LEAD Conference

The LEAD Conference was on hiatus for 2020. We will be back, brining professional development to snowsport teachers as soon as we can.

December 2018, the LEAD Conference is back with a new line up of industry experts, hand-picked to help us Learn: Explore: Aspire: Develop.

At BASS Pro, we truly believe that ongoing professional development flourishes when ideas and experiences are shared between peers so we built LEAD to create an environment for snowsport professionals to explore and as an event to trigger inspiring conversations.

Throughout autumn 2018, we will be announcing this year’s line-up of presenters and content.

LEAD Conference: Monday 10th December

Time: 10.30 – 16.00 (tbc) Set lunch option avaialble.

Venue: Palais des Sports, Parc des Dereches, Morzine.

For booking information email: pro@britishskischool.com


Dave Sawyer-Parker

Product Council development team and UK sales agent for Marker, Dalbello and Volkl.

Dave will be running a practical workshop covering aspects of equipment compatibility and quick fix adaptations & solutions to common problems.

You are invited to bring your own equipment with you to explore your own quick fix options.

Starting with a degree in Exercise Physiology and Applied Human Nutrition Degree, Dave specialised in binding release function and knee injuries in skiing. He spent 9 years working for various winter sports brands including Nordica and Sidas where he gained a deeper understanding of foot structure and the use of orthotics.

For the last 11 years Dave has been working with the MDV group, supporting UK retail, managing marketing, finance, salea and training as well as being invited into the MDV international product development team, known as the Product Council.

Lesley Page

Lesley is a member of the BASI National Education Team, a BASI Trainer, BASS team member and is also working on a Phd related to ski teaching. Lesley’s research into teaching & learning make her the perfect presenter to provide an insightful view to the future of our profession.

Lesley’s presentation will be based around her PhD research at the University of Edinburgh.

She became a researcher to find the answer to a basic question that she’d been curious about throughout her BASI journey, ‘How can I become a better instructor?’. She is interested in how informal learning experiences shape a ski instructor’s professional development. This talk will explain the research and the findings so far. Truly a world’s first!

James Tansley

A level 2 ski patroller, over the last 15 years has worked in Perisher Blue, Australia and the Roc D’Enfer before settling into the Avoriaz ski area.

James will provide a peek into the daily tasks of the ski patroller as well as insight into the organisation of a ski patrol unit and sharing some of the issues they face.

Although trained and qualified in France, James has a wide interest in emergency medicine and is also qualified as a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician with WEMSI Scotland. He provides rope rescue training to other patrollers in Avoriaz and has helped on mountain medicine courses with demonstrations of extraction techniques.

Bev Fentiman

Owner of Morzine Massage, Bev specialises in myofascial release, soft tissue mobilisation and deep tissue work to aid recovery from any form of sporting activity.

Bev’s presentation is based on movement patterns required for snowsports; common blockages; testing and potential solutions.

Not only does Bev have many years of experience working with recreational skiers and snowboarders during their holidays, she is also responsible for keeping many of the local instructors in good working order during the winter.

Bev holds a BSc Hons in Sports Science and Human Biology: is a qualified teacher in further education as well as being a Level 5 Sports Massage Practitioner.

She was on the massage team for the rowers and sprint canoeists during the London 2012 Olympics and is the therapist of choice for Olympic medal winner, snowboarder Jenny Jones on her frequent visits to Morzine.

In summer, Bev focuses on elite triathletes and iron-man competitors.

Jaz Lamb

Director of BASS Morzine & Les Gets, current BASI Trainer and member of the BASI National Education Team. Team coach for the 2019 BASI Interski Team.

Jaz will be sharing a news update from the BASI Trainer conference as well as the 2019 Interski Congress which will take place in March.

Jaz has been a BASI Trainer for over 20 years and has been teaching for considerably longer. He was selected into the BASI Training body at a time of major upheaval caused by the change from the old to the current philosophies and thinking. His insight into this history, and understanding of the reasoning that brought about this change, make him one of the most informed people to present BASI’s Technical Philosophies.

As part of the National Education Team, he is involved with the development of the training body and the induction of new Trainers.

Jaz was on the BASI Interski Team 2011 & 2015 and is now the Team Coach for 2019. He has a deep understanding of how BASI’s involvement at Interski Congresses has helped take BASI from being the insignificant ‘lowland’ nation, trying to shout from the back rows to the respected nation we now are, sitting alongside the Alpine nations with our voice heard at the top table.

