OUR TEAM

MEET THE TEAM

In our team you will find teachers dedicated to children, certified professionals in multiple disciplines, able to offer targeted lessons, guides who will take you away from the crowd and show you the most beautiful places, as well as former athletes capable of pushing you to the limit.

MADDALENA

Name, last Name: Maddalena Catalano
Nickname: Madda
Where are you from: Bolzano, Italy
Age: 48
Spoken languages: italian, german, english
Sport you teach: ski, crosscountry, snowkite
Why did you become snow sport instructor: I love teaching; I love to make people feel good. Doing sport is very important for people’s health, in particular outdoor sports, so teaching outdoor sports is really what I like to do
Favourite type of lessons to teach: beginner ski, snowkite, kids ski lessons
How you spend your days off when not working: meeting friends and enjoyng people I love
What do you do in summertime: work at my kitesurf and windsurf school in Sardinia
Sports you like: rugby, triathlon, functional training and of course all the sports I teach
What are your passions and interests: physics and biology
Brief CV: I am Graduated in physics, I worked as a reasercher at the National Council of Reasearch in Milan; professor in Physics (Mechanics and Thermodynamics) at the University Politecnico of Milan at the engeneering department; specialization in Medical Physics and worked in the Radiation Oncology departments in different Hospitals in Milan. I played as rugby player in the highest division in Italy for 7 Years; I practiced 7 Years thriathlon and Ironman distance. Ski, kitesurf and windsurf instructor
Link: sportspardise-kitesurf.com

ALESSANDRO

Name, last Name:Alessandro Bassola
Nickname: Benni, Banana
Where are you from: Valtellina, Italy
Age: 43
Spoken languages: Italian, English, Spanish
Sport you teach: Snowboard, Ski and Mtb
Why did you become snow sport instructor: because i love to share my passion and my skills with the other peoples
Favourite type of lessons to teach: my favorite is freestyle but I like also introduce beginners to the snow sport
How you spend your days off when not working: when the conditions are suitable I love to search for new lines in the wild nature
What do you do in summertime: bike guide
Sports you like: biking, climbing, slacklining, surfing
What are your passions and interests: spirituality, meditation, healthy nutrition
Brief CV: Maestro Snowboard Instructor, Arianna Tricomi’s coach (3 times World Champion Freeride World Tour). Mtb’s instructor
Link: Instagram

SARA

Name, last Name: Sara Vollmann
Where are you from: Corvara in Badia, Italy
Age: 35
Spoken languages: italian, english, german
Sport you teach: alpine ski
Why did you become snow sport instructor: I was a pro skiers before, and actually I love to teach people to ski
Favourite type of lessons to teach: my favourite lesson to teach are teens and adults. Technique improvement and beginners. I’m very good with beginners that are scared
How you spend your days off when not working: when I’m not working I like to ski by myself. I love skiing. Or simply chill!
What do you do in summertime: in summer I travel
Sports you like: I love surfing, mtb, climbing
What are your passions and interests: I’m passionate about ancient history and spirituality
Brief CV: I was a pro athlete of alpine ski and was part of the world Cup team in the speed disciplines. I studied at a liceo linguistico

LORENZO

Name, last Name: Lorenzo Braidotti
Nickname: Lore or Lollo
Where are you from: Pila (VC), Italy
Age: 29
Spoken languages: italian, english, german
Sport you teach: snowboard, ski and mtb
Why did you become snow sport instructor: I became a snowboard instructor because it’s been my passion since my childhood. I started practicing snow sports when I was 3 years old; starting with cross-country skiing, passing through alpine skiing and finishing with snowboarding. After years and years, of competing at international level, I decided I wanted to pass my knowledge to others and I’m following a path, becoming first a teacher, then a coach and finally an Italian National Instructor
Favourite type of lessons to teach: I prefer snowboarding, but I don’t hold back from any activity, from skiing to hiking and snowshoeing
How you spend your days off when not working: when I’m not working I’m training or studying, I’m always out in the mountains looking for some couloir or line to try!
What do you do in summertime: in summer I am a mountain bike guide in the Dolomites
Sports you like: I like almost all sports: snowboarding, skiing, cross-country skiing, skating, running, cycling, climbing, walking, via ferratas, canoeing, slacklining, etc…
What are your passions and interests: my passion is to do sports in life, always stay active, taking care of my body through sport and a healthy diet
Brief CV: I worked in various ski schools in South Tyrol and Switzerland. I have coached snowboard athletes for several years and last year I was the coach of the Chinese national snowboard team. Snowboard instructor (MAESTRO) and coach. At the end of the winter season I will become a national snowboard instructor in Italy. Südtirol Mtb Guide. I’m about to finish a degree in sports science. Bilingual high school diploma: Italian/German

