Since the age of 6, Eddy James has always had a passion for the mountains. From Yorkshire, he’s a fun-loving ski instructor who spends at least 9 months of the year on snow, teaching in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres.
On his days off, he can often be found in the terrain park learning some new tricks, or with a camera in hand, taking photos and videos of his adventures.
Why did you choose to become a ski instructor?
I chose to become an instructor first and foremost because I love to ski. Instructing gets me doing what I love every day, as well as being able to show others the beauty of the sport, and create lifelong memories for those who choose to ski with me.
Where is your favourite part of Zermatt to ski?
I love lapping the Furgsattel chairlift at the top of the Klein Matterhorn lift, as you’ve got the fantastic terrain park for freestyle, as well as a couple of lovely pistes for that technical, hip to the ground kind of skiing.
What do you do in the summer?
In the summer I head to New Zealand, to teach skiing at Turoa, a ski field on the southern slopes of Mt Ruapehu. I can’t keep away from the snow!
What is your favourite restaurant in Zermatt?
I’m a big fan of blue lounge, on the Sunnegga side, as its a sun-strap with fantastic views. Cervo is up there as well, with their delicious truffle fries and ‘huntsman’ beer!
What handy tip do you have for anyone visiting Zermatt?
Get everything you need (lift passes, ski/snowboard gear) the day before you go skiing – it’ll save you from standing in a long queue for most of the morning, especially during the holidays.