Sommet et Neige is founded by Jamie and Mel. Both passionate and experienced in the Snow sport industry for over 17 years. Together they aim to share their knowledge and love for the mountains.
Swiss Brevet Fédéral · ISIA card · IASI level 4 · CSIA level 4 · BASI level 4 Tech and Teach · CANSI level 2
Jamie was always going to be destined to be a skier. Born to a French father Jamie spent his early years zipping up and down the poma lifts in Flaine and Mourillon. According to his mum he used to cry when leaving ski school.
He started his journey as an instructor in Banff, Canada where he got his first qualifications. Loving Canada so much Jamie spent the next 10 seasons working at a small resort in BC called Silver Star where he gained his Level 4 CSIA and became a trainer and evaluator.
It was finally time to move on and Jamie was offered the position of Technical director and after Co-director in Zermatt with European Snowsport.
Another new opportunity came Jamie’s way when he was asked to pioneer a new ski school in Nendaz, Switzerland for European Snowsport.
After a year back in Europe Jamie got involved in IASI (The Irish Association of Snowsport Instructors) where he worked as a trainer/examiner before being asked to become Head of Education for the association as well as Interski Demo team coach.
In 2019 Jamie coached and was part of the IASI demo team in Pamporova in Bulgaria for the Interski congress.
Jamie now calls the 4 Valleys his winter home, enjoying all of its diverse terrain and stunning views.
CASI level 3 · CASI evaluator · CSIA level 2 · IASI level 3 · ISIA stamp
Mel has always loved outdoor pursuits and found her first adventures white water kayaking, mountain biking, trail running and horse riding.
Mel found the joy of snow sports after a college trip snowboarding in France. It was the perfect combination of adrenaline sports and mountain life. After meeting Jamie 13 years ago they started on their journey together to Canada.
Mel qualified as a snowboard instructor and later gained her level 3 CASI. After this she was able to become an evaluator to train new instructors. She also became a ski instructor making the most of the incredible team in Silver Star, Canada.
When returning to Europe Mel was offered a position to work with European Snowsports in Zermatt.
After 2 fantastic seasons in Zermatt Mel moved resorts to Nendaz to start the new venture with Jamie and European Snowsports Nendaz.
Swiss Brevet Federal - BASI Level 4 Teach - Race coach
Rich started his ski career in 2001 and went on to study French at university and then qualified as a Chartered Property Surveyor.
He returned to live in the Swiss Alps 8 years ago now and has worked as a ski coach in Switzerland, Italy and Australia, has the Swiss Patente and BASI qualifications. He's been training manager for the past 5 years organising professional development sessions for returning instructors.
He grew up in Shakespeare’s town of Stratford-on-Avon, where he found his penchant for the performing arts and continues this passion through entertaining our guests with close-up magic on and off the mountain.
He looks forward to training with you, together with a few new tricks up his sleeve for this winter!
Ball retrieving level 5 · Advanced agility · Skier towing level 2 ·
What a life this dog has! Not just limited to rounding sheep. Mica swims, skis, mountain bikes and SUP’s.
Mica loves to travel. In his short two years Mica has been to Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Slovenia and the UK.
You may well see him out on the slopes when out for a ski or in the Premier Alpine Centre.
Anything Jamie and Mel do he is there. He loves nothing more than running in the deep powder or swimming in the lake.
Mica likes to spend his summers in South Wales and his winters in the Swiss Alps.
Mica loves a cuddle so please come and say hello!
BASI ISTD SB · BASI Level 2 ski
Phil first strapped on a board when he was 12 and got hooked straight away! He went every year with school trips then every year with college where he realised that teaching snowboarding for a living is exactly the road he wanted to go down. However, once a year for a week just wasn’t cutting it as you can imagine. So he worked his butt off in the summer 2012 to save every penny he could to go towards doing his BASI 1 & 2 in Tignes. What an amazing experience that was!
Then straight from there he started working all around the world doing what he loved.
So next step was to achieve the ISIA level 3 stamp and then finally onto the ISTD level 4! He knew it was a tough road ahead with many obstacles, but hey, if you have the love and passion for something that bad, go for it!!
From the ages of 19 -22 yrs Phil competed in freestyle comps and now competes in Freeride events when he has time.
Now a BASI ISTD his journey has taken him to so many beautiful places all around the globe.
Snowboarding for Phil is his life and he is forever grateful for all the opportunities it’s brought him.
Anyway, enough chit chat, let’s go shred!
See you out there 🤙"””””””””””