Nick has been skiing all his life and he first ventured to the ski resorts of Canada and the USA in 1991. In 1995 he founded Ski Aspen. He is a qualified ski instructor with Australian and Canadian certifications.
Nick is also an experienced mountaineer with numerous Himalayan summits under his belt, including Mt Everest. He also works as a leadership development consultant and keynote speaker. Nick’s passion is everything skiing and with 25 Aspen seasons under his belt has finally achieved ‘local’ status in this iconic Colorado ski town. Learn more about Nick.
After numerous winters in the Europe, the USA and Canada, Rob joined the Mt. Hotham Ski School in 1995 and Ski Aspen in 2009. He has Australian Professional Ski Instructors Alpine 3 certification and continues to update his skiing qualifications. A passion for instructing and helping guests to improve their skills underpins his approach. Whether it’s floating through the powder, carving up the groomers or swilling at après, Rob likes to make every moment count and is a favourite with our guests.
When the snow has gone, Rob is a ceramic artist working with wood fired pottery and exploring the parallel worlds of fire and ice.
Martina provides Ski Aspen with some Italian flare and her ski performance speaks for itself! Martina has achieved both Canadian instructing (CSIA 3) & CSCF race coaching qualifications and has a background of instructing and coaching in Canada. As a teenager, Martina was a competition GS ski racer. “I was actually a swimming athlete and had to give up skiing because of swimming… but I ended up giving up competitive swimming because I couldn’t see my life without snow!”
With a degree in geography science, Martina knows everything about climate phenomena – and is now our ‘go to’ for the heads up on the next powder day!
Since 2004, Attila has been a favourite with both staff and guests of Ski Aspen. Skiing throughout Australia and New Zealand from a young age, Attila’s love for the mountains took him to Mt. Buller where he learnt about the industry from the ground up – working in roles from ski hire to lift operations and risk management. Attila is a qualified APSI instructor who spends the Aussie winter teaching skiing at Mt Hotham.
Outside of Ski Aspen, Attila works as a helicopter crew member for the Emergency Services, including the Air Ambulance. His other interests include renovating, gardening, coffee and a nice glass of red!
Simon Brand has been a key member of the Ski Aspen team since 2004. A telemark and alpine skier with extensive backcountry skiing experience, Simon is a qualified Avalanche Technician with the Canadian Avalanche Association. Simon has also completed 11 seasons working as a volunteer ski patroller at Mt Hotham.
In his other life, Simon is a supervisor at the Victoria Police Search and Rescue Squad. In this capacity, he regularly instructs a range of Search and Rescue courses including roping, climbing, steep snow and ice rescue techniques and alpine skills. A very experienced and qualified member of the Ski Aspen team, Simon now manages and directs the many safety considerations crucial to the safe operation of our Aspen tours.
Kate’s skiing career spans Europe, Canada, America, New Zealand, Japan and Australia. She has instructed in the UK and Europe and guided ski tours in St Anton, Austria. A ski instructor with British and Australian qualifications, Kate has taught at the Mt Hotham Ski School since 1999. She loves to see her guests taking the challenge, learning heaps and having fun.
Kate’s other life is in learning and development. She’s also a presenter at music festivals around Australia, and her sporting events experience includes the Olympics and Commonwealth Games. Kate’s passion is about people’s achievements, memorable travels and camaraderie.
Jane has skied extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe. A qualified ski instructor with Canadian and Australian certifications, Jane is currently in her 7th consecutive season teaching full time at the Mt Hotham Ski School. Jane specialises in teaching children and regularly teaches adults. In particular, Jane is one of a select number of instructors who coach the annual Women’s Week program at Mt Hotham.Jane joined Ski Aspen in 2010 to head up and supervise our Family Tours. Her background includes 20 years (school) teaching experience in Australia and Indonesia, and extensive experience as an ‘Outward Bound’ leader and coordinator.