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Our Snowplanners are the beating heart of the organization; fanatic and experienced winter sports professionals who know the most beautiful places and the best slopes in the mountains. They put together the perfect winter sports trip for you. We are proud to present our team to you. Every Snowplanner has its own winter sports background where he or she has gained specific knowledge and experience. That know-how, luggage and versatility is what makes our team so strong. We make your winter sports trip a guaranteed success.

MISSION FROM EVERY SNOW PLANNER: 

“Creating unique and worry-free winter sports experiences together through good organization, tight planning and professional guidance. Sharing the good times! ”

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Leontien

Leontien went on winter sports for the first time at the age of 6 and has since fallen in love with Austria. Nice to “play outside” in the fresh mountain air, the outside, the landscape and the people … She likes to come not only in winter, but also in summer. Preferably in her home away from home: Krimml! In daily life, Leontien is a Storyteller & Content Specialist and focuses on recruiting new students for the Hogeschool where she works. After that she works as a freelancer in communication. Oohja, and besides that she is also an occasional flying keep in the winter sports specialist store of a good friend. And we already told you that she gives ski lessons in the Zillertal Arena during school holidays (long live working in education!). At Skischule Krimml to be precise. You can already hear it: sitting still is not an option for this enthusiastic Twente. People who know Leontien well know that she is crazy about the technical materials and nice colors of Peak Performance, rocking a beautiful red slope or just enjoying the powder. She has recently also started a new hobby: ski tours. And of course a nice game of aprés ski should not be missing during the winter sports!

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Sebastiaan

Sebastiaan was on skis for the first time at the age of 8. After not skiing for years, he made his re-entry during a winter sports holiday at the age of 16. Not as a skier, but as a snowboarder. After this vacation he was immediately impressed by the snow, kick, atmosphere and relaxation. During his sports training he received his Anwarter and NSL diploma, among other things. After completing the training, he gave snowboard lessons in various snow areas and stood behind the bar to make as many snow meters as possible. During his studies, he worked in a winter sports department, so he tried to keep abreast of the latest gear and gadgets. He is now working as a teacher on an MBO Sports and Exercise course. He comes into contact with all kinds of sports every day, but his passion remains snow sports. At the MBO Sports and Exercise, he is always busy with sports. Here he provides, among other things, the Fitness training. Because of his work in education, it is possible to go to the snow often. His winter sport is all about: lots of snow, enjoyment, apres-ski and lots of fun. In his spare time he likes to exercise and makes his own beanies.

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Jaco

From an early age Jaco has had a passion for the weather and especially for extreme weather. Even as a little boy, when it was snowing he could not be kept inside. Until last year, his winter sports experience consisted only of walking in the snow and cross-country skiing in the Ardennes. In 2017 the opportunity presented itself with Weeronline and Zoover on a ski trip to Kirchberg. Here Jaco received his first ski lessons and became infected with the “winter sports virus”. This winter sports experience tastes like more. Jaco started as a meteorologist in 2010 at Weeronline. Since 2015 he has been responsible for PR and spokesmanship at Weeronline and he also manages the team of meteorologists. From February 2018, together with the team of meteorologists, he provides news reports about the weather in the Alps for Snowplanners. Jaco van Wezel – Meteorologist and spokesperson from Weeronline    Bekijk hier meer wintersportweer: Weeronline

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Caroline

This versatile ski star moves in different disciplines within the winter sport. Rarely can she be found on the slopes, but all the more in the park and outside. In addition, she has specialized over the years in the structures of adapted winter sports. After her first training in Sport Management & Entrepreneurship, Caroline went on an adventure and spent three seasons in a row (Canada, Austria and New Zealand) literally tasting the snow. It tasted like more! During her second study, she went looking for winter sports in the Netherlands and she started freestyling. She spent many hours in the park of the indoor halls and trained with the freestyle team Steasy and participated in various competitions. After completing her second Masters in Sport Policy and Organization, she found work in winter sports. At the NSkiV she has put the structure for the adapted winter sports on the map and thus offered the possibility that everyone with a disability, just like everyone else, can enjoy winter sports. This structure has paid off and many people with physical disabilities have started practicing winter sports, some of which are now even professional. Organizing and initiating international projects and races, including World Cups, is no stranger to her either. During her employment, she has put many initiatives for adapted winter sports on the market together with other countries and the IPC. Nowadays she enjoys freeriding to the fullest. She was able to do this fully in Japan and in the surroundings of Kaprun. Whether it is a trip with many altimeters, sleeping in a mountain hut or putting a boat pack, challenging yourself while skiing and discovering beautiful places in the remote nature is for her the most beautiful thing there is.In 2017 she started her own organization, called: UP Adaptive Sports. UP stands for Unlimited Possibilities and offers a wide range of adaptive skiing or snowboard activities for people who are physically or mentally disabled. She does that in the area of Kaprun, Austria. For more information look at www.upadaptivesports.com Experiencing winter sports is very high on her priority list and therefore she follows the advice given: “just enjoy!”

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Robin

My name is Robin Kaptein, 21 years old and from Lochem Gelderland. Now I must say that I can no longer be found here so often. From an early age I have always been with my parents to the mountain countries, skiing holidays and walking holidays were always the annual outing. Because of this I was inspired at a young age by the mountains and nature, especially for the sporting possibilities in the alpine countries. After high school I went to study at the CIOS Arnhem. Here I got my trainer-coach diploma with the outflow stream Outdoor sports. During these years I set my sights on becoming an international mountain guide within the IVBV training in Austria. This is my absolute dream! For this I gradually started following training within the Austrian ski teacher system. With this I taught four seasons in Austria in Sankt Johann in Tirol, I have also worked in Coronet Peak, Queentown New Zealand for one season. I am also connected to the current ski Anwarter course at CIOS Arnhem, where we train current students for the ski instructor exam in Austria. In the meantime I have obtained my Landes diploma in snow sport in Tyrol, next January I will start my state course in snow sport Austria. This is the highest attainable ski teacher certificate in Austria. This made me eligible for the Dutch Interski Team, which will represent the Netherlands this winter at the four-yearly international ski teacher meeting in Bulgaria. After my Staatliche training I hope to be able to start my dream: the Austrian IVBV Training. My little boy’s dream has gradually become reality. And I spend all my free time on mountain adventures and of course with my passion for snow and snow sports. Robin Kaptein Instagram: robin Kaptein

