The Warren Smith Ski Academy pro team are not only internationally qualified coaches and instructors but a group of elite professionals who have been hand picked and trained by Warren Smith to provide the classic Academy product of coaching that combines Ski Technique, Ski Biomechanics and Ski Physiology. The combination of the three is what has earned Warren Smith and his Academy international recognition in the ski industry.

MEET THE COACHES

  • Rob Stanford
    Rob Stanford
  • Jordan Revah
    Jordan Revah
  • Fiona Revah
    Fiona Revah
  • Jamie Heywood
    Jamie Heywood
  • Ruaridh Stevenson
    Ruaridh Stevenson
  • Claire Thomas
    Claire Thomas
  • Rob Machon
    Rob Machon
  • Stefan Nilsen
    Stefan Nilsen
  • Raphael Revah
    Raphael Revah
  • Jo Morrisson
    Jo Morrisson
  • Gareth Enoch
    Gareth Enoch
  • Nick Golden
    Nick Golden
  • Dan Gillespie
    Dan Gillespie
  • Joe Braham
    Joe Braham
  • Phyllida Simmons
    Phyllida Simmons
  • Andy Bennett
    Andy Bennett
  • HP Gubler
    HP Gubler
Rob Stanford

Originally from Manchester, Rob’s first skiing experience was a damp grey afternoon at Rossendale dry ski slope which sparked a love and passion for skiing that is still ongoing.

Rob has been part of the Academy coaching team for 15 years. His drive for coaching comes from his upbringing in competitive sport. His passion combined with 17 years of professional skiing across the globe and a diploma in sports science, result in Rob being one of the strongest, most versatile and technical ski coaches in the business. Rob’s greatest strength is combining his skiing expertise with a vast knowledge of sports psychology and motivation techniques ensuring a positive route to success.

  • IASI Educator
  • Swiss Brevet Federale
  • IASI L4
  • Member of the ISIA
  • BASP
  • EMS
  • BASI (Level 4 tech, teach, EMS, coach)
  • Diploma in sport & exercise science

In the Winter Rob loves to ski Verbier’s endless freeride terrain and enjoys slipping his skins on to go ski touring. When the Winter leaves, he spends his time keeping fit on his mountain bike and road bike.

Jordan Revah

Jordan has been teaching in Verbier for the last 13 seasons and has rapidly established a reputation as one of its most gifted coaches. It is Jordan’s faultless technical knowledge and communication skills that ensure his clients quickly realise their goals and achieve beyond expectations.

He is deeply passionate about both technical piste skiing and freeriding, and this versatility has made him a valuable member of the Warren Smith Ski Academy team, coaching recreational skiers, instructors and athletes with great success. In his spare time Jordan can be found skiing steep lines though the trees or telemarking on down days.

  • IASI Educator
  • Irish Interski Demo Team Member
  • Member of British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI ISTD/L4)
  • Swiss Brevet Federal
  • French Carte Pro
  • Member of International Ski Instructors Association (ISIA)
  • Freestyle performance coach
  • Telemark Instructor

Fiona Revah

Fi started skiing aged 3. With a background in ski racing she then went on to develop her skiing though becoming a ski instructor. She has years of coaching experience in a multitude of sports including skiing, hockey, gymnastics and tennis. Through this she has developed a vast toolbox of different teaching skills that she implements on a daily basis up the mountain teaching skiing. After 7 years she has now found her calling in Freeride skiing and when not teaching she is competing in Freeride competitions.

On Fi’s days off you will find her hiking to find secret powder stashes and skiing steep couloirs.

With her endless passion for skiing and coaching Fi gets the best out of her clients. This is why 9 years ago she joined the Academy team as the first ever female coach and we’re very glad she did!

  • BASI L4/ISTD
  • Swiss Brevet Federal
  • Member of  the ISIA – International Ski Instructors Association
  • Alpine Race Performance Coach
  • 2019 British Freeride No. 1 Female Athlete
  • Winner of the Verbier Freeride week 2019
  • Winner of the Bruson Freeride 2015

Jamie Heywood

Jamie has been teaching in and around the Verbier 4 vallees area for 12 years and knows the area like the back of his hand. One of if not the most fluid skiers you will ever see, he makes skiing look effortless. He has extensive teaching experience and knows how to get the best out of his clients whoever they may be.

