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Fred D.
Fred D.
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  (27) reviews
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  • Fred D. has received the Trophy Award for consistently providing a fantastic service
Chamonix Mont-Blanc
Skiing, Cross country skiing, Ski Touring, Off-piste Skiing

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89% of Fred`s previous customers left 5 star reviews
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89% of Fred`s previous customers left 5 star reviews
Fred D. has received the Trophy Award for consistently providing a fantastic service

Trophy award

  • Fred D. has received the Trophy Award for consistently providing a fantastic service
  • Experience: 16 Years

  • Languages: English

  • Cancellation Policy: Flexible [?]

I'm a British ski instructor with 18 years of teaching experience. From New Zealand to America and the European Alps I've seen some great skiing locations. I think I have finally rested in the best of them all- Chamonix. Not just for skiing, Chamonix has lots more to offer and I love all the mountaineering, climbing and ski touring this place has. In the summers you can find me guiding groups around the walking trails as I am also a fully qualified International Mountain Leader.

  • Excellent with all abilities
  • Great with beginners
  • Fun children’s lessons
  • Off piste expert
  • Brilliant local knowledge
What to expect in a lesson

Expect what you ask fo***good listener and work hard to give what's required. As you'd expect it's mostly the desire to become an awesome skier. I'll explain, we'll go practise and by a constant shaping of your skiing performance we'll get you faster, on steeper slopes and looking more and more stylish with every lesson.

27 reviews
Overall Rating 5.0

(27 reviews)

(5.0/5)
Friendliness
5.0
Time keeping
5.0
Communication
5.0
Technical feedback
4.9
Anthony .
08/04/2022

5.0

Mixed

Fred was friendly, engaging and always punctual. The children enjoyed his lessons.

Anthony booked a total of 12 hours with Fred

Josh Norris-Ong... .
07/04/2022

5.0

Beginner

Fred was great with our 9 y.o. triplets. They loved their lessons and Fred and they’re already asking when we will go back and have lessons with Fred again. Thank you.

Josh Norris-Ongso booked a total of 6 hours with Fred

Ailish .
03/04/2022

5.0

Mixed

Fred was such a good instructor..he really put me at ease, listened to my fears and concerns and gave easy to follow instruction to improve my skiing. After just 3 hours with Fred, I’m more confident in my ability and I’m armed with ways to get me over my fears and down the pistes. Thanks again Fred!

Ailish booked a total of 3 hours with Fred

Hadil .
28/03/2022

4.9

Beginner

Fred is a wonderful teacher. He is patient, knowledgeable and very helpful. I’m a complete beginner and Fred helped me with my confidence. Fred is very supportive and effective instructor. He is punctual and reliable. Fred designed the class to suit my needs and weaknesses. I strongly recommend him.

Hadil booked a total of 6 hours with Fred

Jenny Slattery .
20/03/2022

5.0

Mixed

Fred was excellent at managing our mixed ability group of 2 adult basic skiers and 2 beginner children. He has the perfect mix of teaching the basics while making the lesson fun and an adventure. He knows all the Chamonix slopes very well and so every day lesson was different. We definitely plan to book Fred again when back in Chamonix

Jenny Slattery booked a total of 12 hours with Fred

Lidia Maile .
07/03/2022

4.9

Intermediate

Had a great afternoon with Fred. He did a fantastic job of assessing what we wanted out of the lesson and a great communicator. We’ll book him again!

Lidia Maile booked a total of 3 hours with Fred

Peter Leather .
06/03/2022

5.0

Intermediate

We were a party of three skiing in Courmayeur. Intermediate skiers, aged 52, 18, and 16, looking to improve, i.e. becoming more confident on harder red runs and to be able to approach black runs with confidence. Fred proved to be an excellent instructor and good company. Although there was some quite technical instruction his learning drills and analogies made his teaching very easy to follow. Overall he made the lessons a lot of fun. We left our trip better and more confident skiers. I would recommend Fred without hesitation.

Peter Leather booked a total of 9 hours with Fred

Priti K.
05/03/2022

5.0

Beginner

Had a brillant lesson with Fred and will definitely booking Fred again. We were different abilities and Fred spent time with each of us to improve our skiing.

Priti booked a total of 3 hours with Fred

Kat .
04/03/2022

5.0

Mixed

Fred is friendly, approachable and professional. He provided clear and concise guidance and troubleshooting on how to improve my skiing as a beginner and built my confidence in tackling longer and steeper slopes, all in 3 hours! I would recommend Fred to all beginners who are looking to improve in a short time in the beautiful Chamonix valley.

Kat booked a total of 3 hours with Fred

Basem .
04/03/2022

5.0

Beginner

I booked a 3 hr session with Fred at short notice and I am definitely glad I did. He was able to pinpoint my weaknesses and bad habits immediately and was quick to give instruction to rectify those. He was able breakdown what i should be doing in easy to follow steps without overloading me with information. He was friendly and patient and I wouldn't hesitate to book with him again in the future.

Basem booked a total of 3 hours with Fred

Omar N.
03/03/2022

5.0

Beginner

Fantastic. Thanks for all your help

Omar booked a total of 3 hours with Fred

Anna .
02/03/2022

5.0

Beginner

Fred is a fantastic teacher! Our children had never skied before and they learned quickly whilst enjoying in total trust. They loved their time with him. He is patient, thorough and a lot of fun. We highly recommend Fred.

