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Nicola P.
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  (20) reviews
80
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  • Nicola P. has received the Trophy Award for consistently providing a fantastic service
Val Thorens
Skiing

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80% of Nicola`s previous customers left 5 star reviews
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80% of Nicola`s previous customers left 5 star reviews
Nicola P. has received the Trophy Award for consistently providing a fantastic service

Trophy award

  • Nicola P. has received the Trophy Award for consistently providing a fantastic service
  • Experience: 13 Years

  • Languages: English , Italian , Spanish

  • Cancellation Policy: Flexible [?]

I’ m Nicola Piva, 34 years old and ski is my passion since when i was a kid. I was a ski racer till i was 18 when i started my ski instructor career. I worked in Italy, Argentina, Australia, switzerland, and then i came to France where i’ve been teaching for the past 5 years.
In the summer i manage my own enogastronomic bike tour company in the north of Italy, where i live.
In my free time, i like to ride my mountain bike and hike with my dog “Dante”.

  • Great with beginners
  • Fun children’s lessons
  • Patient with improvers
  • Superb for intermediates
  • Fantastic with experts
What to expect in a lesson

My lesson is customized for each client. I start with a very brief question and answer session to understand your level and what you want to achieve, from a fun and pleasant leisure skiing and making you acquainted with the ski area, to a more technical analysis to improve your personal skills. We compliment all this with some fun video sessions where you will see yourself before and after and you will be able to appreciate your improvements

20 reviews
Overall Rating 5.0

(20 reviews)

(5.0/5)
Friendliness
5.0
Time keeping
5.0
Communication
5.0
Technical feedback
4.9
James .
26/04/2022

5.0

Beginner

If I could give Nico 6 stars I would, organised right off the bat suggesting things before we arrived in resort. Friendly, great instruction with the short time we had available. Would absolutely use Nico again.

James booked a total of 4 hours with Nicola

Simon Sá Feio .
21/04/2022

5.0

Beginner

Nico was absolutely amazing! He taught four 11-13 year olds all at different levels and improved each of their skiing skills considerably. Always punctual, easy to communicate with and a great teacher the kids and I would recommend Nico to anybody.

Simon Sá Feio booked a total of 12 hours with Nicola

Lynda Thomas .
20/04/2022

5.0

Beginner

Nico is fantastic and I couldn’t recommend more highly. I’m a nervous skier who never seems to progress. By the end of one week with Nico I could really feel a difference in my technique & confidence, and friends who have skied with me for several years were shocked by my improvement. Nico explained things clearly (what I needed to do, as well as the reason why), always demonstrated what he meant (showing me both the right & wrong technique), and each lesson was full of encouragement & laughter. Massive thanks, Nico.

Lynda Thomas booked a total of 12 hours with Nicola

mark jenkins .
19/04/2022

5.0

Intermediate

Nico started by teaching my kids (14 and 12) some tricks on ski's that showed them how much fun skiing could be, and then moved on to carving turns, hockey stops, short turns to control speed on steep slopes, and jumps. My kids had a lot of fun while learning to ski far better than I thought possible during our weeks holiday. They are are now confidently doing red runs with good pace and control after only two weeks on skis. Thanks Nico!

mark jenkins booked a total of 4 hours with Nicola

Ian Stokes .
16/04/2022

5.0

Mixed

Nico is an excellent teacher and helps the group improve their skiing lots. He also a super guy and we very much enjoyed our time with him.

Ian Stokes booked a total of 5 hours with Nicola

Stephanie Rothe... .
08/04/2022

4.8

Mixed

Nicola was a great teacher - we were a mixed ability group and he was able to cater to each of our needs whilst keeping our 15 year old engaged with additional little tricks she could master - such as backwards skiing. He was warm and compassionate and took into account both our practical and emotional needs. I would not hesitate to recommend him and will definitely use again should we be in the Three Valleys Area - thank you Nico.

Stephanie Rotherham booked a total of 3 hours with Nicola

Sue Wong .
05/04/2022

4.8

Beginner

Our family had 3 private lessons with Nico. Being intermediate skiers who hasn’t skied in 2 years, Nico quickly helped us get our ski legs back! He adapted the lessons based on our needs and focused on improving on each of our weaknesses. I would definitely book Nico for ski lessons again.

