Started working for The Rookie Academy in: 2005
Home Mountain: Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada
Qualifications: Canadian Ski Instructor Alliance (CSIA) level 4 senior examiner, Canadian Ski Coaches Federation (CSCF) level 3 coach French National Ski Instructor
Countries where have you worked: Canada, USA, New Zealand, Korea, France, Austria, Australia, Switzerland
Favourite resort: Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada
Career Highlight: CSIA Demo Team Member in 2007, Young Pyong, Korea, CSIA Demo Team Member in 2011, St-Anton, Austria
Other Interests: Mountain bike, road bike, windsurfing, waterskiing, pilates, hiking.
Ski Instructor Courses JF teaches: CSIA Ski Instructor Courses Canada, CSIA Level 2 & 3 Ski Instructor Courses in New Zealand
JF has been working with Rookie Academy on the Canadian ski instructor training programs in New Zealand for the past 4 years. He is still in love with the sport and loves to help people get the best of themselves. Jf started skiing at 9 years old in Bromont, Quebec, Canada. The first time he went up a chairlift, he saw the Bromont ski school director skiing and at that particular moment, he decided he wanted to make a career in skiing. “I remember my first day on skis, I started skiing at 9am and my father came to pick me up at 7 pm and I did not want to leave… My father bought a pair of skis for me the next day and I think I slept with my skis for a month. I was always thinking about skiing… and I am still like that. I love the sport.” Jf is always the first on the slopes and the last one back from the mountain at the end of the day. He is training hard every day.
At 20 years old, Jf succeed at CSIA level 4. He then decided to go to Méribel, France to teach over there for two seasons. “When I first got there, they made me work in daycare for 2 months… It was just before Christmas and I had to wear a Santa Claus outfit for my first week at work… It was good for the ego to start at the bottom of the ladder again.” In 2001, Jf passed the French National full cert diploma and eventually worked as a “real” ski instructor for Meribel ESF…
When Jf came back to Canada in 2002, he started to work full time on courses for CSIA and work his way up to become level 4 examiner and a level 3 Coach from Canadian Ski Coaches Federation. He was chosen to represent Canada at the 2007 Interski Congress in Yong Pyong, Korea. Korea and also for the 2011 Interski in St-Anton, Austria . The next Interski Congress will be in Ushuaia, Argentina in 2015. Jf has been chosen to work as an assistant coach in the development process of CSIA High Performance Team.
He is currently running Mont-Sainte-Anne Telus WinterSports School in Quebec, Canada and he his on the slopes every day, training instructors to get better. Jf is also managing our new Rookies program in Mont-Sainte-Anne and he makes sure the training product is the best you can get.
When Jf is not skiing on snow, he is waterskiing, windsurfing, biking or hiking the mountain thinking of a new way to ski better…