blankThis is John’s seventh season in Zermatt with ES. 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 Europe and in Australia. The past three years he has been teaching skiing all year round between Zermatt and Mount Buller, Australia.

For John, skiing runs in the family as his dad and sister are both instructors as well. John holds the highest qualification, the Swiss Brevet Federal, and is also internationally qualified in the BASI system as an 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!