We want to ensure that you have the best possible time skiing and learning with us. So take a look at our profiles to find out more about our skills and professional experience and how we could help you to improve your skiing.


Stephen Down


Stephen is a positive, friendly and motivational ski instructor. He has a real passion for skiing and the mountains and a wealth of knowledge and expertise to share with you.

He is fully qualified and holds the BASI Level 4 International Ski Teacher Diploma (ISTD) with Eurotest and European Mountain Safety qualifications. He also has full French Equivalence with the Carte Professionnelle.

Stephen has over 20 years of ski teaching, guiding and skiing experience in the 3 Valleys ski area. So he knows exactly where to find the quieter pistes, good snow and awesome off piste slopes. With his knowledge of the excellent restaurants in the area he can also recommend the best places to lunch.

Stephen is experienced in teaching all levels of skier — from those taking to the slopes for the very first time to expert level skiers. As well as teaching off piste skiing and cross country skiing he also helps skiers returning to skiing after injury and surgery who need to build confidence in a supportive learning environment.

Another area in which he has specialist experience is on the ski equipment side with a professional qualification in boot fitting and an interest in ski set up for optimal skier performance and development.

His other interests include:
Cars, motorsports, design & architecture, hiking, fitness, food and would-be sommelier.


Additional private instructors or guides:
For family or larger group bookings where more than one private instructor or guide is required we can recommend other experienced and fully qualified independent ski instructors who share the same ethos and who are exceptionally skilled teachers, guides and coaches too.


Julia Down ski instructor and coach

Julia Down


Julia is responsible for the day to day running of Prime Snowsports and will be able to help with all enquiries and the organisation of your booking.

If you have any questions about our private lessons, cross country ski lessons, coaching or guiding services do get in touch with her. She also knows the resorts and the 3 Valleys ski area very well so can help with recommendations on restaurants and where to hire ski equipment.

Julia is a qualified ski instructor and holds the BASI Level 3 (ISIA) ski teaching qualification including the Level 1 adaptive instructor licence. She is also an Austrian qualified instructor and IVSI coach with over 15 years of instructing and coaching experience. Although now she just skis for fun in her free time.

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