About SkiClass

Patsy Duncan is from Scotland and lives for 6 months of the year in Perthshire and 6 months in France . She has worked in the 3 Valleys for 16 years. For 6 years Patsy was co-directing SKI EXCEL and is now embarking on the fourth season with SKI CLASS. She holds a full International licence and also has the Equivalence which is necessary to work in France. Her training was done with BASI and ENSA.
Patsy began her career racing and was a member of the British Alpine Ski Team on the Europa Cup and CAN/AM circuit. During her team days she began her teaching qualifications, soon qualifying as a BASI trainer aged 22. She spent 14 years working with people on BASI courses examining and training candidates.
She spent one season teaching in Austria. During that time she competed in the European Freestyle circuit.
Patsy was a member of the British Demonstration Team. This is a world recognised Interski organisation where she travelled to Japan, Austria and Italy. During her domo era she was also a member of The BASI demonstration team for 10 years in succession, demonstrating ski techniques at Earls Court at the London Ski Show adding more experience to her C.V.
The speed ski-ing World championships, only ever to be held once in Scotland saw her in first place.
Now Patsy enjoys off-piste and exploring new terrain. She also recently added snowboarding to her list.
She loves teaching at all levels and meeting new faces so she can pass on her snow sport skills to others.
Summer and Autumn is spent on the dry slope in Perthshire, Scotland teaching mainly children and in July on the Glacier in Tignes.
In addition Patsy also holds a qualification in pre-school teaching and has had several years experience at Craigclowan Preparatory School which is where the dry slope is situated.
Jas is from Edinburgh and is an Alpine Race Coach and Snowsports Instructor. He is a CSCF Performance Level 3 Coach and a fully qualified ski instructor (BASI Level 4 ISTD, Carte Professionnelle) and enthusiastic telemark instructor. Jas has now also become a BASI Trainer.
He started skiing at a young age and began race training in the Caingorms with the Scottish Ski Club. Whilst at school he was selected to ski for the Scottish Alpine Ski Team, he was then selected as a full time athlete for the British Alpine Development Ski Team which was based in Lofer, Austria.
After racing full time for three years, he moved into instructing and coaching. Jas has gained valuable experience working with several race clubs and ski schools in France. Since leaving the National Team, Jas has continued to coach and race. In 2008 Jas was selected to be an official Euro Test opener for BASI.
Jas has a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and competed at the World University Games in Harbin 2009, finishing 12th in the Combined Overall.
Jas currently works with the British Children's Ski Team and is a head coach for the Kandahar Club, working with young ski racers throughout the season across Europe.
For the past five years Jas has working at Treble Cone in New Zealand through the Summer, where he trains and develops instructors, along with race coaching and teaching alpine and telemark.
Jas wants to continue to work with skiers of all levels and pass on his knowledge and experience to others around the world and is looking forward to working with the team and clients from SKI CLASS.
Jimmy Smith is the most experienced ski instructor on our team. He was born in Wales and now lives partly in Boat of Garten, Scotland and in the Winter he lives near Courchevel.Having spent two seasons with Patsy working with Ski Excel he has decided to join Patsy and Jas working with our clients from SKI CLASS.
Jimmy arrived in Edinburgh as a teenager where he spent many hours at Hillend,
the largest artificial ski slope in Europe, perfecting his technique and subsequently began ski-ing on snow at Glenshee, a resort in the East of Scotland. Jimmy became so enthused with ski-ing that he trained to become a ski instructor .
After Jimmy completed all his BASI qualifications and passed with his international licence he then went on to become a trainer with the association for several years. His international licence took him all over the World teaching in places as far away as New Zealand, Canada, Australia and Japan. All these jobs have involved both teaching and supervising.
To add to his list he also trained the British Alpine Ski Racing Team from 1981-1984 as head coach. During the summer months Jimmy runs his own building business in Scotland.