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ALPINE skiING coach

I am based in the Chamonix Mont Blanc region of France and offer ski coaching in the Chamonix Valley resorts, and the resorts of the Evasion Mont Blanc as well as Courmayeur in the Aosta region of Italy. I deliver private lessons and courses for BASS Chamonix, and off piste and touring courses for Off Piste Performance and High Mountain Guides. Below are some examples of the sessions that I deliver through BASS Chamonix.  

Derek Tate Coaching | Alpine Skiing Coach
Derek Tate teaching at Grands Montets, Chamonix Valley

2 hours or more

For individuals and small groups with lessons tailored to specific needs and goals. 


From 230€

Derek Tate teaching at Saint Gervais les Bains

1 day

Developing your mental skills is just as important as technique and can be the difference maker in having a great day. 



Off piste group at Le Tour Chamonix Valley

3 hours x 4 days

Small group courses (max 6 persons) with beginner and improver levels available.




Build On Your Strengths

While we are hardwired to focus on weaknesses my coaching takes a different and more positive approach. It is 'strengths' based meaning the focus is on building on what you can already do and 'adding' to your performance. Weaknesses are not ignored but skills that are already there can be improved and developed giving you, the learner, greater confidence and ultimately more enjoyment. 

Develop Your Performance Holistically

Traditional ski instruction tends to weight technique above everything else! My coaching is about holistic performance development meaning that technique, tactics and mental skills are given attention and based around individual needs and goals. 

Find Flow More Often

Flow is a mental state and an altered state of consciousness. It is a very desirable state for many reasons not least because it is often the gateway to optimal skiing performance. Flow is immersive meaning that you will find it easier to stay focused on the task resulting in quicker and more robust learning and a real sense of satisfaction. 

some of my clients

BASS | British Alpine Ski School
Off Piste Performance
Irish Association of Snowsport Instructors
European Snowsport ski and snowboard school
High Mountain Guides
Interski Training Academy
Warren Smith Ski Academy
Ski Definition

More about my approach

My ski coaching is different! Instead of adopting a deficit approach where all the focus is on your weaknesses, I focus on your strengths, the things you do well, sharpening those skills to make your performance even better. That does not mean I ignore your weaknesses but rather find 'balance' between improving strengths and addressing weaknesses where necessary. Furthermore, I take an holistic approach to performance development with tactics and mental skills being just as important as technique. 

If that sounds like the kind of approach you would enjoy then sign up to one of our BASS Chamonix courses or book a private lesson with me.

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