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Tom S.
26 reviews
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‘Courchevel’
Private ski

Response Time: 7 hours

89% of Tom`s previous customers left 5 star reviews
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89% of Tom`s previous customers left 5 star reviews
  • Experience: 15 Years

  • Languages: English

  • Cancellation Policy: Moderate [?]

I want to make sure that my clients have the best and most memorable experience during their holiday. When terrain gets tough or you are trying something new this can be tricky at times. Psychology plays a big part in skiing. So confidence and awareness is everything, whatever the skill level. If we can build your confidence through better understanding of your ability then we have a starting point. If this is maintained through the learning process then we can reach your desired goals.

A bit more about me...

For many winters I have worked with a great company called New Generation Ski School across a few resorts. I now work independently for my own company Slide Ski Coaching. I have mainly been based in Courchevel but also have spent time in Val d'isere, Tignes, Meribel and Verbier in Switzerland.

During my time with them I had the opportunity to enjoy instructing all abilities and ages. I was also part of their technical team, training ISIA and gap instructor courses for BASI (British Association of Snowsports Instructors) exams.

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

Expect to have fun! You're on holiday so I want to make sure you have the best experience possible. The great thing as well is when you're having fun you'll be more relaxed therefore you'll improve quicker... I love working on a few key things in skiing, balance/ confidence/ flowing movements (looking good!) and more. I also do video feedback during my sessions as it gives you that immediate visual reference which can be super useful, plus you get a vid to keep too ;) .
All of the above and you'll also have someone with you who knows the 3 valleys like the back of his hand so you can make the most of the amazing terrain, views and restaurants. Let's go skiing!

26 reviews
Overall Rating 5.0

(26 reviews)

(5.0/5)
Friendliness
5.0
Time keeping
5.0
Communication
4.9
Technical feedback
5.0
Edward B.
30/01/2020

5.0

Beginner

We have used Tom for 2 trips now for our 6 year old. He is brilliant with Harry and has improved so much. Thanks Tom.

Edward booked a total of 2 hours with Tom

Patrick B.
16/01/2020

5.0

Beginner

Our lesson with Tom was fantastic! We were three beginner adults on our first ski trip. Tom was an excellent teacher, providing clear and specific feedback to each of us. He was exceptionally warm and friendly and also gave many great suggestions of future learning and other activities to do on our trip. I would highly recommend Tom to all. ~Patrick, Australia

Patrick booked a total of 2.5 hours with Tom

oren m.
12/01/2020

5.0

Beginner

Tom assisted in teaching our boys aged 14,11 and 7 to progress from being absolute beginners to skiing on red and black slopes by the last day. He was incredibly patient with our 7 year old and gave him the confidence to progress up to the level of the older boys. He also took our 14 year old up to the level of black slopes on the last day - having given him the technical basis to achieve this. We enjoyed our time with Tom and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him and to use him again.

oren booked a total of 8 hours with Tom

George C.
07/01/2020

5.0

Beginner

Tom taught our 3 and 5 yr old for a day at Courchevel. He was amazing and the kids loved him. Made the lesson fun while at the same time the little ones learned how to ski! Thanks Tom George

George booked a total of 2.5 hours with Tom

Jan Coos G.
26/03/2019

5.0

Intermediate

After a multi year break from skiing, Tom was great in bringing back my technique and confidence.

Jan Coos booked a total of 6 hours with Tom

Priya M.
05/03/2019

5.0

Intermediate

Tom was lovely, we had two lessons with him and can not recommend him enough! Really enjoyed our lessons , thank you!

Priya booked a total of 3 hours with Tom

Vanessa C.
04/03/2019

4.6

Beginner

Tom was great with our children. He was patient and the kids progressed with their skiing. They enjoyed the lesson and had fun!

Vanessa booked a total of 2 hours with Tom

Louise K.
18/02/2019

4.9

Intermediate

Had a four hour (one to one) lesson with Tom which was very enjoyable and beneficial from a technical standpoint. He seemed to catch on very quickly to both my physical and psychological capabilities (or lack of them!) and gave me solid, easy to remember learning points to use going forward. Only downside was he was already booked for the rest of the week!!

