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Alan H.
43 reviews
Private ski

Response Time: 2 hours

80% of Alan`s previous customers left 5 star reviews
80% of Alan`s previous customers left 5 star reviews
  • Experience: 45 Years

  • Languages: English

  • Cancellation Policy: Moderate [?]

Former mountaineering Instructor, Teacher and BASI Trainer. Has been teaching in France since 1991 both in Courchevel and Tignes (Tignes for 20 winters). Teaches in and Off Piste and provides all Off Piste security equipment. Has been involved with British skiing for 49 years.

  • Excellent with all abilities
  • Patient with improvers
  • Superb for intermediates
  • Off piste expert
  • Brilliant local knowledge
43 reviews
Overall Rating 4.9

(43 reviews)

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Tim W.



Some very helpful technical help with our skiing, and importantly a very friendly and understanding instructor who is keen to ensure a good balance of education and enjoyment. We hope to see Alan next year.

Tim booked a total of 6 hours with Alan

Sophie P.



Alan was a great ski instructor and really helped with my nerves and getting back into skiing after a two-year break. He even dealt with my tantrum on the last day like a pro (due to bad weather and nerves). Thanks again Alan!

Sophie booked a total of 6 hours with Alan

John-Paul G.



Alan helped myself and my partner reinforce the basic technique of skiing in a manner that was easy to understand. We now feel confident in our abilities To Ski most runs thanks to Alan’s help.

John-Paul booked a total of 2 hours with Alan

Andrew P.



We were a group of 4 with mixed ability and confidence Alan has great knowledge of the area and picked up on our requirements/needs quickly.

Andrew booked a total of 2 hours with Alan

Leo M.



Alan is a fantastic instructor and has a great way of explaining the fundamentals of skiing to all levels. We had a mixed level group and we all learned a lot and 2 hours with Alan gave us a solid platform to improve our technique.

Leo booked a total of 2 hours with Alan

Fern M.



Alan was so lovely and made us all feel very safe and happy on the busy slopes of Val D'Isere. The weather conditions on the days when we were originally supposed to have our lessons were bad and he was super flexible when we changed to another time. He gave us lots of options on where to ski as he knows the mountains very well and his main concern was that we enjoyed ourselves, which we did. The next time we go back to Tignes or Val D'Isere we'll 100% be using Alan again. Highly recommend!

Fern booked a total of 4 hours with Alan

David G.



Alan is a great instructor. In very little time, he massively improved our skiing abilities. His technical instructions are clear and his lessons are really good fun.

David booked a total of 3 hours with Alan

Patricia W.



How many ski instructors would take on a 75 year old novice! Well, Alan rose to the challenge and saw me through various demons: fear of the slope, fear of speed and that button chairlift! A patient tutor, sense of humour and great encourager. My husband, an intermediate skier, shared a session with me and Alan gave him great tips on technique. Can't wait to have another go next year and would absolutely recommend Alan to beginner or expert skier alike.

Patricia booked a total of 10 hours with Alan

Simon B.



I had never skiied before but a two hour session with Alan got me going and made me confident with my technique. Would thoroughly recommend his services.

Simon booked a total of 2 hours with Alan

Alyson N.



Alan was excellent. Explained things clearly and pushed us out of our comfort zone which allowed us all to learn so much and gain greater confidence. Would thoroughly recommend Alan as an instructor. Many thanks Alan, it was a pleasure spending time with you in the beautiful mountains of tignes and val d’sere

Alyson booked a total of 4 hours with Alan

Caroline T.



Alan taught our 4 children for 2 lessons. They thought he was wonderful and he did an amazing job building up their confidence after a 4 year break. Can highly recommend him. Thank you.

Caroline booked a total of 5 hours with Alan

Lindsay R.



Alan was an excellent instructor working with the two of us who had been skiing for the second time only. He was patient when needed but gently pushed us to stretch ourselves also. Very happy overall and achieved our goal of successfully surviving some blue runs. :) Thanks Alan!

Lindsay booked a total of 2 hours with Alan

Olly B.



I was a complete beginner and had Alan for a week, he was an excellent instructor, very patient and understanding and good company along the way! He has an excellent knowledge of the mountains being a long term Tignes resident and gave excellent advice and guidance along the way. Hopefully back next year and will be booking Alan again for sure, highly recommended! Thanks for helping me make my way down the slopes by the end of the week Alan!

