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Paul Coleman

With 18 winter seasons under his belt and having trained instructors for BASI for 10 years, Paul has a wealth of technical knowledge to pass on, as well as patience and teaching skills honed through countless hours coaching snowboarders from first timers to the highest level riders.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Hertfordshire but I’ve lived mostly in France, Spain and even Russia for a while.

How and when did you get into snowboarding?

I grew up around my parents’ watersports centre in Spain teaching watersports and spending my free time windsurfing and wakeboarding, so it was only natural for me to discover snowboarding back in the days when it was relatively unknown to the masses. My first winter in the mountains was 1991 riding a Crazy Banana board and wearing a fluoro Nevica jacket. The photos are safely under lock and key!

After so many years riding what keeps you on the slopes?

Snowboarding has given me so much over the years: travel, friendships and good times. It’s taught me about myself and other people. The amazing thing is that there is constantly something new to learn, no matter how good you are. For me it’s just as satisfying to help a beginner take his or her first steps as it is to train an instructor.

Which countries have you been riding in?

Andorra, France, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, South Korea, USA and Russia!

Career highlights?

Far too many special moments to mention but I particularly enjoyed representing the UK with the BASI Demo Team in South Korea in 2007

Favourite quote?

“The harder I practice, the luckier I get”

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Jono Stevens

A well known face in Meribel having lived there year round for several years, Jono is known for creating a relaxed atmosphere in his teaching sessions that will put the most nervous first-timer at ease, but with the experience and knowledge to ensure that even a technical minded freestyle rider will come away having learnt something new.

Where are you from?

Derby, along with Cab9 coach Chris, we grew up skateboarding together then after turning 18 the call of the French alps was too much and have been there almost ever since!

How long have you been riding for?

I’ve been riding now for 21 years and still have the same passion and enthusiasm, if not more, than the first time I tried. I’ve been involved in all aspects of snowboarding from helping people find the right setup in shops to shaping summer Parks in Norway. Along the way I spent 10 winters in France including seasons in Meribel, Morzine and Les Arcs. I spent a season teaching in Glenshee, Scotland, and even 6 months in the Snowdome! I have also taught for shorter periods in Italy and Switzerland.

What’s your favourite trick and why does it feel good?

B/S 180 – Floaty and smooth, big or small still feels good.

How would you describe your riding style?

Smooth and relaxed. I believe when you can do a trick or ride a line smoothly and relaxed that`s when you have complete control. It means there is always something more to learn, thats what keeps pushing me and why i still enjoy it so much.

Your perfect day on the slopes?

3 of my best friends, blue sky, deep powder, our favourite lines all day long until our legs hurt, then a few cold beers in the sun.

What do enjoy about coaching snowboarding?

Meeting people, riding everyday, but mostly the satisfaction you see when someone learns something new.

Why Meribel?

It has everything you need, some of the best freeride terrain going, a huge 600km of pistes and now one of the best parks in europe thanks to the DC Area 43. It`s also pretty good for a few drinks after riding!

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Tony Di Liberto

Tony has an unparalleled passion for teaching snowboarding and that’s apparent in the consistently positive feedback we receive from his clients every year. Not only that, but Tony’s an experienced and talented freestyle rider, just check out his profile pics to see what he gets up to on the slopes.

Where are you from?

I’m from a little town in the North East of France in between Les Voges and Le Jura, but I have lived in Méribel since 2003.

How long have you been riding for?

I  started to snowboard in winter 1995 in the small ski resort of La Bresse which was open every Friday night with a snowpark. Then in 2000 I moved to the Alps. I completed a ski and snowboard repair course that enabled me to work in several shops in Val Thorens and in Méribel. This experience was good to complement my snowboarding knowledge.

What’s your favourite trick and why does it feel good?

It’s quite hard to choose one trick from all those you can do on your board… but Backside Air because there are so many ways styling it: you can do it Method, Japan, Tailbone or Nicolas Muller style (this one is tricky)…
I love jibbing too! In the DC Area 43 park you can always find a good jib line.

How would you describe your riding style?

Freestyler!!!
Even though all good riders say “powder is the best!”, for me it’s even better with a freestyle touch.

Your perfect day on the slopes?

Riding with my friends, sun and blue sky, a lot of powder, finding new spots and landing new tricks.

What do enjoy about coaching snowboarding?

Teaching allows me to transmit my passion to people from all around the world.
I feel happy when I see my clients improving their technique with a smile on their faces…. and I can ride all day!
Best job of the world!

Why Meribel?

Meribel is the heart of 3 Valleys so you can easily access Courchevel, Val Thorens, La Tania, Les Ménuires and Saint Martin de Belleville… there are infinite riding options.
The atmosphere here is really cool and the architecture is in tune with the mountains.

