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 is the Ski School Director here in Zermatt and is a fully qualified British (ISTD) instructor and Swiss Patent. Teaching is her vocation and skiing is her passion, approaching her 6th winter here in Zermatt, Hannah is excited to show her clients how awesome the mountains can be with two planks strapped to your feet.

With her race background, Hannah specializes in advanced piste-skiing, and with 4 years experience running the kids group programmes, she is particularly competent when it comes to teaching the little ones. Having said that, there isn’t a lesson Hannah wouldn’t jump at the chance to teach, no matter your age or background.

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

Mans started skiing at the age of 2 in his hometown of Villars in the Swiss Alps by the initiative of his father’s friends Jacques, Alain and Jacky Stump, Freestyle and Speedskiing champions in the 70s. He loves to immerse himself into his clients’ ski holiday to be able to give them the best memorable ski, mountain and adventure experience possible. He is a fully qualified patent and speaks English, Swedish, French, Spanish, and Norwegian fluently.


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 (patent) Swiss ski teacher that spent many years in Villars. He is a dynamic and 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! He teaches in French and English.


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 third Season in Zermatt working for European Snowsport and loves sharing his passion and knowledge about skiing to anyone.


John Craig

This is John’s third season in Zermatt with ES and he is looking forward to many more. He has been a very active person from a young age, enjoying most sports but particularly skiing and football. This led to him becoming a ski instructor and taking a football coaching qualification. He learned to ski when he was 5 and since then has skied all over the Swiss Alps. Skiing runs in the family, as his dad and sister are both instructors as well. John holds the ISIA qualification recognised worldwide (British Level 3).


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.


Jamie Kagan

Originally from the UK, Jamie is a CSIA Level 2 examiner, level 4 Instructor, and CSCF level 2 race coach. He has also completed the top BASI level ISTD teaching and technical exams. During winter 15-16, he is expected to complete the conversion to the Swiss Patente qualification.

Jamie has been teaching skiing in Canada for the last 10 years and this year will be returning to Europe as ES’ Technical director in Zermatt, where he also spent time during winter 2014-15. Jamie is a highly experienced instructor who has worked extensively with top end private clients. He speaks fluent French.


Lee Wright

From a young age, Lee spent many years training on the plastic ski slopes of the North West, UK. He completed his A-levels and dashed off to a Swiss dominated Zermatt, to pursue his dream of becoming a ski instructor. He then taught skiing in Zermatt for 5 seasons, learning how Zermatt works and all that makes it special.

In his 7th season he went to work for ES in Verbier where he stayed for a further 5 years. He was responsible for the ES junior race programme and spent two seasons at The Lodge as their Lead Ski Instructor.

Following Verbier, he spent 3 years in the Isle of Man working outside skiing, and is now teaching skiing again with ES in Zermatt. He is ISIA qualified.

Adam Cartwright

Adam is a professional instructor with a vast amount of experience. He has taught all over the word and has adapted a unique teaching style along with a versatile approach. Adam is a passionate instructor and dedicated coach, he thrives on developing peoples skills and making them achieve their individual goals. His commitment and involvement in many skiing projects has given Adam the opportunity to learn from people with different skiing backgrounds. is experiences have allowed him to pass on his knowledge so clients can fulfil their full potential in skiing.

Mel Swinburn

Mel has a passion for the outdoors and adventurous things. She has been teaching skiing and Snowboarding in Canada for the last 10 years and is Canadian Snowboard Instructor evaluator. She is great with kids and has sense of fun that allows kids to love being on the mountain. Her enthusiasm for teaching and being in the outdoors makes it impossible for even the most nervous skier or boarder to not to get hooked.