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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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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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Klaus

Klaus Mair (43) is an Austrian level 3 ski instructor (Staatlich gepruft) from Schruns (Montafon) with a master’s degree in physical education and mathematics. He studied at the university in Vienna. He started giving ski lessons from the age of 16 and for the last 17 years he worked as a full time ski instructor, ski race coach and snow sports school director in the United States (Mammoth), Austria (Schruns, Zürs) and New Zealand (Treble Cone) . He is the author of 2 ski instructional DVDs, of which more than 20000 have been sold and he is one of the pioneers in using online marketing channels to publish free ski instructional content. For the last 10 years he owns the Sofa Ski School, it is the only school in the world that offers ski instruction videos, training, planning and ski analysis online. He also gives private coaching and ski training camps in the snow. www.SofaSkiSchool.com

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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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Nena

Wintersport has always interested her, but unfortunately she didn’t grow up with it. About 8 years ago her first experience with skiing in Saalbach was Hinterglemm and was immediately sold! The feeling that you experience when you go down the mountain is so incredibly cool to her!  Exercising has always played a major role in her life, in the past she has taught spinning for years at a gym and to this day she still does a lot of sports every week. She loves to empty her mind and feel fit. Not so strange that she therefore did the Nutrition & Dietetics training and then continued with the post HBO Sports dietetics. She is therefore both a graduated dietitian and a sports dietitian. In the meantime she has been on winter sports much more often and has seen many areas in Switzerland and Austria. She really likes the combination of being outside and being sporty and can’t do that often enough for her! Fortunately, there are still many destinations that are planned!

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Katy

Katy, 39, is the only Snowplanner in the USA, based in Aspen Colorado. She started snowboarding in 1991 on the mountains of Bachelor, Willamette Pass and Hoodoo. It soon became her greatest passion! In 1998, Katy became a professional Snowboarder and moved to Tahoe in 1999. From 2000 to 2004 she spent her winters in Mammoth, brought her snowboarding to a higher level and became agile in the parks. Both boardercross and halfpipe suited her best. She had several sponsors and was at the Transworld. She eventually moved to Oregon to help Betty Rides. She was a member of the ladies freeride team for Mr Hood Meadows to help with the High Cascade Snowboard camp. At the age of 26 she broke her ankle and Katy understood that she had to take a job alongside her professional career. She started as a broadcast crew for the X Games, Burton US Open and Burton Canadian Open. She then moved to Jackson Hole where she worked on Brainfarm and Teton Gravity Research. She later heard of a great job as a department coordinator at Adidas Action Sports, where she later supported the Vice President for 4 years. She was so disappointed by working in an office, she missed the mountains too much and moved to Aspen to work as a snowboard instructor again. Katy still lives and works there and is on the mountain for at least 80 days a year. There is no better therapy than being on the mountain

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Nienke

This ski star has set up a blog (www.sheandski.com) together with her girlfriend Sedie where she likes to share their passion for skiing and everything that has to do with winter sports. SHE & SKI is run by Nienke van der Sluis and Sedie Smit. On the way to the European Freeride Film Festival they were chatting about the upcoming season. While skiing, they are often “one of the guys,” which gave them the idea of ​​creating a blog written by women. On their blog you can read everything about their experiences in the snow, destinations but also what they experience in the summer. They prefer to stay in the snow all winter long. Nienke even quit her job for this and started working as a freelancer in the marketing world so that she could allocate her own time to be able to ski more. Both have their Landes 1 and Alpinkurs diploma and want to go for their Landes 2 this year. Austria is where they are usually found. For example, they have taught in Flachau, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Ischgl, St. Anton and Lech over the past 10 seasons. Next winter they are mainly found in Arlberg and Vorarlberg. If you ask them what the favorite disciplines are in winter sports, you often get everything as an answer! But actually they are both mostly outside the slopes in their free hours. For these two girls, skiing is essentially about the feeling of “ultimate freedom”!

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Sedie

This ski star has set up a blog (www.sheandski.com) together with her girlfriend Nienke where she likes to share their passion for skiing and everything that has to do with winter sports. SHE & SKI is run by Nienke van der Sluis and Sedie Smit. On the way to the European Freeride Film Festival they were chatting about the upcoming season. While skiing, they are often “one of the guys,” which gave them the idea of ​​creating a blog written by women. On their blog you can read everything about their experiences in the snow, destinations but also what they experience in the summer. They prefer to stay in the snow all winter long. Nienke even quit her job for this and started working as a freelancer in the marketing world so that she could allocate her own time to be able to ski more. Both have their Landes 1 and Alpinkurs diploma and want to go for their Landes 2 this year. Austria is where they are usually found. For example, they have taught in Flachau, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Ischgl, St. Anton and Lech over the past 10 seasons. Next winter they are mainly found in Arlberg and Vorarlberg. If you ask them what the favorite disciplines are in winter sports, you often get everything as an answer! But actually they are both mostly outside the slopes in their free hours. For these two girls, skiing is essentially about the feeling of “ultimate freedom”!

