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Patsy D.
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  (14) reviews

Response Time: 5 hours

100% of Patsy`s previous customers left 5 star reviews
100% of Patsy`s previous customers left 5 star reviews
  • Experience: 30 Years

  • Languages: English , German

  • Cancellation Policy: Moderate [?]

I am from Scotland and currently live in Perthshire. I work in the Alps during the Winter. As an X British Team member and a X Basi Trainer with teaching experience of over 20 years in the 3 Valleys, I can offer my clients the Taylor made classes that they choose from their time with me . Whether kids, teenagers or adults and whatever the level, I will finish the lesson with any faults pointed out and corrective techniques worked on during the class, finishing with plenty to think about and practice with the view to enjoy your holiday all the more . I work mainly in the 3Valleys but also love to travel to other resorts. I am happy to take lessons in the resorts stated but preferably nothing less than two full days. Try sharing lessons with family and friends. Works out great, everybody can get a piece of undivided attention! Makes a difference. See you on the slope for some fun and some serious stuff too. Best wishes Patsy

  • Excellent with all abilities
  • Fun children’s lessons
  • Patient with improvers
  • Superb for intermediates
  • Fantastic with experts
What to expect in a lesson

With my years of working as a BASI coach ,I have a finely tuned eye for tiny technical mistakes which I love the challenge of correcting. Small changes makes all the difference , It can be someone who has been skiing for years with a slight unbalanced body , or an over rotation , even arm posture can change a persons skiing massively. I will point out even the smallest problems and you’ll be surprised what a difference thar can make.

14 reviews
Overall Rating 5.0

(14 reviews)

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John B.



Patsy provided an outstanding service and was a great part of our holiday! She took our youngest child (age 4) for her first week of skiing (after an awful experience with ESF in 2019!). She quickly developed her confidence and love for skiing developing technical skills that saw her skiing confidently with us by the end of the week on blues and having lots of fun. More broadly, she made the week fun balancing perfectly skiing, play and all of the admin that a 4 year old needs over a 3 hour lesson! Patsy also instructed our 2 elder children (10 and 8) each in their 5th week of skiing. While they only had 2 lessons, Patsy quickly identified key issues and developed their technique. They had a superb time and the improvement points stuck. Patsy was incredibly flexible during the week to support changes in timings, locations and weather to ensure lessons and our holiday plans were best supported. She immediately built up a great rapport with the children and provided feedback to us and the children. A great instructor, we look forward to skiing with her again.

John booked a total of 15 hours with Patsy

Luke K.



We had Patsy every morning for a week in Méribel, sharing her amongst various family members. It was great to have an English instructor who could clearly explain to each of us how to improve. She is clearly vastly experienced and knowledgeable, able to teach all abilities from improving carving, increasing confidence in nervous skiers, teaching parallel turns to completely re-engineering my daughter’s technique from scratch. I would highly recommend Patsy... and she’s great company too!

Luke booked a total of 20 hours with Patsy

cass argent A.



Patsy took our daughter out today , and for a nervous beginner to come back saying she loved it , is a great achievement

cass argent booked a total of 3 hours with Patsy

gillian thompso... T.



Patsy was just amazing. She had a very difficult job of teaching 3 very different beginners. They all benefited from Patsys amazing experience. Thanks again Patsy for making their ski holiday so enjoyable. Patsy also took our group for the hours we wanted when no other ski instructor would.

gillian thompson booked a total of 8 hours with Patsy

Louise W.



My son age 16 had an amazing week with Patsy ... Max is an advanced skier and really benefited from Patsy’s experience and technical assistance. So glad we booked with her, Max doesn’t want to have anyone else

Louise booked a total of 3 hours with Patsy

Georgie G.



Patsy taught our daughter for 5 mornings in Courchevel and we couldn’t have been happier! She is a super teacher and lots of fun. Our daughter was excited to go off skiing each morning and we felt very confident that she was in capable hands. We would love to book Patsy again soon.

Georgie booked a total of 15 hours with Patsy

Carol W.


I had two, 2 hour lessons with Patsy and both were excellent. Patsy quickly identified the key areas I needed to work on to improve my technique and build confidence. The lessons included plenty of instruction and demonstration, but above all lots of time actually skiing and putting everything in to practice. After just one lesson my family could see a visible improvement in the way I skied. When I am next back in the three valleys I will be seeking Patsy out for another lesson.

Carol booked a total of 4 hours with Patsy

Chrissie B.


Having got to my 40s and having never set foot on the slopes before Patsy was a dream come true. She was super patient with me. Dealt with the nerves, wobbles and a little bit of weeping brilliantly. She was always reassuring and confidence boosting. After 4 days with Patsy I skied with my husband on the 5th day - something I never thought I would manage. I would not hesitate to either recommend Patsy or book her again but this time for the whole family! My husband also had a few hours with her - 'Patsy was just what I needed after 10 years of skiing without any instruction or critique!! The technology has come on leaps and bounds in that time, yet my style and technique was seriously outdated! In just 2 hours she helped me adjust my technique to enable me to ski much better - more comfortably, more control and better balance. I now have a much better understanding of the technology and how to use it to my benefit. Ideal experience to help me pass on the tips to my children! Thank you!'

Chrissie booked a total of 9 hours with Patsy

Anthony C.


Patsy is a fantastic instructor. She taught me and my children to ski. She has terrific experience and is brilliant at understanding your abilities and the steps needed to improve your skiing. She is great fun to ski with and knows all the best places to go. My lesson today was a really useful reminder of all those things that I should be doing! Very worthwhile.

Anthony booked a total of 2 hours with Patsy

Scott K.


I arranged my lesson with Patsy having found my technique had slipped badly and I was finding I did not have the control I once had. Within a very short time into the lesson Patsy had zoned in to all my wrong doings, explaining them in simple terms and giving me all the required actions required to remedy all my wrong doings. A fantastic service and such a tremendous instructress. I would highly recommend Patsy to anyone who needs highly qualified ski instruction.

Scott booked a total of 2 hours with Patsy

Alan j.


Lessons actually with Olly Robinson - not Patsy D. Really great week for the boys - small class of 4 kids - all similar age and standard. They progressed well and got to ski in 1650 and 1850. They ended the week a lot more confident on their skis and learned a lot. Great job Olly - we’ll definitely book again

Hilary B.


Patsy was replaced. Olly was very encouraging, a really friendly instructor, the boys enjoyed their lessons greatly, have improved lots. We would love to have Olly as an instructor next year, highly recommended.

Mark N.


Our experience with Patsi was fantastic. Friendly, funny with informed and incredibly insightful advice - couldn't recommended highly enough. She really helped my two daughters (15 and 17) and myself (old) improve and enjoy our skiing. She was happy to be flexible on how we arranged our lessons and recognised immediately our issues and various levels of ‘skill’. Thanks again Patsi, all the best.

Mark booked a total of 6 hours with Patsy

Mark G.


Patsy's tuition was first class with both my wife and children(aged 10 to 15) having lessons for a week over half term. Patsy developed the technique of our boys in an enjoyable way, recognising it was a holiday and we were there to have fun. She also supported my wife who was recovering from an injury and therefore needed to build up her confidence on the slopes. I would certainly recommend Patsy to any family as she is a great teacher, lovely person and knows the Courchevel region extremely well. We felt honoured to spend the week with a former member of the British ski team!

Mark booked a total of 18 hours with Patsy

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