Tell us a little bit about your business, how it started out and where you're based.
Dropin-Snow is a ski school based in Verbier, although we also work in other resorts, like Zermatt. Our ski school is like any other, we like to teach from beginner to expert level. We are especially good with kids, and have a few of them compete in some of the Freeride Junior comps. We also like to teach in a fast and dynamic way, keeping our guests skiing as much as possible, based on the slogan “quality not quantity,” meaning that we teach a lot on sensations and good precise instructions, instead of having the student stopped in the middle of the mountain listening a boring lecture on ski biomechanics. We are also passionate photographers and like to include top quality photography on our ski lessons. Some people come back just for this. We also offer a unique filming and photography service. People think they have to be a pro to get pro looking shots, and off course, being a pro will help a lot, but you’d be surprised at the shots we can get from any skier. We offer the same thing in movie editing. We can get a great movie edit of your holidays, from a memory to take home, to a semi pro freeride movie to get that well deserved sponsor.
How long have you been doing this kind of work?
As a ski Instructor, almost 20 years. Yes, I started very young. In Dropin-Snow, I have been doing this for the last two seasons.
What makes this Verbier a special place to be for someone in your profession?
I've been working in the past in great ski resorts, one of them being Whislter Blackcomb. However, I decided to plant my flag in Verbier mainly because of the freeride terrain. Maybe Whistler gets more snow (many times rain) but the steep gnarly easily accessible terrain you get in Verbier is like no other. If you top that with a snowy season, you can’t get any better in my opinion.
What are the best bits about your job?
Teaching people something you are passionate about is not a job. For me it’s a pleasure to teach and motivate people in the sport I love. I get almost the same pleasure teaching beginners to snowplough, as experts skiing down steep couloirs. The best part I would say is at the end of the day when you see how happy your clients are. Sometimes we (ski instructors) take a great day for granted, so I like to be on the same wavelength as my guests and share the epic moments of the day with them. Its great to be part of somebody’s best day ever.
And the worst bits?
I like to push myself when skiing, and I'm not 20 years old anymore. So, I guess the worst bit is having to recover from the injuries that skiing has to offer.