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Coaches

 

Tim Byron

 BASI Level 2 Alpine instructor, Alpine development coach level 1, Level 3 mountain safety.

I have skied recreationally for over thirty years I have recently decided to try and gain my ISIA alpine qualification.  During the ski season I can be found working for the ski school at Glenshee.  Other interests include cycling,hillwalking and generally being outdoors.


Archie Colville

Level 3 CSIA with level 4 certificate

Level 1 CSIA

Level 1 CSCF

I learnt to ski at Genshee at an early age, taking part in Schools races and training with GPS in my latter years. I began working Canadian winters in 2009 and furthering my ski qualifications over the course of 3 seasons. I then went onto to work in Niseko, Japan and also to Mt Ruapehu, North Island in NZ. I also instructed for Turoa Academy which trained all areas of Race, Freeride and Freestyle.

I am looking forward to coaching again with GPS this coming season.


Steven Donald

BASI Alpine Level 3 ISIA

BASI Snowboard Level 1 

Level 3 Mountian Safety

UKCP Alpine Coach Level 2

 

Being brought up at Glenshee and learning to ski from the age of 3 I soon qualified as a level 2 BASI instructor and went on to do five seasons with Interski working in Pila, Courmayeur and La Thuile. The last two seasons after furthering my qualifications I became head coach and staff training instructor in Courmayeur. I then went on to do a similar role with a traveling ski school which took me all around Tirol in Austria being based in Soll. I then decided I wanted to see what was further afield and fled to Niseko, Japan where every day was a freeride day teaching high end guests how to cope with extreme amounts of powder with a recored high that season of over 28 meters.

 

Before returning back to my roots at Glenshee for the 2015/16 season I was in Saas Fee, Switzerland for two years teaching and coaching freeride, race and freestyle as well as conducting staff training. I was also training and competing in the Euro test which is a GS Race against Ex olympians as part of the BASI level 4.

 

I am very happy to be back working with GPS again after so many years and am very much looking forward to coaching the Pre instructor training course this season.

 


Jane Hall

BASI Level 2 Alpine and Nordic Instructor (technical),  Alpine Development Coach Level 2, MLC Summer, Senior Instructor Sailing, Windsurfing Instructor

1991-1998 Ski Teaching in Scotland at Cairngorm, Glenshee & Lecht.  

Ski Guiding in Alpe D’Huez during 1995. Ski teaching in New Zealand 1996.

Office Manager and Instructor at Hillend Ski Centre during 1996/7. 

2007 to date coach at Aberdeen Snowsports Centre.

2010 to date coach with GPS

Also work with Special Olympics.


Paul Henderson

Basi Level 1

UKCP Level 2

Paul has attended many high profile races over the years and listed below are some of his achievements;

European Youth Olympics-Liberec 20111

World Youth Olympic Games-Innsbruck 2012

World Junior Champs 2015

British Junior Champion -Hafjell 2016

Paul started skiing at the age of 5 and quickly started racing with LSRA at Hillend. He progressed quickly and was soon selected for the British Childrens Team, Scottish Team and finally the British Team. He is now studying Law at Napier University in Edinbrgh and continues to coach with LSRA.

He is looking forward to joining the GPS coaching team and bringing all of his knowledge and racing experience to the team.


Ashley Milne

BASI 2, UKCP LvL 2, First Aid, Child Protection, PVG

Ski Instructor/Coach for almost 30 years, working full and part time seasons including:

Glenshee Ski School

Mt Dobson Ski School, New Zealand

Cardrona Ski and Snowboard School, New Zealand

Gulabin Lodge Glenshee

Ski 2 Champoluc, Italy

Started Skiing at the age of 3 at in Scotland where I raced as a kid until I started teaching skiing at Glenshee at age 16. Since then I have worked in Scotland, New Zealand and Italy teaching and coaching skiing.

I have been coaching the Freeride Groups with GPS for four years now encouraging trainees to enjoy all aspects of the mountain in a safe but enjoyable fashion, focusing on a broad range of skills from including technical ability, fun, mountain safety and background health and fitness.

I also have experience of international competition recently taking part in the World Winter Transplant games where 3 medals were achieved :).

Other interests include most other outdoor sports particularly mountain biking and hill walking. 


Darren Morgan

BASI Alpine Level 2

BASI Telemark Level 2

Mountaineering Instructors Certificate (MIC)

 

Darren is the Chairman of the GPS and also runs the Glenshee Ski & Board School at Glenshee and Gulabin Lodge Outdoor Centre. 

