Private Ski Instructors in Courchevel, Meribel & La Tania

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Bastien - Ski School Director

Bastien Tognotti

Bastien is directing Ski Excel.

Bastien is from Aix en Provence in the South of France.

He has worked in the 3 Valleys for the past 20 years. He also worked at Craigclowan Preparatory School from 2004 until 2009 where he significantly contributed to the outstanding record that Craigclowan enjoyed in prep school racing.

He is a former racer himself and, as a teenager, his training was done in the Southern Alps. Bastien was a member of the Southern Alps race team, racing at the FIS International Level. Having trained with Ensa, He holds the French ski instructor qualification (B.E.E.S 1er degree, option ski alpin) and a full international licence.

Bastien has a passion for off piste instruction, but his natural gift is with children and families. He has the rare gift of capturing and keeping their interest over short or long periods. There are many requests from clients for repeat lessons year on year.


Mike Beale

Mike Beale

Mike Beale takes charge of the booking process at Ski Excel.

He is also currently a Director of Peak Leaders UK Ltd, specializing in providing courses that train ski and board instructors all over the world.

Until he retired in 2007 he had been the Headmaster of Craigclowan Preparatory School in Perth for 28 years. During his time there, he built an artificial slope and won many national races with his boys and girls teams. Many of those children went on to International honours.

Professionally, he was accorded the rare honour of being elected on two occasions to the position of Chairman of the IAPS, the national association of prep schools. In 1994 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and in 2001 an English Speaking Union Scholarship.