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Sirio Cervello

Originally from Spain, Sirio grew up snowboarding in the French Pyrenees, but like all members of the Cab9 team, Sirio is a fluent English speaker. After several years teaching in Switzerland, this year he joins the Cab9 crew and we’re excited to have another talented freestyle rider and seasoned instructor on board. Welcome!

Where are you from?

I’m from Prades in the French Pyrenees and I was born in Spain.

How long have you been riding for?

I’ve been riding since I was 15. I started snowboarding in Pyrenean resorts like Les Angles and Font Romeu, but I was already passionate about skateboarding and board sports.

How would you describe your riding style?

I’m mainly a freestyle rider but when there’s powder… freeride.

Your perfect day on the slopes?

Sun, fresh snow, with friends… and finishing up in the park.

What do you enjoy about teaching snowboarding?

Snowboarding is my passion, so nothing better than making a living from my passion. Seeing my clients progress is very satisfying personally and of course getting to ride in my free time is a bonus.

Why Meribel?

The 3 Valleys is huge ski area with an incredible network of lifts. We have great clientele and Meribel has managed to retain it’s own identity, unlike many other overdeveloped resorts in France. And especially, to be able to work with my friends.

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Andrea Pizzo

Andrea is our newest member to join the Cab9 family and although Italian is Andrea’s mother tongue, he also speaks English, French and Spanish. A highly experienced instructor and skilful snowboarder, we’re sure that Andrea’s friendly character and enthusiasm will be a big hit with our clients.

Where are you from?

I’m Italian, from Bardonecchia, the site for snowboarding in the  2006 Winter Olympics, but now I live in France and spend the summers in Spain.

How long have you been riding for?

After trying skateboarding and being fascinated by the feeling, I decided to do something similar in the snow, so at the age of 13 my love for snowboarding began.

How would you describe your riding style?

I have a creative style. I like to ride powder, snowparks, I like jibbing and I like to carve hard, almost touching the ground with my nose!

Your favourite trick?

Half-cab 180 method.

Describe a perfect day on the slopes?

For a perfect day I would need clear sunny skies and a metre of super-soft powder! I would spend the morning riding powder, drop the biggest cliff of my life and later a session in the park practicing new tricks. All this with my riding buddies and finishing up at the pub for a beer.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I like to put myself in my clients’ boots to find the best solutions for them and make sure they learn whilst having fun. I love my workplace and particularly enjoy transferring my passion for snowboarding to you!

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Jay Gallagher

As an experienced snowboarder instructor and a highly qualified watersports instructor, Jay is in his element when he’s teaching. This is evident in the consistently positive feedback and many repeat bookings we receive from his clients.

Where are you from?

North Wales.

How long have you been riding for?

12 years. This winter will be my 7th season working in the Alps.

How would you describe your riding style?

Calm and controlled. I’m always looking for new ways to cruise down the hill, hitting features that other people might miss.

What binding angles do you use?

+15 / -15

How would you describe your riding style?

Relaxed and loose.

Your favourite trick?

Nollie B/S 180

Describe a perfect day on the slopes?

Early morning split-boarding on a bluebird with friends and my dog. Lunch at the peak then some waist deep powder all the way home.

Apart from snowboarding, what other interests do you have?

Wakeboarding, I spend my summers coaching and have been wake boarding since I was a kid. I also love to ride trail bikes, I like how controlled and complex the sport is.

What do you enjoy about your job?

Everything. I like meeting new people, watching them progress and seeing how happy they are when they overcome their own challenges on the hill. I enjoy using different teaching styles to help people learn and make the most out of their trip. The fact I get to snowboard all day is just a HUGE bonus.

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Xusha Nikolaeva

Xusha is our resort manageress and if you’ve been in touch with us, it’s very likely you’ve spoken to her at some point. Xusha represents Cab9 in and around the 3 Valleys and is responsible for PR, sales and bookings, as well as keeping the rest of us organised! She speaks English, French and Russian and on top of that is an impressive freestyle snowboarder. Look out for her in the park and you’ll see what we mean.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Russia, St. Petersburg but I moved to West Wales when I was 6 years old. Since 2008 I am living in France and enjoying life on the sunny side of the world.

How long have you been riding for?

I did my first winter season in 2008 in a small french resort called Montgenevre, on the border of Italy. Since 2010 I am based in Meribel and haven’t missed a season yet!

How would you describe your riding style?

Relaxed and playful but most importantly with a smile! That’s when I feel the best and make the most of my day! Riding powder, lapping the park with my friends – there’s no feeling that beats that!

What other sports are you into?

I love most sport connected to nature and the outdoors. In the summer I am based in Les Landes where I swap my winter gear for my surfboard.

What do you enjoy about working with Cab9

The fact that it’s a small company, the guys are really friendly and we form a family. But most importantly because we all share a passion for snowboarding and want to transmit our enthusiasm on to others.

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