Jamie loves a good cup of tea, although not quite as much as Jordan. He loves to ski bumps but is not as good as Andy, not as Norwegian as Stef and not nearly as enthusiastic as Rob (but who is!). Occasionally, he can be spotted shredding the mountain and the park on his telemark set up, faster and better than most would be able to do on skis!

  • Member of British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI ISTD/L4)
  • Swiss Brevet Federal
  • French Carte Pro
  • Member of International Ski Instructors Association (ISIA)
Ruaridh Stevenson

We met Ruaridh when he was just 17 on our first Cervinia summer gap course. Through a series of fortunate events and cancelled courses he ended up starting his journey with the academy and has never looked back.

It’s been an emotional journey with many a crash but Ruaridh is now one of the team’s most experienced coaches with superbly rounded teaching abilities and un-paralleled skiing skills. He’s come a long long way from the 17 year old that started with us many years ago and is a great example of how skiing can shape and change someone’s life.

  • Member of British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI L4)

 

 

Claire Thomas

Claire embraced her love for the mountain’s and skiing at the age of 2 and hasn’t looked back since! The skiing, alpine beauty and the snow are what have always drawn her toward a life and career in ski teaching.

Having had a successful career in property in London, Claire decided to give it up to pursue her childhood dream and passion of a life and career in the mountains. Qualifying and working as a ski instructor has allowed her to do what she loves, work where she is happiest and meet some truly interesting and inspiring individuals.

Outside of skiing Claire is a very motivated Personal Trainer. During the summer months she can often be seen around Verbier out running and out biking most of the team!

For the past 6 years Claire has been based in Verbier and we’re very proud to have her on the Academy team.

Rob Machon

Rob has joined us from the GB National Freestyle team and after a successful career competing around the world in Freestyle skiing he’s hung up his twin tips (mostly) to utilise his coaching skills and help others improve their skiing and have fun along the way!

He re-trained in Alpine skiing and with his natural flair, ability and understanding of skiing managed to not only excel on all technical levels but also complete his IASI L1 to L4 in the quickest time anyone has ever done including smashing the Eurotest with 1.3 seconds to spare!

Besides skiing Rob has a keen passion for photography and cinematography and if you’re lucky enough to get him as a coach you’ll very likely end up with some cool photos and perhaps even a little bit of drone footage if you’re super lucky!

Rob definitely has the best hair in the team which defies many laws of physics. No one should be able to have a helmet on for hrs and their hair to look perfect when they take it off – how does he do it?!?

  • IASI L4 with Eurotest
  • IASI Freestyle Educator
  • Freestyle Coach
Stefan Nilsen

Half Scottish, half Norwegian, Stefan is completely at home in the mountains. Stef has been skiing and teaching in Verbier since 2006 and his natural understanding of ski techniques, and his knowledge of biomechanics makes him a highly sought after coach. His enthusiasm, passion and expertise make him a great motivator and a great person to be around.

Since joining the Academy Stef has been an inspiring coach to many skiers and has become an essential member of the Warren Smith ski Academy team.

  • BASI L4 (tech, teach, EMS)
  • Member of ISIA – International Ski Instructors Association
  • Alpine Performance Coach
  • Member of National Coaching Federation
  • Member of BASI – British Association of Snowsport Instructors

Raphael Revah

Raf is a qualified ski instructor and race coach who has worked in Verbier for the last 9 seasons. His wealth of experience and knowledge has led him to be involved in the coaching of trainee instructors and he has written several technical articles for international ski publications.

Raf is a patient and thoughtful instructor who creates a relaxed and supportive learning environment to get the best from his clients. His eye for detail, passion for teaching and natural communication skills ensure you will make fundamental changes to the way you ski and enjoy the mountains whilst doing so!

Away from skiing, Raf plays a mean guitar and has the best animal knowledge on the team, if not the alps! When not skiing he can occasionally be found writing quizzes which some lucky academy clients will have had the pleasure of enjoying!!!

  • Member of ISIA (International Ski Instructors Association)
  • IASI L4
  • Alpine Race Performance Coach
  • Adaptive instructor
  • Member of BASI (British Association of Snowspnorts Instructors)
Jo Morrisson

Jomo joined the team a few years ago and has only strengthened it by doing so!

