Nickname: The Dinosaur – because I’m one of the oldest Oxygène instructors!
Resort: La Plagne
Teaches: Ski, snowboard and skwal (a kind of monoski)
Best skis: Other people’s skis! I’m currently skiing on Oxygène skis, and they’re suiting me down to the ground.
Best piste in La Plagne: Roclisse down in Montalbert
Best place to ski on days off: My favourite is the Combe de la Salla, over in Montchavin
Dream ski destination: Greenland
Favourite food: my mother’s cooking. My favourite is beef tongue, in her special spicy sauce with cornichons. Mmm.
When I was two years old. My mum worked for ClubMed in Zinal, Switzerland – there were four chairlifts there and one bubble! It was cheaper for her to take me skiing than pay for a babysitter!
Why did you become an instructor?
Well, I passed my Baccalaureate, and went straight to business school. That lasted 5 days! I soon saw that business school wasn’t for me, so I set out to qualify as a ski instructor instead.
Where’s best to eat in La Plagne?
My favourite is the Bon Vieux Temps, just below Aime 2000 – and you can go there for lunch on the pistes, or for an evening meal.
What’s the best thing about your job?
The best thing: it’s when you’re skiing off piste with a group of customers, and they’re quite spread out across the slope so you can’t see them in any detail – all you can see is white teeth and big smiles.
… and the worst thing?
Worst thing? No, there is no worst thing – it’s all good.
What are your favourite lessons to teach?
Steep and Deep, definitely – you can get far away from the crowds, so you and your group are all alone in the mountains.
What was your most embarrassing moment as a ski instructor?
Oh, there’ve been a few! All to do with misunderstandings of my English accent!
What are your other hobbies, besides skiing?
Waterskiing. I compete a lot – last season I was ranked 99th in the world in my category. I also enjoy blackjack.
What do you do in the summer?
I spend my summers in Montpellier, where I work as a waterski teacher and play some blackjack too. I tried working as a barman – but I soon found that I prefer it on the other side of the bar!
Winter or summer?
Honestly, I don’t have a favourite. I enjoy them both.