Meet The Team

Montagne Magique Ski School is made up of small group of highly qualified ski instructors, who have been in the 4 Vallees for years – each having their own passion for skiing and the mountains.

CHARLOTTE

Qualification: BASI Level 3 ISIA Alpine
BASI Level 4 Teaching
BASI Level 4 European Mountain Security
SWISS Patent

Charlotte has been working as a ski instructor in Nendaz for the past 10 years, where she’s lucky enough to live all year round! She has a deep rooted love for skiing and the mountains. She has passion for all parts of skiing from lapping the moguls, playing in the trees or skiing the piste she is constantly trying to improve her own skiing as well as others. Often seen with a trail of kids behind her, her enthusiasm for skiing and the mountains is endless!

Originally from Devon, she’s always loved the outdoors and was lucky enough to start skiing at the age of 6. During her time off from teaching she will be found skiing for herself or touring up the mountain!

To contact Charlotte directly, email her using charlotte@montagnemagique.com

PIERS

Qualification: BASI Level 3 ISIA Alpine
BASI Level 4 Teaching

Languages: English

Piers has spent over ten years working in the Alps and has been based in Nendaz for five seasons. During that time he has got to know the 4 Vallées and believes it to be one of the greatest ski areas he has skied in, with plenty to offer all levels of skier.

Piers is currently working towards his BASI level 4 Qualification and the ISTD stamp which is the highest qualification in British snowsports.

Outside of skiing Piers enjoys a variety of sports including squash, hiking, wake-boarding and mountain biking. He also loves cooking and in particular BBQ'ing! Piers' favourite time of the year is the spring when there is some great morning ski conditions followed by an après barbecue.

Ski instructors Nendaz

TOM

Qualifications: BASI Level 3 ISIA Alpine
Level 3 Mountain Safety award
Snowsports England Moguls coach Level 1
SWISS Aspirant

Tom has grown up with a passion for skiing from a very early age. After a 10 year career of a mundane office job in Cheshire UK where he grew up, he took the plunge to train as a ski instructor. You’re never too old it seems! Now with 10 ski seasons under his belt (9 of which in Nendaz), it’s safe to say he’s very happy with his life changing choice!

Tom fell in love with Nendaz after his first season here 8 years ago and was always keen to return. He moved here on a permanent basis with his now wife, Fay, to enjoy the mountain lifestyle all the more. Biking and trail hiking in the summer, skiing and touring in the winter. La vie est belle!

Tom is currently in the process of converting to the Swiss Snowsports system and is working towards obtaining the prestigious ‘Swiss Patente’.
His favourite skiing pastime is moguls. You will always find him somewhere in a mogul field in his free time. He loves to ski those bumps!

SANDER

Qualification: Swiss Brevet Federal
German Staatliche
Austrian Staatliche

Languages: English, Dutch, French, German

Sander is known for his amazing skiing, terrain knowledge and love for nature. He was born in the Netherlands and started skiing when he was 4 years old in the Swiss Alps. He started working as a snowsports professional in 2000.

He mostly coaches skiers improving their off-piste technique, guiding them safely whilst always finding ways of improving their technique. Mountain safety is his other main priority during these trips, and so great care is taken regarding hazardous terrain and risk management.

Sander also works for the Snow Safety Centre. He has worked for many years as an SSC ski guide, providing training in mountain and avalanche awareness. Therefore he always knows the latest risk management and search & rescue techniques.

In his spare time Sander is usually freeriding high up on the mountain, cruising down steep slopes or through narrow couloirs and is always on the lookout for fresh new routes.

Ski instructors Nendaz

SAM

Qualification: BASI Level 2
Languages: English, French

Sam has been fortunate enough to spend his life split between the Dorset and the French Alps. He learnt to ski and and fell in love with the mountains in 1999 when he was living in France. He has always been passionate about skiing and the mountains, for Sam being a ski instructor is a great pleasure, allowing him to share his passion with the people around him. His favourite type of skiing is a deep powder day or a sunny ski tour.
He is currently working towards his ISIA level 3 Alpine qualification. When he is not on the mountain he like to be playing tennis and golf.

