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Dorian A.
31 reviews
‘Val d’Isère’
Private ski & snowboard lessons

Response Time: 14 hours

97% of Dorian`s previous customers left 5 star reviews
97% of Dorian`s previous customers left 5 star reviews
  • Experience: 9 Years

  • Languages: English , French , Russian

  • Cancellation Policy: Moderate [?]

Native from la Rosiere, I naturally started to ski while I was learning how to walk.

My father (also a Ski Instructor), gave me the passion for freeride / off piste skiing. I started to discover the most prestigious Tarentaise valley itineraries by following my dad’s group such as the North face of Foglietta – my first 3000M when I was 6 Years old.

Then, I practised Ski jumping during 10 years for la Rosiere ski club, and the training base was at Courchevel.

I followed my formation at la Rosiere ski club and after at the National Ski School of Ski and Alpinism in Chamonix.

Since my 17, I’ve been glad to share my passion for mountain and ski with skiers of all level.

My passion for adventure pushed me to discover the whole world through my travels into Russia, Asia, USA, Africa and Australia where I also improved my English and learned Russian.

First 3000M Foglietta at 6 years old
Graduated of National Ski Instructor diploma
Spoken languages : English, Russian, French

  • Excellent with all abilities
  • Great with beginners
  • Fun children’s lessons
  • Superb for intermediates
  • Brilliant local knowledge
31 reviews
Overall Rating 5.0

(31 reviews)

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Joanne T.



Highly recommended. I booked 9 hours over 3 days for my children age 13 and 11. It was their first ski holiday and they had only had 2 hours skiing previously. By the end of the lessons with Dorian they were happily skiing on the green runs. They thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and we will definitely book again if we return to Val D’Isere.

Joanne booked a total of 9 hours with Dorian

Harry Barraclou... b.



Dorian gave our seven year old daughter four lessons during the week which she thoroughly enjoyed and gave her a much more positive outlook on skiing. He has a very positive and friendly approach to everything. Technically, he identified where she was in need of improvement and brought her on far more than if she had been in a larger class. If we go back to La Rosiere, we will definitely try to book Dorian again.

Harry Barraclough booked a total of 8 hours with Dorian

Denise S.



Dorian was a great. Very friendly and brilliant instruction.

Denise booked a total of 7.5 hours with Dorian

Gemma J.



Dorian taught our four children ranging from 7 years to 12 for two mornings to improve their technique. The kids progressed really well and learnt to carve turns! They found him friendly and fun. Thank you Dorian!

Gemma booked a total of 8 hours with Dorian

James B.



Dorian took our 10 year old son for two afternoons and they covered an impressive number of slopes as well as snow parks, border cross and a bit of off piste. He was very detailed in his suggestions for technical improvements he would suggest he makes but also made the lesson fun. Archie definitely made some good progress and really enjoyed his skiing with Dorian. Will definitely book with Dorian again when we’re back in Tignes.

James booked a total of 5 hours with Dorian

Vivian C.



We are a family of 3 and it was our first time ever to ski. Dorian was very patient and encouraging with us and spent time with each of us individually. For myself, being the nervous one, he knows how much to push and when to stop - that made me feel very comfortable. For my husband and son, they became very confident and with Dorian's guidance and encouragement. They achieved so much within 4 days with Dorian and had a chance to even taste the red slope on the very last day! We will thoroughly recommend Dorian. Thank you Dorian!

Vivian booked a total of 4 full days with Dorian

Conor P.



5 of us with mixed abilities spent a full day with Dorian in Val Thorens. He spent time with each of us individually, was extremely patient and made us all feel very comfortable on the slopes by the end of the day. Dorian really boosted our confidence and was very encouraging. We will definitely book Dorian for a lesson if we visit VT again in the future.

Conor booked a total of 1 full day with Dorian

suzanne D.



I would highly recommend Dorian! He taught a group of mixed aged children/adult. Dorian was always reliable, flexible and very friendly. The kids had, 'the best ski trip ever!' Dorian was patient and encouraging with the children; the children always came back happy, well looked after and more confident skiers. Fantastic holiday and fantastic skiing with a great instructor!! Thank you Dorian, hopefully see you again next year!!

suzanne booked a total of 24 hours with Dorian

Adrian G.



