Zermatt Team

Ski instructors in Zermatt

Meet our awesome team in Zermatt!

Stepanka Kraslova

Stepanka graduated from The Sports University in Prague, specializing in Outdoor activities. Since then she has been working as a sports instructor. In the winter she works as a ski teacher, and in the summer as a mountain guide and outdoor activities instructor in the National Park Bohemian Paradise in Czechoslovakia.
During her happy life she has spent three years in New Zealand, two years in France and during the last five years has spent every winter season as a ski teacher in Switzerland; this is now her 10th season in Zermatt, and the 20th season of teaching skiing.
In her spare time she plays saxophone and guitar. She loves music in general, but her favourite is country, blue grass and Dixieland!

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.

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.

Mans’s clients say “my wife (nervous after a nasty accident) took private ski lessons. She had 2 excellent instructors – John and Mans – both extremely experienced and very patient helping her to conquer her fears”.

Fabrizio Pavan

Fabrizio started skiing at the age of 4 in the beautiful Milky Way by Turin. He is now on his 9th season here in Zermatt, and for the last 2 seasons has enjoyed skiing with his little 5 year old son. He has also spent some time in London expanding his language knowledge and gaining a personal trainer diploma.

Fabrizio loves taking the first lift in the morning and having a coffee break in Testa Grigia where you can admire the 360 degree view over the Italian Swiss Alps while drinking a real expresso.

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. He 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 he loves sharing his passion and knowledge about skiing with anyone.

His clients say “[Tim was] great, kids loved him”.


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).

John’s clients say “my wife (nervous after a nasty accident) took private ski lessons. She had 2 excellent instructors – John and Mans – both extremely experienced and very patient helping her to conquer her fears”.

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.”

Jamie Kagan

Originally from the UK, Jamie is a CSIA Level 2 examiner, level 4 Instructor, and CSCF level 2 race coach, IASI Examiner and Head coach of the IASI Internski Team. 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 last year returned to Europe as ES’s technical director in Zermatt. Now Jamie is the ES Zermatt co-director. 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.

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 a Canadian Snowboard Instructor evaluator. She is great with kids and has a sense of fun that helps 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 not to get hooked.

Christiano Chichizola

Cristiano, or “Kikki”, was born in Genoa, where the sea touches the Alps and enjoyed his first snow footsteps as a baby. He since fell in love with the mountains, where his passion for skiing pushed him to first become a ski racer and later a coach and top qualified instructor too. He relishes the chance to use his knowledge to improve other people’s skiing ability, and looks forward to ensuring his clients have an unforgettable holiday experience!
He teaches in English, Italian and French and is a Swiss Patente, teaching skiing, telemark and also off-piste.
Kikki’s clients say “we all had a great time. The instructor worked with everyone to their ability. My son loved the last lesson when he went of skiing on the other runs with the instructor”.

Charlotte Gardner

Charlotte is a fun and caring individual who has a passion for the mountains. She has extensive experience instructing all over the world from New Zealand to the USA. Although it is Charlotte’s first season teaching in Zermatt, it will be her 10th overall and she is very much looking forward to being back in the place where she skied as a child. Charlotte cannot wait to share her love for skiing for all those who come to visit ES in Zermatt.


Chloe Nicholls

Chloe has been skiing from a young age and first learned on ski holidays with her family. She has many happy memories of skiing with her family and hopes to help others make happy memories of their own in Zermatt.
After graduating from university, Chloe followed her passion for skiing and being in the mountains and trained as a ski instructor. She has worked in an indoor snow dome in England in the summers, and in the mountains in Italy, in Australia and Zermatt.
Chloe teaches in English and in Spanish and holds her BASI Level 3, ISIA ski qualification.

Joe Cochrane

After studying sports coaching at college, all Joe wanted was to was live in the mountains and share his passion with other people. He has always loved traveling and does as much as he can to experience new cultures and meet new people. He has taught a range of ages and abilities and is able to adapt easily. If it’s your first time skiing or you just want to brush up your technique then he would love to share his knowledge and experience with you.

Isla Campbell

Isla is a professional ski instructor that has taught all over the world. She has been teaching since she was 18 and is qualified in the Canadian, New Zealand and Irish systems. Originally from Scotland, she has been skiing since she was 3 years old and loves teaching both adults and children of any age! She was drawn to Zermatt by its classical charm, unrivaled terrain , stunning views and of course excellent restaurants! She is a patient, creative and versatile teacher .

Polly Burns

Polly takes her passion for sport from her father and was lucky enough to have different opportunities to try new sports from a young age. She always wanted to be a ski instructor and worked hard to achieve this goal so she can help other people of any age experience this amazing sport. She loves being in the mountains for the winter and has a passion for working with children of any age, even the big kids!

Harry Patterson

Harry is a BASI3 qualified ski instructor who has traveled to ski and work all over the world. Starting in small ski fields in Scotland and moving onto Europe, Canada, South America and New Zealand. Harry is not only a strong piste skier but loves the thrill of freestyle and free-ride and has great experience teaching this. He loves sharing his experience and knowledge and aims to create valuable lessons for his clients tailored to their interests and expectations.
Harry has the patience and encouragement to help those beginning on skis, and the enthusiasm and drive for those who want to be pushed.

Matty Wallis

Matty loves to teach skiing or snowboarding in a fun and relaxed way. He has worked mainly in Canada but also has taught in Japan, Australia and New Zealand. His favourite treat in the mountains is fresh tracks on a powder day. When not in the mountains Matty works in yachting and production management.

His clients say “Matty was an amazing teacher, would love to ride with him next season again”.