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It's that time of year again. The snow has fallen, and everyone at The Lodge is more than ready to hit the slopes! Unsurprisingly, with Verbier classed as one of the best ski resorts in the world skiing is often at the top of everyone's agenda for staff and guests alike. For those guests that may be unfamiliar with what the skiing facilities are like in the region, we have caught up with Jonatan Mohlin who is the lead ski instructor at The Lodge. Jonatan's the go-to man for anything you may want to know about skiing in Verbier and is happy to organise ski lessons during your stay with us. We're putting our skis on as we speak!
Please can you introduce yourself?
My name is Jonatan Mohlin. I am a 24 year old Swede whose addiction to skiing gets worse every year! I am now back in Verbier for my third season and my second as the lead ski instructor at The Lodge. Before I started to work in Verbier I did a couple of seasons as a ski instructor in the Scandinavian mountains.
How did you start out as a ski instructor?
Before I started out as a ski instructor I played a lot of ice hockey and my goal was to become a professional. However, when I was about 17 years old, my interest started to cool off and was replaced by another passion which was skiing. By coincidence, I found a two-year ski instructor college where I started in 2011. That has undoubtedly been one of the best decisions in life so far and my passion for skiing just keeps on growing.
What is the best thing about being an instructor?
You get the opportunity to meet new, friendly and interesting people every day as well as getting to work in some of the most beautiful environments in the world. I am so lucky that my passion has turned in to my profession which I get to share with other people. Doesn't sound too bad does it?
Why is Verbier such as great destination to ski?
The versatility! Everything from slopes that go on forever to countless off-piste runs that are just mind-blowing. You have the old world cup slope ”Piste de l’ours” which might be the best slope I've ever skied and the famous off-piste run "Tortin" for example. Also, the surroundings are amazing. It doesn't matter how many times I've seen it, I still can't get enough of it.
What is your top tip for new skiers to Verbier?
Get the four valleys lift pass so you can experience the whole area and get an instructor that can help you improve your skiing and introduce you to the best places.
If you could describe Verbier in 3 words what would they be?
Luxury, off-piste and après ski.
What is the most important lesson that any new skier has to learn?
Many people think skiing is going to be really difficult, but it is mainly in their imagination! It can seem frightening and hard to learn, but it really is just body movements. So breathe, relax and move your legs. Then learning how to ski will be quite easy!
What is the best place you have skied?
Verbier is definitely hard to beat. Again, the versatility is amazing. I also love to ski in the northern part of Norway around Lofoten and Tromsö. There are no lifts so you have to walk up the mountain which can be quite exhausting. But once you reach the top you'll have the ocean, the mountains and the midnight sun that adds up to something that you can't have anywhere else. That feeling is something extra ordinary!
How do you occupy your time when you're not on the slopes?
When I'm not skiing I enjoy spending time with friends, preferably with some wine and chili-cheese-fondue. I also like to play some ice hockey or just relax watching a new TV-series. When there's no snow on the ground, I try to spend as much time as possible on my mountain bike.
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