The Ski Instructor Podcast
15 - James ‘Taco’ Tautkus - Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation u14 coach, Piste Off Podcast

15 - James ‘Taco’ Tautkus - Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation u14 coach, Piste Off Podcast

January 18, 2020

Welcome to episode 15 of the The Ski Instructor Podcast from a cold and dry Switzerland.

This week I am podcast host and also super fan as I try to contain my excitement when interviewing Taco from the Piste Off Podcast who also happens to be u14s coach at Sun Valley.  I've been listening to Piste Off for years and it's my favourite podcast.

I've been looking forward to doing this podcast for a long time and it didn't disappoint.  It's even improved my own skiing in the last few days.

We chat about the World Cup, Manny Feller, 3 magic points of ski racing, recreational vs racing turns and much more.  It's another long one so strap yourselves in.

If you want to get in touch with Taco, you can find him at;

Instagram - @pisteoffpodcast

https://www.instagram.com/pisteoffpodcast/?hl=bn

or by email at jtautkus@svsef.org

 

Thanks for all of the comments and support

Dave

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dave@snow-pros.ski

www.snow-pros.ski

 

14 - Simon Butler, SBSki

14 - Simon Butler, SBSki

December 21, 2019

This week I travelled to Megeve to speak to Simon Butler.

Simon has just won a very significant court battle with the French state over the right for ski instructors at all levels to work in France.  This series of court cases stemmed from Simon's arrest on the slopes of Megeve in 2013.  He also went to court with the British Association of Snowsports Instructors in 2017 which we discuss in part 2.

In this episode I wanted Simon to have a chance to tell his side of the story and get it on the record completely, without any spin or soundbites that we see in other media and social networks.  I present this to you, the listener, with as minimal comment or opinion from me as I was able to do.

Below I link to Simon's business SB Ski as well as the link to the contact details of Jean-Yves Lapeyrere as mentioned.  You can contact Jean-Yves if you wish you follow the declaration process irrespective of if Brexit applies to you or not.

Thank you for listening this year and I wish you a merry Christmas and a prosperous 2020, as well as lots of powder and bluebird days in the ski season.

Dave

Dave Burrows

SnowPros Ski School

www.snow-pros.ski

dave@snow-pros.ski

 

Simon Butler

www.sbski.com

 

Jean-Yves Lapeyrere

http://francepleinair.fr

jylapeyrere@francepleinair.fr

 

music by www.bensound.com

 

12 - Pete Gillespie, The Snow Centre, IASI

12 - Pete Gillespie, The Snow Centre, IASI

December 9, 2019

Hello from a stormy Swiss alps.

This week I've got a great interview with Pete Gillespie who is the Head of Snowsports at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead in the UK (an indoor real snow slope) as well as International and Education Director at the Irish Association of Snowsports Instructors.

We talk about many diverse topics including skiing in the Balkans, junior race teams going indoors and early season technical focus.

You can find Pete at;

www.thesnowcentre.com

www.alpinecoaching.co.uk

www.iasisnowsports.ie

 

happy listening

Dave Burrows

SnowPros Ski School

dave@snow-pros.ski

www.snow-pros.ski

 

 music by www.bensound.com

 

11 - Jonathan Ballou, Aspen Ski School, PSIA

11 - Jonathan Ballou, Aspen Ski School, PSIA

November 20, 2019

Welcome to episode 11 from the very snowy Swiss Alps.  You might have heard that there has been some very serious snowfall already in the southern alps with resorts like Saas Fee, Cervinia and Zermatt getting absolutely hosed in the last week.

It's snowy here also in the Western end of the alps and the temperatures are cold. Hopefully this means a good and early start to the season.

This week I have a short interview with Jon Ballou, the Boss of The Aspen Ski School.  That's the title I hear in my head anyway but actually, his full title is Managing Director, Ski and Snowboard Schools, Aspen Skiing Company.  You can find out more about what that all means when you listen to the episode.

We talk about managing such a large operation, teaching trends and a bit of tech.  No podcast with Jon would be complete without a bit of chat about the movie Aspen Extreme too.

You can find Jon on facebook as Jonathan Ballou or on his youtube channel of the same name.

https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.ballou.7

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8Ko-b6WfmZWWxyi6rj14hg

I hope you enjoy the episode, see you on the next one.

Dave Burrows

www.snow-pros.ski

dave@snow-pros.ski

music by www.bensound.com

 

10 - Terry Godbout, Elite Skiing

10 - Terry Godbout, Elite Skiing

October 5, 2019

Hello from a very autumnal Switzerland.

This week I interviewed Terry Godbout who is the founder of the Elite Skiing Facebook Group and www.eliteskiing.com

I finally managed to work out how to make calls over the internet sound ok when I'm recording them and I hope that you enjoy this chat that I had with Terry as much as I did.

