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Zermatt Team

Ski instructors in Zermatt

Meet our awesome team in Zermatt!


Rowena Phillips

Rowena has worked in Zermatt for nine winter seasons and holds the top British and Swiss qualifications, one of the very few non Swiss nationals to do so.

She learned to ski at the age of three in Austria and has never looked back!

Rowena is now in her second year of running European Snowsport in Zermatt but still makes time to get up the mountain to ski with the team.

Fabrizio Pavan

Fabrizio Pavan

I became a skier at the age of four. As a child I used to ski in Sestriere in the famous Milky Way ski area with my family.  I am now a qualified ski and snowboard instructor with BASI and Swiss Snowsports and after six winter seasons in Zermatt I enjoyed my second summer here pushing my baby´s buggy around the resort.  I have always been passionate about sport, and expanded my knowledge in London gaining my Personal trainer Diploma, specialising in nutrition.

I love taking the first lift in the morning, enjoying the peaceful slopes over Cervinia, where I can drink a real espresso!

Chris Cookman

Chris Cookman

This season will be Chris’s third with us at ES. He is BASI Level 3 ISIA qualified looking to progress swiftly to his level 4 ISTD. Chris has just returned from Whakapapa, New Zealand where he worked as a coach with the junior race team.

He has also been fortunate to teach in Australia, Italy and Austria. This will be Chris’s eighth season teaching skiing so to say he is passionate about the job would be an understatement!


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..!

Atis Plakans

Atis Plakans

Atis is not only an excellent ski instructor, but also a very experienced mountaineer who climbed many of the most intimidating peaks around the world – two peaks above 8000 meters in the Himalayas, more than 15 peaks above 7000 meters, Mont Blanc more than 30 times, and the Matterhorn 6 times, he has also skied down Mount McKinley in Alaska, Muztag-ata in Asia and Elbrus, the Europe’s highest mountain.


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.


Federico Sollini

Federico has been skiing since he was little, starting from the slopes of the Dolomites in Italy through the Andes of Argentina and to the Swiss Alps, where with European Snowsport has been teaching for the last 7 years.

His experience in coaching grew in Italy as a sports coach for professional and amateurs athletes, and his various qualifications in skiing (Swiss, Canadian and British) brought him to Zermatt to cover the role of Technical Manager for the last three years.  He is a very motivated skier who’s always trying to transmit his passion to the people around him.

Mans Persson

Måns Persson

Måns is a fully qualified Swiss Instructor who originally hails from Sweden.  He works in South America during the summer months and this is his first full season in Zermatt.

Andrea Bionda

Andrea Bionda

Andy is a fully qualified Swiss Instructor from Ticino.  He has worked in Verbier for ES for many years and this year 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.

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Sarah Wilcock

Sarah is now in her second season with ES Zermatt and her calm yet fun manner mean she has an ever increasing fan base! She also heads up ES Zermatt’s Adaptive arm, having already set up the Adaptive Programme in Mt Baw Baw in Australia:



Paolo Intropido

A Pan-European instructor, Paolo originally comes from just outside Turin but spent many years in Scotland.  He has worked as ski instructor and mountain guide all over Europe and we are delighted to have him on our team as resident mountain guide.  As such he runs our offpiste courses, offering day tours or multi day guiding around the Zermatt, Cervinia and Aosta area.  An experience not to be missed!



Martin Abery

Martin is a snowboard instructor with European Snowsport in Zermatt, but his roots are in Portugal, England and Austria.  In the past he has taught English in the ghettos of Lisbon, and worked as a hockey coach and played at national level.  His enthusiasm for the sport shines through and a lesson with Martin always sparks the same excitement in his students!

Ambrosius Müller

Ambrose is the smiley, relaxed half Czech half Austrian Skier/Snowboarder who speaks English, German, Russian and Spanish.  There are few things this instructor can’t do.  Feedback from the clients includes “Great Instructor, helped my skiing greatly”

This is the kind of instructor that if you turn up on a snowboard for a ski lesson, he won’t bat an eyelid, will disappear for 5 minutes and come back, snowboard boots on, ready to go.


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!


Mark Haycroft

Mark is a keen skier enjoying his first full season in Zermatt, and never misses the opportunity to train on the mountain.  His hockey coaching background makes him an excellent teacher for children or adults.  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”


Violeta LaSalvia

Violeta was born in Patagonia, was growing into the wild of the Andes, loves the mountain sports and the nature, specially skiing. In the last 12 years she has been working and teaching in Spain and Argentina in different ski resorts. She likes ski touring and loves to get to know new places and new people. Violeta speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish.


Ainars Ancupans

Ainars arrived in Zermatt having spent 3 years in Austria working as a ski instructor. He hails originally from Latvia, but also speaks Russian, English and German.  He enjoys admiring the beauty of nature, and he believes that other people feel the same way.. Everything else is just a technique to teach them that!


Ambrosius Mueller

Ambrose has worked with ES for many years as both skier and snowboarder.  His easygoing manner, proficiency for languages (Czech, Spanish, German & English) and care for his clients make him a much sought after instructor.


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!

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