At the age of 20 I learnt to ski in Switzerland with Shrewsbury High School for Girls where my mother was teaching. I only went along to make up numbers but loved it straight away! Over the next few years whilst at university I trained as a dry slope instructor at my local dry slope trying to get out to the snow as much as possible! Over the next couple of years I worked at the local dry slope and with a travel company as a ski guide and gained as much snow/ dry slope experience as possible.
In 1991 I started teaching in Chelmsford. Luckily the school didn’t run a ski trip so it was my mission to get one going! We travelled far and wide from Italy, Austria, Switzerland and France to USA and Canada!
In 1999 I joined Notley High School where I have been running the Ski Trip for 11 years, sometimes taking two trips a season! Many of the children we have taken have gone on to become instructors themselves which is very satisfying to see.
Over the years we have had many instructors and we are lucky enough now to work with a company who allow us to bring our own with us! These have been hand picked and have been working with our school for up to 7yrs! Even the company director started out as head of the local ski school in the resort we go to each year. We have known him for 10 yrs and have very strong links with all the service providers in resort.
I hold SCO (ski course organisers) part 1 and 2 certificates and ASL qualification (Alpine ski leaders) as well as Dry slope instructor qualification.
Seeing the students coming off the mountain at the end of a hard day skiing with big smiles on their faces full of stories of their adventures on the slopes.
Being taken out by a snow boarder a few years ago resulting in surgery on my hand that evening and then having to sit at the bottom of the slopes for the rest of the trip as the students stopped to say hello as they passed!!