Sue Wong booked a total of 6 hours with Nicola

Ellis .
26/03/2022

5.0

Mixed

Nico planned really well organised lessons for us and was very patient and friendly. Given that one of us was a complete beginner and one was intermediate he split the lessons perfectly to focus on each persons needs. We will definitely look to have lessons from Nico next year again ☺️

Ellis booked a total of 6 hours with Nicola

Richard Burke .
16/03/2022

5.0

Beginner

Thanks so much to Nico for the last few days of lessons. It was lovely to meet you and hope our paths cross again someday - maybe at the vineyard! Nico really listened to what we wanted to achieve and tailored his lessons accordingly. I was nervous about skiing and his technique really helped me to improve so I felt more confident. I have really enjoyed the lessons and the skiing and would throughly recommend Nico to anyone who wants to get better with their skiing.

Richard Burke booked a total of 2 hours with Nicola

Ivy .
05/03/2022

5.0

Mixed

Nico was a superb instructor, specifically he was extremely patient (as I was a very nervous intermediate) and understood that I had to overcome some mental blocks as well as physical technique. He has great interpersonal skills and is very professional, he clearly demonstrated many years of training and experience instructing.He helped me overcome some real barriers this week. I would highly recommend Nico for all levels and particularly for anyone like me who needs patience, challenge, honesty and humour!

Ivy booked a total of 18 hours with Nicola

Natalia Bogdano... .
26/02/2022

5.0

Mixed

My two have had the best time with Nicola - both said in a few days they learned more than in years of ski-school. And they massively improved technically. We really hope to work with him again next year.

Natalia Bogdanova booked a total of 18 hours with Nicola

Ben J.
21/02/2022

4.9

Mixed

My 2 kids had a great experience with Nico. He is very enthusiastic, a good communicator and teacher and always on time. The kids progressed a lot and had a great time. Would highly recommend Nico.

Ben booked a total of 10 hours with Nicola

Irina .
15/02/2022

5.0

Mixed

Nicola is a great coach from technical side and adapts quickly to individual needs. Friendly, calm and enjoyable company! Highly recommended.

Irina booked a total of 12 hours with Nicola

Cara .
12/02/2022

4.9

Mixed

Nicola was a fantastic coach today, he really helped with my confidence and technical skills. He was relaxed and friendly highly recommended

Cara booked a total of 4 hours with Nicola

Paul Casey .
03/02/2022

5.0

Beginner

Very happy with my lesson!! Nico was great - he quickly understood what I was seeking to achieve and tailored the session to suit. Friendly and fun. Looking forward to using him again.

Paul Casey booked a total of 2 hours with Nicola

Charlotte .
02/02/2022

5.0

Beginner

Had such a great time learning to ski with Nico. He’s so positive, upbeat and a great coach. Honestly recommend whole heartedly.

Charlotte booked a total of 6 hours with Nicola

Lydia Cooper .
24/01/2022

5.0

Beginner

Nicola was so friendly, calm and patient. After just an hours lesson, I really felt the impact of his teaching! Definitely going to have another lesson with Nicola! Having only got into skiing at the age of 22, he really helped me to control my speed and feel more confident on the slopes! I would 100% recommend Nicola to any adult beginners. Reasonable price and priceless lessons!

Lydia Cooper booked a total of 2 hours with Nicola

Sara .
24/01/2022

5.0

Nico was the best teacher I ever had. Competent, patient and friendly. A few hours with him and I improved a lot! Thanks Nico!

Joan Kelly .
20/01/2022

5.0

We had a very positive experience with Nicola. We had lessons for the week and we benefited greatly from his tuition. He was very patient, reassuring and encouraging. Nicola challenged us everyday but never put us at risk. He is also good fun! We look forward to continuing our lessons with Nicola next season.

Olly .
20/01/2022

5.0

Nico has coached my 3 kids over the last 3yrs, the last time being this year in Méribel (aged 10, 8 and 6yrs old). They all love his lessons for the fun that he brings whilst progressing their skiing and technique. Would recommend Nico to anyone with kids. Always on time, highly professional, clear in his communication and teaching and above all fun.

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