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Merijn

Merijn has been working as a sports instructor since 2000, but postponed winter sports for as long as possible the first time. He knew that after the first time he wanted nothing else and there probably wouldn’t be any money left for a summer vacation. At the age of 23, it was really going to happen and was immediately sold. At the time working as a full time skating and inline skating and outdoor instructor. From 2009, winter sports holidays were no longer enough and he left for New Zealand for his first full season. He obtained his first snowboard instructor degrees that season. Many more would follow in the snow, the counter now stands at 15. In addition to snowboarding, he also obtained his degrees for skiing and back country. Since he makes it a habit to turn his hobbies into his work, he has also become a kite surfing instructor. In all seasons people worked full time as ski and snowboard instructor / guide. If there is no snow to play in, he is standing behind the stove in a number of renowned restaurants in Amsterdam. After New Zealand and Canada, the last 6 years were in Japan. Here the love for culture, food and snow (lots of snow!) Came together. For the time being he is not going to leave it either. Together with his wife Annemiek, they have bought a lodge and set up their own snowsports school. The Japan Snowsports company wants to distinguish itself through a customized product. In addition, they look for the best snow and terrain for their customers. www.jpsnowsports.com

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Annemiek

Annemiek was on skis for the first time at the age of four. Her flashy skiing career began by participating in the “gästerennen” in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis at the end of the ski class. Winter sports soon became her favorite holiday, preferably several times a year! After her study Educational Science & Technology, she went after the winter. Summer in the Netherlands? Surely there must be snow somewhere else in the world? And yes, she continued her career in New Zealand and followed a ski instructor training, after which she would stick to a winter in Canada. After having been in the office for 3 years in the Netherlands, she wanted to go to the snow for a little longer than 1 week a year in paid vacation days. It became a Japan season. And then really back to the office! But not for long …. The Japow liked it so much that she will spend her fifth winter in Japan next season. She is now also a snowboard teacher and has followed the necessary back country courses. Together with her husband Merijn, they have since bought a lodge and set up their own snowsports school. They both fell in love with the snow, the culture and the possibilities that Japan has to offer. With their company Japan Snowsports, the couple offers its customers a great Japan experience both in powder and beyond. Oh yes, and on the side she does some extra work as a freelance e-learning specialist. By organizing her life in this way she knows how to combine her passions for learning and snow in the ultimate way. www.jpsnowsports.com

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Brian

Brian is the founder of www.skitechniek.nl. Through this platform, he wants to bring the intricacies of high performance skiing to anyone who wants to hear it taught. The perfect bend, that is what Brian strives for. He himself skims to make each turn slightly better than the previous one. Preferably between the posts, giant slalom or slalom. It will therefore not surprise you that Brian used to ski races. He started skiing when he was 2 years old and at the age of 7 he started skiing competitions, first at the Wolfskamer and then at Ski-Pro. After years of being in the top 3 of Dutch youth, he regrettably stopped this wonderful hobby. Brian has been teaching ski lessons for years, last season he was as ski instructor at 1. Skischule Kühtai, and he also trained the local competition team. If Brian is not in the white gold, he likes to read scientific articles about skiing. In short, Brian is a real skiing technique nerd.

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Kay

Who is that behind the camera with all those travel photos !? Well, that’s me: Kay and I love to put myself in places where people rarely go. Filming a northern light timelapse with -26c or waking up at 4 am to climb a peak to catch the sunrise. With my photos I like to let people feel how I felt at the time! If you want to see more of me, then also take a look at my page; www.kayjansen.com

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Geertje

Under the guise of “if she can walk, she can ski,” Geertje was put on a pair of plastic skietjes at the age of 1.5, and a year later it was time for the first pair of real skis. With two pairs of socks on because there were no ski boots in her size, she made her first ski meters. After the first time with the gondola up, little Geertje came downstairs, howling because she wanted to go again and was not allowed. It is clear that that love of skiing has never disappeared. In the meantime, Geertje has won 24 national titles in alpine skiing. In different age categories and disciplines, and on all surfaces. In addition, she has also performed well in international competitions, such as a 14th place at the Universiade, 3rd at the German junior championships and a 22nd place in the European Cup. After 9 years of top sport and various injuries, it was time to put an end to the top sport career and she started working as a coordinator at Snowsports Academy Racing. After 3 years in that position, she started working as a self-employed person. Geertje is currently training ski skiers at Ski Racing Heemskerk, has her own G-Force team and partly runs a team for juniors and senior racers from the Netherlands and Belgium. In addition, she also likes to work with fanatic and advanced adults. And finally, in the little bit of time that remains, as an EQfit coach, she helps people with their personal development. By the way, don’t underestimate Geertje as a “slalom girl”. She also likes to go down in the field and put Berber on fire in the Dutch freeride competitions. Ski courses: Landes 1, Alpinkurs, D-Trainer and Trainergrundkurs.

