Zermatt Team

Ski instructors in Zermatt

Meet our awesome team in Zermatt!


Stepanka Kraslova

I graduated from Sports University in Prague, specialising in Outdoor activities. Since that I have been working as a sport instructor. In winter I work as a ski teacher, in summer as a mountain guide and outdoor activities instructor in the National Park Bohemian Paradise in Czechoslovakia.

During my happy life I have spent three years in New Zealand, two years in France and during the last five years I have spent the every winter season as a ski teacher in Switzerland; this is now my fifth season in Zermatt, and the sixteenth season of teaching skiing. In my spare time I play saxophone and guitar. I love music in general, but most favourite is country music, blue grass and Dixieland!

Nico Bebie

Jean-Nicolas Bebie

I started skiing at three with wooden skis and leather shoes with my father, who was also a ski instructor in St. Moritz.
I consider myself a world traveller and am always trying to live out my dreams rather than just dreaming them! This included owning a watersports marina in Mexico and Venezuela, fifteen years teaching scuba-diving, waterskiing and windsurfing… but I definitely prefer skiing!

After a few years ski instructing in Villars I moved to the most magical resort in the world, Zermatt, which I have known and loved since my childhood and am working for the best ski school around..!


Hannah Bryans

Hannah was born in Tunbridge Wells, but moved to Switzerland when she was only 10 years old. She started racing almost straight away with the school ski team, eager to ski as much as possible! She was lucky enough to travel Europe racing and training, later on in FIS races, up until the age of 17 when she decided to go study in the UK at Warwick University.

After graduating, Hannah jumped straight back into the ski industry, this time to pursue a career as a ski instructor, first in Mayrhofen then settling back in Switzerland, here in Zermatt. She is very excited about this season, as her 4th in Zermatt, where she be embracing the role of Assistant Manager, whilst managing all of the kids’ group products.

Andrea Bionda

Andrea Bionda

Andy is a fully qualified Swiss Instructor from Ticino.  He has worked in Verbier for ES for many years, but decided it was time to sample the delights of Zermatt.

Andy is a powder hound and when left to his own devices can be found trekking the backcountry with the biggest skis known to man searching for the perfect powder stash.


Måns Persson

Måns is the director of European Snowsport Zermatt. He is a fully qualified Swiss Instructor who originally hails from Sweden.  He works in South America during the summer months, and this is his third full season in Zermatt. He can speak Swedish, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Norwegian.


Magda Porazinska

According to Magda skiing is definitely the best sport in the entire world :) Being ski instructor in Zermatt in Winter and Trip Leader in Europe in Summer result in her having the best jobs ever. She loves working outdoors. Graduated (with a Master’s) in Tourism and Recreation at Academy of Physical Education in Poland, she also studied Early Education for 3 years. Magda loves working with kids and kids like to be around her.  She speaks Polish, English and Spanish fluently, also Russian, Italian and French on basic level. Her hobby is crocheting and since last Winter season she has been making colourful headbands!


Ambrosius Mueller

Ambrose is a ski, snowboard, and telemark instructor who originally comes from Germany. He has been teaching here in Zermatt for nine years.  He speaks German, English, Spanish, and a little Russian.


Patrice Schneiter

Patrice is a fully qualified Swiss ski teacher that spent many years in Villars.  He is a dynamic talented skier, and an excellent instructor, and skiing with him, you can’t help being infected with his enthusiasm.  When not skiing he plays and teaches music, his second greatest passion!


Mark Haycroft

Mark originally hails from London. He learnt to ski when he was 3 and has enjoyed skiing all over Europe and North America. He is dual qualified, through both the British and Canadian systems. Sport is a huge passion of his, enjoying field hockey and football as well as skiing. He is a qualified football and field hockey coach, as well as a ski instructor, and has many years of experience of teaching children, as well as adults. Being in the mountains, meeting people from all over the world and sharing what Zermatt has to offer with everyone is what Mark enjoys most. His clients say: ” Probably the best (instructor) I’ve had, and I go back to 1965″, and “Thanks again Mark, you are a super instructor and we really enjoyed meeting you, Ethan was skiing so well all day today, he really improved with you”

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Tim Franken

Tim, a 26 year old Dutchman, originally from Den Helder, a small naval town in the north of Holland, loves travelling and isn’t afraid of a bit of air time. fell in love with the mountains at the age of 4 and is now pursuing a career in Snowsports.

This is Tim’s second Season in Zermatt working for European Snowsport and loves sharing his passion and knowledge about skiing to anyone.

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John Craig

John has been a very sporty person from a young age and learned to ski when he was 5. He has been skiing all over the Swiss Alps since. He enjoys any sport but is most passionate about skiing and football. This has lead to him becoming a ski instructor and taking a football coaching qualification.


Alastair Bruton

Alastair has been skiing since he was 10 and qualified as an instructor when he was 18. Apart from a short break to set up a successful London based tour company, he has continued to teach around Europe and Japan. He says “my love of skiing started on my first time on skis. It was on a dry ski slope in a very rainy Gloucestershire many years ago and since then the passion has only increased. Taking me to some incredible places around the world, meeting some fantastic people and embracing different cultures. It has to be the best job out there.”


Aleksandra Dura

Originally from Poland, Aleks began skiing at the age of three, taught by her mother who was also a ski instructor. Passion ran in the family! She spent her winters in the Tatra mountains and Alps and earned her first qualification at the age of 13. She holds a BSC in Psychology which focused on sport and exercise science which allows Aleks to successfully teach her clients by combining psychological, as well as, physical aspects of skiing.
She loves to teach both children and adults, and she will always find a way to keep her lessons engaging and fun, and her students motivated

Tom Lawfield

Tom is a ski and telemark instructor originally from Cambridge, England. He has instructed in Verbier, Zermatt and Aviemore (Scotland).  He is also a fully qualified International Mountain Leader and when not ski instructing, works as a guide.


Tommy Ewes

Tommy is a snowboard instructor working his first season in Zermatt. He is happy to provide any student with the experience of a lifetime. From people looking to try the thrills of snowboarding for the first time to those wanting to push their limits, Tommy has a calm and friendly teaching style that will appeal to many and has proven successful with a wide range of students. As an instructor his strengths lie in his technical understanding of the sport and his ability to pass this knowledge on to his students.  He enjoys teaching not only the correct technique but also showing his clients the relationships between the different movements and actions in snowboarding. Tommy spends as much time on a snowboard as possible, and even spends his summers instructing in New Zealand. He has a university-level degree in marine biology and speaks English, Dutch, German, and some French.