- Col F. has received the Trophy Award for consistently providing a fantastic service
03/12 - 03/12
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Experience: 10 Years
Languages: English , French
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Originally from South Wales, I didn't grow up near the mountains or ocean but I always had the desire to learn to snowboard and surf. For me, like you it was a journey. I now split my time between both and appreciate what they have brought into my life so I am sharing it through teaching.
I understand that the trip is all about you and your experience and am enthusiastic to pass on my knowledge and love of snowboarding.
BASI level 4
ISTD International Snowsports Teaching diploma
ISIA International Snowsports Instructors Association
Level 4 International Mountain Safety
Photos by Ed Blomfield
Everybody is welcome and encouraged to get involved and progress quickly through snowboard lessons that are 100% customised for you.
Riding with confidence, safety, style and fun, you will focus on the elements of your riding that are going to help you become the snowboarder you want to be.
I can also offer assistance with quality snowboard equipment rentals at a special discount.
Col was so Encouraging. Wanted the girls to learn and to have fun. Very easy to get along with and very friendly. Col clearly enjoys his job which in turn made the girls enjoy the lessons too. Col has a real gift of being able to interact with people of all age ranges we had quite a range 9-20 years old. Thanks you so much for teaching them to snowboard! Col went beyond the lesson instruction helping us with restaurant recommendations in the area and sourcing and delivering kit for us too!! This all helped us to have a great holiday.
Col taught my daughter charlotte who has autism to snow board he was absolutely amazing with her so kind and thoughtful he instilled her with confidence he was also technically very good she went from a near beginner to doing easy reds in three days I couldn’t recommend him highly enough he’s absolutely great you couldn’t go wrong with col he was always on time and was a great communicator feedback was also excellent
We booked Col to give our daughter snowboard lessons to try to give her a start after switching from skiing to boarding. We had previously had a difficult week away on our previous holiday trying to get her going on the board. After Col’s lesson our daughter was unrecognisable. With in a couple of days she was bombing down the slopes, full of confidence to the point she was trying jumps. Big thanks to Col for all your help.
Super helpful and friendly, gave me great advice and tips to help me get more confident on the slopes. Highly recommend!
Great lesson. Really enjoyed it. Would 100% book again!
Col is super friendly and professional. I highly recommend him.
Amazing lesson and col is a great great guy
I booked a lesson with Col for my partner, and he had a fantastic time. He said that Col was exactly the person he needed and broke everything down simply, understandably, and memorably. His patience was unparalleled, and he was a wonderful person to spend the morning with, and we can’t wait to come out to Val D’Isere again and book another lesson with him!
Couldn't be happier with my lesson with Col, from start to finish he was super friendly and patient with me as a beginner. I progressed really quickly thanks to his step by step approach that gave me a great foundation to be able to build on. Outside of the lesson he also goes out of his way to ensure you have a good holiday. 10/10
I did a 3 hour private lesson with Colin yesterday and he definitely lives up to his excellent reviews. I was a little nervous before this trip for various reasons but when I discussed this with Colin before our lesson and he made me feel immediately at ease and planned a gentle lesson to work on technique and build confidence. As a mostly self-taught (badly!) boarder we realised I’d skipped a lot of the basics and so went right back to some of the core skills which I’ve never covered and so far just muddled through without. He used some really simple but useful techniques to help me visualise and feel the correct position on the board, and gave me lots of tips and tricks to tackle trickier elements of boarding. Watching videos back helped hugely to eliminate any blind-spots and to see how the techniques I’d learned did translate into smoother/more stable turns in practice. Colin is friendly, flexible, patient and positive. He really paid attention to my technique and gave immensely detailed feedback. Most of all the lesson was fun and his joy on the board is infectious. I’ll definitely be rebooking next time I’m in Val D/Tignes!
We loved our lesson with Col. He was so positive, encouraging and confidence building. We had our lesson as a couple, and despite being at slightly different levels, Col was able to facilitate this no problem and give us both really useful and insightful feedback about how we could improve. When we are next in Val D'Isere we'll be sure to book another lesson with Col!
Very patient and helpful. Col took lots of photos and videos and talked me through how to improve. Brilliant session
Col is an amazing instructor. He is very patient, funny and loves his job. After a 3 hour lesson I could finally do turns. Now I know exactly what to practice for the next week. He helped me to feel way more confident on the board than I was before the lesson. Highly recommend this guy!