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Vincent

Vincent stepped on a snowboard twenty years ago. From then on snowboarding is his passion that he would like to share with others. As a teacher of economics in secondary education, he organized ski and snowboard trips to Austria for many years. He also followed various courses and courses in Austria in order to teach. During his vacations, he was a snowboard teacher in Anzère in Switzerland for 8 years. In 2017 he went to Iceland for the first time and was sold by this magical country with unparalleled winter sport possibilities. Over the past two seasons, he has worked as a snowboard teacher for the Hlidarfjall ski area in Akureyri. In his spare time he has discovered the freeride possibilities of Northern Iceland on his splitboard. In the meantime, he worked as a teacher at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences at the community sport marketing and management. In the summer Vincent works as a guide in both the north and south of Iceland. He now knows everything about this country. Especially in the field of winter sports. This winter his company VT Adventures (www.vtadventures.nl) will organize trips in Northern Iceland. These trips are suitable for all winter sports enthusiasts who would like to experience a new winter sports adventure. Even if you are looking for freeride, splitboard or touring ski adventures in Iceland then you should go to VT Adventures. https://www.icelandsnowsports.com/

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Monique

Raised in the Limburg mountains, with a huge love for the Austrian mountains. From childhood on, every year on wintersport trips. It is therefore really in her DNA. Started as a skier at the age of five but eventually switched to snowboarding. She is only happy making long tours, with a bit of responsible off-piste here and there. She seizes every opportunity to stand on her board. Always in for a party, trying to turn every day into a festival and is a terrible animal lover. Monique currently also works as a graphic designer. Passion for image and video, therefore, always makes an after movie of every winter sports holiday. She loves to capture memories on image.

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Stephan

Born in Munich 1975 my Dad put me on skis at the age of 3. Growing up on the Eastcoast i skied Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Billy Berry, my Neighbor, a Stock car racer had two yellow Ski Doo Snowmobiles, he got me hooked on everything with an engine. At the age of 8 i had my life goals all figured out. A professional Ski-and Snowmobile Instructor! Ahhh nope- thats not how someone else had it planned for me:-) So i took some detours- Hotel Management and Culinary School, managing a Boutique Hotels Restaurant in Boston, managing a Night Club in Lake Tahoe, Barcelona, London, LA where amongst some of my ”layovers” to my Life Goal. I have seen a lot of our World but when Thomas from Tobe Outerwear invited me to test his Gear in his stomping grounds i found the place i wanted to finally settle down for good. Last year i bought a House in Sweden from 1890, in Jormvattnet – population 80. Done with Big City Life:-) I’ve become a Snowplanner as thats what my life is about! Winter is my Summer!

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Mauro

Mauro is passionate of sports in the mountain, including skiing, ice climbing and rock climbing. With more than 30 years of experience in the mountains, this passion turned into a profession, becoming an alpine guide. He has a deep knowledge of the Alps, especially of the Aosta Valley, organizing excursions on the Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, … Every year he does free ride travels in Hokkaido, Canada and Norvey   lhttps://www.mauropiccione-guidaalpina.it/ info@mauropiccione-guidaalpina.it  

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Floris

Floris is a fanatic snowboarder and would prefer to hit the mountain all year round on his board. As the son of founder Alex, he is “obliged” to go on a winter sports holiday with his father. He can be found regularly in SnowWorld to improve his technique and skills. The ski area that he finds absolutely fantastic is Saalbach-Hinterglemm. There are of course many ski resorts on his bucket list, but that will be all right. As a “crown prince”, Floris is involved with Snowplanners to learn the tricks of the trade and to participate in the company at a young age. Because tell yourself … you can’t start early enough with that.  He thinks it’s great to be able to work with people who are just as stoked as himself when it comes to snow, mountains and speed.

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Amanda

Amanda Romijn is 30 years old and lives in Zoetermeer. In daily life she works as a Physiotherapist in The Hague. She also works with multiple handicapped people and gives tennis lessons. Tennis has always been her sport from an early age. As a child, Amanda and her family also went on winter sports, but at that time she was still rather uncomfortable. Every time she went to class she took her ski’s off to make snowmen! Amanda liked that much better then 🙂 That Amanda is sporty is evident from the fact that she has done sport and exercise as a pre-education. During this training Amanda naturally also got snow sports and then she loved it! Nowadays she goes to the snow every year and she can’t live without it anymore! She has tried skiing a number of times, but apparently Amanda is not a hero in that. No snowboarding, that is where her passion lies and that is a lot easier for her and she thinks it’s great to do! Amanda also owns her own travel website https://justmytravel.nl I really enjoy winter sports because you are so active in the snow all day and afterwards you can look back tired and satisfied on a great day. The feeling of pushing your limits on a snowboard is really great! When you go down the mountain on your snowboard, you just forget everything, but then everything! You can empty your head and relax and enjoy nature and sports.

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Andy

I was born on 08-20-1986 inTamsweg, Austria, grew up in Innerkrems, a ski resort on the Salzburg / Carinthian border. I’m snowboarding since I was ten years old. I first started boarding this has been a big part of my life. It is the passion that literally forces me to take bigger challenge to develop myself. Untouched powder fields, steep descents and high cliffs have become for some years the focus of my fascination ! Since ten years I am in the Swatch Freeride World Qualifier, as a snowboarder. At that time i had a 45% Podium from around 30 FWQ around the world i’m 14 times on the podium and abel to win 8 of them. Highlights: Austrian Freerid Master 2016 FWQ overall Worldranking 4th 2016 1st Hakuba (Japan ) 1st Verbier Freerideweek (Ch) 2nd Kitzsteinhorn Xoverride (Aut) 3rd Cortina Punta nera (Italy) 1st Hochkönig (Aut) 1st Glossglockner 2nd Jasna Adrenalin 1st Montafon

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Sebastien

I am originally from Toulon in the south of France. Before I dedicate my time fully to my passion for off piste skiing, ski touring, ice climbing and mountaineering, I have completed a degree in Alpine Geography. My thirst for adventure took me from countries such as Turkey, Peru, to the high mountains of Pakistan and to Norway for some ski and sailing trips Since 2000, I work as a Mountain Guide in Chamonix, La Clusaz and all over the world. I am based near La Clusaz. It\\\\\\\’s a beautifull ski resort for quiet Off Piste Ski and Ski Touring runs, with great snow conditions. I know by heart all the Chamonix greatest of pistes as well. I enjoy guiding, but my favourite part is to teach my clients in order to become better in all the activities www.mountain-guide-adventure.com/ Facebook : https://m.facebook.com/Mountain.Guide.Adventure.Chamonix Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/mga_chamonix/ YouTube : https://m.youtube.com/user/MountainGuiding  

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Simon

I m 43 years old, I m a collage teacher in Nürnerbger and a professional ski instructor. I m a father of three children (7/6/3). In the summer I used to play tennis intensively but since almost nine years cycling and triathlon are my main activities. This summer was quite good, we won the relay at the Challenge Roth, the biggest triathlon event of the word. This was a surprising result, but the hole day and especially the medalceremony in the stadium was unfrogettable. In the winter, when I go on my own (or with friends) I prefer offpiste skiing. Since four years I m also in the teachers team of the University of Bayreuth. We teach sportstudends – if they pass with a very good degree, they get a skiinstruters degree as well. I organize serveral trips to the alps. My home resort is Bad Hofgastein, were I used to work as a ski instructor for 10 years.

