Meet Our Instructors
All Pro Powder Instructors are Internationally Certified and Licensed by the following Ski & Snowboard Instructor Associations: CSIA, BASI, PSIA, SWISS, NZSIA.
Dan & Anne Yoja – Pro Powder Directors – CSIA, BASI, NISC, CSCF, CASI
After instructing and directing ski schools in the world’s most famous mountain ranges including the Alps, Andes, Pyrenees, and the Rockies we came to Japan for the best powder on earth!
We hold triple ski certification by the Canadian, British, and Chilean ski instructors associations and are dual alpine ski and snowboard race coach certified. With Dan’s experiences as course conductor, heli-guide and avalanche forecaster we bring decades of international ski experience to Niseko.
We are here because Pro Powder has the best to offer anyone wanting to experience the thrill of really deep snow.
Our goal is to get you to the best lines and your greatest ski day ever!
Claire Robb – Ski & Snowboard Instructor & Trainer – BASI (ISTD)
I am so grateful to be making a living from my main passion in life, Snowsports. Since the age of 2 years old, I stepped in to my first pair of skis, and never looked back, allowing me to explore and discover resorts all over the world. Over the last 12 years I have been ski instructing, ski race coaching and ski guiding blind/visually impaired ski racers. Ski Instructing always stood out to me as the career to pursue, and coming to Japan to experience this powder heaven has always been a dream of mine, I am ecstatic to be here.
Sandro Spiess – Ski Instructor & Trainer – SSSA (ISTD)
As I grew up in Switzerland, I’m used to having snow around me but not in the amount we have in Japan! For the last few years I’ve taught skiing in different Swiss resorts including Saas Fee and Nendaz and completed the top Swiss ski teaching qualification during that time.
When you arrive in Niseko you can expect the best snow and my highest level of instruction so that together we can make your ski day great.
Gordon Young- Ski Instructor – PSIA
Welcome to Niseko. It’s my fifth year here in Niseko, so I’d love the opportunity to show you round.
Looking to experience the snow for your first time; gain greater control to explore further a field; or simply wanting to play in the world famous Niseko powder, let me help you in achieving your personal skiing goals.
Having coached continuously for the past 10 years, across three continents, I’d love to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and passion for skiing with you.
Alison McFarlane – Ski & Snowboard Instructor – BASI
Having skied mostly all over the French Alps and in Scotland, I am extremely excited to be teaching in the Mecca of the skiing world, Niseko!
I am greatly looking forward to sharing some fantastic skiing experiences with you and making your time in Hirafu unforgettable!
Nothing beats improving your skiing ability and having fun whilst doing it. Let’s make the most of the Japanese Pow!
Sam Bentley – Ski Instructor – BASI
After being a skier for as long as I can remember and being a keen cycling coach for a few years, I decided to do a gap year course in Italy to achieve my BASI certification and I am now looking forward to my great season of instructing out here in Japan.
My aim is to help you progress with your skiing, as well as have a fun and enjoyable Niseko experience!
Will Foster – Ski Instructor – BASI
Heya! I’m Will, I love my job, which allows me the privilege of teaching my true life’s passion, skiing!! I’ve skied for many years and started as a kid on school trips.
As soon as I left school I spent a full season in Italy, to train and obtain my certification and then taught skiing with Interski and couldn’t get enough! I then returned to Italy for another great winter season and now I’m in Japan for the powder!
In short, if you’re looking to get hooked on skiing, from piste to powder, beginner to experienced come join me!
Dom Bernatonis- Snowboard & Ski Instructor – BASI
Originally from Lithuania, I have lived in the UK for the last 14 years and skied/snowboarded in a wide variety of resorts in Europe. Past few seasons I have been instructing at Verbier, Switzerland, and Mayrhofen, Austria. I also had a fantastic summer at a USA summer camp, teaching mountain boarding to kids aged 8-16.
I have come to Japan to experience the unique and pure culture that flows throughout the backbone of the country, as well as the insanely deep powder that most people struggle to describe. I very much look forward to helping you improve your skiing/snowboarding and hope to see you again next year!
Regardless of age or experience, the mountain should always be your playground!
Chloe Hardy- Ski Instructor – BASI
Having spent the first eighteen years of my life being a serial quitter, I discovered skiing when I was nineteen and haven’t looked back. Since my first season in Canada, I’ve skied all over the world and I’m super happy to be able to ski and teach in Japan this winter. I’ve learned so much from skiing, most importantly how to have the most fun ever and I’m looking forward to helping you on your way to having as much fun in the snow as I do!
Come and make the most of the great Japanese snow with me!
Peter Morrison – Ski Instructor – BASI
Hi, I am from Glasgow in Scotland and this is my first winter skiing the amazing powder in Japan. I started skiing when I was four and haven’t stop since! I’ve skied in resorts all over Europe and the USA as well as honing my skills on the local dryslope where I live.
Niseko is one of the best places to ski in the world and I want to help you have the most incredible experience possible on your visit here.
Dominic Metcalf – Ski Instructor – BASI
Hello Pro Powder guests and welcome to the best snow in the world! I have been teaching for several seasons in Switzerland and Austria and I am extremely excited to share my passion for skiing with you, whether it is your first time on the slopes or if you have been on the snow for decades. During the summer seasons I am a tennis coach in the USA.
I am looking forward to passing on my teaching knowledge to help you achieve your individual skiing goals, ensuring that both you and I do it with a big smile on our faces!
Come ski with me to discover your skiing potential and together we will ensure your trip to Niseko is the best yet.
Stephen Tannock – Ski Instructor – BASI
I am from Glasgow in the UK and as a kid I learned to ski on what can best be described as “100 metres of toothbrush”. For the past 4 years I have been teaching skiing. Just spent a season teaching in Italy within the Aosta Valley and have also spent a season skiing within Les Trois Vallees, France.
This year I have decided to come all the way out to Japan as I want to experience what I have been told, is the most amazing powder in the world and wanted to see it for myself.
Come and have great days skiing so you can be the best skier on the mountain!
Megan Alexander – Ski Instructor – BASI (ISIA)
I live for the life in the outdoors and from a young age have always had a love for the mountains and sports. For this reason, my decision to train and pursue my dream of a ski Instructor was an easy one.
Since then, I have spent my last 10 years travelling around Europe, ski teaching and coaching in order to develop and help share my passion for skiing and snow! Finally the time has come to fulfill my dreams of experiencing the infamous endless powder of Japan
Whatever your level, from racing to deep powder I’m motivated to ski with you! Lets go rip!