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Clients Comments 2014 :

Bastien, look at the snow! I'am so happy for you and the businesses of la tania. We're happy though, we had some great skiing because of you. Have a good new year, see you next Christmas week!

Asif, Julia, Nabeal, Aamer and Faaris (2014-27-12)

Thanks Bastien for another fantastic day together. As ever, making the most of the conditions and finding some wonderful routes. Looking forward to the next one!

John Edwards (2014-29-03)

They loved skiing with you and going down the tree tracks in La Tania! Also enjoyed the long ski run back home! Noe said it was his best day:).

We'll be in touch if we come back to the 3 Vallées next year.

Cheers, Emmanuelle and Olivier. (2014-03-03)

Dear Bastien,

Thank you so much for teaching Ollie and Anna last week! Their skiing progressed hugely and for the first time Ollie really enjoyed skiing!

We have already booked a chalet for half term 2015 - have you started taking bookings for next season yet?

Many thanks,

Rachel B (2014-27-02)

Dear Bastien,

Sorry I didn't see you yesterday. Thanks for the lessons, a great experience for all. Next time we are back in the 3 valleys we will be in touch.

Best wishes,

John P (2014-15-02)

Dear Bastien

Thank you very much for the video clips, they are great.

Owen had a great holiday, thoroughly enjoying his skiing with you.

We will certainly be back next year and Owen will be asking for Bastien!

Have a great year and take good care of yourself.

Jacky, Steve & Owen x (2014-07-02)

Hi Bastien,

thanks for a wonderful week with our three kids !

They have progressed hugely and enjoyed it a lot.

They are already talking about next year with you so count us in for Chinese New Year 2015 !


Pieter O (2014-02-01)

Thank you Bastien for some really enjoyable few days - great instruction and good fun.

Looking forward to some off piste and more carving next year (or this year if I can persuade Tom!).

Michaela B (2014-31-01)

Ski Excel has always been brilliant with my boys. Bastien is excellent! He's knows what kids and parents want.

He's crazy enough to keep my boys interested and excited when skiing, but on the other hand, he's sensible enough to reassure me and their mother that the boys are well looked after by him on the slopes (on and off piste)! He's the perfect instructor for them!

Ajnaf K (2014-28-01)

Thank you Bastien, for your excellent instruction. Thanks to you I have been able to progress my skiing to a level I never previously thought possible.

You are, by far, the best instructor we have ever had. I always come skiing to the 3 Valleys because no other instructor will do. You are simply THE BEST!

Janice R (2014-26-01)

Hi Bastien!

Hope you are doing well. I had an awesome day skiing!

I made a short movie here

So im in Val Thorens from 24th February, do you have any days available?

If my friends are interested then I will come with them, otherwise it may just be myself.

Many Thanks & Regards

Jay M (2014-24-01)

Hi Bastien.

Can't thank you enough for the wonderful week my two had under your instruction. You were so supportive and kind that they really thrived. I was particularly impressed with the way you encouraged Sarah as she has often struggled with her confidence in the past and she really managed to stretch herself.

Both children have only good things to say about their time with you and we are looking forward to enjoying family time on the Slopes together. When we come back to the three valleys we will definitely be in touch again.

Kind regards

Alex L (2014-15-01)

Hi Bastien,

Thanks so much for sending the photos, they are lovely, especially the ones with them waving their poles in the air!

The girls had a really fantastic time and enjoyed it even more this year.

We have already booked our apartment for the same week next year- do you think you'd be able to teach us again? Mon 29th to Friday 2nd Jan perhaps? I know it's a very long time away though so do get in touch a bit nearer the time and we'd be happy to pay the deposit if you can fit us in.

Enjoy the rest of the season!

Zoe F (2014-14-01)

Hi Bastien,

Thanks again for tutoring Harriet, Tom & Lucy.

We are all so proud of what they have achieved this year. Harriet skied for 13 miles on the Friday covering lots of Reds, Blues and a Black run!

Will be in touch if we are returning to Meribel next Christmas!