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Annika

As a 9 year old girl I got to experience skiing for the first time. However my first attempt wasn’t on a snowy slope it was on the dry ski slope ‘de wolfskamer’. No crunching white powder underneath me but balancing my way down on with dishwashing liquid dripping planks… it wasn’t necessarily love at first sight. A dry ski slope is quite hard to master and can be a real pain in the ass. But once you’ve got the hang of it you’ve made a pretty good start. During our families’ first winter sport vacation all dry slope trauma evaporated and I instantly developed a deep admiration for skiing. That deep felt love was the reason I traveled to Austria at the age of 19 to follow the Anwärter study that even further catapulted the passion. Two seasons followed and many vacations were spend as a ski instructor in the snow. Up in the mountains is where I belong. The speed… adrenaline… freedom… it still gives me that ultimate feeling of being alive. In a white wonderland setting as enchanting like what you read in a fairy tale. I couldn’t ask for more. After my study within the social sector I started my career in a rather different one; the media. A fast paced and dynamic world. I discovered that I wasn’t an all-rounder exclusively to the slopes but as well at work. Thanks to my creative and innovative views and ideas on certain topics I got quickly promoted to manager of big projects. Though being on top of my game I saw in 2015 my own snow melting before my very eyes. I felt stuck in this 9 to 9 mentality that left me with an empty feeling far from freedom. After some time off I decided to only partake in things that make me truly happy which is skiing and working with children combined with as much creativity possible. So I’ve made a 180 turn career switch. Besides anything skiing I’m currently setting up my own Children’s therapy practice Tante Anni where I provide therapy based on problem solving that can be found naturally within nature. The idea sprouted from the long cherished wish that every child  should be able to learn how to deal with its problems in a natural fashion and together with a therapist they’ll be transformed into adventures in the outdoors. I see myself as a woman who is a true all-rounder in ski boots and high heels who aims to continuously warrant the feeling of joy and happiness for herself and others. Life is one big adventure.

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Peter

From the first moment that Peter saw snowflakes flutter down, he was enchanted by the winter. After years of nagging at his parents, they finally took him on winter sports at the age of 10. When skiing went smoothly, snowboarding became the next goal. From the age of 16 he went out with friends. First the French student destinations Les Deux Alpes, St. Sorlin and Val Thorens. Then Andorra, Zillertal and Brixental. When his study of Economic Geography entered the final phase, Peter started thinking about a snow-rich sequel. He was allowed to write to the state of Washington in the United States to write his thesis. To be able to stand in the snow himself, he chose climate change and its influence on ski areas as the subject. From the University of Seattle, Peter often moved into the Cascade Range and Olympic Mountains. To conduct interviews in ski resorts but of course also to make the necessary descents. After his diploma he could finally do a season in the snow. He spent a winter in Königsleiten and then in Scandinavia. For Snowboarder MAG, Peter made a tour in a converted van. He wrote articles about unknown ski resorts in Scandinavia, the Baltic States, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. This was not only about snowboarding but also about the difference in culture and winter sports experience. In Kyrgyzstan, Peter sold his converted van. The Kyrgyz buyer (Maksat) became his best friend. Maksat rented skis from a sea container of 20 years old. He wanted to use the purchased van to bring skis from the city to the ski area (15 km away). Exporting the Dutch van took the necessary time. In the meantime, Peter spent a lot of time with Maksat’s family and friends. He got to know the ins and outs of Kyrgyz life. When he returned to the Netherlands, he wanted to support the local skiers. Peter took a job at Bizztravel in Groningen. As a buyer for winter sports, he spent enough time in the snow. He also met many entrepreneurs from the winter sports industry. In this way, Peter collected material for Maksat in Kyrgyzstan. Skis, snowboards, clothing, sledges and avalanche equipment. He sent this to Central Asia to breathe new life into the local ski rental. Moreover, he regularly went there to freeride. When he started supporting several ski projects, he founded a foundation with friends. This Ryce Travel Foundation helped with the construction of a yurt camp, donated clothing, gave ski lessons and started a football school (because they happened to receive a container with second-hand football clothing). The foundation also tried to bring Central Asia to the attention of Western travelers. When you got there on the slopes you would hear no language other than Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Uzbek or Russian. When Bizztravel was sold in 2015, Peter decided to offer trips himself. These journeys naturally began in Kyrgyzstan. It had to be a trip where the local economy was supported and where travelers would see something of the country in addition to winter sports. It had to be a winter sport that you will never forget. The ski areas are quite limited so Peter was committed to creating a total experience. He convinced local owners to run a yurt camp in the winter and he ensured that the horses came from the stable in the winter. Eventually it became a trip with skiing in a ski area, droppings with a Pistenbully, sleeping in yurts, swimming in hot springs, singing during karaoke, horse riding with downhill, hiking among red rocks, strolling in the capital Bishkek and dancing in a pajama in a spa complex. Everywhere you are taken care of by local people, you sleep in local guesthouses and you eat local meals. And if you are white, you can leave winter sports items for local projects. These journeys have been expanded enormously in recent years with destinations along the former silk route. Ryce Travel now offers trips to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Turkey and Lebanon. In addition, the foundation has started building so-called Travel HUBs. In the town of Karakol (Kyrgyzstan) a meeting center for tourists and locals was opened last summer. In the HUB is a ski rental, an outdoor shop, a coffee shop, a pub, a roof terrace and an information center. The same concept will be realized in Peja (Kosovo) and in Tbilisi (Georgia) in the coming years. Peter nowadays spends most of his winters in countries along the Silk Road. This year he even organizes the first Silkroad Freeride Tour where local freeriders can participate in a four-day event in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan. They are trained by pro-riders from Europe and the US. The goal is to prepare local freeriders for the World Freeride Tour.