ISABEL

Name, last Name: Isabel Venturini
Nickname: Isa, Isi, Ace
Where are you from: Val Gardena (Dolomites), Italy
Age: 28
Spoken languages: ladin, italian, german, spanish, english
Sport you teach: ski, snowboard, snowkite
Why did you become snow sport instructor: since I was very young I’ve always loved to be surrounded by mountains and forests, I love skiing since I can remember so why not make it become my job
Favourite type of lessons to teach: I love to teach small groups or one to one. Most of all I like to empower women and girls of every age who’d love to feel comfortable on skis or on a snowboard
How you spend your days off when not working: I do sports I love to do if the weather conditions permit it, if not, I take a nice good rest day at home reading, sleeping, listening to music…
What do you do in summertime: I am a kite surf instructor and I live on Garda Lake in Italy
Sports you like: snowboarding, kitesurfing, wing foiling, hiking, yoga and agro yoga and many more
What are your passions and interests: other than loads of sports I enjoy music and to play music, drawing and reading. I travel a lot, thanks to my job that allows me to get connected with beautiful places and it’s various people
Brief CV: I studied at the Ski-college “Raetia” in Ortisei for 3 years of high school, then I changed school and finished high school at the Professional Institute for commercial and tourist services Claudia de Medici in Bolzano, commerce and tourism class. In 2014 I graduated as an accountant and tourism technician. I’ve worked for a year as accountant. I am also a judoka, I’ve been competing since I was about 6 years old and quit the judo career as I graduated. I was a judo teacher afterwards for a few years. I am a licensed VDWS level 3 kite surf instructor with Italian powerboat license and I have the Swiss Kids Assistant Ski Instructor certificate. Since 2022 I also have the STCW license to work on board of boats as a deckhand
Link: Instagram

GIULIA

Name, last Name: Giulia Cavalli
Where are you from: Bassano del Grappa, Italy
Age: 28
Spoken languages: italian, english, and a little bit of swedish
Sport you teach: ski, snowboard
Why did you become snow sport instructor: I’ve always loved the mountains and skiing, but I also love teaching and people so the best way to put everything together was to become a ski teacher 🙂
Favourite type of lessons to teach: kids classes, both individual and little groups. But I also like teaching to adults
How you spend your days off when not working: I’m an outdoor enthusiastic. I love being in the nature, hike, climb, go on my mountain bike. I also love cooking and reading.
Beside being a ski teacher I have two other jobs: one in the field of “social works” (so I deal with kids with troubled lives, and many other difficult situations) and the other in a ski shop
What do you do in summertime: usually I have two months break from my two jobs and during that time I try to stay in the mountains as much as I can.
I have a little yellow van and a dog, we travel around the Dolomites seeking for some adventures 🙂
Sports you like: of course snow sports are my number one but I also love hiking and climbing, biking and especially bike-packing. I love swimming and surfing
What are your passions and interests: as I said I’m an outdoor enthusiastic, I just love being in the nature. I love doing sports, any kind of sports. I truly love cooking and baking. I read a lot, historical romances is my kind of book, I never get tired of medieval stories.
In my house I have tons of plants, I love being surrendered by plants 🙂 I really like gardening with some soft music in the background
Brief CV: Master’s Degree in Language Sciences and a Bachelor’s degree in Language, civilization and language sciences with international political curriculum – languages: English and Swedish. Assistant Ski Instructor