Once again many thanks

Clare T (2014-07-01)

Dear Bastien,

Thank you for your e-mails and photos. We hope that you have had a good Christmas and are now enjoying some great snow.

We really enjoyed our week with you. Your enthusiasm is contagious, your energy boundless and it's great fun skiing with you! There are many teachers who can ski very well, but it's very special to find someone like you, who can ski and teach and make it all fun at the same time.

We all had a great time - and I have no doubt that we'll be back to La Tania next time to ski with you!

With best wishes

Jane, Andrew, Emily, Tom and Polly (2014-01-01)

PS Tom says he'll see you next year for the Grand Couloir!

Dear Bastien,

Sorry it has taken me so long to write to you. I hope that you are well and have had a good season - we often check the weather in the 3 valleys and I think you have had lots of snow! Thank you for the many lovely photos - they are great! We all really loved seeing them.

I have been meaning to write because we wanted to give you a huge THANK YOU and to let you know how much we enjoyed skiing with you in December. You were wonderfully patient with the children and - an even bigger challenge! - with us grown ups too. We all felt that we had improved lots during the week we spent with you and can't wait until we have a chance to ski with you again. We look forward to next year! Although I am sure you have lots of dedicated fans already, please don't hesitate to use us if you need a reference of any kind.

We hope you have a busy time now the school holidays are here again and are very jealous of all those people who are spending their holidays skiing! With best wishes

Jane, Andrew, Emily, Tom and Polly (2013-11-02)

Hi Bastien

Just to say thank you for the photographs that you sent, I have sent these on to everyone. The group were very complimentary about you and the instruction they received from you. The group and I will certainly recommend you to anyone we know of coming out to La Tania in the future. I hope the rest of the season is still going well for you.

With thanks.


Alison R (2013-09-04)

Dear Bastien,

Thanks so much for emailing us the photos, they are lovely. We had a fantastic time in La Tania and you really made it for us. Lily and Pearl can't wait to come back next year and have some more lessons with you!

Thanks again and take care,

Zoe W (2013-07-02)

Dear Bastien

Yes, I have received your email and look forward to seeing the photographs!

I had a wonderful experience. Thank you very much. Hopefully we will come back to Courchevel next season and we can carry on!

Best regards

Tom (2013-31-01)

Clients Comments 2012 :

Hi Everybody

My photos of the trip are here

I had a really good time. Fun people, great skiing, tremendous exercise, good food, interesting political debate :-).

All the best Ben

Ben C ( 2012-18-04)

Hi Bastien,

I'm back in Berlin and just had the chance to load up the pictures and reflect on the trip. You are an excellent teacher and guide and we all had a terrific time. Thanks again. I put the pictures that I took with my phone on this website in case you want to download any of them.

Please let me know when you might have the chance to upload or send the videos... I'd love to show my family some of the skiing!

All the best,

John F (2012-17-04)

Hi Bastien,

I hope you are enjoying the new snow this week, looks like conditions have got much better again. Shame to have missed out on some new powder! – thanks again for all your hard work last week, we really had a great time. I’ll be in touch soon to confirm our plans for next season but please keep the week beginning 6th Jan free for the moment.

Best regards,

Roger N (2012-12-04)

Hi Bastien and Mike

I have to thank you for your patience and real expertise over the 2 sessions. I am pleased you helped me overcome my ski fears and now feel like I am progressing a bit every day. I had a very valuable experience and would highly recommend anyone that needs that extra push to ski with you!

Many thanks

Hannah (2012-18-03)

Ps I’ve now skied 3red runs!

It has been lovely seeing you again and I have adored skiing with you. I have learnt so much and had so much fun!

Speak soon

Janine V (2012-03-03)

Dear Bastien

A big thank you for looking after our motley crew in the February half term, as last year you calmness and patients really helped the children and it goes without saying your ability to teach them how to ski is excellent.

Harriet & Lucy have come away from Meribel this year with so much more confidents and by the end of the week they skied with the adults quite happily. Ryan truly enjoyed it and Tom is ready to have another go in December!

