World Class Skiing was formed in 1991 and has been visiting the slopes around the world ever since.  We pride ourselves on offering great customer service and ensuring that we create an inclusive and productive atmosphere to allow you to get the best from your skiing.  The company was formed to provide good quality ski instruction and that hasn’t changed!

World Class Skiing is renowned for the Showcase Event where we offer technical ski mornings followed by a themed afternoon allowing you to choose an activity to suit your ability.

We provide private tuition for those of you wishing to take an instructor on your skiing holiday.  Not only does this mean you get one-to-one attention throughout your stay but it allows you to utilise our expertise and skills for a fraction of the cost you would pay to hire an instructor on a daily basis.


Alex Leaf is one of the founder members of World Class Skiing and is internationally qualified to the highest level.  I.S.T.D BASI Training, I.S.I.A.  His philosophy is one of enjoyment and gaining a good rapport with his pupils.  This encourages a good basis from which to learn new skills.  He has been teaching skiing since 1977 and has a wealth of experience.  Alex was Alpine Director for BASI between 2011 and 2013.


John Gardiner is about as passionate a ski instructor as you could ever meet.  A member of BASI since 1979 and a trainer since 1983, John is now a very successful entrepreneur and sought after business speaker.  It is skiing and ski teaching that still makes him smile the most.  He is one of the original founders of World Class Skiing in 1991.

Pete Gillespie is qualified with I.S.T.D and I.S.I.A.  He is Technical Director of the Irish Ski Association and Director of his own company – Alpine Coaching.  Rest assured, he will push you to get the best from your skiing.  Pete is innovative and fun.

John Thomas is director of his ski school in Vallandry/Les Arcs, France.  He is a true professional in the field.  He has a very reassuring manner and is motivated to ensure you get the very best.

Laura Cottee joined World Class Skiing in April 2014 as their Business Development Manager.  Her background has always been in business development, marketing and customers services and when the opportunity arose to join Alex, who is also her Uncle-in-law, she jumped at the chance.

Ali Smith is a highly qualified ski teacher. Holding the top level in BASI, APSI and is a member of the Irish Ski association. Ali has a plain and open delivery of ski techniques! Ali will ensure you improve rapidly and enjoy the process!