Sarah Wilcock
Manchester, UK
Number of seasons teaching:
Ski, Adaptive
BASI Level 3 Alpine ISIA
BASI Level 3 Adaptive

I first came to Zermatt in November 2011 for a two week ski instructor course. I guess you could say that those two weeks were life changing because six months later I quit my job in the UK, where I worked as an Occupational Therapist, and headed for the mountains to work as ski teacher. I went to Australia first (yes you can ski in Oz!) where I worked in a small resort near Melbourne but I soon found my way back to Zermatt. I feel so lucky to be able to say that this stunning resort has been my winter home for the past seven years, five of which I have spent working for Summit.

I have been involved with Adaptive Skiing for a long time and it was that which brought me into ski teaching. I run Summit’s Adaptive side of the ski school, which aims to enable everyone get out onto the snow and enjoy the thrill of being in the mountains. We have a fab team of instructors who are specifically trained and experienced in Adaptive Snowsports and are dedicated to promoting independence and removing barriers. I feel so proud to be a part of it!

In the summer:
In the summer I head back to Manchester, UK, where I have continued to work as an occupational Therapist. I used to work with and support people using high tech communication systems, like the type Professor Steven Hawkins used. I now specialise in working with children with Developmental Delay, Autism, Dyspraxia and Sensory Difficulties.
My Zermatt insider tip is:
See Zermatt from the air and get up close and personal with the Matterhorn with a helicopter ride with Air Zermatt.
If I wasn't a Summit instructor:
My sensible response would be to work full time as an Occupational Therapist, but my fun (and dangerous!) response would be a stunt woman!
3 reasons to ski with me:
1. Learning comes much easier when you are enjoying yourself so I always make sure that lessons are fun.
2. I have been told that I have lots of patience and can pitch lessons at a pace that is just right for you. You’re on holiday after all!
3. I always have a stash of Haribo in my pocket!