Helen Trayfoot,
Puresnowsports / Ski Academy Chatel

ISTD, International Ski Teacher Dimploma, BASI 4, ( full French Equivolance )

Adaptive Instructor BASI level 2

Telemark Instructor BASI level 2

Coach Ski Academy Chatel

Trainer at Inspired to Ski 


Snowsports Tutor

BASI Trainer 1998-2016

Specialist in teaching children to ski

Author and illustrator; Heads Shoulders Skis and Toes
and Teaching Children to Ski

Skiing and love it

I have worked all over the world teaching skiing and love it still, settled in the Portes du Soliel I work mainly out of the resort of Chatel. Of course I feel it’s the nicest of the Portes du Soleil villages with an excellent variety of slopes and a really good snow record even when the season is a poor one! 

My philosophy is to use the terrain whilst having fun, carefully picking areas to push the skier into balance and help them to deal naturally with the forces they create under their skis, learning without realising they are learning children have a great time and become great skiers!

I run courses and private lessons for every age and ability.

Specialist courses ;

  • Advanced skiing in all conditions
  • Ski Instructor Development
  • Confidence building
  • Getting over the fear
  • Taking the next step
  • Children’s development courses;  from beginner to exploring the mountains. Collective and Private Lessons depending on availability
  • Mum and Me Dad and Me learn to Ski, a specialist program where I show parents how to ski with their small children, working with children from 2 to 4 parents help the children to ski in a gentle progressive practical way. This is a very popular course and places are limited, this course can also be run as a private lessons or a full holiday can be booked through Snow Focus (catered Chalet with full child care facilities etc see ‘mum s net’ for reviews) I coach a team of local children throughout the Winter it is an a honour and a pleasure to work with a team of motivated, highly qualified and skilled snowsport coaches form Ski Academy Chatel. If extra teachers are required for lessons these guys are my first port of call . Ski Academy also offers After Ski Academy, these are end of the day events on snow and are a lot of fun.



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Phone: +33 6 46 83 21 63