Chris has had ‘adventure’ in his blood all his life and became an outdoor instructor, well, let’s just say a while back. He became a qualified ski instructor 30 years ago and began teaching skiing for a Local Authority in Scotland as well as instructing in other outdoor activities such as canoeing and mountaineering. He first visited Zermatt at that time and has been coming back to ski here every year since.
He moved into industry as a Leadership Development Coach working with organisations such as the Scottish Government, FIAT and WWF. His whole professional career has been associated with training and developing people to become the very best they can be in whatever they do. He certainly applies this philosophy to his ski teaching at every level.
He has returned to Zermatt to become a full-time ski instructor during the winter and continues to live an adventurous lifestyle in Scotland in the summer. You will find him canoeing, cycling and sometimes heading to the Mediterranean (warmer) waters to scuba dive, but always having fun.
The person we spoke to made was careful to understand our skiing level and what we were looking for, so we ended up with an instructor who was appropriate to our needs.
Luca was the best ski instructor I have ever had across many years and in many ski schools and resorts. He combines a friendly and relaxed attitude with total professionalism and excellent knowledge of the mountains. I was very impressed in particular with the following aspects:
- He was able to instantly spot the problems with my technique and address them very quickly through both appropriate explanation and series of progressive exercises to change my bad habits.
- He knew the ski area and where it was appropriate to go in variable conditions inside out.
- On top of the practical knowledge of skiing technique he was very keen to pass on knowledge about appropriate safety in terms of off piste skiing (appropriate equipment, snow pack analysis, theory of how avalanches occur and what to be aware of at different times of year, training on using transceiver): i really like this mix.
- He has very good balance of friendliness and being encouraging and serious professionalism
I also was really impressed and would want to learn from Luca's combination of a clear love of the mountains and skiing and a keen awareness of the importance of appropriate safety precautions and risk management in terms of off piste and back country skiing.
If I am ever in Zermatt again whether alone or with family or friends I will be sure to get lessons (off piste if possible) with Luca again. I was very, very happy with my lessons in terms of the progress I made and enjoyable experience. I will definitely recommend him to any friends looking for lessons in Zermatt.
I think Summit should be extremely happy to have Luca as an instructor. I think he is an excellent and valuable member of your team (and I say that having had the benefit of lessons with other very good Summit instructors in the past, but Luca stands out in positive way even compared to them in my view). Many thanks Luca!
Phoebe is quite possibly the best instructor I've ever had. and given that i've been an adult learner for roughly the last 8 years on and off that is quite a statement! She was punctual, friendly, and easy to talk to - the things some take for granted.
But on top of this she was great at picking up on my ability level within the first 20 mins of lesson one, and then pushing me enough to build my confidence, without scaring me. Following the solid foundations of 2 mornings with Phoebe I went on to ski the majority of the Zermatt ski area, including a very long moguled red over by the glacier!
In two 3 hour sessions Phoebe achieved what so many before her did not - she made me believe that I am capable of skiing confidently and proficiently. I have never enjoyed any of my lessons as much as I enjoyed the 2 I had with her.
So THANK YOU PHOEBE!!
Phoebe is quite possibly the best instructor I've ever had. and given that i've been an adult learner for roughly the last 8 years on and off that is quite a statement! She was punctual, friendly, and easy to talk to - the things some take for granted. But on top of this she was great at picking up on my ability level within the first 20 mins of lesson one, and then pushing me enough to build my confidence, without scaring me. Following the solid foundations of 2 mornings with Phoebe I went on to ski the majority of the Zermatt ski area, including a very long moguled red over by the glacier! In two 3 hour sessions Phoebe achieved what so many before her did not - she made me believe that I am capable of skiing confidently and proficiently. I have never enjoyed any of my lessons as much as I enjoyed the 2 I had with her. So THANK YOU PHOEBE!!
The lessons were for 2 children, it was their first proper ski holiday. Max had a great balance of motivation/friendliness and authority with the children (much needed with 2 excited children, and reassuring for us parents!). Both Joe and Harriet raved about how good Max's lessons were.
I just wanted to let you know that our family had an amazing experience with Dave. From the first minute, he grabbed Charlie's attention and got us moving. He took us step by step, starting with making sure our boots were on correctly(which they weren't). He kept the three of us moving and progressing with encouragement. I would have never imagined that we would have made as much progress as we had. By the end, Charlie was going up the ramp on his own and coming down by himself while my husband was skiing with Dave. We could not be more pleased with our whole experience and just wanted to make sure you know how great Dave was.
I am particularly grateful to Hannah for having recommended Faye to be my granddaughter, Nina's, instructor. Nina had had a bad experience with another ski school in Zermatt and Faye's friendly, gentle professionalism helped put Nina back on the right track!
James is just great! The skills that he told us through the 5 days were so practical and effective. We would like to definitely come back to Summit to have a private lesson with him next time when we are in Zermatt again. Thanks James!
It was really good, Louise was wonderful, helped me a lot and gave me good tips. I wish you the best for this winter season!
3 reasons to ski with Chris
I have always loved helping people to develop new skills and I do this through building strong personal relationships, as well as understanding how different people learn best.
I’ve been in the adventure world for a long time. I know what is fun and where the limits are. The adventure starts by being safe, but by stretching new skills your adventure boundaries will grow.
Whatever age you are we all like a bit of fun! Zermatt is a very big adventure playground to be enjoyed and I know just the places to go!