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Derek Tate Ski Instructor - BASS Private Ski Lessons, Chamonix

Director of British Alpine Ski School & author of ski technique

Derek Tate is co Director of BASS Chamonix and an independent ski instructor working for a number of organisations throughout the year. He is an Alpine Trainer & Head of Training for the Irish Association of Snowsports Instructors (IASI) and a tutor for Snowsport Scotland (SSS). Derek holds the BASI International Ski Teacher Diploma (ISTD) qualification with full French equivalence.

Over the past eleven years Derek has developed BASS Chamonix with his wife Shona Tate offering a great range of courses and lessons specifically designed for the variety of terrain offered by the Chamonix Valley. The ski areas of Chamonix are renowned for their off piste possibilities and there is a dedicated section on the web site focusing on off piste, backcountry and touring courses.

2015/2016 is season number twelve for BASS Chamonix and we are looking forward to another great winter.

Derek divides his time between teaching skiing, training and assessing instructors and works in the Chamonix Valley, the Evasion Mont Blanc and places like Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Hintertux, Austria, and Snow domes in the UK such as Hemel Snowcentre near London and Chill Factore near Manchester. 

Over the past few years Derek has been involved in the writing and editing of ski technique and teaching books. He is the principle author of Parallel Dreams Alpine Skiing, co-author of Ski Instructors Handbook – Teaching Tools and Techniques and co-author of the Snowsport Scotland Alpine Ski Leader Official Training Manual. 

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Where to meet

Derek will liaise directly with you to arrange a personalised meeting point.


Visitor comments

  • "I’d just like to say ‘thank you’ for your patience and expert tuition last week.  The children and I really enjoyed both sessions and got a lot out of them.  In particular, Henry’s confidence and skiing has improved enormously – so much so that on the Friday, still glowing from your praise of the previous day, that he demanded we spend Friday on-piste doing it all again!  Something which he would not have suggested at the beginning of the week!" - Client Feedback
  • "I wanted to let you know we thought the course was great - a really nice mix of learning and application within a fun group atmosphere... We thought the quality of your instruction was excellent and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend you or get some more lessons if we were in the area.  In addition, we felt very safe with Jeff and thought he was an excellent guide." - Client Feedback
  • "I really appreciate the effort that you and Jeff made to improving our skiing and touring skills, while also making this a very safe and enjoyable trip. I have spent quite a bit of time with guides and ski instructors over the years, but this is the first time that I feel like I have made a quantum leap in my abilities. The course really delivered on the objectives." - Client Feedback

Booking Arrangements

Child policy

Derek teaches children as young as 3 years.


  • Families & Kids
  • Kids' lessons


  • Activities
  • Heli-Ski
  • Skiing
  • Lessons
  • Adult Lessons
  • Childrens Lessons
  • Freestyle/Freeride Lessons
  • Off Piste/Backcountry Lessons
  • Private Lessons
  • Ski Lessons
  • Steep Skiing Lessons


  • Open Seasons
  • Spring
  • Winter
  • Address
  • Chamonix Valley
  • 74400