JAMES STEWART-HUNTER BASI Level 4 ISTD Ski Instructor
James has been skiing since he was 3 years old when he went on his first skiing holiday to the Alps. Growing up it was always his passion and favourite past time, but sadly Ski Sunday and the dry ski slope at Sandown was the closest he could get to skiing most of the year.
When James was 11, on holiday in Val d'Isére he made the life decision that he was going to do a ski season which eventually happened in 2000 and since then he has never looked back.
James started his seasons working in Val d'Isére as a bootfitter, he then worked in Nendaz and Zermatt as a Ski Instructor learning his trade while going through his BASI Ski Instructor qualifications. Once James achieved the highest level ski instructor qualification, BASI Level 4 International Ski Teaching Diploma (ISTD) in 2007 he moved to Tignes. With his friend and fellow instructor Gavin Lewis they set up 'The Development Centre', a British Independent ski school, also based in Val d'Isére and the Three Valleys.
James also was formerly a director of and ran Gapski Ski Instructor Training, an 11 week programme training and assessing aspirant BASI instructors up to BASI Level 2 qualification.
James also likes to spend time skiing and playing in the grand outdoor play ground that is Chamonix. With its big jagged peaks, heavily glaciated terrain and high altitudes make it a perfect backcountry freeride mecca.
During the off season out of ski boots, James can be found either, riding his road bike up a mountain col or his downhill mountain bike down some kick ass trail, surfing some nice (hopefully warm) waves surrounded by sandy beaches, climbing and mountaineering mainly in Chamonix, and generally trying to do as much sport as possible while also working as a carpenter (sometimes).