We are coming back for more on 29th December 2012 so I will be needing your services again!

Have a good end to the season and thank you once again.

Take care and we will speak later in the year.

Best wishes

The Taylor's (2012-01-03)

Hi Bastien

Thanks for two great afternoons last week. Really good to do some new routes. Loved the route down to Jairaz.

John E (2012-27-02)

Many thanks for a great holiday last week Bastien. You are the best instructor we’ve had in all our years of skiing.

Roger R (2012-21-02)

I have just spent 2 fantastic weeks with Le Ski staying in Chalet MarMau. The staff and food were fantastic.
While there my family and I had private instruction from Bastien Tognotti whose company is called Ski Excel. We have used him before and I cannot speak highly enough of him. Before long he had my 6 and 9 year old grandsons, their parents and I skiing the bumps very fast and performing 360 degree turns, an amazing feat. He also took me down the Grand Couloir which was an ambition of mine to do it before I got too old (I am 59).
If you think you no longer need instruction, think again, give Bastien a try, I am sure he will have you skiing to a level you never thought possible.

Janice R (2012-01-02)

Hi Bastien, Mike and Greg,

Sorry about this belated email but I thought I would drop you a line to say thank you to Greg for the ski lessons he gave my niece and nephew on 18th and 20th December in La Tania.

Both Matthew and Emily really enjoyed the lessons and were so excited about going in the lifts near the top of the mountain with Greg. We think their skiing has come on for only their second week helped by the pre xmas weather, snow levels and Greg’s help of course.

Good luck to Ski Excel this season and hope to see you soon, we will of course recommend your school to others and hope to have some lessons ourselves next year if we come back to the 3 Vallees.

Best Wishes and Regards

Liam K (2012-21-01)

Hi Bastien,

Just texting to say what a fantastic time Olivia and Toby had last week and we are amazed at how much they improved from day to day. You made the holiday very special for them.

Thank you very much,
Kind Regards,

Kevin G (2012-10-01)

Hi Bastien

I trust you are well

I just wanted to thank you for helping my two eldest boys. They are really pleased they had lessons with you, and are looking forward to next year's lessons already.

Many thanks

See you next year and thanks

Asif K (2012-31-12)

Clients Comments 2011 :

Dear Bastien,

I wanted to write to thank you for an excellent day of off piste skiing lessons.
I had a fantastic time learning to ski through the trees and I learnt a huge amount despite the weather being so bad.
I feel that my technique is much better now and would feel a lot more confident skiing off piste.
It was great to meet you and I hope that you have a busy and successful season.
I will definitely be in touch in December and maybe we can do some more off piste!

p.s. please could you send me the photos and videos you took as I would really like to show my family and friends!

Many Thanks & Regards

Jay M (2011-31-12)

Dear Bastien,

I'd like to thank you for your kindness in taking care of our two ski crazy children last week. You turned them from nervous beginners into such confident snow lovers in one short week.

Thank you,

Sue Palmer (2011-14-02)

Dear Bastien,

The wisdom in returning to La Tania once more was totally justified by the fantastic time that the family had in your care. We just loved your willingness to take us to those places that we would never have found on our own.

With best wishes,

The Hughes family (2011-27-02)

Dear Bastien,

Les Trois Vallees has always been on my list of favourite places to ski. Now we have discovered SkiExcel, we will be back.


Marcel Thompson (2011-05-04)

Clients Comments 2010 :

Dear Bastien,

We had a fabulous week and will be back for more next year, may we book you for 6 days the week of 3rd April 2011? Hope you had a good final few weeks to the season, maybe you are enjoying the snow still with the freedom to go where you choose!?

Kind regards

Selina, Tim, Anna and Oscar (2010/22/04)


A quick note to say a big thank you for the top skiing lessons. To go from struggling to snow plough to shooting down red runs and enjoying a whole lot of fun off-piste stuff to the side of the slopes after 2 morning’s lessons is down to your great teaching. Both Jo and I really enjoyed the lessons and Ollie hasn’t stopped talking about you and the skiing lesson, it’s a shame he ran out of energy 1/2 way through! We’ll definitely look to book some more time with you next season when we’re back in the 3 Valleys.