He is a guy with a great deal of experience in the ski industry and we spoke at length about the origins of the page and website, as well as his views on subjects including the World Cup, general skiing technique, learning to ski, moguls and much more.

You can find Elite Skiing here https://www.facebook.com/groups/1627711514109344/

and Terry here https://www.facebook.com/terry.godbout

Happy listening

Dave Burrows

SnowPros Ski School

www.snow-pros.ski

dave@snow-pros.ski

 music by www.bensound.com

 

9 - Julian Griffiths, European Snowsports

9 - Julian Griffiths, European Snowsports

September 13, 2019

I hope you had a good summer.

This week, I travelled to Verbier to meet someone I have been wanting to meet for a long time, Julian Griffiths of ES.  

We spoke at great length over coffee and in his office about his history in skiing, Brexit and the history of British and French ski relations in Europe.

I had a great time making this one and I think there is scope for a follow up because we didn't touch on half of what I wanted to talk about.

You can find Julian at www.europeansnowsport.com

Happy listening

Dave Burrows

www.snow-pros.ski

dave@snow-pros.ski

music by www.bensound.com

8 - Phil Brown, Impulse Racing

8 - Phil Brown, Impulse Racing

June 30, 2019

I hope you are all having a great summer.  I took a trip over the Grand St Bernard Pass to go and see Phil Brown of Impulse Racing.  Phil is a year round ski race coach and in heavily involved in the UK schools ski racing scene.  

We chat at length about many diverse topics such as skis, running a business, collaboration, the coaching vs instructing and much more.

Phil is a real character and this shines through in our interview.  It was a pleasure to chat to him and I really think you'll enjoy this episode.

You can find Phil at:

Impulse Racing - www.impulse-racing.co.uk

National Schools SnowSports Association - www.schoolsskiracing.co.uk

phil@impulse-racing.co.uk

 

Happy listening

Dave Burrows

SnowPros Ski School - www.snow-pros.ski

dave@snow-pros.ski

music by www.bensound.com

 

 

7 - Tom Gellie, Functional Body

7 - Tom Gellie, Functional Body

June 11, 2019

This week for episode 7 I had the pleasure of chatting with Tom Gellie.  Spoiler - the sound quality is not amazing on this one as it was done over Skype.  It gets better though - stick with it.

Tom has represented Australia with APSI at two Interskis, once on Telemark and once on Alpine.

In addition he runs his business, Functional Body, out of Sydney dealing with helping people get out of pain and specialising in perfecting body movement.

We covered lots of topics in our conversation including Tom's personal skiing journey, how the body works, ski equipment including a terrible business idea for someone out there and how having kids impacts your skiing.

If you need to get in touch with Tom you can get him at the following places;

Insta - www.instagram.com/tomgellie/

Facebook - www.facebook.com/functionalbodybalance

web - www.functionalbody.com.au

youtube - tgellie

and finally at the Global Skiing Podcast - www.podcastgarden.com/podcast/globalskiing

 

I hope you enjoy the podcast, I'll catch you on the next one.

Dave Burrows

Director and Founder

SnowPros Ski School

www.snow-pros.ski

dave@snow-pros.ski

 

music by www.bensound.com

 

6 - Scott Pleva, Inside Out Skiing

6 - Scott Pleva, Inside Out Skiing

May 6, 2019

I hope you all had a great winter.  It's not all over for some of us though and this week, I chat to Scott Pleva from Inside Out Skiing.

Scott works year round in an indoor Snowdome in Hemel Hempstead in the UK. He also takes his indoor client base on overseas trips to Europe.

We had a really good chat about teaching skiing indoors vs outdoors and went in depth about rules and regulations for teaching skiing in Europe.  We finished off with some big buy skiing chat.

It was awesome to catch up with Scott again, he really is one of the good guys in our industry and I can't wait to get him out here again skiing with us.

You can find Scott though his website at www.insideoutskiing.com

Happy listening

Dave Burrows

www.snow-pros.ski

dave@snow-pros.ski

music by bensound.  www.bensound.com

 

5 - Derek Tate, IASI Chairman and BASS Chamonix

5 - Derek Tate, IASI Chairman and BASS Chamonix

April 16, 2019

This week I travelled to Saint-Gervais-Les-Bains in the Chamonix Valley to interview Derek Tate, the Chairman of the Irish Association of Snowsports Instructors (IASI) and Director of the British Alpine Ski School (BASS) in the Chamonix Valley.

The Irish created quite an impression this year at Interski and this was down to Derek and his team's hard work and innovative ideas.

We talk extensively about Interski and what came out of it this time around, teaching in the Chamonix Valley, developing flow, dogs and much more.

I hope you enjoy this podcast and if you want to get in touch with Derek, you can get hold of him at the following places;

www.basschamonix.com

www.paralleldreams.co.uk

www.iasisnowsports.com

 

Happy listening

Dave Burrows

SnowPros Ski School

www.snow-pros.ski

dave@snow-pros.ski

 

music by www.bensound.com