Well the fact that my son doesn't want to go anywhere else apart from Tignes because he wants Colin as his instructor says it all! He had had a lovely time, adventurous in my son's eyes, I think my son was in total awe and Colin knew how to get the best out of Jamie, betting a chocolate profiterole if he linked his turns together. Would definitely book Colin again. Thank you!
It was great! Col was very friendly and an excellent coach. I would recommend him as an instructor to anyone who wants to get better at snowboarding. Just 3 hours made such a massive difference to my technique and ability!
Absolutely loved all the lessons with Col. After spending years stuck on the same small green run, Col gave me the confidence to venture further afield and to believe in myself again. Col also helped my 15 year old daughter now she has made the switch from skiing to boarding, her confidence grew so quickly bringing back a side of her we haven’t seen for quite a while. Col has a great patience and a sense of calm, which is exactly what I needed. Thank you so much Col!! Can not wait to tackle more runs next year 😊
Col is a very nice guy and good teacher. I had my 1st snowboard lesson with him and managed to snowboard by the end of our lesson. He pays enough attention on the details and he encouraged me often. The vibe was good, the lesson was good and the result was good as well. Highly recommended
We booked Col to give some snowboard tuition to our 12 year old. He went above and beyond to make sure everything was successful. On the first day there was a whiteout and all lifts were closed, Col took H down the mountain to an area they could use to make sure that no time was wasted (at a time when most other instructors were cancelling lessons). In terms of instruction I can only go by the feedback of H and what I've seen with my own eyes, H loved the lessons, spending time off-piste in the snow parks plus shredding the pistes. When we have gone out together afterwards, his technique has come on leaps and bounds, now leaving me for dust whatever the terrain. In summary Col is A1.
I had a fantastic lesson with Col F. He is a very conscientious teacher with a fantastic knowledge base of his subject. Not only that but he is a wonderfully skilled teacher who used a number of great methodologies to impart the skill of snowboarding to his student, it's clear he can readily tailor lessons to meet the student's individual needs and learning style. He was so generous with his knowledge and time, I couldn't recommend him highly enough.
We booked a full day for our 2 daughters, both beginners. They had a great time with Col! They learned a lot, especially how to feel confident on the board. Col is pretty amazing with children. We can scale his success with the amount and power of hugs he received at the end of the day :) On top of that, he also give us parents great tips! We definitely recommend Col as an instructor. Keep on the great work, Col, and see you maybe very soon ;)
I had 2 three hour lessons with Col last week in Val and could not been happier with how it went. The weather on my second day was terrible so I asked if we could move the lesson and he was fast to get back to me and was more than happy to move it. His teaching style was amazing, I am fairly new to boarding and he quickly helped to find solutions to my problems and gave me great drills to help me improve which I continued after the lessons and will always go back to. He went out of his way to give me extra time on my second day when I was struggling a bit with fatigue but the patience and professionalism he has is a testament to his experience and excellent coaching techniques. Any one thinking of lessons should definitely give Col a call, an all round sound guy that will go out of his way to help. I will recommend him to anyone I know and will definitely go back for more lessons with him when I go back. Thanks again for all your help and I will remember to ask you next time when needing to hire gear 👍
Ideal instructor in all aspects. His style and method of teaching is both instructive and fun so can’t recommend enough. Also helps that he’s a genuinely nice and funny guy with plenty of patience. Safe to say Col quickly converted my cousin and I from skiers to snowboarders in the space of two days!
I can't rate my experience with Col highly enough. As a relatively new snowboarder I was feeling low on confidence ahead of our trip to France. From the moment I got in touch with Col he was quick to put me at ease and made me feel instantly less anxious about hitting the slopes (and the dreaded ski lifts!). Col's positive energy continued when we met up in the resort for the first time, and his patience and timely instruction meant I was quickly back riding with more confidence. Before we went out Col also made sure mine and my boyfriends boards were set up correctly - taking us to the hire shop to get them adjusted to better meet our needs. I had two mornings riding with Col on my own and on the third day my partner joined us. Col gave him some tips that made a noticeable difference to his riding and his progression through the rest of the week. The best praise I can give Col is that before we arrived I was starting to wonder if this would be my last snowboarding trip as I was questioning if I'd ever enjoy it. By the end of the holiday Col had helped me to reframe what success looks like (apparently it doesn't have to be riding black runs all day!) and I was talking with my boyfriend about buying new snowboarding gear and coming back next year to ride with Col again.
Colin was fantastic! Friendly, professional and an excellent teacher! Best one I’ve had till now!! Would definitely recommend
Col was totally awesome, great communicator, friendly, helped us with info about ski equipment, and was right on time. Gave my 16 year old son a first lesson and got him to a great level with patience and technical skills. Strong recommendation!
