received the Trophy Award for consistently providing a fantastic service

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  • Bernard C. has received the Trophy Award for consistently providing a fantastic service
  • Experience: 39 Years

  • Languages: English , French

  • Cancellation Policy: Flexible [?]

As a Professional Ski Instructor and life coach, I ski for the same reason that I do everything else; which is to become a better person through the practice of mindfulness.

Mindfulness in skiing is a very powerful way to eliminate deep-rooted confidence issues such as fear, doubt, anxiety, worry, tension, nervousness and negative memories from the past; all of which are the root causes of poor technique and lack of enjoyment.

Once freed from mental burden, your heart will be able to perceive skiing as the joyful experience that it really is.

I wish you every success in setting yourself free.

Thank you

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

Expect to experience skiing as an integral part of the magical being that you are. Here everything is about harmony, harmony with the environment, harmony with the self and harmony in your use of the movements of your body to achieve a "textbook perfect style" but through means which are more holistic than textbook. Interestingly, this methods yields faster results through the very efficient use of consciousness.

30 reviews
Overall Rating 5.0

(30 reviews)

(5.0/5)
Friendliness
5.0
Time keeping
5.0
Communication
5.0
Technical feedback
4.9
Anne Kavanagh .
24/04/2022

5.0

Beginner

The afternoon I spent with Bernard was a perfect way to understand my relationship with skiing. I learned later in life and have struggled to progress my level beyond some unexplained fear factor, without really understanding it. His mindfulness approach is perfect for people with this type of issue as he explains certain aspects of how we function in interesting and enlightening ways that I hadn't contemplated before. In just a few hours I felt completely different on my skis and in the days that followed I was much more confident and that has made everything so much more enjoyable. His English is incredible. Highly recommended.

Anne Kavanagh booked a total of 3 hours with Bernard

Tom Walton .
17/04/2022

5.0

Beginner

Bernard took a group of mixed age beginners from 8 to 40 and was able to make skiers of all of them. Friendly, supportive, patient and delivered learnings that will last in the memory- perfect for our holiday.

Tom Walton booked a total of 15 hours with Bernard

John Butler .
16/04/2022

4.8

Mixed

Excellent days spent learning about skiing techniques as well as mindfulness. Broad discussion on ski lifts on topics such as politics, philosophy, man’s role on earth and the meaning of life. Myself and my daughter enjoyed it very much.

John Butler booked a total of 3 hours with Bernard

Suzi (Ski Solut... .
13/04/2022

5.0

Mixed

Bernard is a very experienced and knowledgeable teacher, we had a great time and would highly recommend him.

Suzi (Ski Solutions) booked a total of 3 hours with Bernard

Ruth D.
12/04/2022

5.0

Intermediate

I had no idea that a ski lesson could be life-changing, until today! Bernard is a fantastic instructor, he gave me a whole new perspective on how to improve my skiing. I can’t wait to book more lessons with him next year.

Ruth booked a total of 3 hours with Bernard

nicholas .
10/04/2022

5.0

Beginner

Bernard is very fun and caring, lessons are super helpful and efficient, our skiing is dramatically improved within a couple of hours! we had an amazing time together even if in a brutal snow storm! We hope to come back here soon and have lessons with him again.

nicholas booked a total of 9 hours with Bernard

Anna Mealings .
04/04/2022

5.0

Mixed

Brilliant. Bernard was fantastic. Family of four, each with different abilities and all of us thought it the lesson was fantastic.

Anna Mealings booked a total of 3 hours with Bernard

lizzie t.
27/03/2022

5.0

Mixed

Great lesson thanks

lizzie booked a total of 3 hours with Bernard

Paul Sheppard .
22/03/2022

5.0

Beginner

Wow, what can I say? Bernard was an amazing find, it was like the stars aligned to give me an instructor who could speak my language and help me think about and ski in a whole new way. His mindfulness approach changed the way I will see mountains and skiing forever. Thanks Bernard and I hope to see you again for more lessons!

Paul Sheppard booked a total of 6 hours with Bernard

Vanessa Fahy .
03/03/2022

5.0

Beginner

Bernard was great, I was a complete beginner for our lessons and made so much progress over 2 sessions- he's an excellent teacher & very intuitive, would love to practice with him again!