Ski fast and take chances

Geoff & Jo (2010-14-03)

Hello - How are you?

I wanted to say thanks for a fun day skiing on Thursday. Maybe catch up later in the season. Take care and keep in touch.

Janine (2010/01/03)

Dear Bastien,

We safely arrived home.

Callum will be in Wolverhampton today and Geert in Utrecht (Netherlands).
We want to express our appreciation for your teaching skiing to Callum and taking so good care of him during our stay last week in Meribel. He has made quite some progress.

With kind regards and looking forward to see you another year,

Henny and Berend ( 2010/22/02)

Hi Bastien

Good to hear from you. I have been meaning to drop you an email to say thank you for giving us a lovely week over New Year. We all had a great time and are looking forward to March now!

Hope all is well and you are getting plenty of snow-and some sunshine!

Kind regards

Fenella (2010/17/01)

Hi bastien,

its paul here, i almost forgot to send you this pic from niamh and ethansski week.
They both thoroughly enjoyed their week and were very sad to go home hope things pick up for you for the rest of the season

all the best

Paul (2010/02/01)

Tignes Training Camp July 2009 :

Hi Bastien,

Jack had a fantastic week with you. He says he learnt new skills and had great fun. It sounds like it was a great success.
Thank you for organising everything and putting so much thought and energy into such a great experience.

All the best,

Anthony (2009/08/04)

Hello Bastien,

Just a short note to thank you for the ski camp last week. The kids had a fantastic time, not just ski-ing but also with all the afternoon activities that you organised so enthusiastically. A real success!

Best regards,

Paul (2009/07/31)

Clients Comments 2009 :

Dear Patsy,

We all had a really great time and despite not being regular skiers I did find myself online when I got back checking out prices for next year. I was even reading my 'how to ski' book on the bank holiday today. We had great fun putting the video clips together to a backing track of 'walking in a winter wonderland' and the theme from 'Ski Sunday' - just need to pick up the pace and keep the bum tucked in a bit more!

We really did appreciate all your efforts with Bea and Max and Jonathan. You did very well to bring them on and keep them together despite their different abilities. It was great to see them taking it all in their stride and coping with the snowfall on the Thursday.

Hope all well with you and hope we do get the chance for us all to have lessons next time. Best wishes and thanks again

Peter (2009-05-04)


Thank you for a fabulous day skiing yesterday. I had a great day and as always learnt so much!

Thank you also for your help regarding the skis. I definitely could not have found a pair for Richard without you.

We are skiing together today and will probably go for a drink later, so if you want to join us after skiing and catch up with the others, you are welcome to join us. No problem either way - just give us a shout later of you would like to and I can confirm where we will be.

Have a great day and thanks again,

Janine V (2009-03-23)


Just want to say thank you for a fantastic day of tuition with Bastien on the 8th of March 2009. He made the day so much fun and is an excellent teacher. I will recommend him to all my friends. Bastien is great with all ages and abilities from children to people like myself. I've started skiing late in life, I'm in my early fifties but after tuition and remembering everything he taught me, I was able to ski all the green runs and a blue run in Courchevel in a week. Next time in Courchevel I will budget for more tuition with Bastien. Thanks Bastien hope to see you next year!

All the Best, Sharon V. (2009-03-18)

The children had a fantastic time with jimmy and have come on in leaps and bounds - will be sure to recommend him to friends.

Regards, sue (2009-03-13)

Hi Patsy,

Just a quick e-mail to thank-you for the time and patience you showed the boys last week. They really enjoyed skiing with you!

I also benefited greatly from my lesson with you and hope to move forward with more confidence.

As we discussed please add me to your mailing list and I will be in touch as soon as we firm up our plans for next year.

