About us

ABOUT OUR TEAM

 

As well as being a generally friendly bunch, our Peak Leaders team is a group of experts who know what it’s like to make the mountains home – and what it’s like to do snowsports exams, because we are all qualified BASI ski instructors.

We think that the combination of years of experience running ski instructor training courses combined with years of experience teaching skiing means we can not only make sure you have the best possible time on your course, but also have the best advice and support when it comes to getting a job in this brilliant industry.

But here’s a bit about who we are, and if you have any questions about our courses just get in touch.

EMMA CAIRNS

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Emma is a BASI Trainer and BASI Level 4, based in the Swiss resort of Verbier. She’s in charge of operations and coaching for Peak Leaders. As well as becoming a top qualified ski instructor Emma also loves being in the mountains all year round and spends her summers biking around Verbier and hiking with her dog Indy.

GUY ORDWAY

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Guy is BASI Level 3 ISIA and Swiss Patante and has been teaching skiing in the Swiss resort of Verbier for nearly fifteen years. Guy is in charge of operations and marketing for Peak Leaders, and when he’s not teaching skiing he’s usually chasing round after his three kids and trying to avoid walking his dog, Bruno….

JAKE GOUGH

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Jake is BASI Level 4 and has been coaching our trainees in Verbier and Saas Fee for years. He’s also a fitness coach so when you “enjoy” your weekly fitness training you’ll probably be trained by Jake. He also is sometimes the coach .

WILL PEEK

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Will is fully qualified in the BASI system and a really experienced in structor and coach. He runs training in Saas Fee and Verbier (as well as appearing in quite a few photos on this site…) and when he’s not teaching or coaching instructors you can find him surfing with his brothers.

IT’S ALL ABOUT EXPERIENCE…

 
We’ve been running ski instructor training courses at Peak Leaders for nearly twenty years – so we’ve got plenty of experience.

And in all that time we’ve always known the priority on any course is making sure that you have an amazing experience.

You need to have the best possible time and ski away with the best possible memories of an incredible adventure in the mountains. So we are committed to making sure that what every Peak Leaders trainee experiences just that.

So if you’re off to a new, unknown country we know you want people on the ground who know the place inside out. And that’s exactly what you get with any Peak Leaders course.

In fact that’s why we’ve created a team at Peak Leaders with tons of experience – not just in running instructor training courses, but experience of the resorts and the industry and plenty more besides. We have also developed a lot of contacts all over the skiing world along the way. So that means wherever you go on your course, and wherever you go afterwards, we can give you the best possible advice, help and opportunities.

So if you want to have chat about anything, just get in touch.
 

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HOW DOES ELEMENT FIT IN?

 
Peak Leaders is part of Element Concept – a Swiss ski school based in Verbier and run by Emma and Guy.

Element was formed in 2015 but Emma had been the lead coach (and sometimes mentor) on Peak Leaders courses for years before we started the ski school. Then, in 2016 we moved the base for Peak Leaders from the UK to Verbier, and the old UK company has been closed down.

So Peak Leaders courses and Element ski school are the same company now – which means that your coaching will be run and overseen by our instructors, that means a combination of BASI Level 4s and BASI examiners (the only exception is in Argentina where you also get input from Argentinian coaches – who are also fully qualified in the Argentinian system).

It also means that everyone you deal with from Peak Leaders is a working ski instructor who really knows the ropes, someone who has stood in the same place as you and has turned it into their career.

And if you want to find out more about Element just click here.

 

 

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