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John Craig ES Zermatt Ski Instructor

This is John’s ninth season in Zermatt. He’s been an active person from a young age, enjoying most sports but particularly skiing and football. This led to him becoming a ski instructor and football coach.

He learned to ski when he was 5 and since then has skied all over Europe and Australia. From switching between between Zermatt and Mount Buller in Australia, John now teaches all year round in Zermatt.

Skiing runs in the family as his dad is an instructor as well. John holds the highest qualification, Swiss Brevet Federal and has the internationally recognised BASI Level3 ISIA (British Level 3).

Why did you chose to become a ski instructor?

I chose to teach skiing because I wanted an outdoor career and to share my passion for the sport. I like seeing others improve and begin to really enjoy themselves while skiing.

Where is your favourite part of Zermatt to ski?

My favourite place to ski is on the Sunnegga side. My two favourite runs are here (9 Tuftern and 8 Obere National) and a lot of the best restaurants in Zermatt are here too. With the funicular train being on this side, there is the added bonus of it being quick and easy to get straight up onto the slopes!

What do you do in the summer?

As I had enjoyed the European Winters so much I have now been working in Mount Buller, Australia for three seasons as well. This is amazing for me as it means I am able to ski and instruct all year round!

What is your favourite restaurant in Zermatt?

My favourite restaurant is Findlerhof (Franz and Heidi’s). The food is exceptional and the wine list is great too. The views on the mountain are incredible as well. In town my favourite is Schäferstube, they do a great fondue and their lamb dishes are lovely as well.

Why did you pick Zermatt?

I chose Zermatt as it is widely regarded one of the best ski resorts in the world. It is also very hard to ignore the draw of skiing under the Matterhorn.

What handy tip do you have for anyone visiting Zermatt?

It’s best to always book restaurants well in advance as they can be booked up from early on in the season. Finally, if you’re walking through town, watch out for the electric taxis as you don’t always hear them coming!

Reviews
  • Monika
    (5/5)

    Wow! I am amazed by the experience of being trained by John. I have a fear of heights and obviously I had to face a lot of challenging situations being so high up in the Alps. John from the very first moment made me feel safe. The more safe I felt the more I could start enjoying the experience. His balance of positive encouragement and challenging me, made me learn to ski on red slopes and skiing parallel on the third day of training. John is a great teacher, patient and kind. A true gentleman who carried my skis and helped with my boots. I am grateful and will never forget this experience. Mostly thanks to John.

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