Olly booked a total of 14 hours with Alan

Andrey C.



Alan is a real expert is French Alpes and Val D'Isere. Skiing with him was a pleasure and helped me to improve my skills

Andrey booked a total of 6 hours with Alan

Dani B.



Alan has a lot of patience. Very nice teacher. He gave us more time than we ordered. Recommended!!!!!

Dani booked a total of 2 hours with Alan

Amy C.



Alan is an excellent instructor who knows the area like the back of his hand. He always kept an eye on our technique and we felt like we improved significantly in such a short time. Would highly recommend!!

Amy booked a total of 4 hours with Alan

Carl W.



Alan was a fantastic instructor. He is friendly and pleasant and gives practical advice using visuals - which really helps as that's how I learn best. After one lesson my partner and I were skiing more confidently down more difficult slopes. Our friends noticed a marked difference. Lovely man. Highly recommend.

Carl booked a total of 3 hours with Alan

Lauren H.



Alan was brilliant. As relatively new skiers who needed a re-cap he took us back to basics with some great tips and made us feel confident in our abilities. By the end of the lesson we were on red slopes! Couldn’t recommend him enough. Diolch yn fawr iawn Alan!

Lauren booked a total of 2 hours with Alan

Donna K.



Alan very patiently encouraged two middle aged women to increase their speed and ability on the slopes. He was excellent at picking the quieter slopes and ensured we got to experience the whole region.

Donna booked a total of 15 hours with Alan

Phillipa S.



We booked Alan for our three daughters (12, 10, 8) having previously attended group classes they preferred a private lesson with an English speaking instructor. Alan was extremely friendly and gave them some great tips! Use your hula hoop! Thanks Alan, we would definitely book again.

Phillipa booked a total of 6 hours with Alan

Richard P.



We felt that Alan was a friendly and nice guy, however did not have reassurance that the teaching of our children was very good at all. We received no feedback after each of the lessons on what they had been taught or how they had done (just sarcastic comments) and no information that we could take away with us to use with the children to enhance their skiing whilst we skied with them after the lessons. Past private lessons we have had with BASS etc we received a breakdown of how they were doing each day and then a report at the end of the week. Such a shame, as we spent a lot of money with you on these lessons and the children have not benefited anywhere near what I had hoped and what we have experienced in the past Richard

Richard booked a total of 12 hours with Alan

Toby Smith S.



Exceptional guide. Super friendly and helpful. A great way to learn and explore the area. Will definitely be back

Toby Smith booked a total of 7.75 hours with Alan

annette m.



Alan combined technical instruction with fun and made a big difference to my skiing ability. The right amount of stretch! Thank you Alan for a great skiing week

annette booked a total of 6 hours with Alan

Amy L.


Alan was a great ski instructor. He worked with my husband and I and gave us a lot of great tips for skiing in the French Alps! Thank you very much Alan. Amy and Jim Leineke

Amy booked a total of 2 hours with Alan

Caroline F.


Alan is a fantastic instructor. We were a mixed group of ages and abilities but he patiently and expertly guided us through some difficult weather conditions to ensure everyone had an enjoyable experience. Thank for a great week.

Caroline booked a total of 15 hours with Alan

Mark h.


We asked for a lesson aiming at improving our curving and over all skiing technic. Alan filled the 2 hours with loads of very clear, well explained and demonstrated tips and things to practice. We were a group of vareying skills and ages and Alan was able to include and teach us all of us at the same time. Highly recommended

Mark booked a total of 2 hours with Alan

Gordon C.


Alan was a great instructor. We had a mixed group of adults and teenagers with varying abilities. Alan kept everyone interested and gave us plenty of tips to improve our techniques. Even though we only had a couple of lessons we all went away better for it. Thanks Alan.

Gordon booked a total of 4 hours with Alan

John G.


We booked 2 X 2hr lessons for our family which included 2 children of 7 and 8 yrs. After a bad experience with ESF last year we wanted some targeted tuition for the the children predominantly but decided to take the lessons as a whole family. We couldn't have asked for anything better. Alan was very friendly and helpful. The children learnt more in 4 hours than a whole week of lessons last year. Many thanks Alan

John booked a total of 4 hours with Alan

Anna T.