Col's lesson greatly improved my snowboarding abilities. I cannot recommend enough utilising Col enough for those looking to take their snowboarding to the next level. Well worth the money and a great guy to spend 2 hours with.
Col is an excellent instructor. It had been 2 yeas since my husband, my 13 year son and myself had last snowboard but we felt immediately at ease with him. Col is extremely knowledgeable, patient and very attentive. He can always immediately spot the minor movements that you can improve to shred better and smoother. He also help me in gaining back the confidence riding down a steep slopes and even conquered the black runs. We really enjoy and had lots of fun shredding with Col. I would definitely recommend him whether you are a complete beginner or have been shredding years. We can't wait to come back and shred with Col next year!
We were with 2 beginner-intermediates and Col helped us getting to intermediate level in one morning. Col is a great friendly guy and has good teaching skills. In only three runs he was able to identify and teach us to improve our basic skills and during the rest of the morning he helped us progress into early carving and some beginner tricks. I would highly advise Col to anyone as I'm convinced he will be able to help you the same way regardless of your current level.
Colin is awesome - very friendly, supportive, attentive, encouraging and he doesn’t hold back on sharing his knowledge on snowboarding. He checked in on my progress and sent me practical tips and guidances after lessons were concluded. Will definitely book in more lessons with him in the future!
Our 14 y.o daughter enjoyed every lesson with Col. it was fun and easy going lessons but at the same time she improved her snowboarding technique quite a lot. We would highly recommend Col as a talented and very professional instructor.
We had the pleasure of having Col teach my daughter and her boyfriend snowboarding just before Christmas and he is nothing short of fantastic. The communications online prior to the lessons were brilliant and Col very quickly responded to any queries or questions I had. I can honestly say he has been the best instructor we have ever used and I would have no hesitation to recommend him to anyone else looking for boarding lessons. He doesn’t just go through the motions of teaching he takes the time to identify the best teaching methods that work for each individual. He genuinely cares about the enjoyment and progress his pupils make. He’s a rare find and we will certainly use him again.
My son is 11 and he's at the intermediate level, snowboarding for a couple years now. The session with Col was perfect, exactly what he needed. With us on the slopes sometimes he was getting bored or started to complain, but he came out of the session supper happy and smiling, definitely he had fun and was excited how much he learnt. Col gave him the right guidance to improve his stance and have full control on the board. Also it was a major confidence boost for him, for someone who is an expert to show him that he's good and he can get even better. He also knows some tricks now, not afraid to pop it.
Being absolute beginners at the sport, we managed to start snowboarding 4 hours into our classes! Col is super patient and always encouraging, making sure that we are going at our own pace and that we are throughly enjoying ourselves. Col is also extremely professional as when the disparity between myself and my partner started to show during our classes, he handled it masterfully and made sure we both got the best out of our lessons. His calm demeanour also helped us build confidence when we were trying out the slopes and his encouraging words always make us look forward to more lessons with him. Apart from being an amazing instructor, he also went out of his way to make our stay an enjoyable one such as recommending fantastic food around the area and we cannot thank him enough! We strongly encourage anyone looking for a snowboard instructor to give Col a shot, you will be throughly impressed!
After having done seasons myself in the past, Colin helped me improve my technique, iron out the bad habits, and learn some new skills! The perfect balance of information and fun. Colin is always super positive and his love of snowboarding genuinely comes through in his lessons. Highly recommended.
Colin has taught my daughter from a complete beginner at 8 years old. She is now 15 and desperate to return so have more lessons. She has progressed from nursery slopes to trying tricks with Colin in the park. Colin quickly established her learning style and was able to explain the technical side to snowboarding her in a really relaxed, fun, easy way from an early age. She is now taking snowboarding as one of her sports for gcse PE and Colin is helping with coaching and filming her for it. Colin is an extremely friendly person who has taken time outside of lessons to help all the family improve by offering advice and has helped guide us around the resort when we didn’t know where to head. Colin is able to adapt his style to suit all our needs and has an abundance of patience which has been very much needed at times!! We are returning this year for more fun and lessons with the wider family who are novices and will be booking Colin for all our lessons. I would highly recommend colin he will really help you get the most out of your snowboarding and your holiday!!!
An instructor like no other, Colin taught my wife & I to snowboard and he had the perfect balance of giving us all the teaching we needed but also ensured we had the best time with his fun character. He’s such a patient and talented teacher and one I would definitely recommend.
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