MANUELA

Name, last Name:Manuela Knobel
Where are you from: Switzerland
Age: 38
Spoken languages: german, english, italian
Sport you teach: snow shoe hiking, cross-country, ski, snowkite
Why did you become snow sport instructor: mountains are my home and I love to share one of my passions with other persons
Favourite type of lessons to teach: snowshoe shoe hiking and snowkite
How you spend your days off when not working: kundalini yoga, walking/hiking, biking, doing winter sports, reading
What do you do in summertime: hiking, biking, yoga, enjoy nature, swimming in the lakes
Sports you like: hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, cross-country skiing, kite surfing
What are your passions and interests: kundalini yoga, nature, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, outdoors
Brief CV: various office jobs; federal diploma in homeopathy; certificate in systemical hypnotherapy; certificate as a kundalini yoga teacher
Link: manuelaknobel.com

LAURA

Name, last Name:Laura Mazzucchi
Where are you from: Livigno, Italy
Age: 29
Spoken languages: italian, english, french, german, spanish and portuguese
Sport you teach: alpine ski
Why did you become snow sport instructor: mountains are my home, I born in the Alps and I’ve skied for all my life since my early childhood so when I grew up I decided to make my biggest passion also my dream job
Favourite type of lessons to teach: group lessons
How you spend your days off when not working: I usually practice sport (ski touring, climbing, swimming, walking) and I spend time with my beloved ones
What do you do in summertime: I’m an educator, I work with children and I travel around the world
Sports you like: ski, telemark, mountain bike, running, walking, Nordic walking, stand up paddle, climbing, body rafting
What are your passions and interests: travels, books, photography, cooking
Brief CV: Master degree in primary education; Full certified ski instructor and alpine skiing trainer
Link: Instagram Fb

JESSICA

Name, last Name: Jessica De Stefani
Nickname: Je
Where are you from: Chiavenna, Italy
Age: 31
Spoken languages: italian, german, a little bit english smile
Sport you teach: ski and snowshoes
Why did you become snow sport instructor: I became a teacher because I want to share my passion for skiing to children, as my instructor did with me when I was 6 years old
How you spend your days off when not working: I always spend my free time in the gym or doing sports in nature
What do you do in summertime: in summer I never sit still: I love travelling, hiking in the mountains and surfing. I get carried away by the current of the waves
Sports you like: gym, alpine skiing, ski touring, surfing, bouldering, mountain biking, swimming and football
What are your passions and interests: I love cooking and spending time with my animals: two dogs and two cats and I love taking pictures of nature, especially of the sky
Brief CV: I studied accountancy in Italy once I got my certification, I left Italy to begin my studies of German Language in Berlin, after which I have always worked in Switzerland as a waitress and seller of athletic equipment.
Swiss Ski Kids Instructor

LUCA

Name, last Name: Luca Maspes
Nickname: Rampik
Where are you from: Valtellina, Italy
Age: 51
Spoken languages: italian, english, french, spanish
Sport you teach: rock and ice climbing, mountaineering
Why did you become snow sport instructor: because it has been my passion since I was a child
Favourite type of lessons to teach: climbing for children, I like to see the enthusiasm of young people
How you spend your days off when not working: I open new route in the mountain, I’m a director of mountain films, communication manager for the Alpine Guides (in Lombardia) and I write about the history of mountaineering on Italian web magazine
What do you do in summertime: in recent years I have mainly worked with climbing for children and summer climbing camp
Sports you like: tennis, I played quite a bit before I started climbing
What are your passions and interests: my interests are always related to the world of the mountains, I have been practicing Thai Chi for a few years
Brief CV: I’m a UIAGM Mountain Guide, expert of communication and history of mountaineering, I wrote many books and articles for climbing magazine, and I’ve a long curriculum as mountaineer in the Alps, Patagonia and Karakorum. I’ve been working with some TV and film productions for 20 years, behind and in front of the cameras
Link: Instagram Fb