Louise booked a total of 4 hours with Tom

Stephanie C.
17/02/2019

5.0

Beginner

Tom was hands down the best ski instructor we ever had. Extremely friendly, with excellent communication skills. Even thought I am still a beginner, his professionalism and excellent ski skills made me feel comfortable skiing down steep slopes with him even on my first day of ski lessons. Will definitely book lessons with Tom again and highly recommend him to everyone!

Stephanie booked a total of 3 hours with Tom

Yvonne J.
16/02/2019

5.0

Beginner

This was our very first skiing holiday and first time skiing on real snow (after having had some lessons in Xscape), so we booked Tom to take us out on the first 2 mornings of our holiday. Tom is such an excellent instructor and we learned so much from him during those lessons, we booked another lesson for our third day. He basically taught us how to ski and really built up our confidence on the slopes. He pitched the lessons perfectly for myself, my husband and 2 teenage daughters, giving us great tips on our technique as well as making the lessons really good fun (my daughter said her favourite time on the slopes was during Tom’s lessons). He is also great company and looked after us all very well - I will definitely book Tom again when we’re back in the 3 Valleys and would have no hesitation in recommending him.

Yvonne booked a total of 5 hours with Tom

Matt N.
06/02/2019

5.0

Beginner

Once again Tom has been superb. We began as complete beginners but felt very confident to go on our own by the end of it.

Matt booked a total of 2 hours with Tom

Will S.
05/02/2019

5.0

Beginner

Tom was a great instructor. Very flexible and gave clear advice that made for good improvement. Would not hesitate to use him again next time.

Will booked a total of 8 hours with Tom

Matt N.
04/02/2019

5.0

Beginner

Tom has been superb. We’ve picked up skiing very quickly as a result of his patience.

Matt booked a total of 4 hours with Tom

Elizabeth W.
02/02/2019

5.0

Advanced

Tom took me and my mum for a Nordic skiing lesson. Both of us are relative beginners and Tom ran us through some excellent drills, right from the basics. By the end of the lesson we both felt confident on greens and blues, with our technique hugely improved. Tom also took Mum for an Alpine (downhill) skiing lesson, where he worked with her on improving some of the more advanced elements of her technique. Mum found this hugely useful, and over the next couple of days her skiing and technique in challenging conditions were noticeably improved. Tom is an all-round excellent instructor as well being friendly, relaxed and personable. He will definitely be our first port of call for any future skiing lessons.

Elizabeth booked a total of 3 hours with Tom

peter h.
01/02/2019

4.8

Intermediate

Great instructor, learnt a lot!

peter booked a total of 2 hours with Tom

Debora C.
31/01/2019

5.0

Intermediate

Tom is a great instructor with a really nice approach. The lesson was very well structured, he quickly identified what I had to work on and gave me some useful drills that I’ve been using to improve my ski. I was feeling a lot more confident about my ski by the end of the session!

Debora booked a total of 2 hours with Tom

David M.
29/01/2019

5.0

Intermediate

We have had lessons from other Companies in the past, but booking Tom for our first two days of our holiday was the best decision we have ever made on a ski holiday. Private lessons with Tom were an absolute delight. We learned so much and improved so much in just two days. Tom has a knack of explaining things simply and hits the point quickly without realms of technical info'. Whilst we are all intermediate skiers and happy to do red and blue runs, we have all said that we would love to do the same again next year. Two mornings with Tom really set us all up for the rest of the week. We continued to improve during the week and our confidence levels increased significantly. Thank you Tom for your patience, expertise and great company. We are booking for next year soon and we will book you again for our first two days. Cheers Dave, Julie, Sarah, Tim and Chris.

David booked a total of 4 hours with Tom

Rachel A.
26/01/2019

5.0

Intermediate

Tom is an absolutely fantastic instructor who managed to tailor his lessons exactly to our needs/personalities. We made huge progress - he was professional, friendly and highly skilled. Looking forward to next time!

