- BASI Ski Instructor, Highest Level 4, ISTD (International Ski Teacher Diploma)
- Full French Equivalent (Ier degree ski alpin)
- European Speed Test Holder (GS Eurotest)
- Level 3 Mountain Safety
- Alpine Performance Coach
- Brand Ambassador at FACTION
About Mark Gear:
Mark Gear is one of the World’s leading ski instructors for off-piste skiing. He has many years of experience helping skiers improve all-mountain and off-piste skiing skills in Chamonix, France and across Europe.
He is qualified to the highest international standard (level 4 ISTD) through BASI (British Association of Snowsport Instructors). He’s also been awarded the full French equivalent ski instructor diploma, (BEES I Ski Alpin) having passed the notoriously difficult giant slalom, speedtest in France.
His fun, innovative and professional ski teaching focuses on client’s personal goals, whilst including his unique methodology to encourage better control, versatility and individual skier expression. Mark believes this is key to mastering the whole mountain and being able to ski any conditions and any terrain.
Mark spent his teens skiing, racing and teaching on a dry ski slope where he grew up in Essex before moving to Chamonix, France in 1995. After intensive training and a rigorous exam system, in 2001 Mark became the first British (BASI) qualified ski instructor to earn the right to legally work for a local French ski school in the resort of Chamonix. Mark spent the next 2 seasons working as a stagiaire ski instructor for Evolution 2 until completing his final international diploma in December 2003.
Mark started All Mountain Performance in 2004 specialising in off-piste performance ski courses. Today, he has successfully opened the exciting realm off-piste skiing to thousands of skiers and is a recognised leader in his field.
As well as coaching the recreational public, Mark has also been involved in the development training of other ski instructors, competitors, high mountain guides and other mountain professionals. His ski coaching approach has earned him a renowned reputation for achieving excellent results.
For info about Mark Gear’s artwork and skiing paintings please visit: https://www.markgear.art/skipaintings