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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. Now she enjoys freeriding to the fullest. Last season 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. Experiencing winter sports is very high on her priority list and she therefore 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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Rik

At the age of twelve, Rik learned to ski in La Fouly, a small village on the Swiss side of Mont Blanc. In the following years, holidays in Verbier and Lenzerheide followed. During his studies, the love for skiing developed even more when he was given the opportunity to work as a tour guide and ski instructor in the Zillertal during a winter season. It turned out to be three seasons in the snow; another season in the Zillertal and a year for Snowtime in the French Alps. During that time he also obtained the Anwärter diploma in Austria. A career as a business consultant (marketing) followed with several consultancy firms. That gave him the chance to ski across the lake in Vail and Mammoth Lakes. In 2009 he switched to the sport and from that time with Kirco Company to advise (sports) organizations on a wide range of topics. It is often about solving a strategic management problem, a market research, a marketing or sponsoring plan or setting up a curriculum. From 2012 he is involved with the Association of Disabled Winter Sportsmen (VGW). In Huizen (home base VGW), Zoetermeer and Landgraaf he gives ski lessons to standing skiers with a disability. He also tries to go with one of the five trips that the VGW organizes every year. Adapted skiing & snowboarding is a fantastic way for adults and children with disabilities to experience winter sports together with family. In the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 season, Rik guided seat skier Kees-Jan van der Klooster, the two-time participant in the paralympic winter games, in his two last active seasons as a top athlete. Rik is now also involved in KJ-Projects, which organizes the WheelChairSkills event, among other things. With a newly purchased set of touring skis, Rik hopes to be able to tour a bit more in the coming years. Not many people know that Rik has a huge collection of (international) ski & snowboard books (250+).

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Marieke

At almost 4 years old, Marieke was on skis for the first time, which was not love at first sight. But over time, that love has grown and it became more and more fun to ski. Winter sport with the family was more than just skiing, so they also went hiking and sledding or skating when the ice was thick enough on the pond in the village. Favorite destination was Ladis (Fiss-Serfaus), where they have been for several years in a row and an area that Marieke knew as a result. In the end it grew so much that it became more than just a fun holiday. During her studies, Marieke started teaching on a brush course at weekends and in the evening hours where she made more and more hours over the years and also gave lessons in the snow for a few winters, among others. in Serfaus and Fiss. The brush course is fun to be busy all winter with this fantastic sport but in the snow and mountains it is still the most fun. That is why Marieke does her best to go to the Alps several times in winter to stand in the snow and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery. That could be refining her technique for a few days or celebrating New Year’s Eve in the snow with friends or parents, going out with friends for a few days or taking trips outside the slopes. In recent years she has also become acquainted with tour skiing and that is certainly something she will do more often. It remains a beautiful winter playground in the Alps.

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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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Gijs

Gijs van Lieshout (1981) only became addicted to skiing at a later age. But he has more than made up for that. Although he is not a “professional” (he is not a ski instructor or otherwise works in the winter sports world), he can be found in the snow for 30 to 50 days every year. Of course for great skiing on and off the piste, but especially also for testing ski equipment. Ever since Gijs became involved in skiing in 2010, there has also been an interest in the various skis that come onto the market every year. This fascination initially came from a personal search for a suitable bar. He has since built up a considerable reputation as a “GiGi” as a ski connoisseur at the wintersport.nl forum. Since 2016 he has his own website gigiski.com about everything that has to do with ski equipment. Background articles, explanation of the techniques and construction methods in skis and a lot of ski reviews. Gijs is an independent consumer who takes a critical look at everything the ski brands have to offer. Nice products, but also a lot of bla bla. Gijs will mainly write about ski equipment. But also about testing skis, in the mountains and even on Dutch indoor courts.

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Casper

Hello I am Casper, I am 19 years old and I come from Zoetermeer and I have been snowboarding for about 7 years now. From an early age, I did freestyle snowboarding with friends. I have done many different kinds of competitions in this branch of sport and I have also won quite a lot, such as slopestyle, big air or my favorite kind of competition rail battles. To reach this level, I trained a lot with the Xtreme Team from Zoetermeer, which now belongs to the Freestyle Academy. In daily life I study at the Hogeschool in Rotterdam and I try to make as many trips abroad as possible. I hope I can inspire you and sometimes advise you to get the most out of snowboarding!