Be part of the future of snowsports!

December 2016 saw the first ever ‘LEAD‘ conference designed and delivered by BASS Pro.

Here’s what our attendee’s said:

“I found all the talks very interesting and particularly likes the different angles you all approached the subjects from.”

“The presenters were all pretty inspirational and it was great to listen to people with such great experience in the industry.”

“It was good to see a few familiar places and meet some new people.”

“The knowledge that came from all of you and all the different ideas in ways of approaching a lesson really made me want to explore as many different ways of taking a lesson as possible… with the learner in mind.”

What did you enjoy about the day?      “The course content and the social get together”      “Lunch!! and meeting other pros”

“I thought the conference was delivered well and very interesting. The 2 sessions that had the biggest impression for me were the Central Theme and Mindfulness.”

“A fantastic day, thank you”.

“Excellent, well done.”

“Thanks for the excellent conference.  I certainly would like to attend another similar event in the future.

The speakers at the inaugural 2016 LEAD Conference were:

Henry Schniewind from Henrys Avalanche Talks

Henry will be presenting “A practical model for ski professionals to maximise fun and minimise risk off-piste”
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Henry is an internationally renowned snow and avalanche expert who studied avalanche forecasting as part of a Geology degree in the United States and then moved to the French Alps where he works as an off-piste ski guide and director of  Henry’s Avalanche Talk. He has given over 750 talks and courses in the last 20 years including presenting at international snow science conferences. He has published many papers and articles, often in the British press. Henry created Henry’s Avalanche Talk (HAT) in response to the fact that 9 out of 10 victims of avalanches trigger the avalanche themselves and many of these could have been avoided.

Jaz Lamb, Director of BASS Morzine & Les Gets and senior BASI Trainer

Jaz will be presenting two talks:

  • Challenging your understanding of BASI’s technical philosophies
  • Interski – the significance of the Interski Congress for BASI, past, present & future

Jaz Lamb

Jaz has been a BASI Trainer for 20 years and been teaching as a career for considerably longer. He was selected into the BASI Training body at the time of major upheaval caused by the change from the old into the current philosophies and thinking. His insight into this history and understanding of the thinking and reasoning that brought about the change makes him one of the most informed people to discuss BASI’s Technical Philosophies.

This talk will broaden your understanding and appreciation of the core concepts that run through BASI’s DNA.

Jaz is often involved in the further education of the BASI Training body and the induction of new Trainers.

Jaz was on the BASI Interski Team 2011 & 2015 and is now the Team Coach for 2019. He has a deep understanding of how BASI’s involvement at Interski Congresses has helped take BASI from being the insignificant ‘lowland’ nation trying to shout from the back rows to the respected nation we now are sitting alongside the Alpine nations with our voice heard at the top table.


John Arnold, from Mindful Mountains & BASS Morzine

John will be presenting on Mindfulness in Skiing

John Arnold

John has been involved in skiing and coaching for over 30 years. As well as being a former Scottish National Squad Alpine Coach he has led the development of Coach Education programmes in Sports and Life Coaching.

He has studied Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Neuro-Linquistic Programming; Experiential Learning; Positive Psychology, Accelerated Learning Methods; Sports Performance Psychology, and Eastern approaches to well-being. His studies on Mindfulness led to him lecturing the Theory and Practice of Mindfulness at the University of Aberdeen.

His passion for skiing has never dimmed and now he delivers programmes based on mindfulness, mind control, emotional intelligence, stress management and relationship building.

His presentation shows how understanding mindfulness principles helps both the learner and coach in the learning process.

Becci Malthouse, Director of BASS Morzine & Les Gets and senior BASI Trainer

Becci is presenting on Teaching and Learning

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Becci is a longstanding BASI Trainer and one of the few Trainers who delivers the top, Level 4 Teaching Modules. Her understanding of the BASI Teaching Tools & Techniques is second to none and she is not only able to make the connections between the different models and concepts but relate it so people can go away with a greater understanding of how to use the models in their own teaching of clients and also apply them to themselves and their own personal development.

Becci has represented BASI as part of the Interski Team as a Snowboarder and more recently as a skier in the BASI Interski Demo Team in 2015 in Ushuaia.

Becci is often part of the delivery team at the annual BASI Trainers conference assisting in the continual development of the Training Body.