Once again - thanks

Kind Regards

Alison V (2009-03-05)

PS. George and Will say hi

Hi Patsi

Just sending a belated big thank you to Jimmy following our ski lessons on 10 & 12 Feb. We both really enjoyed the lessons and received lots of good sound practical advice from Jimmy along with support and encouragement – he has the patience of a saint (and we tested that out thoroughly!) Undeterred by a frosty nose and touch of altitude sickness we went back on the slopes for a few more hours after a lengthy lunch. We will definitely return to Courcheval for more ski-ing/training – on our final day the snow stopped falling and we could really see and appreciate the fabulous views – amazing...

Thanks again Jimmy!

Jan & Mike T (2009-03-04)

Hi Patsy

Just wanted to say thank you for your patience, and help last week - we had a great time and I think we improved.

We did go back to Courcheval we really liked it over there. Marek skied the slopes from Verdon - I sunbathed in a deckchair so we had a great time.

Hope to see you next year

All the best and thanks again

Judi and Marek (2009-03-02)

Hi Patsy

Please can you thank the wonderful Jimmy for his incredible skill and patience teaching my children and me to ski. Having never been very confident on skis, he managed to completely turn that around and now you can’t keep me away. And as for the children, they can ski! After only a handful of lessons they were zipping down the slopes bringing tears to my eyes. Jimmy is a marvel and I’ll be in touch about next year soon.

Re: photos how annoying. I’ve attached one if this goes through then I’ll send the other two in two separate emails. If it’s too big then I think I’d better send you hard copies! Let me know if you get it.

Tilly (2009-15-01)

Clients Comments 2008 :


Just a brief note to say a huge thank you for your time, patience and encouragement over the last week. Both Darcie and I have benefited greatly and the ski lessons were great fun, hard work but immensely rewarding

I have committed this morning to coming back to 1650 for the New Year, and will also be back in April for a further week. I am just awaiting Le Ski confirming dates and whatever and as soon as I have these and can confirm availability I will drop you a note and see what we may be able to sort out

Hope that you are enjoying a quieter week.

Will be in touch over the next day or so with firm dates

Best wishes

David A (2008-04-21)

Hi Patsy,

Long time no see! How are you both. Just found your website through a link on the Craigclowan site. Hope you have both had a brilliant season.
We took the children to Canada for two weeks. It was amazing and their skiing has come on fantastically. You would be very proud of them - definitely couldn't have done it without the grounding they got from you.
They had masses of ungroomed pistes there and so everyone was bouncing over moguls by the second week. Particularly impressed with Jake who was popping down black moguls by the end of it (as was his mother!).

Best wishes to you both and hope to see you sometime.

Caroline (2008-04-18) -client from the dry slope-

Hi Patsy,

When does skiing start again?
It seems such a long time ago and I really cannot remember if I have booked Felix and Casta in.
I really hope I have as we had such a cracking skiing holiday and you have done a fantastic job on Felix's skiing. He is really finishing his turns and parallel skiing.
WOW I was so impressed. Casta too... She can do a pommer and she has got rid of her ski clips and she fell in love with her ski instructor as usual !!!!
Felix managed to ski Mont Fort and Tourtin and was really chuffed with him self!
So all in all I am so pleased with them both and feel that we need to carry on with their progress......
I hope you have had a great season, the snow was so good this year...
Look forward to hearing from you

kind regards

Amelia (2008-04-18) -clients from the dry slope-

Hi Patsy

Just a quick note to say thank you so much for organising Jimmy for us - he was absolutely brilliant with the kids, and we all enjoyed our day out with him on the last day. And every lunchtime he thoroughly entertained us with his stories!!!

Best wishes

Kathy T (2008-04-01)

Hi Patsy

Just wanted to say a huge thank-you to you and Bastien, Max, Erin and Macky loved Bastien and learning to ski. Stan on the other hand was a bit stubborn but I have never seen anyone more determined or patient than Bastien he was great, maybe Stan will come round next year.


Sally G (2008-03-23)

Dear Patsy,

Many thanks for an excellent, wonderfully distracting, few days.

