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Instructor:  Derek Tate

BASI Level 4 ISTD - Derek has been working with BASS in the Evasion & Chamonix Valley for 13 years.

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I began skiing quite late in life, at the age of seventeen but was always a very keen sports person. I grew up in Dublin and in those days skiing was not a big thing in Ireland! Football, Karate and Athletics were very much my sports. However I was introduced to skiing through my school and enjoyed a couple of trips to Bulgaria, joined the Ski Club of Ireland, started skiing regularly at the dry ski slope and never looked back…..

During those 20 years of ski teaching I also fell in love with Chamonix and the surrounding area and now this has become my home and the base for our ski schools. Every day I spend in the Valley I like to stop and take in the awesome scenery and I know that I chose both the right career and one of the best places in the world to live and work.
Before starting BASS Chamonix with my wife and co-director in season 2004, I worked in Courchevel for three seasons and before that managed an artificial ski slope in the UK for four years. I love working in all aspects of the sport and have been heavily involved over the years in training and assessing ski instructors. I am currently Head of Training for the Irish Association of Snowsport Instructors, a Tutor for Snowsport Scotland and a Trainer for the British Association of Snowsport Instructors.

I look forward to meeting you this season and sharing with you my passion for skiing and the mountains and where could be better than the home of skiing – Mont blanc Valley!             



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