Meet The Trainers

We are a hand selected group of high end training professionals who are dedicated to your learning and skill development. We are ski & snowboard scholars, professors of the snow crystal, scientists who shred and academics of alpine adventure. We are mountain people who want to share our connection to the alps and the outdoor experiences that drive our lifestyle, so you can live the dream with us here in Hakuba.

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Demelza Clay

Evergreen Head Alpine Trainer / EAA Program Manager

Demelza was raised in the King Valley, famous wine country that lies beneath the Snowy Mountains of Australia, with a pair of skis in one hand and a passport in the other.
Her ski education started at three years old trying to keep up with her brother skiing moguls at their home resort, Mt Hotham. After completing a Bachelor Degree in Human Movement Science, she returned to the mountains and began jetsetting between Colorado and Australia, completed the APSI Level 4, then migrated north to Canada to train as a guide and started working for Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing. Among other roles, Demelza worked in the Southern Hemisphere for the APSI as an Examiner/Trainer and was eventually selected onto the National Demonstration Team to represent Australia at the Interski Congress in St Anton, 2011.

After years of endless winter Demelza went searching for balance when the ‘salt gypsy’ within decided it was time to go surfing. She now spends the Summer guiding surf charters around the Indian Ocean, while in the Winter she explores the Japanese Alps, guiding backcountry tours and training instructors for Evergreen. Demelza’s lifestyle is an example of her belief that these natural spaces are the perfect classroom for us to learn and evolve so we remain challenged, motivated and fresh in life. Training EAA programs is a labour of love for Demelza and under her leadership she is stoked to deliver world class ski instructor and high end rider development training in stunning Hakuba.

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James Hyland

Evergreen Head Snowboard Trainer / Chief Examiner

James Hyland was born, as all Canadians are, with skis and a toque on. James started skiing at the young age of 4 and grew up skiing, racing competitively and eventually became an instructor and race coach. His snowboard journey began in 1990 when he switched from ski racing in preference for riding sideways like one of the all-time legends, Damien Sanders. Soon after he began competing at a national level in freestyle competitions, representing Ontario.

James started freestyle coaching, training and certifying instructors at 21 years of age at his hometown ski club Snow Valley (Ontario) and internationally throughout Europe and Japan. After moving to the Canadian Rockies James obtained his level 4 CASI and became Head Trainer for programs like Nonstop in Fernie, BC, and now at Evergreen International Ski School in Hakuba. Snowboarding is James’ life, his love of the sport and leadership is second to none and if there is anyone to spread the love to shred, it’s this guy.

Scott Sanderson

Evergreen Director of Snowsports / Race Program Manager

Born and bred in the foothills of the Australian Southern Mountains, Scotty spent his childhood ski racing, which kick-started a ski industry journey firstly as an athlete, then as an elite coach. Fully certified in both the Austrian and Australian systems, Scotty became an instructor trainer at the prestigious Bundessportheim St Christoph, learned to speak German, then moved on to be the Head Coach and Program Director at Ski Club Arlberg (St Anton) and Falls Creek Race Club (Australia). As a National Coach and National Program Director, Scotty has held roles working with athletes at major events including Junior World Championships, World Ski Championships, Men’s & Ladies World Cup circuits and the Winter Olympics.

Today Scotty is the Race & Events Manager at Hotham and remains heavily involved with Ski & Snowboard Australia as a FIS Technical Delegate, Member of the National Alpine Committee and a National Selector. In the Northern Hemisphere, he and his young family have found their way to Japan, where he is Director of Snowsports at Evergreen International Ski School.

With more than 40 professional winters behind him, we think it’s safe to say that Scotty knows what it takes to train a good skier…! And now we are proud to be able to include his expertise in our programs at the Evergreen Alpine Academy.

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Krissi Hyland

Ski Trainer

Krissi Hyland was born in Canada and on skis as young as 18 months old. Her childhood was spent ski racing and by the time she was 16 years old she started instructing both skiing and snowboarding. Krissi moved to the Canadian Rocky Mountains at 18 and started working for Sunshine Village Resort where she would stay for 10 years running, growing and creating freerider children’s programs.

After achieving her level 3 CSIA and level 2 CASI certifications, Krissi started coaching for the Nonstop instructor certification program in Fernie, BC, Canada. Since then she has taught in New Zealand and Japan, starting in Niseko and now falling in love with the Japanese Alps in Hakuba. This girl has an infectious attitude for playtime in the mountains… a wicked run, a sweet turn or a good bail, on snow is all it takes for to feel at home.

