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Ski Academy Europe, Switzerland and Scotland

Ski Academy Switzerland - About Us

Our coaching team possesses great dedication and ability with experience teaching and coaching at the highest level in Europe, North America, New Zealand and Australia. We work closely with many coaching associations whose philosophy is more about 'doing' and experimenting rather than standing around and talking. We bring these methods into the world of ski instructing and the results students have achieved has been second to none. Over the past fourteen years students have managed to achieve a 98% pass rate on the level 1 instructor courses and an incredible 80% on ISIA courses.

SAS is proud to be associated with BASI ( British Association of Snowsport Instructors ), PSIA ( Professional Ski Instructors' of America ), USSA ( United States Ski and Snowboard Association ) and SSE ( Snowsport England ).

The coaches employed by SAS are English speaking: BASI, PSIA, USSA, APSI, NZIA, qualified and are members of the ISIA AND IVSI.

James Wilkinson - Director
James Wilkinson - james@skiacademyswitzerland.com


James has been in the Snowsport industry for over 20 years and has built up a worldwide reputation for his first class coaching and examining. He possesses international race coaching and instructor qualifications through USSA, SSE, BASI, PSIA and French system. James specialises in coaching the ISIA and ISTD students.

Iwan Fuchs - PSIA/BASI Coach
Iwan Fuchs

PSIA and Swiss Instructor

Iwan, who is orginally from Engleberg in Switzerland, is a highly regarded professional in Switzerland and USA where he has taught and coached instructors over the last 20 years. We are excited to have Iwan on board as he brings a very high quality of coaching and experience as both a coach and ski school director. Iwan will be showing SAS students the Swiss way to teach and ski which will be an extra asset when taking any PSIA or BASI exam.

Lee Watson
Lee Watson

Lee has been in the ski industry for around twenty years and is now CSIA level 3. He has worked as an instructor in Austria and Canada and spent several summers training alongside the Australian mogul team on Blackcomb Glacier and went on to compete in freestyle moguls on the intercontinental cup. Passion for skiing and teaching bumps in particular, but is comfortable anywhere on the mountain. Lee will be working with us as our bumps specialist coach.

Gareth Price - Instuctor
Gareth Price

PSIA and BASI Instructor

Gareth is a PSIA and BASI qualified instructor and the latest addition to our coaching staff, he is a success story for ski academy after working through from an intern to become part of the coaching team. Gareth has a wealth of teaching and coaching experience at ski schools across Europe and regularly visits America to ensure his coaching is to the latest PSIA techniques.

Gareth coaches the level 1 and gap course and ensures all our students are given the support and tools they need for success.

To date Gareth's attention to detail has produced a 100% pass rate.


The British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) and Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) are recognised worldwide as a provider of training and assessment of Snowsport instructors from all over the world.

BASI and PSIA qualifications are of the highest quality and they are part of the International Ski Instructors Association (ISIA) which sets the standards for the training of Snowsport.

Snowsport England (SSE) is the National Governing body for all Snowsports that take place on snow and artificial slopes in England and the UK. SSE awards form part of the UK Snowsports Pathway. This exciting new development means that the same awards are given by the home nation governing bodies' across the UK and awards are valid throughout the UK.