George Shelton
Yorkshire, UK
Number of seasons teaching:
Ski, Adaptive
CSIA Level 3
CADS (adaptive) Level 3
CADS Trainer
CSIA Teaching Children
Avalanche Safety Training – Level 2

I have spent the last 6 years working in outdoor education, snow sports and guiding. I moved to the Canadian Rockies straight out of school to teach and have never looked back. The opportunity to teach people specific skills, to challenge themselves and to discover what they can do in some of the most incredible corners of the globe has been fantastic. I am predominately based in Canada bouncing between the rivers on the east and the mountains of the west.

My last 3 winters have been full time with Rocky Mountain Adaptive, a not-for-profit focusing on adaptive skiing out of Banff, Canada. My previous winters have been at Porters in NZ and at Lake Louise also in Canada.

I’m excited to spend this Winter teaching and living in one of the most iconic locations in Europe. Absorbing the culture, the food and the European lifestyle.

In the summer:
In the summers I guide multi-day river expeditions in the Canadian wilderness in Canoes. During Summer 2019 myself, my co-leader and ten incredible sixteen year olds paddled 400km from the south-west corner of Labrador to the Ocean down the Moisie River. It took us 22 Days. We didn’t see people for the first 17 days and had many technical bits of whitewater to negotiate as well as waterfalls to carry around and big lakes to paddle across.
My Zermatt insider tip is:
If I wasn't a Summit instructor:
If I wasn’t teaching skiing for Summit I’d be doing a large human-powered adventure. Whether it was a thru-hike from Mexico to Canda, cycling the whole South American continent or a huge ski-tour from village to village around the Alps. The routine and vast distance you can travel on a large scale expedition are incredible for your mind and body.
3 reasons to ski with me:
1. If you are looking for an Instructor who has a focus on fun, it’s me. I love, like really love the technical aspects of skiing, but one thing I love more is translating something technical into something beautifully simple like having more fun. If it equals more fun then it’s worth adding because if it’s not what’s the point!
2. My ability to adapt has been trained by some of the best minds over the last 4 years. I love adapting the science of skiing to how you move and to what your goals are on snow. I’ll put your mobility and your style of learning first and create a lesson that is fully centred around how best to keep you safe, have fun and learn the most on your day skiing with me.
3. If you are looking for an instructor who is patient and empathetic then I’m your guy. They are the building blocks of a good Instructor. I’d love to help you reach your goals on the mountain and be part of the incredible journey to success in one of greatest sports on the planet!