Bumsti RatschillerBumsti Ratschiller

Ski Trainer

“Bumsti” grew up as a little mountain dwarf in the Austrian alps and learned to ski before he could walk. In his early years while he ski raced, he spent all his spare time in the mountains learning from his Dad who had 30 years mountain rescue experience. Before long, Bumsti was using an avalanche transceiver before he got his first gameboy, and knew about putting people into the rescue recovery position before he could do the chicken dance in kindergarten.

After attending an Austrian skiing high school and studying architecture in college, he joined the mountain infantry in Austria for about 6 years before he started training ski instructors and guiding as a full time job. In these years after the army this little mountain dwarf completed the Austrian Ski Diploma (The ‘Staatlicher’ – full cert trainer/examinator qualification), then had a role in two international freeride movies, competed in various freeride competitions and shared his love/passion for sking from St.Anton, Austria, to Australia and now Japan.

Skiing with Bumsti is an experience in itself… A high energy alpine adventurer who can’t live without mountains and nature for more than two weeks, who simply thinks life without snow would be a mistake!

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Adam Harrington

Snowboard Trainer

Adam learnt how to snowboard at the age of 10 on the infamous dryslopes of England. After a family trip to Lake Tahoe he got a taste for real snow and has been hooked ever since. From 13 years old skateboarding became a great replicator for the urge to learn new tricks, and since then he has spent all his time on one board or another. Surrounded by a family who all snowboard, every holiday was to another resort until discovering a guide in Val D’isere who introduced Adam to real powder and back country terrain. Where he would return for many years and did his first season. Realizing that his home would forever be in the mountains, Adam began his instructing career with a BASI Level 1,2 season in Bulgaria. This sparked an understanding for the mechanics of snowboarding, which fuels his need for progression.

Landing his dream job instructing in Japan, where a love for traveling and snowboarding can all be satisfied, Adam is now entering his 6th season in Hakuba with Evergreen. Since joining he has made the transfer to CASI, recognizing their snowboard specific approach and done some back to back seasons in Australia. Adam passed his CASI level 3 and began evaluating straight away, as he loves nothing more than getting people excited about snowboarding and introducing new people to the mountains. If you don’t find him covered in powder, you’ll find him at the skatepark instead.

Luke Smith

Snowboard Trainer

Luke is a year round member of staff at Evergreen. Originally from the UK, he travelled the world and finally settled in Japan. “There’s something about Hakuba that just won’t let you leave, spend enough time here and you will see why, it’s an incredible place!

During winter Luke is a CASI Level 3 Snowboard Instructor and Evaluator and loves to spend time in the Hakuba backcountry as often as possible. It’s the Japanese snow and his passion for snowboarding that keeps his stoke level maxed out all winter. But his expertise in the mountains does not stop there…!

Luke is an ACA Pro Canyon Guide so spends most of the summer guiding people through his local `Kamoshika Canyon`. When not in a wetsuit and harness he occasionally helps as a raft guide and runs kids camps for several local and international schools, which involve many activities such as canoeing, kayaking, climbing and mountain biking.

albert pinol oleaAlbert Pinol Olea

Snowboard Trainer

Albert grew up in close proximity to the Catalan Pyrenees and started skiing at 5, but by 10 years old he had fallen in love with snowboarding and made the switch. With a born appreciation for the mountains and winter sports, Albert become a snowboard athlete, competing in freestyle on the World Snowboard Tour and various events on the FIS circuit. Simultaneously he worked and developed his academic background as an Exercise Physiologist and Biomechanisist, Physical Education Teacher, Snowboard Instructor and Coach. He has extensive experience in athlete development and performance training through his involvement with the FCEH Snowboard team (Catalunya, Spain), SPAP team (Catalunya, Spain), Winsport Academy (Alberta, Canada) and Schweizer Schneesportschule Davos (Switzerland).

With a broad and detailed perspective into human performance and snowboarding, Albert is a Sports Scientist with an infectiously positive and quirky personality, who has turned athlete and instructor development into an art form. Always utilising the latest cutting edge coaching techniques, training with Albert is an experience that we want everyone to experience.

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Dave Enright

Evergreen Chief Guide / Avalanche Course Director

Husband, father of 2, outdoorsman & environmental enthusiast.

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Bill Glude

Evergreen Head Avalanche Forecaster / Avalanche Educator

Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center director Bill Glude has been studying snow seriously for over 30 years. His avalanche study began with practical, academic, and field studies under avalanche pioneer Ed LaChapelle at the University of Washington in the late sixties. He has been teaching avalanche courses since 1978, including full-time teaching for the Alaska Avalanche School and the Alaska Mountain Safety Center through the 1980s.

With Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center, he has taught over 4,000 students throughout Southeast Alaska and beyond since 1995. He has initiated a number of research projects with his students. He keeps a sharp edge on his skills with consulting projects involving avalanche forecasting, training, and hazard evaluation.

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