He has skied extensively in Europe, Canada and Norway and learnt to Telemark whilst serving in the Royal Marines. He also holds the Mountaineering Instructors Certificate (MIC). He has taken part in major climbing expeditions to Mt Mckinley and Ama Dablam in the Himlaya's and thoroughly enjoys the outdoor environment.

For this coming season he is offering Telemark Instruction and also some Ski Touring days for the GPS.


Ella Peters

Alpine BASI 2 - Alpine BASI 3 Tech and Teach - L1 Alpine coach

I started skiing at Glenshee when I was 5, my first races where with Glenisla Primary in the brilliant Snow Fun Day events – a great opportunity to win Easter Eggs! I was part of GPS for a number of years and enjoyed doing some friendly races through the club, as well as Scottish School events.

I started teaching in 2011/12 and have been at Glenshee ever since. I spent the season of 13’/14 training and working in Switzerland where I started towards gaining my Level 3. Since then I have worked in a number of Austrian and Swiss ski schools. I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of teaching and have experience with all age groups and abilities. A couple of years ago I started getting involved with GPS and coaching, this has been a great change for me and I’d love to get more involved with race coaching in the future.

Outside of skiing I am 3rd year student physio in Glasgow, don’t ask me to “fix” you… yet. I also like to run a lot which means I can eat a lot too!


Gilbert Runcie

  • BASI Alpine Level 3 ISIA
  • UKCP Alpine Coach Level 2
  • EMS L4 - European Mountain Safety Level 4 European Off Piste
  • APC - Alpine Performance Coach 2
  • ASSI - Artifical Ski Slope Instructor
  • SL - Ski Leader

 

I started skiing from the age of nine years old, initially learning on the dry ski slope in Aberdeen. I raced in many local leagues for Primary, Secondary school competitions and fun leagues.

My instructing pathway started with obtaining my Ski Leader, then moving onto my ASSI sat through my part-time job at Aberdeen Ski Centre. From there I got the ski bug and moved up the BASI ladder to Level 3 ISIA, teaching in many different locations for various companies in Scotland, Austria, Italy and France.

During this time I moved more into the Coaching aspect of skiing and have been involved with coaching many sucessful athletes, some of which have made it to the British Team. One of which experience was working with some of the Yorkshire Freestyle Team introducing one of the children to moguls, who has successfully competed in the World Cup Circuit - Ellie Koyander. 

I have coached ski racing for Gordon Skiers - 17 years (Head Coach), presently Aberdeen Ski Club and GPS - Performance Coach.

 


Duncan Shepherd

BASI Level 2 Alpine Instructor & UKCP Level 2 Coach (Licenced)

I started instructing in 2013, and coaching in 2015. I am continuing to work with Aberdeen Snowsports Centre, Aberdeen Snowsports Club, GPS, Robert Gordons College and ATC - 1600 teaching hrs and counting. So far this work has taken me to Aberdeen, Tillicoultry (my home town), Edinburgh, Glenshee, The Lecht, Nevis Range, Tignes, Les Houches and La Thuille

First taught to ski by my wife Corrie, on the Sunnyside in 1990 - I don't recall it being sunny! I was "drawn" into ski teaching not long after our son Calum joined GPS and started racing. 2017 will be my 3rd season with GPS. Planning to coach and race as much as possible this season, as well as organising the Glenshee Open again in February. I once tried to coach Franz Klammer - strange but true!


Carrie Will

  • SL - Ski Leader
  • ASSI - Artificial Ski Slope Instructor 
  • BASI Level 2
  • UKCP Alpine Level 1 and 2
  • 2 day First Aid
  • PVG Certified
  • Child and Safeguarding 

 

I've been skiing since the age of 2 and a half, where ski boots were leather and skis were wooden with cable bindings and screw in edges. Inner skis boots were in those days 4 pairs of socks, which never left your feet from the start of the Easter Holidays till the end as they doubled up as walking boots. Sometimes even the socks were worn on the outside of the the leather soled ski boots to stop you sliding around the car park. 

I have taught and coached a variety of people throughout the years including the Winter Special Olympics Team and represented the UK in a Coach Convention for Special Needs working with other countries and the Austrian Special Olympics Team.

I have moved from teaching to Alpine Coaching and have previously coached for local clubs like Aberdeen Snowsports and Gordon skiers taking a years head Coach position with Gordons.

In 2016, we skied all-mountain, giving a more rounded approach to terrain, gulleys and the truely scottish sports of snow patch jammin, great on big skis especially when they are not yours!

My heart is in the hills from walking in them to all mountain, alpine racing and freeride.


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