Instructor: Derek Tate
BASI Level 4 ISTD - Derek has been working with BASS in the Evasion & Chamonix Valley for 13 years.
- Principle Author of Parallel Dreams Alpine Skiing and co Author of Ski Instructors Handbook, Teaching Tools & Techniques
- BASI ISTD (British Association of Snowsport Instructors, International Snowsports Teacher Diploma) with full French Equivalence
- Coach at Parallel Dreams Coaching
- Trainer & Tutor for UK & Irish training & award bodies
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…..
20+ years later I am still totally in love with the sport and “life in the mountains”. During that time I have been involved in racing, race coaching, ski school, instructor training and have taught just about everything from 4 year olds to top level instructors. I have been lucky enough to work in many countries around the world including the USA, France and of course Scotland to name but a few.
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.