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Marco

Marco is our Snowplanner in Norway and was born in the Lake District of Italy on February 4, 1967. Married. Master in Business Administration at Bocconi University. Self employed. Italian passport. Operating with the company Sailingtheweb Ltd, UK. As a Snowplanner Marco organize cool Ski and Sailing trips in Norway. Land-based career and activities Financial manager from 1990 to 1999 Yacht broker since 2000 at Sailingtheweb Ltd. Technological start-up manager since 2016 at egoprivate.com Sailing History Italian bluewater licence in 1990, power and sail.  Several years dinghy sailing in Snipe Class. Purchased an old S&S Swan in 1998 and started 5 years of sailing between Atlantic and Pacific. Chartering for Ocean Voyages since 1999. Sailing expertise Specialized in high latitude sailing, always as vessel master; several seasons and around 20,000 miles sailed in Alaska, Patagonia, North and Baltic Seas, Brittany and Norway. Sailing in cold waters, icy conditions, strong currents and williwaws. Charter Charter captain since 1999, with hundreds of guests on private and charter monohulls and catamarans up to 60 ft. Sailing areas Patagonia, Brasil, Alaska, Norway, Sweden, Caribbean, Central America and Mediterranean (especially Italy, Corsica, Sardinia, Spain, Croatia and Greece). I have been also embarked, upon special request, as cook. A long list of references is available upon request.  

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Jannes

Since Jannes was 8 when he was allowed to ski in Pertisau, he had been sold to winter sports. Two years later he exchanged the skis for a snowboard and with that he can be found in the snow as often as possible. Even without snow, Jannes is happy in the mountains with his wife and children (1 and 3). Being busy in nature, sporting and socializing with all the people around you always makes everything a new highlight. In the end, nothing beats the feeling you get after a day of popping in the snow .. He started at a young age with “building a website”, and started supporting this with an HBO Digital communication that forged him as a front-end developer. Always looking for new developments working with new techniques has made him the broadly applicable developer that he is today. Jannes loves dynamism and freedom, which fits perfectly with the rapidly changing world of web development. Tomorrow brings change, seize that day! The combination of discipline and interest makes Snowplanners the perfect match for Jannes!

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Lisa

A lucky kid of loving parents being raised in Munich travelling was always part of my life and my parents took me on far away trips to Asia and Mexico when I was still a child. Having studied communication science I soon started working in Tv and media. On my personal travels I experienced the wish to not only enjoy my beloved action sports that I wouldn’t want to miss but also to be able to give back, and that not only financially by supporting the local businesses and tourist offerings. An avalanche accident where I was covered, gave me the push to finally start my own travel offerings where giving back should be an integral part from the beginning. I offer trips that combine action-sports with giving back to the local communities, like skitouring in Nepal and teaching the locals how to ski, so in the longterm they can guide  skitours on their own and build up a winter business. Besides Nepal, I skied in Kamtchatka and Gulmarg, India, as well as Norway and some other European countries. But my favourite will always stay an area in Austria, where my parents build a hut in the 60ies and I grew up with skiing every weekend and winter holidays. Here we are a community of people that grew up the same way and we started snowboarding together and go on skitours in the area.  Currently telemarking is my favourite snowsport.

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Arnaud

My dream was to turn my hobby into my career. I started to do instructor course at the age of 16 and I have been working as a ski & snowboard instructor ever since. I studied Sports Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Groningen. During my studies I worked as an event manager in water and winter sports. I have organized international kitesurfing events in the Netherlands and the Caribbean. In the summer months I work as a kite surfing instructor and tour guide. I fly all over the world to go kite surfing in beautiful places and to let people enjoy this beautiful sport. My favorite sports can also be combined and then it is called Snowkiting. we use the kite to go up instead of the lift and you can cruise through the mountains in no time. it may sound extreme but it is more accessible as you may think. For the last 2 years I have been organizing snow kite trips to Alp dhuez in France with KiteActive. I hope to meet you soon in the powder or on a beautiful white beach.

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Gavin

My love affair with Snow-Sports began when I was a kid, no idea how old. But less than 10 for sure. I remember sledging on a private ski club hill in the Peak District, Derbyshire. Seeing some skiers and a button lift, I knew I wanted this. Ski Sunday and the two Bell Brothers, Martin and Graham racing for GB later caught my imagination. My course was set. I first skied age 14. Pamporovo, Bulgaria, 1989. Day 1. I reasoned snowplough was unnecessary. I could basically speed skate on the ice rink. Surely, I could do parallels easy? I suggested this to my instructor, he disagreed. I refused to learn snowplough. On that basis we fell out. So, after lunch on day 1, for this reason, my instructor said follow his directions and snowplough with the class or ski on my own. On my own it was. I skied on the same hill next to my ski class, alone. I fell. Lots. End of Day 2, after falling & failing, then failing & falling, the parallels clicked. I never looked back. A speed demon was born. End of Day 3 I skied down “the Wall”. These days, I’m a 21year old kid trapped in a well-used (maybe abused) body, 44 years old. My sporting lifetime includes playing a little pro & semi pro cricket, being a licensed free fall skydiver, motorsports participant, martial artist (karate) and super keen skier (I qualified as an instructor with IASI in 2015) for 30 years. In 2019 I vowed to step away from corporate life to develop myself as a Life/Success Coach. My intention was for my life to be reformed around my skiing. I am slowly re-dedicating my life. Skiing is now my dominant sport & passion. Mountain life is in my soul. My love of sport at the heart of it all. My vision, through the medium of skiing, is to coach people in the art of the growth mindset. To help develop and leverage internal mental power to drive you onwards and upwards, to strengthen the body and mind and fulfil all your potential, create success for yourself and discover your joy, on or off the Mountain. January 20, 2020 brought a significant life event. My right ski came off carving round an S bend hard left. I was thrown into at least two trees. My injuries? 16 bone fractures, a lung haematoma, exploded knee. 2 operations, titanium leg plates, reconstructed knee.  Still a speed demon lives. Rehab will be long and hard. For season 2021 to be my comeback I will work harder than ever before. I will recover. I will be stronger. I will be a better skier and a better coach. I will succeed and leverage my experience to help people who want and need a little help to reach their dream. I will make this experience become a benefit for myself and others What is my experience for, if not for the use and benefit those who seek help and support to develop their life and realise their dreams? Combining innovative approaches to traditional ski teaching with other modes of learning and a proprietary model for success, psychological resilience and strength development, I will enable and support people to reach and achieve their own dreams, in skiing and in life. Because for Me, Skiing IS LIFE and every Human Being deserves to live unlimited. Come & Ski, let me delimit you.