KATJA

Name, last Name: Katja Kürten
Nickname: Kat
Where are you from: Australia
Age: 27
Spoken languages: english, german, italian
Sport you teach: ski, snowboard, snowkite
Why did you become snow sport instructor: I grew up snowboarding in a little team in Australia. It was by far my favourite thing to do as a teenager so naturally when I finished school I wanted to continue, and instructing allowed me to make my passion also my career. I feel so lucky to live this life travelling around in beautiful natural spots and couldn’t imagine doing anything else!
Favourite type of lessons to teach: I enjoy teaching all types of lessons, my greatest joy is seeing someone push their boundaries and achieve their goals, no matter the age or ability
How you spend your days off when not working: if I am not teaching I am usually out hiking the park or hunting for fresh powder
What do you do in summertime: for the last 8 years I have done back to back winters in both hemispheres, so no summertime for me
Sports you like: between winters i love to hike, surf, skate, climb, kite board and travel by bike camping in amazing natural parts of the earth
What are your passions and interests: I am always so astonished by nature, so anything and everything outdoors! I love travelling to strange parts of the world and experiencing new environments and cultures
Brief CV: this will be my 10th season working as an instructor, during this time I have taught in Australia, China, Japan, France and Switerland. APSI level 3 snowboard, BASI level 1 ski

ALESSIO

Name, last Name: Alessio Maritano
Nickname: Ale
Where are you from: Turin, Italy
Age: 32
Spoken languages: italian, english, french
Sport you teach: ski, snowboard
Why did you become snow sport instructor: I always loved the mountains and I feel that doing snow sports is a wonderful way to experience this environment at its best. I find it incredibly rewarding to share my knowledge and passion with others
Favourite type of lessons to teach: I love teaching every type of lesson. I am super patient with beginners, but I also love helping experts to refine their techniques on slope, off-piste or in the park
How you spend your days off when not working: freeriding, doing splitboarding / ski mountaineering and studying
What do you do in summertime: I don’t have any summers! During our summer I teach snow sports in New Zealand and Australia. During autumn and spring I love spending time in the mountains or traveling the world with my bike
Sports you like: climbing, mountaineering, cycling, swimming
What are your passions and interests: I am very passionate about the natural environment, gardening and exploring weird corners of the world
Brief CV: I have a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of Turin. My snow sports instructor certifications are: Maestro di Snowboard full-cert (AMSI-Italy), Snowboard Examiner (APSI-Australia), Rookie Snowboard Evaluator (CASI-Canada), Ski Instructor Level 3 ISIA (APSI-Australia). During my life I have been teaching in Italy, France, Switzerland, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand. In Australia and China I work also as a Trainer/Examiner, teaching and certifying other instructors

MAURILIO

Name, last Name: Maurilio Curti
Nickname: Mauri
Where are you from: Morbegno, Italy
Age: 43
Spoken languages: italian, french
Sport you teach: ski, telemark, snowboard, cross-country, snowkite, mtb, kitesurf
Why did you become snow sport instructor: passionate and entusiastic, mountain lover, I love to share this with everyone (children and adults included), emphatic and patient with whom wants to discover this amazing sport (ski, freeride, snowkite, …)
Favourite type of lessons to teach: snowkite lessons, ski lessons to children, advance ski lessons
How you spend your days off when not working: kitesurf holiday/safari, telemark excursions with passionate guys
What do you do in summertime: manager and director of a kitesurf school (MC4season) based in Como Lake, leader in kitesurf holiday around the world
Sports you like: I love all the sports
What are your passions and interests: discovering new landscapes and culture with my van
Brief CV: ski instructor since June 2000 certified by “Collegio Regionale Maestri di sci Lombardia”; mountain bike guide since 2005, certified by “Accademia europea di Mtb”; kitesurf instructor since 2005 and since 2012 certified by “VDWS International”; rescue alpine volountear, skiman since 2019 certified by “Accademia Italiana”, MC4season ASD president since 2012; from 2019 to 2023 SkiSchool evolution manager and director based in St. Moritz