Our aim was not to set up just another ski school, but also to offer a more personalised service to our clients.
Sierra Nevada is a unique resort in that it has around 20 independent ski schools. The Spanish Ski School, (Escuela Española de Esqui), was the first to be established in 1962. Since then, individuals or groups of instructors have peeled away and set up for themselves.
Many Spanish instructors are trained and qualified to the requirements of the Spanish ski federation, the Real Federación Española de Deportes de Invierno, (RFEDI).
In spite of the numbers of schools, the number of good English speaking instructors is very thin on the ground compared to the number of UK and Irish visitors. Native English instructors are even more scarce. For this reason, my colleague, friend and fellow ski instructor, Jonathan, and I (Giles) have set up "British Ski Center".
British Ski Center was established in the Winter of 2002-3 and became a registered tradename in October 2006. The business operates under the fiscal company name of "Sierra Essence Ski and Mountain Center 2006 S.L." as a legitimate entity dedicated to the instruction of winter snow sports.
A Bit About Us...
I (Giles) have now worked each season in Sierra Nevada since the winter of 1996/7. Since December of 1998 I have worked as a ski instructor. You can see me on the right hand side of the picture opposite.
My ski experience stretches back to 1982, when I first started as a child on family holidays in the small Spanish Pyrenean resort, Panticosa, close to Formigal, now Spains largest ski domain.
In November 1991 I lived and worked for a year in the French resort chain, Serre Chevalier gaining a lot ski experience with the locals there.
Three years later, in 1995, I started working for the Ski Operator, Neilson, which subsequently introduced me to Sierra Nevada where I was sent as resort manager for 2 years. A great part of this job was my duty as a Ski Guide. It was here that I met Jonathan and with contacts with the local ski schools here, the tempting notion of ski instructing became ever more prominent.
Three years on I qualified as a ski instructor with the Escuela Española de Esqui here in Sierra Nevada and have since successfully completed a series of training courses with the Spanish ski federation, RFEDI, (Real Federación Española de Deportes de Invierno), until in April 2003 I successfully completed the top level "Diplomado" instructor qualification.
This dream come true has provided me with a great sense of purpose and motivation, not only for instructing but also in using my knowledge and experience to help those who are less familiar with the ski and mountain scene. It is rare for someone to find a "job" that they thoroughly adore and live for, but I am now one of those people!
My business partner and good friend, Jonathan, (on the left of the picture) has worked consecutive seasons as ski instructor in Sierra Nevada since 1991, 11 of them with the Escuela Internacional de Esqui.
His ski experience also goes back many years, including 6 years living and working in the Italian resort of Sauze d'Oulx. He too has successfully completed several training courses with the same ski federation, RFEDI, and has been qualified as "Diplomado" instructor since 2001.
Teaching skiing and snowboarding is not just about getting you to the bottom of the ski run. Safety is always the biggest concern of the instructor. Secondly comes your personal enjoyment. If you can't enjoy the sport, we see little reason for practicing it!
With this in mind, in each class that we and our team give, we take the following view:
- You are on holiday.
- You are here to enjoy yourself.
- You want to return in one piece!
Our team will explain and demonstrate the essential techniques required for skiing/snowboarding in a caring manner, (without shouting or yelling impatiently), aiding you to reach your OWN personal goals instead of solely our own.
Our team of instructors are personally hand picked with these vital characteristics in mind as well as ensuring the highest levels of English speaking possible. In this way you will be able to appreciate the incredible fascination and exhilaration of what we personally consider to be an ultimate winter pastime.
Please do not hesitate to contact us or call us on (+34) 646 178406 / (+34) 629 540089 for any further information you may require.
We are both looking forward to meeting you!
Giles & Jonathan
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