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Jesper

Born in ’99, lawstudent with a lot of enthusiasm for winter sports. Did one season of ski and snowboard instructing in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in ’17-’18 and like to come back there once in a while. Besides that I’m a big fan of the Arlberg region and love to come back there every year.

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Joost

Not only started my wintersport history when I was four years old, it got a boost when I chose to study Applied Physics. What started with building my own ski’s as a physics project ended up in several homemade ski’s. Whenever I have free time I try to travel throughout the world and use these days to ski wherever it’s possible.

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Gera

When something is a passion, the motivation is there. When I first started skiing, on a plastic carpet, I knew this was just the start of living the dream of skiing as many days as possible a year. The first opportunity I had, after my high school, was to go and work as an “Anwärter instructor” for a season in Austria, in Neukirchen am Grossvenediger.  The years after, I came back several times to Neukirchen and explored many other great places to ski. Over the past years I had the opportunity to ski an incredible number of days with other passionate people. I obtained my full Austrian Landes Qualification and coincidentally became also an Anwärter snowboard instructor. Since I now live in Frankfurt, having the mountains closer by, I feel blessed to have the opportunity to ski very often, to train together with many different people, all having a one thing in common: a passion for snow.

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Alex

With a football and CIOS background, this die-hard winter sports fanatic stepped on a snowboard for the first time when he was in his early twenties. Clearly not inherited from home but what was he sold after that first descent. He then also decided to make this profession his profession someday. This took a while to come … Alex, now in his early 40s, has mainly worked in the media. He has worked for Yahoo, Endemol, Tenfold and Infostrada, among others. Later he made the switch to winter sports at Skihorizon and Nortlander, among others. In 2008, he founded SnowRepublic, an online winter sports community supported by sponsors such as; Atomic, Snowworld, Salomon and O’neill. After setting up and managing this for six years, he sold it. Yet after a few years it started to tickle again. He was then often asked by acquaintances / friends to help shape their winter sports, the idea Snowplanners was born! For Alex, snowplanners equals entrepreneurship, friendship, adventure, mountains, snow, sportiness and fun. What could be better than a shared passion, a fantastic group of people with the same DNA. The Snowplanners professionals provide the best tailor-made winter sports trips and also write about all adventures and winter sports news.

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Ricardo

My name is Ricardo Romijn, I am 26 years old and I am a graduate from Zoetermeer. In daily life I a Production Specialist at Oculenti and also a Producer / Sound Engineer. From childhood I have been a fanatic athlete. I played soccer and tennis on a nice level, but where does snowboarding come from? In the 2nd grade of high school I got the chance to go on a (winter sports) school trip to Malnitz. There I was taught snowboarding for a week and from that moment on the love for snowboarding started.

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Larissa

Larissa van der Laan is a Dutch/German scientist, artist, and snowboard instructor, who lives for the cold. Skiing and snowboarding during holidays weren’t enough, so it led to getting her teaching license and being fascinated by snow even more. Now, between doing glacier and climate change research at the University of Hannover and running her art business ANDA Design, she still finds as much time as possible to be in the mountains or in the north, exploring snow and ice in all its forms. Larissa is passionate about communicating and teaching, whether it’s about science, painting, or how to make your first backside turn. If you want to know more, find her on Instagram at @anda.designstore, e-mail her or visit her website andadesignstore.com “

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Patrick

I’m Patrick Bätz, 28 years old, and I was born and living in St. Anton am Arlberg! Close to the slopes. Started skiing as soon as I started walking^^ nearly before. I was racing until the age of 17… After Racing I did all the ski instructor and Trainer Education in Austria…Since there I’m Ski instructor, off-piste and Touring guide in my hometown… Since 2014 I’m an educator and examiner for the Highest Level in Austria for 6 years…Was a member of the Interski DEMO Team Austria in 2015 Argentina and  2019 Bulgaria and won 2 times the Demo European championship with Demo team St. Anton am Arlberg (Schwungdesigner) I’m also a professional photographer and videographer^^ it’s a nice combination with skiing and being outside in Nature! (do what you love and love what you do!!) I really like skiing on the slopes but what I love most is skiing off-piste!!! And there is never bad weather for skiing!! The best days are those with the heaviest snowfall!! Up and down up and down all day long!!! 😀 So, from November till May there are maybe only 5 days where I’m Not on skis! !!!!So skiing is not only a lifestyle, it’s Life!!!! https://www.skischule-arlberg.com  

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Jeroen

Jeroen (1997) is very passionate about the mountains in general. He often went to the mountains in summer as a young child and likes to go hiking and mountain biking. His first winter sports experience was at the age of 14, with a group tour organized by his secondary school. Later on, he joined more group tours and got a passion for skiing. Besides, he always wanted to understand everything behind the weather and climate. Therefore, he is studying master Climate Studies at Wageningen University. Next to his studies, he is a meteorologist for Weeronline. The weather has a large effect on the winter sports experience and is full of surprises. He will show you all about it in his articles.