Rachel booked a total of 8 hours with Tom

Suhaib M.
20/01/2019

5.0

Intermediate

We were beginners transitioning from ploughing to parallel skiing. We didn't even realise what technical changes we needed to make until Tom explained it. clear concise and patient. Much appreciated

Suhaib booked a total of 2 hours with Tom

Stanislas R.
15/01/2019

5.0

Beginner

I took 5 days of ski lessons with Tom in Courchevel in December and would highly recommend him. I had previously taken a few lessons several years ago, but unfortunately had a bad experience. That said, Tom was very patient and encouraging and helped me get back on the slopes with confidence. The way in which he teaches makes it easy and fun to learn. He sent me some videos of me skiing and when I showed it to others, they were impressed with my abilities after only a few lessons. I was even able to ski on a red slope on my last day! Tom is extremely experienced and will definitely help you learn to ski like a pro! Thank you again Tom and I look forward to skiing with you again soon!

Stanislas booked a total of 12.5 hours with Tom

Edward B.
08/01/2019

5.0

Beginner

Tom has been brilliant with our 5 year old Harry. Would recommend to anybody. So much so we have booked him again. Thanks Tom you have given Harry so much confidence.

Edward booked a total of 7 hours with Tom

William C.
25/12/2018

5.0

Beginner

Tom was excellent in every department. In our party he had 2 beginners, 1 person that had skied once before and myself who had skied 5 times last time 20 years ago. He made the lessons very informative for us all and had time for everyone. Really help us all, he was very knowledgeable and gave us plenty of tips and information to be going on with. We thoroughly recommend Tom

William booked a total of 6 hours with Tom

Simon A.
21/12/2018

5.0

Intermediate

Fantastic - very friendly and informative. My daughters were very happy being taught by Tom and have improved significantly. I have no hesitation recommending Tom and would definitely use again.

Simon booked a total of 9 hours with Tom

Hannah Petley
08/10/2018

5.0

Tom has been a fantastic instructor and all round mountain guide for our corporate ski trips. From meeting us on the first morning, to route planning, organising lunch, finding the best snow, helping beginner or nervous skiers, to giving little tips to more experienced skiers and boarders, Tom does it all in a very professional manner with everyone having fun. Tom has a wealth of technical skiing, boarding and snow knowledge, which he enthusiastically passes on during the day. He manages mixed abilities within a group very well ensuring that everyone is always confident on the pistes they're skiing whilst also exploring areas you wouldn't easily find yourself. His backwards skiing to guarantee he provides you with excellent video footage is exceptional and our clients, some of whom have skied for years all over the world, always comment that Tom is the best instructor they've encountered.

Ron
04/10/2018

5.0

Tom is a superstar instructor. As a family we have been using him for eight years and keep coming back to Courchevel just to use him! He can provide tuition and guidance at ALL levels and will push you to become a better skier. Our daughter has become a very strong technical skier as a result of his expertise and ability to communicate it. Most of all he makes it all fun - which after all is what its all about. Thanks Tom See you next year.

Bethan Toop
04/10/2018

5.0

We've known Tom for many years and he is hands down the best ski instructor I've met and probably one of the best in the three valleys. I was an extremely nervous learner and over the years Tom helped me progress and showed me that skiing can actually be really fun. He has an uncanny knack of putting you completely at ease and it is clear when you have a lesson with Tom that he is passionate about wanting everyone he teaches, whatever their level, to ski well technically. Last year, Tom took our three-year-old twin girls out for their first lesson. I thought they'd last 10 minutes but to my complete shock and awe they left me on the slopes and happily followed Tom down a green run. They still talk about the games he played with them and ask frequently when they can go skiing with him again. This just shows how adaptable Tom is, he could be teaching someone who has skied all their life and just need some technical reminders one minute and the next can have two giggling three year olds following him down the mountain. The majority of Tom's clients are like us, people who have known him for years and always come back to booking him. That says it all really, he is gold. The only downside to Tom is he is always booked up!

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What qualifications do the instructors have?

All instructors listed on Maison Sport have been verified by their nation's governing body, be it the French Government's Department of Sport, Swiss Ski Federation or The Italian Winter Sports Federation, so you can rest assured you will be in safe hands when you’re on the slopes.

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