Ellie Ashford
North Yorkshire, Wensleydale. Like the cheese
Number of seasons teaching:
Ski, Adaptive
BASI level 3 Tech and Teach
Race coach 2
Adaptive 2

I decided to become a ski instructor at age 13, after I won ‘mostly likely to become an instructor’ award from a school ski trip. I love being surrounded by nature so working amongst the mountains is what makes me happy.

Teaching skiing is away for me to create joy and memories and help people gain the skills needed to explore these magnificent mountains to the best of their ability. I can’t think of many other sports where a 5 year old and a 85 year old can do the same thing and have that much fun!

In the summer:
I coordinate the programmes and supervise Turoa Ski and Ride School, New Zealand.
My Zermatt insider tip is:
If powdered hot chocolate isn’t quite cutting your alpine hot chocolate expectations then head to Petit Royal, they have the real deal.
If I wasn't a Summit instructor:
3 reasons to ski with me:
1. I’m patient and I’m ready to listen to whatever you want out of the lesson. I have taught a lot of nervous skiers and building up their confidence and skill so they can enjoy these beautiful mountains rather than seeing them as daunting is what makes my job rewarding.
2. I like being a big kid sometimes too. I have so much fun teaching kids and love being apart of their holidays. I like creating games and thinking of ideas to keep kids engaged in learning. It’s all about making the learning age appropriate and building that association of joy with skiing.
3. 100% guarantee weather your a never ever or ripping around the mountains if you are not satisfied with your lesson I will buy you a beer, its a deal.