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Shona Tate Ski Instructor - BASS Private Ski Lessons, Chamonix

Private lessons, off piste & instructor training throughout the Chamonix Valley

Shona Tate is the co-director of BASS Chamonix & BASS Megeve ski schools. Shona is an Alpine Trainer for the Irish Association of Snowsports Instructors (IASI), an Alpine Trainer for the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) and a tutor for Snowsport Scotland (SSS).  Shona is a former member of the Scottish Alpine Ski Team. She holds the BASI International Ski Teacher Diploma (ISTD) with full French Equivalence.

Shona was brought up in a skiing family, her parents were instructors in Scotland and her older brother was a keen racer. Soon she followed her brother around the mountain hot on his heels in all terrain and in all typical Scottish weather! 

After spending several years in the Scottish Ski Team in the mid 80’s she gained her first instructor qualification, which enabled her to teach on artificial slopes. Loving the sport and loving teaching is what brought Shona & her husband Derek (Co director of BASS Chamonix & Megeve) to Chamonix, an alpine town steeped in skiing and mountaineering history. “Everyone in Chamonix shares the same passion for the mountains & the outdoors, we are one big family.”

Chamonix offers some very varied terrain and is suitable for all levels of skiers.  Knowing where to go for your level is key to the enjoyment of your skiing holiday.  Getting the basics right from the very beginning and developing these as you progress is a clear focus for Shona.

Whether you are learning for the very first time, have some quirks in your skiing performance or you are an advanced skier Shona can help you make changes to make skiing less effort and more enjoyable to get round the pistes and off piste.

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Visitor comments

  • "Hi Shona, Just writing to thank you for a great off piste course last month. We really enjoyed it and at the end of the three days, felt that we had made real progress. Your ability to analyse bad habits and incorrect technique and then to suggest ways to correct them, was exactly what we needed."​ - Client Feedback
  • "I would like to say how much I appreciated the quality of Instruction we received on a recent off-piste course.  Shona was by far the most perceptive ski-instructor I have come across, and Pete, our guide, was great too."​ - Client Feedback
  • "Shona, Thank you for this and for giving Oscar such a fantastic start to his skiing experience.  He keeps looking at the photos of himself and is very proud!  Will be in touch when we know the dates of our next trip.  Was lovely to see you again." - Client Feedback

Booking Arrangements

Child policy

Shona can teach 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