Jomo is an ex ski racer who competed for many years in his youth and after realising he could never beat Marcel Hirscher he decided to turn his talents to coaching and teaching instead. His biggest racing claim to fame – he managed to lose to Marcel by only 2.5 seconds in one race; an achievement most racers currently still competing would be pretty happy with 😀

Jomo has flawless technique with unbelievably fluid movements that are beautiful to behold. Whoever he teaches always leaves with a smile on their face, new skiing skills and wanting to come back and get skiing as soon as possible – so be warned if you end up having Jomo as your coach you’ll probably be back sooner than planned!

When not skiing Jomo is an avid speed drone builder and flyer (and crasher) – be sure to check out some of his footage if you like a bit of speed drone videography!

Gareth Enoch

Gareth joined the team 5 years ago after having been our first ever gap year student to complete 2 gap courses! He loved it so much that he just needed to do another (and had to miss the exam on the first due to injury :().

Since then he’s excelled in both his personal skiing and teaching.

He is a qualified school teacher and brings this wealth of teaching skills into his ski teaching meaning anyone he teaches get’s a great experience and not only will they improve they’ll also appreciate how skilful a teacher someone can be.

When not skiing Gareth can often be found in the bars playing keyboard and piano for one of the various bands he is part of. If you get a chance to hear him play after skiing you’ll be sure to have a good time and be amazed at his musical talents

Nick Golden

Coming soon!!!

Dan Gillespie

What Dan lacks in stature he makes up for in mad skiing skills, teaching talents and general friendliness. If you spot one of the team shredding around with his hip on the floor this is very likely to be Dan. Often people mistakenly think he’s on slalom skis as he creates so much g-force through the turn he forces any ski into a super tight radius. If you’re lucky enough to have Dan as your coach you’ll be sure to learn lots, be inspired by his skiing and never be short of someone to chat and have a drink with.

Joe Braham

Coming soon!!!

Phyllida Simmons

Phyllida trained with us for her IASI L3 and she loved us so much she asked to stay and be part of the team. In her previous life she was a military physiotherapist which is quite useful for all around her and a definite benefit for anyone she teaches! Phyllida is passionate about teaching and has a super patient teaching style that develops confidence and technique in those who ski with her. 

When not working she is often seen touring with her dog and in the summer months she swaps the mountains for the sea, sailing around Greece and further afield – with the dog in tow of course!

IASI L3

ISTA

Adaptive Level 2

Andy Bennett

Andy’s ski career began at the age of four, when he joined the local dry ski slope race club. He developed a good strong ski technique before entering his first mogul competition aged ten. Despite coming dead last and crashing in front of the judges Andy fell in love with mogul skiing and stuck at it. He represented Great Britain for several years, training and competing in Australia, USA and Europe. He gained over seven hundred FIS points while being trained by former World Champions “Nelson Carmichael and Eric Berthon”.

Andy soon drifted into the emerging freestyle ski scene. Some of his results include winning the Verbier and Saas-Fee Ride as well as the British Championships several times in Big Air, Slopestyle and Halfpipe. He competed at World Cup Halfpipe for several years and managed to break into the top sixteen worldwide during his peak. He has been representing Line Skis and Oakley for many years and is also a member of the Ellis-Brigham freeski team.

Andy now coaches the GB Freestyle team at world cup level as well as being a regular coach for the British Freeski Camps and Salomon Grom Camps. He is a lead model for the Ellis-Brigham ski catalogue and is regularly featured in many of the UK ski magazines. Andy combines his previous competitive experience with his knowledge of sports science to deliver excellent all round ski coaching.

  • GB National team Freestyle coach
  • Irish Interski Team Member
  • IASI L4
  • Member of BASI
  • Snowsport England freestyle course tutor
  • Diploma in sports and exercise science
  • Holder of the Guinness World Record for backwards skiing 2010

For more info on Andy visit: http://www.soulsports.co.uk/profile.html?andybennett

HP Gubler

HP is a Verbier legend. He’s lived and been based here for many years and knows every inch of the resort like the back of his hand.

In addition to skiing, HP is a true mountain man with an expertise in mountaineering, climbing, biking and pretty much any mountain sport you can name.

His friendly calm demeanour, unbeatable local knowledge and general attitude make him a delight to ski with and have as a coach, instructor or guide.