Meet the Coaches

Coaches for Winter Training 2022



Andy Hassall – Head Coach – UKCP Freestyle L2 and BASI L 3.9!

Skiing has carved my life path, allowing me to travel the world and ski, train and coach amongst some of the most inspirational people in the ski world, including Sarah Hoefflin, Chemmy Alcott, Dougie Crawford, James Woods, and Pat Sharples

My ski journey started in the Scottish Highlands, laying the first foundations for my professional ski career. However, with my Dad being in the Navy we were always moving, and we were soon posted away from the mountains, leaving skiing behind. We finally settled in Stoke-on-Trent, that thankfully had a dry slope, a thriving ski scene and a strong community that I immediately allowed me to feel at home amongst all the moving.

Through the ski centre I was exposed to many different disciplines of skiing including slalom, moguls, and Freeskiing. I really thank the years of dry slope training as it gave me the fundamental skills to become a well-rounded skier, as well as providing contacts in the Alps, and life long friends.

At 12 years old I ditched the slalom skis and got my first set of twin tips. This sparked a new love of skiing and was the start of 10 years of travelling, competing and filming. At 20 I decided to move to Val d’Isère and started my BASI journey. I lived in the Alps for around 12 years in total and taught all over from Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France. I also taught in Japan, which was a life long dream to ski the famous Japanese trees in neck deep snow! One of my proudest Coaching memories is working with a female slopestyle skier called Sarah Hofflien who went on to win gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics in slopestyle! Probably my proudest personal moment was completing my BASI level 4 technical, teach and European mountain security in the space of 3 weeks. Something I trained incredibly hard for.

I moved to Scotland in December 2020 and I’m over the moon to start coaching for the CSC at a grass roots level, and hopefully inspire young people through skiing and adventure.

Dave Jacobs – Alpine Coach Level 3

I have been skiing since the age of 3, blasting about the Scottish resorts with my friends and family.

At  17 I trained under the wing of Hans Kuwall as an instructor at Carrbridge moving on in 1984 to work at Loch Insh summer and winter for 3 years, from here I moved on to working in the big hills of the French Alps for the ESF and British Ran Ski Schools.

In 1994 I focused my coaching towards performance skiing/race training working for ski schools and clubs as Head Coach/Programme Manager. In this time I also did numerous trips with GB Children’s Team and ad hoc support/coaching for individual athletes.

I had a break last year due to knee issues[all good now] and this year I have launched my own business offering int/adv and performance ski coaching in Scotland and beyond. In the summer I run my own Stand Up Paddleboard School in Stonehaven.

Biggest achievement and buzz was being a founder of the Ghana Ski Team which involved coaching and managing  one athlete who had never seen snow or a mountain before and taking him from a beginner in 2001 to getting him qualified to compete at the Olympics in Vancouver in 2010, the aim was the 2006 games in Turin but he narrowly missed out on enough points due to lack snow and races being cancelled. He was the first native black African to achieve this.

No matter where I have been working in the world my spiritual home has always been the Cairngorm area and the mountain,  I have a huge amount of happy memories from spending time here and love everything about this area and the people.

Craig Lamont – Alpine Coach – UKCP Level 3 Licensed  

IVSI International Race Coach, SSS Level 1 Race Organiser

I started race training with CSC when I was about 11, finishing up training with the club in my early twenties under respected coach John Clark.  I then raced full time on the FIS circuit all over Europe,travelling and living in a campervan, finishing up living in Tignes for a season, training & racing there.  When I retired from racing I started coaching with CSC, taking over from the legendary Ian Dunlop as Head Coach before spending a season as a race organiser.   I was head hunted to be Head Coachfor the Scottish Ski Club and had to rebuild their flailing training programme where I coached many racers on to British and Scottish Teams. I was one of the main coaches for the combined Scottish clubs FASTCamps and have coached on approximately sixty camps throughout my coaching career; my biggest achievement being to coach the Scottish Ski Club Boys Under 14 & 16 Teams to win the British Team title four years ina row, beating all of the commercially run academy teams – a feat which I believe will never be bettered.
I now enjoy mentoring young adults and masters racers so that they get the most from their skiing and training and I still enjoy training gates regularly myself. Outside of skiing I raced XC mountain bikes and road bikes internationally, I enjoy riding my trials motorbike and I love many watersports such as windsurfing, surfing, paddleboarding and scuba diving.  I am also a MIAS Level 2 mountain bike instructor and PADI diving instructor.  I have a regular day job too, but that’s boring by comparison!

Amanda Shepherd – Bairns Coach – BASI Level 3

Like the other coaches I started skiing at a young age and was instantly hooked. Not in the race scene, I went down the Instructor route so I was able to keep skiing full time and make it a career.

Always working hard to keep learning and progress my skills, I have worked winters on Cairngorm Mountain ever since, and have had the pleasure to work alongside some of the most fantastic instructors and coaches in the world. I co-owned and directed the Ski and Snowboard School and very proudly established the highly successful Snowlimit children’s programme which ran for 12 years and taught over 2000 kids to ski and snowboard.

I absolutely love to teach and am always very excited to pass on my passion, knowledge and experience to others in a relaxed and fun environment.

Oh and the qualification bit…  BASI Level 3 Ski; BASI Level 2 Snowboard; BASI Level 2 Alpine Coach; Also qualified in Mountain Biking, Tennis and Sailing to keep me out of trouble in the summer! And my new secret passion…golf!

Jules Jennings – Bairns Coach – UKCP Alpine Coach and BASI Level 2 

I started skiing early years, age 3 (ish), with my early learning days spent on the legendary Hayfield (Heron’s) at Glenmore Lodge!

I started ski racing at school, with my early racing days on the dry-slope at Hillend & competed through to U16’s.

I started my ski career progressing through the BASI system while a student in Edinburgh; at this time I was also fortunate enough to be employed at Hillend Ski Centre, where I trained and developed my instructing & coaching under the direction of Hans Kuwall, which included coaching Bairns to U16, as well as the local Edinburgh schools ski programme and also coaching on race camps in Europe. 

I moved on to work with Carrbridge Ski School, again under the direction of Hans, instructing & coaching with Bairns & U16’s, as well as the schools coaching programmes & running races; after Carrbridge Ski School closed, I then progressed on to work for ‘The Ski School’, which included teaching as part of the legendary Snowlimit children’s programme;

In my coaching with Cairngorm Ski Club, I really enjoy being able to draw on my years of experience to develop the skills of ski racers and to encourage them to make their skiing great while having fun at the same time!

Looking forward to seeing you all on the snow!

Rogie Johnson Basi Level 3

Former Cairngorm Ski Club member, former ski club coach, spent the past 2 years in japan enjoying the pow!

Back at the Cairngorms and super stoked to be skiing in Scotland again!


Andy Burnett – Alpine Coach – Level 2

Donald Musk – Pro-Ski/Bairns Coach – BASI L3

Roddy Hamilton – Pro-Ski Coach BASI L2

Bruce Cranston – Alpine Coach – Level 3

Donald Hall – Alpine Coach – Level 3 

Alison Thacker – Alpine coach and off-piste guru. Basi L4