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Danielle

I am Danielle and I am pleased to be one of the members of the Snowplanners community. I would like to tell you a bit more about my snow life. My first ski experience was when I was a two-year-old girl, not really love at first sight but my parents have tried to inspire year after year and it works out well. The love for mountains and to be outside has grown in that period. Years later, I fell in love with mountains and snow but wasn’t convinced by skiing. I switch to a board and became a teacher in snowboarding to inspire the new board generation. After one season in Zell am See I realized that I could learn way more about snowboarding and I choose to train more to get a higher education level. It was a heavy course, but I learned a lot. But skiing was still in my head, so I decide to improve my ski skills and participated in a teacher course. Addiction has started! In the last few years, I have spent all my vacation days in the mountains and did fantastic trips. One of my most special experience is a vacation in Livigno. We did some days ski touring in the backcountry, some lift access days, and one day with a helicopter. Ski touring is something particular, because every turn you have to earn. It is a double sport and nature is all yours. But also in the abounded ski area in Macedonia, it is beautiful to go around with a snowcat to make as many meters as possible. The freedom and peace in the mountains are indescribable, you just have to experience it! Go for it and please give me a message if you have experienced a new freeride Walhalla where I have to go to! Danielle

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Douglas

Douglas Stoup is the world\\\’s leading polar explorer and has skied to both North and South Poles more than anyone on the planet. Douglas has lead international climate change expeditions to both poles, including POLETRACK in which he pioneered locator beacons that track climate change for scientists. As founder and President of both Ice Axe Expeditions and the Ice Axe Foundation, he is an educator dedicated to sharing the profound beauty and fragility of our planet and continues to push the limits of human endurance leading disabled adventurers in the polar environments while raising monies and awareness for charities. Ice Axe Expeditions is one of the world\\\’s premiere ski touring companies taking skiers and snowboarders to some of the most remote places on the earth! Such as pioneering skiing in Antarctica, Svalbard as well as Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Kashmir, Chile, New Zealand, Russia and Peru. Douglas is a Protect Our Winters Ambassador, Plastic Pollution Coalition Ambassador, Global Green Ambassador, Expedition Leader, Environmentalist, Humanitarian, Father and Husband! You can learn more at www.iceaxe.tv

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Alia

I was born in South Tyrol – and as it happened to many of you: I started skiing when I was 3 and loved it ever since 🙂 I’ve done ski alpine racing (up to Europe Cup) until I went to college in Milan & London, where I studied Business Management. After an experience in consulting and then marketing for brands like Fischer and Spyder, I’ve decided to do my own thing: I combined my love for traveling (and of course I’m in abstinence right now!!) with my experience in marketing as well as almost 15 years of ski instructing in the heart of the DOLOMITES and opened my own travel agency, Dream Beyond, specialized in luxury and tailor-made itineraries and experiences in South Tyrol (and expanding).

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Eric

I was a racer for many years. 38 times Belgian Champion in all disciplines (slalom, GS, super G, downhill and combined), 3 times Benelux champion. I participated in 5 world championships, 3 times pre selected for the Olympic Games Team winner of the WeiBe ring with more than 3000 participants.. Dedicated ski coach with over 30 years of experience in coaching, planning and implementing annual race programs for elite and developing FIS athletes, bringing valued expertise to inspire a culture of excellence. National coach WC, EC, U14, U16, U18 an U21 As a coach I went to the the Olympic Games Vancouver mens team. Many world championships (also junior) and EYOF. To be a strong coach on high level you need the basics. So I’am still club trainer on the indoor slope from Snowvalley.. When I see the fun that kids make in training, gives me the energy to push myself to the limit.. These basics I still use for the FIS racers. I’m also a firefighter at the Antwerp Fire Departement. I work in a little station just outside the center of Antwerp. My team are all very sportive and motivated firefighters.

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Lisa Guldenaar

Like most Snowplanners, I was put on ski’s at a very early age. Though it wasn’t until a couple years ago that I truly found my passion for mountains and snowsports. After studying Branding and Communication in London, the mountains brought me some much needed peace and quiet. With a background in professional dancing, I quickly became hooked to the ski sport. I spend two seasons ski instructing in Kaprun/Zell am See and one in Obergurgl. One of my favorite things about instructing is working with kids, and giving them the skills and confidence to enjoy the snow as much as I do. Currently I am trying to find the best way to combine my love for travelling and skiing with my passion for social media, branding and photography. Under the name LisaLieke, I enjoy collaborating with brands like Dopesnow, Blueprint Eyewear and many more to express my creativity.

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Sophie

I’ve only got one true love… Skiing! The fact that I may join this team is a great honor. My first ski experience was when I went to a ski camp with my secondary school. I was 14 when I stumbled down the first slope. I immediately got addicted and was the first one to go up, the last one to go back to the hostel. With school, and later on with friends, I’ve been to different areas in Austria and France. I’m educated as a teacher in Physical Education. I studied at the ALO in Tilburg, the Netherlands. I always had a dream… To go to a skiing area and ski for the winter season! I took the Anwarter course at the SBSSV in Austria and got a job as a ski instructor in Flachau. Due to health issues, I couldn’t ski for a few years, but now I’m up and running again and looking forward to discovering some new areas, meet new likeminded people, and test gear!