Vanessa Fahy booked a total of 3.75 hours with Bernard

Sarah .
26/02/2022

4.1

Beginner

Three of us had a great lesson with Bernard and his unusual approach really helped and two of us felt we came away with skills to make us ski better which made our time on the mountain great!

Sarah booked a total of 3 hours with Bernard

Yaad .
24/02/2022

5.0

Beginner

I would definitely book Bernard again. He was our instructor for 3 half days, when we are first time skiing ,and it was just awesome, on both technical and friendliness levels. Bernard has the experience and the knowledge how to approach anybody and teach them skiing, regardless their level or difficulties.

Yaad booked a total of 9 hours with Bernard

peter .
22/01/2022

5.0

Beginner

Bernard is truly an amazing instructor. I have skied with him for 5 days every day 3 hours. I have had lessons at many places before but never made such progress, not only in the technique but fore-mostly in the pleasure and ease on truly using your full body, balance, respiration, and mind to go down the slopes with a smile and in full control. His mindfulness approach gives a. true extra dimension to the mountains and the skis. I hope to have the opportunity to ski with Bernard again next year.

peter booked a total of 15 hours with Bernard

Corine L.
07/03/2020

5.0

Advanced

Bernard was the ski instructor to our 12 year old girls during 1 week (half day). They had a great time with him and really like the way he explained them the meaning of skiing and its purpose. They made great progress and always looked forward to their class even when it was snowing heavily.

Corine booked a total of 12 hours with Bernard

chris w.
06/03/2020

5.0

Intermediate

Bernard was awesome and his approach to the lessons were inspiring and brilliant

chris booked a total of 6.75 hours with Bernard

marta w.
05/03/2020

5.0

Mixed

We just loved Bernard! My daughter Benedita felt terrible and really sad when she realised it was our last day and she didn't say good bye properly to someone who really changed our vacations and gave us so much more more than ski lessons, most of all, had the capacity to show and share with adults and teenagers at the same time, the importance and respect for the nature and our presence in this world - Thank you and i hope to see you next year! You or no one else ;)

marta booked a total of 15 hours with Bernard

Sulaiman M.
26/02/2020

5.0

Intermediate

Bernard is an excellent instructor with a different approach to skiing. He helped me overcome my fears especially after having a knee injury from a previous ski trip. His approach to skiing through mindfulness gave me confidence on the slopes and his words resinated with me even after the ski sessions. I highly recommend Bernard as he is not only an excellent instructor, but a great human being as well.

Sulaiman booked a total of 6 hours with Bernard

Victoria T.
23/02/2020

5.0

Intermediate

My daughter and I spent three mornings skiing with Bernard. We are not generally the most confident or passionate skiers so he had a challenge on his hands! His intelligent and philosophical approach gave us new perspectives on the challenges we face on the mountains (e.g crowded slopes, poor weather) and tools to help us deal with them, and not letting them take the joy out of the experience for us. He was firm but patient and we both benefitted greatly from our time with him. A big thank you from us both! We had three instructors from Maison Sport and they were brilliant at communicating with each other so that we all started and finished our classes in the same location. This meant that we didn't have to worry about the logistics and could focus on our skiing.

Victoria booked a total of 9 hours with Bernard

Elisabeth B.
14/02/2020

5.0

Intermediate

I throughly enjoyed my lessons with Bernard and I feel a lot happier and safer on the slopes as a result of his teaching methods. Bernard’s approach is exactly what I needed to build my confidence in skiing following an accident a few years ago. I learned a lot about how attitude affects your ability, and how breathing exercises and a mindful approach can make you more aware of your surroundings to appreciate the slopes, enjoy the experience, and be a better skier all round! Thank you Bernard.

Elisabeth booked a total of 6 hours with Bernard

Dyanne W.
10/01/2020

5.0

Advanced

After over 40 years of skiing, for many reason I lost my confidence and joy for it. My skiing deteriorated to the point that, even though loving being in the ski fields, that I just couldn't/wouldn't ski any more. I felt anxious and unsafe on the slopes. Encouraged by my wife to book in with Bernard - I am now in a totally different place. Bernard is not an instructor but a (life) coach. I knew it was "all in my head" and what we worked on was a holistic approach. This changed my perspective, improved my skiing and started to bring back the joy I once knew. It was such a relief not to focus on "technique" and what I was doing wrong. Bernard's approach is unique and effective. I can only highly recommend him to assist anyone who is "blocked" in their skiing.