Good feedback from the kids.

Adrian booked a total of 18 hours with Dorian

Jess N.



We thoroughly enjoyed our lessons with Dorian - he was a fun and encouraging instructor . All 3 of us beginners felt we vastly improved with his guidance . Highly recommend

Jess booked a total of 3 hours with Dorian

Charlotte W.



I cannot recommend Dorian enough, after having him as my instructor for 4 mornings during my first ski trip. I was a very nervous skier and Dorian knew just the right amount to push me and was so supportive. 10/10!

Charlotte booked a total of 12 hours with Dorian

Annmarie M.



We highly recommend Dorian, he’s a local of the region with extensive technical knowledge that he is able to translate in to fun and informative lessons. He’s got a great sense of humour which made learning to ski an absolute pleasure. We would book again in a heartbeat.

Annmarie booked a total of 3 hours with Dorian

Huw J.



Not a bad word to say! Super helpful, friendly, took me a long way in just one day!

Huw booked a total of 1 full day with Dorian

Oliver S.



Dorian gave me an extremely concise and helpful first lesson. It was my first time skiing and he was able to show me the fundamentals as well as a useful tour around the Tignes and Val D’Isere resort, which pointed out appropriate slopes for my skill level. He was a very friendly guy, 10/10 would recommend.

Oliver booked a total of 2 hours with Dorian

Hemal P.



Dorian was great with my 2 friends who already knew the basic skills but needed a push to the next level. He made them feel at ease and helped them to progress to the next level, and even helped a very nervous skier get his confidence back. We would definitely book sessions with Dorian again.

Hemal booked a total of 6 hours with Dorian

Katherine M.



He was fantastic

Katherine booked a total of 4 full days with Dorian

Pei Yee L.



Dorian is very professional and friendly. He can speak well English. We have a great time during the lesson. He allocated some time for my son and husband who can go to Blue run for challenging ski under his supervision. We will back again next year and will definitely look for Dorian again for the lesson.

Pei Yee booked a total of 8 hours and 1 full day with Dorian

Jonathan b.



We had a great time and so friendly with great advice. The children 10 to 13 learnt lots and had fun. The adults were kept in check to not pick up bad habits. Very impressed with the relaxed style. Thank you

Jonathan booked a total of 3 hours and 2 full days with Dorian

Andrew H.



We had a great 2.5 days with Dorian. We are a family of four of mixed abilities, and he hugely helped all of us improve as well as guiding us over the beautiful ski area. He was patient with a grumpy teenager as well as bringing on incredibly quickly a 12 year old beginner. Couldn’t ask for a better instructor and we look forward to booking with him, hopefully next year!

Andrew booked a total of 1 full day with Dorian

alan k.


I have just returned from our ski holiday in Val d’Isere. Dorian was our guide for 3 afternoons. We skied as a party of 3. Dorian had excellent knowledge of the different ski areas in Val d’Isere and Tignes and we covered an extensive area of the piste in the 3 days. He was also very knowledgeable about the best areas to ski in the different weather conditions as well as giving us guidance for the days we were not with him. He quickly and correctly assessed our levels of ability and after building our confidence on the first day, he helped to improve our technique and began to challenge us on more difficult slopes which gave us all a feeling of great achievement. Dorian was very easy going, made us all feel very comfortable and in safe hands and we had good fun during our 3 afternoons with him.

alan booked a total of 9 hours with Dorian

Jeni F.


We had several days booked with Dorian, primarily for our boys 3.5 and 5.5 who had never skied before. They had a blast and really enjoyed their lessons. Their progress was amazing and they could ski down a green with just a couple of lessons! Dorian focused and spent a lot of time on their technique on the nursery slope with various games/exercises to get them to understand. They both now have a very good grounding and it was so easy when we went as a family skiing down some green slopes at the end of the week. Both of us also enjoyed an afternoon of skiing, myself learning to ski (I snowboard) and my husband improving his technique. I recommend Dorian very highly and would definitely not hesitate to book him in the future. Thanks Dorian!!!