Please Contact Us to book an Instructor
Roybaz
Roybaz
25. February, 2020.
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A Great Experience..... Charlotte was able to offer lessons and a flexible schedule where the other schools could not. Nothing was too much trouble for them; a delight to deal with. it was my daughters (16 & 20) first time skiing and, thanks to the instructors provided, they both are keen to go again. My eldest didnt want to ski and had decided she would hate it before we got there. Her instructor Chris turned that around; she loved it (and could ski!!) after 2 days with Chris. I cant thank him enough for making our Family trip a success and would highly recommend him. Thanks to all at Montagne Magique!!
CMBfrankfurt
CMBfrankfurt
22. February, 2020.
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Refresher lessons Charlotte is an excellent teacher. Perfect confidence boost and refresher for a frequent skier. She’s got great ideas and really took time to help me put theory into practice. I’d highly recommend her as someone to ski with, learn from and most importantly have fun whilst doing so ! Thanks so much !
GuinnessRulz
GuinnessRulz
10. February, 2020.
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Teach me! Been skiing my whole life (43 y.o.) but never had formal instruction. Was very concerned, at a technical level, that I was making skiing hard on myself. Turns out I was. Tom helped me through some drills and it forced me to focus on some of my habits that I can now work on in my own time. Highly recommend and worth the time and cost. Do it at the beginning of your ski trip, not the last day....that helps.
Sian E
Sian E
10. February, 2020.
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Highly Recommend Private Ski Lessons Nendaz I was looking for a private ski lesson that would make me feel like I made good progress in the session having had some bad experiences in the past. I had a three hour lesson with Charlotte which was so beneficial. She quickly established my level and worked on the areas of my skiing that needed addressing. It was done in a very relaxed way and she taught me basic techniques that I can not believe I had never been taught before as it was a game changer. I felt so much more confident after the lesson and spent the rest of my week putting it into practice. It was very good value for money and would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for ski lessons in Nendaz!
Elizabeth D
Elizabeth D
3. February, 2020.
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Brilliant instruction Charlotte took our 3 children for 4 days and coped admirably with the 3 levels. She held their interest, taught them brilliantly, and the improvement in all was huge. Most importantly they loved her and could not wait to get up the mountain each morning. I would absolutely recommend her and the team and will definitely call her when we return.
Richard
Richard
12. August, 2019.
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Amazing Coaches - took a group of almost beginners to black runs in 1 week Probably the best ski coaching you could ever have. They were responsive, engaging and professional from start to finish. We are a family of five with mixed abilities, ages and fitness. Charlotte and Rich were amazing, they made learning fun for the whole family, with lots of games and exercises. They are not your ordinary ski instructors but coaches that can handle a diverse group of individuals and bring them all to the best level they can achieve. It started with getting us all through the basics. Then with astute observation during each morning they gave us all individual tips and coaching to improve. We all started on the baby/beginners slope on day 1. After 4 days my wife and I were comfortable on the red runs, my daughters on the black runs and my son completing itineraries and moguls. Fantastic job and thank you for a brilliant time.
MOG1111
MOG1111
27. May, 2019.
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Excellent Lessons I had a number of private lessons with Charlotte Vantreen. I am a reasonably advanced skier and greatly benefitted from her dedicated and highly competent advice. My carving is greatly improved.
Oliver P
Oliver P
13. May, 2019.
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Amazing Instructor I had two 3hr lessons with Charlotte at the beginning of the week. I started to learn to carve properly and even tackled some black runs. Charlotte was really thorough with my technique and gave me lots of things to work on for the rest of the week. A big thank you for being so patient with us all! And also showing us the apres bars! You went above and beyond! See you next season 🙂
Filip
Filip
10. May, 2019.
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Great ski trip. As an ex former snowboard instructor I was impressed about how well structured the logical learning progression was, rich did an amazing job and is completely engaged me in the session. Perfect fun and sociable experience!
nmitch76
nmitch76
27. April, 2019.
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Fantastic visit We travelled to nendaz as 3 families the majority non skiers and wanted to try skiing. Called this company and they were great on the phone so arranged to meet up. We booked a morning skiing for absolute beginners and cannot thank Charlotte enough. She was really patient and attentive and brilliant with the young kids. She even had our 3 year old skiing on the baby slope in her skis. As a results we have booked a full week next year just for skiing. Cant reccomend the company enough.

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