Dyanne booked a total of 3 hours with Bernard

Dawn M.
31/12/2019

5.0

Intermediate

We were so pleased with Bernard, he was very professional yet friendly and welcoming. His techniques remind us of the fundamentals of skiing and life. He mainly spent time with our 15-year-old daughter who was very apprehensive, but his calming presence and patience helped her to build her confidence and skills to take her skiing to the next level. We would highly recommend Bernard to anyone of any age and level.

Dawn booked a total of 9 hours with Bernard

nicholas F.
11/04/2019

5.0

Advanced

Bernie is an inspring instructor. Always innovative and pushing you to overcome the blockages that stop you skiing to your best ability. But always feel incredibly safe and weel looked after. He is fun and engaging too! Found fab snow in March

nicholas booked a total of 3 hours with Bernard

Katie O.
06/03/2019

5.0

Beginner

Bernard has been a fantastic coach. Really took time to get to know me, what I wanted from the lessons, then helped me to improve. Can’t thank him enough.

Katie booked a total of 11.25 hours with Bernard

steve I.
19/02/2019

5.0

Mixed

I booked Bernard for a couple of lessons for my wife and son (14) who had two weeks skiing before this trip. We chose Bernard as we liked the fact he worked on confidence which they were both lacking. My wife and son thought Bernard was amazing, he really helped them think about skiing differently, communicated superbly and after building their confidence worked on their technique, and in two days, the difference was great - especially my son who was flying down the slopes. Bernard was very flexible to start the session late on both days at our request. They enjoyed it so much we tried to book additional sessions but unfortunately Bernard was fully booked - I’m not surprised he was outstanding.

steve booked a total of 6 hours with Bernard

Holly C.
07/02/2019

5.0

Intermediate

I thoroughly enjoyed my lesson with Bernard, he has given me lots to think about! I took the lesson as I found I had reached an intermediate level but struggling to improve. With his guidance and advice, I am now thinking differently about the way I ski. Bernard is an excellent instructor that I would highly recommend.

Holly booked a total of 2 hours with Bernard

Paul F.
07/01/2019

5.0

Beginner

Bernard took our two children (age 7 and 13) for 5 consecutive lessons. He was patient and supportive. He responds quickly to emails and was passionate about helping them achieve their full potential by understanding the science of skiing. He met us in the hire shop the day before hand to ensure that they had the right equipment. This was really helpful as it enabled us to chat about what we wanted and made the meeting the next day on the slope much easier. My only reservation is that a private lesson for two children is quite intensive for them both, and they are also able to dictate the speed at which they progress much easier than they would do in a group lesson (this is no reflection on Bernard but a result of having a private lesson). My wife and her friend also had a lesson with Bernard. They are both experienced skiers and they thoroughly enjoyed it and both reported improvements in their confidence and ability.

Paul booked a total of 15 hours and 1 full day with Bernard

ALEX K.
18/02/2018

5.0

A great instructor and very interesting guy. Excellent at restoring confidence of a skier whose last run had ended in crutches.

ALEX booked a total of 3 hours with Bernard

Paul A.
13/02/2018

5.0

We had an incredible experience with Bernard, his approach to skiing was enlightening and produced fantastic results. Our two days were more than just a ski lesson, he was able to help my wife overcome her anxiety following a previous a skiing accident. She is now skiing with confidence and her technique has completely changed for the better. Thank you for a great two days Bernard.

Paul booked a total of 6 hours with Bernard

Dawn B.
26/02/2017

5.0

Every time I ski with Bernie I learn something new and ski with improved style and confidence. The lesson always includes unexpected elements and leaves me thinking about more than just skiing. A top instructor - one of the best I have ever skied with and learnt from (and I have skied in many places for many years). Highly recommended, especially if like me you want to understand both skiing and yourself.

Dawn booked a total of 3 hours with Bernard

Stephanie M.
05/02/2017

5.0

I strongly recommend Bernard. All he writes on his profile about working the better self of one, which is directly related to how one skies is even better at the class with hims. I've had fear and anxiety issues in the past when skiing and after the class I feel more confident and really understand what I had been doing wrong in my past experiences. If you are looking for an excellent instructor, Bernard is your man.

Stephanie booked a total of 2 hours with Bernard

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