Hannah Bryans

blankHannah Bryans began skiing at the respectable age of 10 when her family moved to Zürich. Family ski weekends and holidays soon gave rise to an obsession with skiing and the mountains. After University, this obsession developed into a desire to pursue a career in ski teaching and Hannah moved to the Alps. Over a decade later and she is still here.

Hannah is the Ski School Director in Zermatt. She is a qualified ski instructor to the top level, both British Level 4 ISTD and Swiss Brevet Federal. Hannah is proud to be a trainer for the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI), coaching and examining hopeful instructors, helping them to find and nurture their passion for teaching and skiing.

Hannah has taught throughout Europe, for a brief stint in Mayrhofen, Austria, before finding her true home in the Swiss Alps. She has also dabbled with the Southern Hemisphere, teaching in Perisher, Australia, for a handful of seasons. She had a 1-year hiatus where she completed her Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Secondary Mathematics, but the Alps promptly drew her back. Whilst Hannah remains busy with ski school duties, she will always make time for her clients and enjoys meeting new people and skiing with new guests each year.

Why did you choose to become a ski instructor?
Skiing has been my passion since I moved to Switzerland when I was 10 years old. I started with racing as a child, and later on whilst at university I decided that I didn’t want to give up skiing so I got involved in teaching and never looked back!
Where is your favourite part of Zermatt to ski?
My favourite area of Zermatt to ski is the area down from Trock. There’s so much terrain to play with, especially when there’s a foot of fresh powder!
What do you do in the summer?
I live all-year-round in Zermatt. We run summer activity camps for children, Awesome Summer Camps Zermatt. In my spare time I make the most of living in the mountains by hiking, climbing, playing tennis and beach volleyball as much as I can!
What is your favourite restaurant in Zermatt?
My favourite restaurant on the hill is Franz and Heidi’s. They do a great quiche!!! In town, my all-time favourite restaurant is Guiseppis. The 8-course taster menu is phenomenal!
Why did you pick Zermatt?
I chose Zermatt because of the glacial terrain, which means great skiing all year round and guaranteed snow. Once I moved here, I was lucky to find great people and a beautiful town to accompany the awesome skiing.
What handy tip do you have for anyone visiting Zermatt?

If you’re coming during a peak week, book restaurants in advance in town. You are spoilt for choice in Zermatt, so you don’t want to be disappointed!