Ski Staff

Stephanie Brown – Ski Course Manager

Steph’s introduction to skiing was on the living room floor with her parent’s old leather lace-ups on wooden skis. At aged 13 Steph finally made it to the snow, graduating to the slopes of Whakapapa. Her Dad taught her the giant snow plough and dragged her all over...

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Yolinde Magill – Ski Trainer and Committee Member

Yolinde (a.k.a Yoyo) got into teaching skiing in 1995 at Treble Cone where she taught her first lesson after participating in the Rookie Weekend Programme through the Ski School. She thought it would be great a job as she wanted to look as “cool” as the Ski...

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Garett Shore – Ski Trainer and Committee Member

Garett grew up skiing Treble Cone in Wanaka and in 1992 signed up for an instructor training course there. He passed his Stage One (now Level Two), went to Canada that summer and has been teaching skiing around the world ever since… These days Garett is a current...

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Tim Cafe – Ski Trainer

Tim started skiing at 3 on Coronet Peak under the guise of his father Wayne, a former NZSIA instructor.  Having figured out at the age of 12 skiing was the only sport he wasn’t terrible at Tim decided to pursue the sport through the world of ski racing. Fast-forward...

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Simon Wilkinson – Ski Trainer

Simon started skiing at Whakapapa ski area sometime around the early 80’s. Somehow he managed to get a coveted place on the Whakapapa rookie program which was quite something as skiing in jeans with your feet glued together was quite the look back in 1990. Moving thru...

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Dean Hunter – Ski Trainer

Dean has been skiing since he saved enough paper-run money for a season pass at Treble Cone and a ride up the hill. He was about 11 years old then, hanging out in Wanaka with his parents on family holidays from his home town, Mosgiel. Dean started an instructor...

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Jonathan Ballou – Ski Trainer

Jonathan began teaching skiing at age 14 for the Mt. Brighton Ski School in South Eastern Michigan. After attending several years of University as music major, Jonathan decided music was an unstable profession and decided to pursue a more upwardly mobile and lucrative...

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Ali MacGrain – Ski Trainer

Ali's introduction to skiing was on the artificial slopes in Edinburgh, Scotland. He began to teach skiing on the dry-slope during his last couple of years of high school and continued to instruct during his time studying at University. Ali reached the shores of New...

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Josh Duncan-Smith – Ski Trainer

Josh was fortunate to find his passion when he got his first job in a small ski school in the Swiss Alps in 2011. Since then, his passion in snowsports instructing has driven him to make a rewarding career in the art of teaching skiing. Josh is a dual certified ski...

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Toby Wignall – Ski Trainer

Toby is a North Island boy who grew up skiing on the Magic Mountain of Mt Ruapehu. A little grom skiing a slalom course through the T-bars. Since then Toby has made his Career in the ski industry for 10 years working first as a rookie then moving to coaching and...

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Jon Gass – Ski Trainer

Jon first learnt to ski in 1985, qualified as an instructor in 2000 and has been in love with ski teaching ever since. For the last decade he has been living the endless winter moving between a southern hemisphere based in Wanaka where he and his lovely wife now own a...

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Martin Bennett – Ski Trainer

Martin decided to pursue ‘the dream’ in 2009 by travelling to NZ to qualify as a ski instructor. After spending a winter at Porters skiing, training and socialising he realised the ski world was far more fulfilling than the job he had left in England. He immediately...

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Ashley Murphy – Ski Trainer

Ashley cut his teeth skiing around 3 years of age at Broken River and Mount Hutt. A move to Queenstown following on from that started Ashley's real involvement in the industry a junior racer in the Queenstown Alpine Ski Team.  A few season's as an athlete training and...

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Emilie Tait-Jamieson – Ski Trainer

Emilie started skiing at age 3 in Whakapapa's Happy Valley. She spent a year persuading her parents to drive 4 hours from Auckland every weekend, and at 12 joined the Turoa Race Team. In 2005 she started teaching skiing at Auckland's brand new indoor slope Snowplanet....

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Toby Arnott – Ski Trainer

Born and bred in ski country Queenstown, Toby started skiing at 3 years old at The Remarkables. He has been skiing ever since and some of his skiing highlights are competing in the World Juniors and the World University Games. Since then Toby has made his career in...

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Sarah Walls – Ski Trainer

Sarah aka Sem, is a nomad from Taranaki, NZ.  She was raised on skis at Turoa, Mt. Ruapehu and came to the NZSIA examing team in 2009.  Whilst studying at Otago University she hitch hiked every winter weekend to Wanaka, Queenstown and surrounding local ski resorts to...

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Scott Dagg – Ski Trainer

Scott was bitten by the ski bug from the young age of 10, from there he begun his teaching career at the Remarkables in 1988. Yes Scott was once ‘Captain Remarkables’ but he now prefers to wear his undies on the inside. Scott became an Examiner in 1993. 13 years of...

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Simon Grove – Ski Trainer

In 1996 Simon moved to Lake Wanaka to seek his fortune in the skiing gold mine of Instruction. 3 years of training at Treble Cone supported by night work as a ski technician saw the launch of his new career. After 2 seasons teaching at Treble Cone Simon moved to...

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Dave Taylor – Ski Trainer

Dave grew up skiing the edge deep powder of Scotland. He learned his trade through the BASI system and working at Nevis Range on the West Coast of Scotland. Dave came to New Zealand in 1998 arriving in wanaka with no job and no house. He slept in an old and very cold...

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Bob Irwin – Ski Trainer

Bob’s been teaching skiing since 1979 and now has more than 50 seasons experience from across Austria, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and North America. Bob spent four years as the Treble Cone Ski School Director and is now a member of the Instructor Training...

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Marc Davies – Ski Trainer

Marc started his years in the ski industry in 1990, at Mt. Buller, Victoria Australia. However, he believes he learned all his most important skills at Mt. Hutt, where he has been flying under the radar since 1995. Marc has also spent time working in Austria, Canada...

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Gavin McAuliffe – Ski Trainer

Almost a late comer to the sport of skiing Gavin has been teaching since 1993 and examining since 2000. Ten years of back-to-back winters mostly between Queenstown and Colorado saw him hone his customer service skills to a fine art, although the Americans never quite...

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Matt Lewis

Senior Examiner, Demo Team member and a Trainer. Matt got hooked on skiing as a wee nipper thanks to his persistent parents. His first days on the boards were at Round Hill (Tekapo Ski Area). Growing up in the Canterbury area meant he was never too far from one of the...

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