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Rachida

Rachida Aoulad (1993) has always been fascinated by extreme sports, pushing her body and pushing boundaries. When she was on a snowboard for the first time in 2006, she has never abandoned it since. Because of her skate past she made rapid progress within the freestyle discipline and in no time she was at the top of the Netherlands as a sponsored rider. Participated in many competitions and was able to see quite a bit of the world. Snowboarding for Rachida is something you do with your heart and soul and especially for the feeling of freedom and pleasure. You are a snowboarder in heart and soul, you breathe it and continuously yearn for a new challenge. After a fall in 2016, her career stood still for a while due to a severe knee injury. During that time she started to focus on coaching young talents in the snowboard scene, how they can best navigate in this harsh world, and share her own passion for this sport with them via Freestyle Academy NL / Xtreme Team NL . After 2.5 years she was recovered enough to be able to actively participate again, and to this day she is regularly on her shelf in different countries, whether for a competition, coaching kids, or just for fun, snowboarding is and will always be an important part of her life. Powered by: Dc Snowboarding Switchback Bindings Blue tomato Ashbury Eyewear Howl Supply

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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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Rene

Since 2004, René has exchanged his winters in the Alps, Australia and the Dutch indoor snow rinks for the wintry environment in the far north of Europe. With Scandinavian Wintersports, he offers an alternative to winter sports trips to established destinations. No skiing holidays! But winter (outdoor) sport in the broadest sense of the word. René has been working full time in the winter sports industry since 1994. Started as a snowboard teacher on the Kaprun glacier and traded in the summers for even more winter in Thredbo, Australia. From 1999 he returned to the Netherlands where SnowPlanet was opened a stone’s throw from his house. Here he was given the opportunity to design the ski school and ski rental according to his own insight. Since the establishment of ski / snowboard teacher training Snowsports Academy, he has been teaching snowboard training for years. After a winter holiday in Finnish Lapland, he was convinced that Scandinavia could be an interesting winter sports alternative. After the business start it went quickly. The destination is now known to a larger audience and Scandinavian Wintersports is one of the leading travel specialists for the far North. With its own base and a team of Dutch guides in the ski area of ​​Pyhä (Finnish Lapland), the trips are not only organized in the Netherlands but also carried out locally. Still with your feet in the snow! scandinavianwintersports.nl

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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.

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Team Spitze

Team Spitze consists of mother Rachel, daughter Estelle and son Calum. Rachel received her first ski lessons in Wasserfal in the Sauerland when she was 8 years old. What did she like best? Pointing points down and accelerating, preferably on unpaved slopes and rummaging through the woods. In NL she could be found weekly on a roller conveyor and later in the indoor halls. She traveled a lot around the world but her heart lies in the Austrian mountains. After a serious ski accident, she was forbidden to ski. Rebel as she can be, she did not accept it. She still does skiing because that is her great passion, but due to various injuries she has also discovered other activities: winter hiking, winter camping, snowshoeing, walking with a Pullka sleigh, ice climbing, she took zitski lessons and discovered her great contemporary passion : ski touring. “As long as it’s white and heading towards the -20 I’m happy” is a well-known saying from her. It is therefore not surprising that Calum and Estelle are 2 snow monsters. Estelle was on the skis for 2 years and with 3 years he was yelling with pleasure red slopes and forest paths. She also spent many hours on the roller belt and in the indoor hall. She now enjoys skiing in a racing team. But she does not shy away from a snowface challenge or snowshoe walk. Ski maintenance also has her extraordinary interest. Calum took it slower; he was more interested in his sled as a boy and watching for hours at the rescue helicopter landing place. At the age of 6 he received his 1st class in Schwarzenberg on the Bödele and after 2 hours of class he went up alone with the pancake lift. Hard, harder, hardest has become his motto. He is training seriously to show off well in his ski racing competitions and he has achieved good results last season. Calum dreams of skiing in the World Cup and one day at the start of The Streif. But he still finds it also great to go down the mountain or click on his Bent Chetlers to dive into the powder. Team Spitze loves discovering new things and experiencing adventures and would like to share that with you!

