Life Changing Experience
Despite his youthful good looks and charm, Lello is actually one of our older trainee ski instructors who has decided to embark on a career and life changing experience when over the age of 50.
In a previous life Lello was the managing director of two health spas in London and the owner of a successful website selling skin care products. After 25 years in the capital he decided it was time to escape. During the economic recession he thought it best to close his company and move into consultancy – he hated consultancy. So Lello looked for what he really wanted to do.
Lello was brought up in the country and loves the outdoors. Coupled with his passion for skiing this led him to look for opportunities in the ski industry and he found our 11 week course at Sun Peaks Resort, Canada.
“Serious about skiing – your place is here” – Lello Clark
Lello flew out in November to join us at Sun Peaks Resort, Canada, and at first found the course difficult – its not easy to forget 25 years of skiing experience! However, his instructors stripped away the bad habits and by going back to basics and relearning techniques his skiing continues to develop. Lello claims his skiing has improved by 150% and by the end of his course will be 200% better. ‘This,’ he says is ‘beyond his wildest dreams’.
Even more exciting for Lello has been the discovery of ski racing. The Friday Race Series held in Sun Peaks Resort is open to locals and visitors alike. From the young to the old, there are categories for everyone to enter. Thinking he would dislike the sport, Lello took advantage of a free entry offered from the snow school and found he loved it. Speed is his friend. The racing has helped improve aspects of his skiing and he hopes to continue shaving the seconds of his time.
When Lello enrolled on the course he was certain he wanted to be a better skier. He was not sure about actually being an instructor. However, after gaining his CSIA Level One Ski Instructor qualification he spent many hours shadowing professional instructors from the snow school. This was an eye opener. He found he really enjoyed teaching. It was the most surprising element of the course. And as a consequence he hopes to find work as an instructor either in New Zealand and Australia or in Europe.
We wish Lello well especially for his Level 2 course which he undertakes in 2 weeks time.
Update – 9th February 2013
Lello Clark is now a CSIA Level 2 Ski Instructor. Well done and good luck for the future.