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Marc

Passionate about skiing passionate about sports. Starting with soccer when I was 2 years old on the Italian beach. Regardless if this was soccer later tennis, hockey, squash, ski and lately swimming the 11 city run for cancer research, I am enthusiastic and always focussed on sportsmanship and team spirit. Most of all I love to ski and share my expertise & experience to improve others in their talent. Making our mutual enthusiasm bigger and smile together. Regardless if this is a beginner slope, black run, buckle piste or off piste. We win or we learn and the sun always shines. I always wanted to focus on one sport completely and although late in my sporting career (21) I choose to be a full time ski professional and international instructor in the beginning of the nineties. I stepped into the Austrian life / Salzburgerland speeding through ski educations and alpine courses. I worked together with Merijn Vunderink the first year in Zell am See and travelled through Europe meeting up with people from all over the world. In France I meat another ski buddy of mine Ron Cooper. I did my landes 1 and 2 ski education together with my ski buddy Timo Hermeler. And the list goes on. And although my focus wasn’t the Dutch learning programm, I participated here and also instructed skiing on the indoor carpet as a preparation of winter time in Austria, France and Italy. I fully experienced the mountain life, living the mountains, the weather and nature. Regardless if it where beginners or very advanced skiers it was fun to improve the quality of ski and quality of the experience. Altogether I was a full time ski pro for 5 years with the ambition to participate in the euro syngro tour with another ski buddy of mine or work for a ski brand. Every move I made was focussed on skiing, regardless if I was riding a bike or taking the stairs. After 5 years, a number of leg and back injuries forced me to make a smart decision and take a step back. I focussed on the other professional life I studied for and my girlfriend made that choice easy. During my corporate experience I meat Michael Bier a VP of a start-up dot com company, a former Canadian Ski team member, with whom I built a great friendship and had extreme skiing experiences in the French and Austrian alps. Always looking for off piste possibilities. We always talked about sharing an ultimate high end ski experience in a business model, just to be able to ski 3 to 6 weeks per year. Although this is still a bucket thing we enjoyed skiing together. I never lost his interest in skiing and instructing and sharing the ultimate ski experience with others.. Skiing remains my favourite sport and I don’t miss a winter with my family & friends. My daughter of 11 on skies and my wife on the snow board. Once a ski instructor always a ski instructor always sharing tips and momentum in the snow with friends or relatives. The first lift up is the best cup coffee to wake up with and there are other beautiful moments. A moment on top of the mountain the on your feet, breath in breath out, and share that moment with others and than powder for me. This momentum is something I use in normal life. I meat Alex Timmer in the early 2000’s @ Regus. Based on my passion and connection with Alex Timmer, I helped Snowplanners from the Board of Experience over the past years and use my working experience with some coaching hoping to inspire Alex a bit. I am a creative innovator with commercial, sales and marketing back ground in the market of conceptual real estate and FM, ICT and media, and help organizations for future preparation and chances to convert. My life motto as long as I can ski and share that experience life is good. Cheers Marc

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Vladislav

Dear skilovers, I was bornin January the 13 in 1982. in Serbia, South-eastern Europe, and started with skiing when I was 3 years old. Racing career began when I was 6 years old and it last till my 14 in the first phase. I won many national races and medals. In 2002. I become a member of a national ski patrol/mountain rescue squad. Two years later I become a ski instructor with licence, and been working still. In 2005. Serbian RED BULL corporation offered me to go in Slovenia, Kanin, as country representative and to took part in international freeride race, which I did, cause I am a huge offpiste lover. It was a great experience for me. In 2011. I started with ski camps for kids from 7 to 15 years old, and have from 200 to 300 kids during season. That camps become something very recognizable in Serbia with much integrity. In 2015 and 2016. I worked as a ski coach of a local racing kids ski team. In 2010. I received a call from national sport military team and become a member. In the same year, a brought a bronze medal to my military team, and also in a top ten in a slalom race. The winner of the race was Giuliano Razzoli for Italian military team, and only a month before, he won a gold medal in Vancouver winter olypmic games. In 2017, I have opened a ski school in a Kopaonik ski resort, with about 50 ski instructors. Since 2005. I took a part in many ofroad actions and expeditions, heli skiing in Monte Negro etc. In a last three years I organize 3 days ski courses for advanced skiers with lecturing, video analisys. Last year, i had more than 50 participants; this year, I expect around 100. I am also a founder of a brand @skilikepro wich will provide the best quality online ski tutorial – 15 GOLDEN RULES OF SKIING with more than 15 world languages. We filmed it in Dolomity, with professional cameras, did a very good design, animations, and original music. The course will be published in the middle of october 2020. Longing to see reactions, and wish you all another great season!

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jack

Jack van Nunen, 53 years old and living in Salzburg-Stadt. Since 1998 full-time in the winter sports industry in various shops in NL. I have had various positions, such as sales, manager, purchasing, boat fitting, and events. Until 2002 I had an outdoor sports company with activities in Belgium, France, Italy, and Slovenia, specializing in Canyoning and Caving. Emigrated to Austria in 2018 and fulfilled a long-cherished dream there let go … your own Boot fit company. A Dutchman as a boot fitter in the heart of the Alps… exciting! I have followed a number of solid boot-fit courses at the American MasterFit University and of course many clinics and courses of all ski boot brands. I am active in the instruction group of the SnowSafetyCenter that provides avalanche training caters for skiers, snowboarders, tour skiers, splitboarders, snowshoe hikers. All this in Dutch and with Dutch-speaking mountain and ski/snowboard guides. Super fun and above all educational days where we familiarize people with responsibility being busy in the undisturbed terrain. Stay safe and stay boot-fitted.

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Suus

My name is Susan and I’m 20 years old. At the age of 3 I learned how to ski. I’ve always had the best ski instructors and loved every second of it. As I grew older, I knew one thing for sure: there is going to be a moment where I will be the one in the red suit teaching children how to ski. And that’s exactly what happened! In the summer of 2019, I got my Anwärter and in the first months of 2020 I was living the ski instructor dream in Fiss, Austria. In those few months my love for the mountains has only grown, even though I thought that that was impossible! Currently, I’m living in Vlaardingen (South-Holland). Every year I go on a skiing trip with my family to Fiss. I’ve been there for over 19 times, so it definitely feels like my second home. And even after 19 years, Fiss never bores me. It’s still my favorite place to be! It’s safe to say that there are two things certain in life: the fact that where all going to die, and the fact that I belong in the mountains!

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