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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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Frans

A life should not be dreamed, but dreams must be lived. Frans, 27, was always fascinated by mountains and a life abroad as a child. However, his winter sports career took a while to come. As a child he came to the Harz for several years to taste winter sports, but 16 of real skiing did not end up at a school camp in France. There he discovered that this was the sport of his dreams. The wish to leave the Netherlands was turned into action at the age of 18, via an internship in Germany, followed by a dual study at a large German trading company. Living within easy reach of Winterberg, skis were closed every night in the craziest days. The trips to the Alps at the same time became more and more frequent, each time looking for a new ski area in which the infamous Alpin Forum became a fixed component. Inspired by special winter sports reports, the step to look around the Alps was quickly made. Ever thought about a winter sports holiday in Spain, Poland, Slovakia, Greece or even Georgia? No country can be crazy for Frans anymore. “Time and time again you are surprised by what Europe outside of the Alps has to offer in fantastic skiing, for the exotic destination no USA or Japan is needed.” In the meantime Frans has been living in Germany for 9 years and has fully integrated himself there, which is noticeable by him, without losing the positive Dutch qualities. As a consultant, he travels without interruption in the DACH region and combines work with skiing. For the Sauerland he has made winter video blogs for several years. As Snowplanner he will be responsible for Snowplanners Germany. “You can find fantastic people with winter sports DNA everywhere, and even a disproportionate amount in Germany.” In addition to the lively passion for winter sports, Frans is also a private pilot and therefore enjoys the best views of the mountains. Have breakfast at home, ski on the Nordkette in Innsbruck and dine in the evening in Venice? Or spontaneously spend a weekend skiing and shopping in Andorra? As long as the weather is good, it is all possible. * DACH = Germany, Austria, Switzerland

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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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Rik

Rik started snowboarding at the age of 14 and only started skiing at the age of 22. He has always had a passion for mountains and climbing. During his studies at Fontys Sporthogeschool in Eindhoven he goes to the Eindhoven Student Alpine Club (ESAC). Here he comes into contact with all disciplines of alpine sport. Among other things, alpine skiing, rock climbing, ice climbing and tour skiing. He likes all this so much that he decides to turn his profession into all these hobbies. After graduation, he decides to focus on the mountain guide training. You cannot just start this course. First you have to pass a strict admission test. To train for this, he is often on the road in the Alps in the years prior to the test. He also works as a ski instructor in Königsleiten to prepare for the skiing part of the test. In June of this year he manages to pass the test and now he is following the training in Austria to become a UIAGM ski and mountain guide. In addition to mountaineering, he is also interested in physical training. That is why he decided to set up AlpieneTraining.nl. With this he offers training advice and online coaching to Dutch mountain athletes. The Netherlands may have no mountains, but there are still plenty of ways to prepare for the mountains in the flat country. Alpinists, expedition climbers but also freeriders and tour skiers can turn to him.

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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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Olga

I grew up in Ukraine and moved to Moscow, Russia to study math at the age of 17. This was excellent experience, but not what I wanted to be. I have been doing sports since I was 3 and I was in a constant search of myself. It took me ~10 kinds of sports to finally find what I was born for: I am a freestyle snowboarder! I am a very dedicated sportsman, I train all year round, compete and learn new tricks all the time. After 3 years of training in Moscow I moved to better conditions – to the mountains near Sochi, where Olympics 2014 took place. This is the most amazing place in Russia to live in! In the season 19-20 I will add training in Europe and competing there, because the parks are different and I want to develop my skills in every way possible to show great style and creativity. Snowboarding is more than just a sport to me, it is my passion and a whole world of opportunities!   Olga

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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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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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jakob

My name is Jakob Skov I’m 34 years old and I’m a Danish skiinstructor living in Copenhagen. Im a national examiner in Denmark with the highest level of the skiinstructor education through the Danish Ski School (Den Danske Skiskole). I have been representing Denmark the last 3 times at Interski on the demoteam in St. Anton, Austria 2011, Ushuaia, Argentina 2015 and lately in Pamporovo, Bulgaria 2019 . I work as a teacher on “Copenhagen Ski Academy”, a sports college for youngsters between 15-17 years old based in Denmark. During the wintertime I’m skiing and teaching in Norway and Austria. I had a lot of ski seasons in the ESF (French Ski School) in Avoriaz, Le Deux Alps and Alpe D’Huez. Skiing is my life – I love being in the mountains and when a ski im right there in the moment, a state of flow, without thinking about anything else than feeling the pressure under my skis and ejecting them in to a new turn. Moguls, deep powder, groomers, BC, I like skiing all over the mountain. In my spare time I’m a passionate photographer, and just like skiing: it is learning by doing. Have a great winter Instagram: jakobskov85 YouTube:  https://youtu.be/AiL8d7uMuYU