Jeni booked a total of 2 full days with Dorian

Sarah-Jane P.


My first lesson I chose Dorian as my instructor and I was really anxious for my first lesson but he was really easy to get along with which really put my nerves at bay and made me relax more into learning the basics. He was very patient and he really enjoyed teaching which enhanced the experience and I found I really understood the information he told me. Definitely the best experience of doing sports in my life because of the difficulty level, but he pushed me and included a lot of techniques in the lesson so I found it was very much worth the money and I would highly recommend Dorian to anyone.

Sarah-Jane booked a total of 2.5 hours with Dorian

Chloe B.


Dorian was understanding of our different levels and encouraging for those more apprehensive about skiing. He made sure we saw as much of the resort as possible, within our abilities, and acted equally as a guide and an instructor. Would recommend his easy style of teaching and kind approach to our improvement!

Chloe booked a total of 5 hours with Dorian

Roger L.


Great instructor. Spoke good English and gave clear instructions. Got us from the nursery slopes to a red run in a day! We had a really fun day and I would recommend him whatever your standard. He even served us tea in the afternoon! See you next year Dorian.

Roger booked a total of 1 full day with Dorian

alexander b.


Excellent teacher. Full of enthusiasm. Great with young kids learning basic skills and also older teenagers who want to have a bit of exciting off piste action.

alexander booked a total of 9.5 hours and 1 full day with Dorian

Rebecca S.


Dorian is an outstanding instructor. He taught our two children (aged 9 and 6 and complete beginners) to ski and he made our 3 days together great fun. He is friendly, patient, knowledgable, encouraging and excellent company. We all benefitted enormously from his expertise.

Rebecca booked a total of 3 full days with Dorian

Brian W.


We booked Dorian for 3 mornings in Tignes Le Lac and found him to be great. We were a family of 5 - 2 adults and 3 children....most being beginners having only skied once before years ago. He quickly moved the group through the green slopes and moved to the free blues and on day 2 to more difficult blues in the Tignes ski pass area. Dorian did a great job of getting the group to progress quickly in a short time and in a safe friendly way - no one ever felt that he was pushing them too hard and felt glad afterwards that they had progressed outside of their comfort zone. He is very friendly and easy going company and also very patient with children and adults alike! Would thoroughly recommend him and if we come back to Tignes or the extended area would use him again. Thank you very much Dorian for an enjoyable 3 days and for helping everyone enjoy themselves and become better skiers than when we arrived.

Brian booked a total of 12 hours with Dorian

julian tams t.


Dorian was very good and drove all 3 of us to discover our potential and push ourselves. He was very patient and made a real effort to address our individual needs. Would recommend.

julian tams booked a total of 4 hours with Dorian

Lara T.


Dorian was a great instructor. Was very informative and showed me a lot of the resort in the 2 days. He was very patient and helped me gain more confidence. Had a great time thank you again!! :)

Lara booked a total of 8 hours with Dorian



Nous confions nos enfants à Dorian depuis 6ans, aujourd'hui ils sont adolescents et leurs niveaux de ski leur permettent d'aller où ils veulent! Catherine, Belgique

Phil Dunmore


I have enjoyed nearly 3 x weeks Skiing with Dorian , most recently over the Xmas / New Year break in La Rosiere. Dorian is great company , his knowledge of the area, finding the best Snow and Sun on any given day is second to none .His willingness to help both on and off Piste is a pleasure to be hold — the best tables in the best Mountain restaurants are always so easily arranged ! He knows everyone for miles & he and his guests are always so so welcome . His skiing and Mountain skills are outstanding , off Piste his knowledge and attention to safety whilst not detracting from fun has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. He is supremely fit and helps his guests every step of the way , be it carrying Skis or the whole knackered guest ! Nothing is too much trouble . No matter how great the trip , Dorian is the super dimension many families wish they had met earlier , he is a total Professional and an elite instructor , he becomes a trusted friend and makes a holiday extra Special . Technically he can move any client quickly to new improved levels and guarantees so much more from time on the Mountain . Thanks for the great times , it’s a privlledge To now count him as a great friend . Phil

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