About us

ABOUT OUR TEAM

 

Our team at Peak Leaders has bags of experience and we’re all qualified ski instructors.

So every time you talk to us you’ll be speaking with a ski instructor who’s been in the same place as you – setting out to take your first exams with BASI.

In fact, as well as knowing what makes a great ski instructor course, we all teach skiing for Element Ski School in Verbier.

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.

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

 


 

EMMA CAIRNS

Verbier GAP Course ski coaches - Emma

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 and you’ll probably talk to her when you book your place.

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 Indie.

 


 

QUALIFICATIONS
BASI Level 4 ISTD
Swiss Brevet Federal

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
15 years

HOME RESORT
Verbier


 

GUY ORDWAY

BASI ski instructor training courses - Guy

Guy is BASI Level 3 ISIA and also has the Swiss Brevet Federal. He lives in Verbier and has been teaching skiing for years.

He’s in charge of operations and marketing for Peak Leaders so he’s usually in the office with Emma preparing our courses – but he also teaches a lot of off-piste with clients over the winter.

When he’s not teaching skiing he’s usually chasing round after his three kids and trying to avoid walking his dog, Bruno….

 


 

QUALIFICATIONS
BASI Level 3 ISIA
Swiss Brevet Federal


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

16 years

HOME RESORT
Verbier


 

JAKE GOUGH

BASI ski instructor training courses - Jake

Jake is a BASI Level 4 and coaches our trainees in Bariloche, Saas Fee and Verbier.

But he’s not just a fully qualified ski instructor – he’s also a personal trainer and so you’ll see him when he runs a lot of the fitness sessions on the courses.

As well as skiing and exploring the backcountry, Jake loves long walks, Indie time, laughing and powder days.

 


 

QUALIFICATIONS
BASI Level 4 ISTD
Swiss Brevet Federal


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

16 years

HOME RESORT
Verbier


 

WILL PEEK

Verbier and Saas Fee ski instructor training courses

Will is fully qualified in the BASI system and also a BASI Trainer – so he also examines ski instructors.

He runs training in Saas Fee and Verbier (as well as appearing in quite a few photos on this site…).

When he’s not teaching or coaching instructors you can find him exploring the backcountry around Verbier – and surfing with his brothers in the summers.

 


 

QUALIFICATIONS
BASI Level 4 ISTD
Swiss Brevet Federal
BASI Trainer (examiner)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
8 years

HOME RESORT
Verbier


 

JACK LAWSON

Verbier GAP Course ski coaches - JACK

Jack is a fully qualified BASI Level 4 and is one of the brilliant coaches on our Verbier BASI courses.

Not only is he a great coach, he’s also a fanatical climber and triathlete – so when he’s not coaching trainees he’s doing something even more energetic.

 


 

QUALIFICATIONS
BASI Level 4 ISTD
Swiss Brevet Federal
BASI Trainer (examiner)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
7 years

HOME RESORT
Verbier