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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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Annemijn

Annemijn (26) stood on the slats for the first time at the age of 13 during a holiday with a girlfriend. Two years later she also tried out snowboarding. After a day of falling, she was quickly done with it. A number of years without mountains followed. Around the age of 20 she decided to give snowboarding a chance again. In a few evenings she learned to tame an indoor slope on her board. Less than a year later she visited the Czech Republic and since then snowboarding has been her great passion. In the time that followed, curiosity about the “real” mountains grew. She could not get lucky when she met her friend Wilco and he also appeared to be snowboarding. They visited various ski areas (including La Clusaz, Zugspitz, Zillertal and Saalbach) and stayed in Austria for a month at the beginning of 2019. Annemijn has its own company in Zwolle that specializes in search engine optimization. In her spare time she enjoys climbing very much, but she doesn’t do that enough. Snowboarding is her big passion in the mountains, but she also enjoys hiking. In this way her love for mountains increases every time!

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Wilco

Wilco (27) has been a fan of sports with an Adrenaline element since childhood. From climbing to mountain biking, but now mainly snowboarding. When his parents took the whole family on winter sports in 2011 for their 25th anniversary, he was sold. Since then he has been on the slopes several times a year. His favorite area is the Zillertal where it really feels like coming home. The variety, the infrastructure and the wonderful radlers of the famous valley in Austria appeal to him enormously. As an online marketer at Hemmink he has less to do with snow, but fortunately with 40 vacation days a year there is enough room to head for the snow. The annual department outing to Winterberg is also a great start to the season. If you don’t find it in the snow, you will see it regularly on its longboard. In recent years, Wilco has regularly been alone in winter sports, but since 2 years you will find his girlfriend Annemijn by his side. Among other things, the passion for winter sports has connected them. Together they now live in a small but nice apartment in the recently completed Uptown in Zwolle. Thanks to the small living space there is enough money left for cool winter sports trips!

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Asterios

Asterios is an Adventure Travel Specialist, dedicated to organize adventures and experiences of a lifetime. Born and raised in Greece, he holds a BSc in International Business and speaks Greek, English and Spanish. His love for the outdoors began at the age of 12 with skiing; then he became an adventurer, exploring the outdoors by ski touring, cycling, mountaineering, climbing, kite surfing and parachuting among other activities.He has been touring skiing in the majority of Greek Mountains, in the Alps, he has accomplished a solo bike trip from Spain to Greece riding southern Europe, climbed various traditional routes in Dolomites, Julian Alps & Greece, kite surfing in Dominican Republic, surfing in Spain and the list goes on. He is now a certified ski instructor by the Bulgarian Ski School, has attended freeride seminars in Austria, and holds the intermediate mountaineering ski and climbing certifications by the GFMC. His passion is to share his enthusiasm for adventure traveling and create unforgettable moments for the guests of Way Out Adventures in Greece!www.wayoutadventures.gr

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Yannis

Yannis Kotileas is a professor of Physical Education and Sport Science graduated from the University of Athens, specializing in skiing and water skiing. He  is also a graduate of the TRU (University  of British Columbia, Canada) specializing in  the organization and management of adventure tourism and holder of an  Adventure Management Diploma. Furthermore, he  is scuba diving instructor in IANTD as well as surfing instructor in ISA.He is a member of the National Association of  Skiing Teachers – Coaches as well as a member of the International Ski Instructor Association (ISIA). While studying in Canada, he aquired  several certifications from Canadian federations such as: Avalanche Safety for Ski Operations  Level 1 (CAA), Wilderness first responder – CPR provider (WMA), Approved Rafting Guide Certificate (BCROA), Sea Kayak Certified Guide (SKGABC ). He has been skiing,  winter  mountaineering and  climbing from an early age and  graduated from all  intermediate  level HFMG relevant schools. He has dared several trails and pistes in Greece and abroad, as well as notable ski descents, with a  remarkable record of very few repetitions. Since 2007 he has been working as a  ski, wakeboard, water ski and dive instructor, coach  and guide. He has also worked as a ski patroller (pisteur) at Parnassos Ski Center.Adventure activities and the search for new challenges have been the strongest motivation in his life, and have led him to many trips to various destinations such as: Nepal Mera Peak 6,476m (Mountaineering expedition), California Yosemite Valley (Rock climbing), Swiss – French Alps (Alpine Ski, Ski Touring), Spain Grand – Canaria Islands (Surfing), Hawaii Maui (Surfing – Diving), Egypt\\\’s Red Sea (Scuba Diving).

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