Annie is an independent instructor with many years professional ski teaching experience in France, Italy, Switzerland and New Zealand.
BASI ISTD International Ski Teacher
BASI Telemark Instructor
Full French Equivalence
American Avalanche AIARE level 2 Trainer
British Association of Snow sport Instructors is recognized as one of the leading worldwide ski teaching qualifications. Annie has 25 years teaching experience in France, Italy, Switzerland and New Zealand. Annie in her own words: “I am passionate about skiing and love teaching the sport at all levels.
Although I still get a kick out of introducing some one to the sport, my real love is developing a piste skier into on off piste powder hound! Whatever your age, ability or goals, I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm and knowledge with you this winter.”
Annie lives in the Lake District and teaches road cycling to young children during the summer.
For the past 15 years she has worked in the Portes Du Soleil ski area, teaching beginners to expert skiers. She is very passionate about her teaching and adores the mountains, she also specializes in off-piste ski instruction and avalanche awareness.
Private lessons are the ultimate way to achieve your skiing goals, they are tailored around you as an individual and your specific needs. You will benefit from my technical knowledge and experienced eye. We can move at your pace and fit in with your style of learning. Many options are available, for example, we can spend lots of time skiing and you receive feedback on chairlifts or via a video camera. The lesson will be informative, fun and encouraging. The session could be for a total beginner, novice skier or you may want to focus on something more specific, carving, introduction to bumps, or how to control your speed or gain confidence. You may want to challenge yourself on different ski runs and start to Ski The Whole Mountain. Private lessons are available for 2 hours, 3 hours, 5 hours or a full day.
Many skiers use an instructor to start with, then its easy to stop having lessons. It is worth bearing in mind that in most sports, people will benefit from continual coaching. Once you have reached the level where you can just get down most runs, it is tempting not to bother learning any more. This is the stage that you can really start to Ski The Whole Mountain. Its fun to ski a bumpy run or challenge yourself to ski off piste. The ultimate goal is experiencing that powder day whilst on holiday and having the skills and knowledge to be able to enjoy it. I will be able to give to techniques and tactics to be able to ski, windslab to spring snow and cut up heavy powder to the light fluffy stuff. Many skiers only want to ski the really light powder, for me that’s the icing on the cake, its great but you have to be lucky to get some. The rest of the cake is made up of lots of layers, these can also be enjoyable to ski once you know how. Skiing the Whole Mountain is fun and rewarding, with good off piste skis now available it is well within most skiers capabilities. Then a whole new word of Off piste, Heli- skiing and Ski touring awaits you.
Day tours are available throughout the winter. If you have never tried ski touring before this area is fantastic, it has some easy ascents which will give you a taste of skiing in the back-country. There are a variety of off piste descents which can be accessed within 5 minutes of a lift. Private lessons available up to a maximum of 6 people. When off piste skiing, I always provide within the price of the lesson, an avalanche transceiver, snow shovel and probe.
Host Savoie provide beautiful chalet holidays with instruction from Annie Donovan aimed at Intermediate skiers too good for ski school but wanting to move their skiing on to the next level. The next dates are:
Please email if you are interested in additional 3 or 5 day ski courses, ski level 4 to 7.