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Kate St Clair Tisdall

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Kate first came to Verbier in 2008 as a chef for “just one season” she told herself. Once here though, she fell in love with the mountains and decided to take her love of skiing to the next level by becoming a ski instructor and hasn’t looked back since. Kate is the Kids Academy Manager for ES and loves teaching the kids and watching them improve. She is a fun and caring instructor who loves to share her passion for the snow with her students. If she’s not teaching you’ll find Kate off finding fresh powder and exploring with her friends. Kate now lives in Verbier all year round and loves the summers here just as much as the winters. 

One Client said of Kate: “Happy kids learn best and they are always happy with Kate! My two sons 9 & 7, have both skied with Kate since they were preschoolers (3) and they love her. She controls the overly bold boy and inspires the anxious timid one with confidence. It’s not just my boys, all children adore her, she is fun and warm.A fabulous teacher, they regard it a treat to be taught by her. At the end of the lesson she clearly talks you through how it went. She is naturally talented at what she does. I recommend her for private and group lessons.”

Customer Reviews
  • Chelsea

    Kate is a wonderful instructor and I am so glad my 3 yr old had her for her first experience. At first my daughter was very resistant to the whole idea but as soon as she took Kate’s hand she was off and had so much fun with Kate both in skiing and in the aftercare so that we could have some full days on the mountain. Hopefully we will be back again soon!

  • Julia Hoggarth

    Kate was amazing. My son really enjoyed skiing and was looking forward to all his lessons with her. Kate would tell me the plan for the day every morning and was doing her best to make sure all children were having fun and feeling safe on slopes. She is a great member of ES team.

  • Basma

    Kate is a great instructor, she knows how to assess the progress of kids and challenge them to do better. My kids, 9 and 11, have been for the 4th year in ski schools and are in different levels, the only problem this year is that they didn’t have enough kids for the level of my eldest son, so they put him in the morning with his younger brother; and that created an issue and a demotivation for him, which Kate knew how to turn and give him some challenges within the group so he keeps enjoying skiing. By the end of the week, they were both skiing better, with better techniques and constructive feedback, highly appreciated! Thank you for all you do! Keep doing it with that same clear passion!

  • Caroline

    Our kids adored their week skiing with Kate and their technique improved a lot under her instruction, a success all round and we can’t wait to come back!

    • Nishan

      Kate is a very nurturing and friendly instructor who encourages the kids to constantly challenge themselves. My boys warmed up to her immediately and picked up the skills quickly that enable them to ‘soar’ through the mountains. Highly recommend for group and private lessons!

  • Matt

    Kate’s been a wonderful constant for our many years with European Snowsport, a wonderful ski instructor our kids love, and for us very helpful in accommodating our requests to keep various children happy or separated!

  • Jo Malyon

    My son had simply the best week with Kate. In his own words she is ‘the best instructor ever’ and he made fantastic progress over the week. Kate made every day fun and interesting, and quickly built great relationships with all the children in the group. At the end of the week my son went from slip sliding down the nursery slope to parallel turns, poles and even felt confident enough to go down a black run.
    I highly recommend Kate as an instructor, and we hope that our son gets to ski with her again!

  • Janna Bee

    Kate has given my kids the best start on their skis! From never having skied before to cruising down blue runs by the end of the week, the level of progression was amazing! The kids absolutely loved their ski lessons. Kate is so friendly, approachable and encouraging. There have been many tears since returning home as the kids would much rather be in ski school with Kate than actual school. Thank you Kate, and hope to see you again one day!

  • Annelies Simon

    Kate taught our total beginners (6 and 8) on their first day and instantly they were hooked on the sport and came back smiling and happy. She then split our larger gang of kids into 2 groups to ensure everyone was getting the right tuition for their level and all kids progressed amazingly throughout the week. She’s a smiley, confident and extremely competent teacher who seems to have a knack for getting the most out of kids, while making them feel secure and safe. The bar has been set very high from day one with Kate!

  • David Bee

    Kate was brilliant with my two kids who had very different learning needs. She helped them build confidence quickly and enjoy learning to ski. She was very friendly and easy to talk to about my kids progress.

  • James

    Kate was great with my 9 year old daughter and really helped her skiing enabling us to have more fun in the afternoons together. Good work Kate!

  • Tamsin

    Kate is the most brilliant teacher. She got our 3 children from absolute beginners to skiing the mountain. She is fun, caring, lovely and an excellent instructor. She is able to keep young, energetic children focused and safe whilst making it so much fun at the same time. All 3 children had smiles at the end of each day. We hope to come back to Verbier and see Kate again soon. Thank you for an amazing week Kate!

  • Jackie Brown

    Kate did a brilliant job with my 12-year-old who started as a very nervous beginner on the nursery slopes. After four half day lessons, my daughter was turning well on blue runs and enjoying herself enormously. Kate was great at building her confidence and making it fun as well. She is very good at feeding back to parents and easy to deal with, Now my daughter can’t wait for her school ski trip!

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