Anna booked a total of 3 hours with Fred

Georgie .
28/02/2022

5.0

Mixed

Fred was a brilliant instructor with my children. He made their lessons fun and was very patient with them. He gave great feedback and tips for the rest of our holiday when the children wouldn't be having any more lessons. I would highly recommend him.

Georgie booked a total of 3 hours with Fred

Michael Ford .
26/02/2022

5.0

Mixed

Fred was a great instructor and couldn’t recommended him highly enough. As an absolute beginner, Fred explained everything clearly and was very patient. We were just sad that we couldn’t book him for more sessions.

Michael Ford booked a total of 3 hours with Fred

Kyle .
26/02/2022

4.8

Beginner

Fred took my son and daughter (9&7) from novice and complete beginner to happy to ski around greens with me in two half day lessons. He was wonderful with them, super patient and made it fun. Great communication and very friendly, I'll happily use him again, and would recommend him to anyone, too.

Kyle booked a total of 6 hours with Fred

Ivan C.
20/02/2022

5.0

Beginner

Perfect for Izzy (8) & Benji (10). Fred is now their hero - with fun learning to land simple jumps, skiing backwards - and improving the basic techniques of parallel skiing. Couldn’t ask for better.

Ivan booked a total of 1 full day with Fred

Sarah .
07/02/2022

5.0

Beginner

Fabulous! I had had a mixed experience of skiing and hadn’t done anything for years following an accident. Fred took me from the basics, quickly gave me confidence and in no time at all progressed my skills and comfort zone. After half a day I felt I had never been off the slopes. Strong recommendation

Sarah booked a total of 3 hours with Fred

Andra .
06/02/2022

5.0

Mixed

Fred is such a lovely and patient instructor! He looked after me and my friend who are slightly different levels and made sure we both got the best out of the lesson. Definitely recommend!

Andra booked a total of 3 hours with Fred

Andrea Mendoza .
31/01/2022

5.0

Beginner

Fred is amazing! He was able to take us in only one class session from zero to the slopes and challenge us softly without any risk for us. He has real teaching skills! I would love to continue having more sessions with him!!

Andrea Mendoza booked a total of 3 hours with Fred

Ian .
29/01/2022

5.0

Mixed

Fred was a great teacher - very friendly and patient. Thanks for your help 👍

Ian booked a total of 6 hours with Fred

Jonathan W.
23/01/2022

5.0

Intermediate

This was my second lesson with Fred and was really worthwhile as a way of building on what he had helped me with in the first lesson and taking it further. We worked through another different series of exercises to fix specific problems and also "just skied" to see what had worked and what still needed work. A couple of videos really helped with this. In this way too we covered a lot of different areas in Courmayeur so that we were on the right sort of run and slope to get the best from each exercise. At the end of it I was tired because we had worked hard but I would have been very happy to carry on and do more. I was sorry to say farewell at the end because I had thoroughly enjoyed both lessons. Not only did I feel that my skiing was improved by them, the whole experience of the trip was improved and that makes them not just a pleasure but great value too.

Jonathan booked a total of 3 hours with Fred

Jonathan W.
23/01/2022

5.0

Intermediate

My starting point was that I felt that I was a reasonable skier on a straightforward slope but that my technique was not strong enough to survive a difficult slope. Fred watched me ski and gave me an analysis of what I was doing (both wrong and right) and then worked through a series of exercises with me to help with the problems. Each was targeted to fix a particular problem which sometimes felt strange but Fred explained very clearly not only what to do but also why and how it would help so that when they were all put together I felt more in control and, well, better. Fred is also really easy to talk to and friendly so that I enjoyed every part of the lesson and looked forward to the second one. Cant get better than that!

Jonathan booked a total of 3 hours with Fred

Bianca Zeff .
23/01/2022

5.0

Intermediate

Fred was excellent with my cautious 11 year old son. Super friendly and patient :) thanks Fred!

Bianca Zeff booked a total of 9 hours with Fred

Mark .
18/01/2022

5.0

Beginner

I booked Fred for my Wife to give her some extra coaching time after her 1st ever day skiing and he was absolutely fantastic. Firstly, he is from England, which really helps with us both being English/Aus. This helped greatly in communication. He made her feel really comfortable and she had a 'lightbulb' moment when the Aeroplane was introduced! He had a big focus on technique so she felt comfortable when she wanted to challenge herself. 100% recommend.

Mark booked a total of 3 hours with Fred

Fay .
24/02/2020

5.0

Skiing with Fred is a delight. He is patient and explains things in a multitude of different ways. He gives really nice demos and a beautiful skier which I find inspiring. He always makes the day challenging but fun and I come away from every lesson feeling like I know what I need to do in order to improve. He is a mountaineer so ski touring with him is adventurous and he is very knowledgeable about the surrounding area so i learn a lot about the mountains and where else is good to ski!

Fay .
24/02/2020

5.0

Skiing with Fred is a delight. He is patient and explains things in a multitude of different ways. He gives really nice demos and a beautiful skier which I find inspiring. He always makes the day challenging but fun and I come away from every lesson feeling like I know what I need to do in order to improve. He is a mountaineer so ski touring with him is adventurous and he is very knowledgeable about the surrounding area so i learn a lot about the mountains and where else is good to ski!

james R.
18/02/2020

5.0

Beginner

An absolute brilliant instructor. A 3 hour lesson for a returning skier having been off the slopes for 12 years . Could not recommend enough. Thanks very much

james booked a total of 3 hours with Fred

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