Amanda (2008-03-15)

Hi Bastien,

Just a note to thank you for Finlay's lessons, he really seemed to enjoy them. Also we thought you might find this photo of Finlay amusing, clearly he is now an expert in the use of ski poles!
Anyway thanks again for his lessons and I hope the rest of the season is good,

Kind Regards,

The Y (2008-03-10)

PS On Friday afternoon Fin skied down the black run "Dou Des Lanches" above la Tania with Andy, it was Fin's idea

Dear Bastien,

Thank you for a fabulous weeks skiing. I cannot begin to tell you just how much you have done for my confidence. I thoroughly enjoyed every day and can't wait to come back next year. I may even have to come back before that!!

Considering I had decided that I wouldn't go skiing again after last year, you have managed to completely change my attitude in just one week!! I think you are an amazing instructor giving so much advice, help and tips both in theory and practise and seem to know exactly just how to get the best out of everyone. So thank you very, very much!

Have a good rest of the season and I hope the teaching goes well in Scotland after that.

I think this weeks skiing is about the best holiday I have every had, entirely due to all your efforts, so once again, many many thanks.

Best Wishes,

Lucy P (2008-03-04)

Dear Patsy,

Thank you so much for this week,
I never dreamed I would get as far I have. It's all down to your fantastic teaching, patience, support and ability to listen.

I have really enjoyed my time with you and look forward to learning with you again soon.


Michelle (2008-02-07)

Hi Patsy,

Hope your season is going well, thanks for your help with Ben and Owen in January they really enjoyed it and came out of themselves playing in the snow. We are still practising pizza and chips in the lounge.

We are now looking forward to next year and although we haven’t finalised what we are doing we were wondering what your availability is like during 2009.
The dates of interest are the week of....

Many thanks


Adrian B (2008-02-11)

Dear Patsy,

We have just returned from an excellent week skiing in La Tania. Bastien took our girls for lessons for the week and I just wanted to let you know how much they enjoyed it. Bastien was absolutely great with them, encouraging them to really get the most out of their skiing, he was tirelessly positive with them, especially with my youngest Natalka, who can be a difficult character at the best of times! Anyway, he has done a great job as they are really eager to try again next year. If we return to La Tania, I hope to book the holiday early enough to get myself some lessons booked in with you, as well as the kids.
Many thanks & kind regards,

Jo M (2008-02-04)

Dear Patsy and Bastien,

Happy New Year, a bit late and I can't believe that it is nearly February already!!

I'm sorry for being so rude and not writing sooner to say thank you both very much for the great time we had with you before Christmas. We all had a fantastic time and as usual left feeling that we had improved a lot. I hope that you are having a good time with good snow. There has been great snow even in Scotland and Daisy went on a schools ski day. She had a wonderful time and the teachers were very impressed with her and have ear-marked her for their team in future years - so she was quietly chuffed! (All your hard work)

Hope you are both well,
Thanks again,

From all of us C (2008-01-28)


We came on holiday in January to La Tania and booked three lessons with Bastien. It was a last attempt for my wife to learn to ski as she was getting to the point of giving up. She has had ski school lessons and several 'private' lessons which were simply a guided tour but contained no actual tution.

What a difference one lesson with Bastien made!

He was patient and involved, trying several different exercises to see which would work, while all the time giving confidence and encouraging her.

By the end of the week she was enjoying skiing, which is something I didn't think I would ever see!

We cannot thank Bastien enough for his time and patience, it was greatly appreciated and we will certainly be recommending him to our friends. There is no doubt that we will be back to the area and will definately be booking some more lessons.

Please send him our best wishes, we hope the season goes well for you all.

Kind regards

Paul and Sara C (2008-01-23)

Hi Patsy,

Got home okay. Just want to thank you both very much for everything. Hope you both enjoyed your day out today and hope the rest of the season goes well for you both. Stewart....

Speak to you soon.

Nikki (2008-01-19)

Clients Comments 2007 :

Dear Patsy & Bastien

Seen a huge improvement in Adam during the last block which is great so can’t wait to get him out onto the snow now.

Here's hoping for a great winter.

Yours Sincerely

Mark C (2007-11-20) -clients from the dry slope-