Being an absolute beginner did not phase Alan in the slightest. He was very patient and inspired a huge amount of trust and confidence. By day 3 with him I had gone from not knowing how to put skis on to completing 3 full green runs - with just 1 fall. My greatest challenge was overcoming my huge anxiety with conquering any kind of slope with skis attached but Alan was incredible and made me feel like a real natural. He was prompt, reassuring and I learnt a great deal. I had 3 days of lessons with him and by the end of day 5 of my holiday I had completed all green runs that the resort had to offer and around 4 cheeky blues. I can 100% recommend Alan and without his expert tuition my first ever ski holiday would not be what it was - incredible!!

Anna booked a total of 6 hours with Alan

Janet H.


Alan is an excellent teacher. We booked him for five mornings this week and one of our daughters hasn’t skied for 8 years and by the end of the first morning she was competently achieving flowing parallel turns. We have all improved tremendously this week with all of Alan’s tips. He has taken all the responsibility away from us which has completely made our holiday. It was so good to know that Alan would take us to the best places and make sure the girls were on pistes that suited their abilities but still give us all enough of a challenge. He gave us all so much confidence to enjoy the whole experience. Thanks Alan for making our holiday so much more relaxing! Janet and Russell

Janet booked a total of 15 hours with Alan

Alexander C.


Alan was an outstanding instructor. As well as being an excellent teacher with the ability to tailor his lessons and skiing plan to his students, he was punctual and generous with his time. Would not hesitate to book with hi again.

Alexander booked a total of 6 hours with Alan

adam c.


Alan is a very likeable bloke and extremely knowledgeable about skiing and being in the mountains in general. I thoroughly enjoyed my lesson with him and would absolutely recommend him.

adam booked a total of 3 hours with Alan

Sanjita S.


Uncle Al was amazing! He made me feel comfortable and was very patient with me. I was able to do Red by the end of our lessons and I started (very timidly) on greens. I highly recommend him- also the kitkat and mars bars were good bribe on cold but sunny mornings.

Sanjita booked a total of 12 hours with Alan

Jill Z.


My sister and I booked 3 half day skiing lessons with Alan this January in Val D’Isere. I have skied 6 times and was looking to improve my technique to better equip me to get down steeper slopes more effectively. I can highly recommend Alan’s instruction as my technique definitely improved over the 3 days. He also kept the right balance between teaching and between skiing so we got to see a lot of the ski area.

Jill booked a total of 9 hours with Alan



Four of us booked Alan for 4hour ski lessons each morning between the 31st December 2017 and 5th January2018,unfortunately due to bad weather the ski lifts were closed for 2days. However we were delighted with Alan ,he kept us informed all the time and did his best. He is a nice chap and knows the slopes well and we would definitely recommend him and use him again. Paul, Phil, Miyoko and Anne

PAUL booked a total of 24 hours with Alan

Sean L.


Alan was a great instructor. My son was a novice skier and made great progress with Alan. He was very patient and had a very relaxed and calm manner. His very detailed knowledge of the area and slopes and made us feel relaxed and at ease. Thanks Alan, you are highly recommended.

Sean booked a total of 15 hours with Alan

Carl H.


Fantastic instructor! The session was well planned, and tailored to my individual needs.

Carl booked a total of 2 hours with Alan

David T.


We were a group of 4 novice skiers. Alan took the time to help each of us individually and was patient with us at all times, despite the many falls we experienced! He was a great help and our confidence grew throughout the week. He never clock watched and we got full value out of our time with him.

David booked a total of 10 hours with Alan

Deirdre D.


Although I have being skiing for many years, I was looking to improve. After two hours with Alan, I was able to enjoy the harder challenges on the slopes and got much more fun out of my skiing. Thanks Alan (its all in the feet!).

Deirdre booked a total of 2 hours with Alan

malachy m.


Alan is gentleman of the highest order! we were a group of 7 total beginners male & female. He was every patient with everyone in the group, and allowed everyone to develop at their own pace. Alan Also he has a great sense of humour and his love of teaching skiing was evident from the first day. See you next year

malachy booked a total of 10 hours with Alan

Keir A.


Alan is the real deal. Very zen, very experienced and supportive and he knows these mountains like the back of his hand. Will be back for more...

Keir booked a total of 3 hours with Alan

Oli G.


Alan is superb. Very patient and has an obvious knowledge of the sport that he is more than happy to pass on. Highly recommended

Oli booked a total of 3 hours with Alan

Percy F.


Alan is a great instructor! My partner and myself had a brilliant experience with Alan from start to finish! Highly recommended!

Percy booked a total of 3 hours with Alan

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