Team Snowminds



Our Story


If you’re passionate about something, what’s the best thing to do? Share it with likeminded people! That’s what we believe in and that mindset, mixed with our passion for skiing, snow, people and the instructor life, made us start Snowminds back in 2012.

We have had one purpose since day one, which is to share our passion for skiing and help ski enthusiasts with getting amazing experiences for life as a ski- or snowboard instructor all around the world.

To ensure this we have made ski- and snowboard instructor courses, which ensures world-class teaching on and off the pistes, lots of team building and useful instructor education. We also have a job guarantee, so that you instantly can start the instructor life on a local ski school afterward.

We also do our best to prepare our instructors in the best way possible to pass a ski- or snowboard instructors course and be able to feel comfortable at a foreign employer. Why? Well, because besides giving you a unique season experience in the snow, the ski instructor course ends up being very developing for your personal development.

You will be working in another country with a foreign boss, teaching in different languages and being responsible for a lot of excited, and sometimes demanding tourists ski experiences. It’s a job, which has a responsibility and will prepare you for future studies and/or career. That’s gotta be at least as cool!


To support you on this journey, we are very confident to say that you won’t find a more competent, experienced and passionate team to help you that our Snowminds Team. It’s a big statement, but we guarantee to do whatever it takes, to live up to that title.

We have all had at least one season as a ski instructor (Some 16!), so we know what we are talking about and will do everything to help you before, during and after you winter season, so it becomes what you deserve; an experience for life!

We have a young team with former instructors, there’s big visions, great ideas, laughter in the office and a lot of smiles. We all love our job and we love our instructors. We are always ready to welcome new people to the family of Snowminds! And we say family, because we mean it. You’re not just a number, but a person, an instructor. Our only goal and wish is to give you a unique experience as an instructor, which you can look back on with joy and miss for the rest of your life.


It may sound like a lot, but it comes from the heart, and that’s what Snowminds is all about. Passion for snow, Passion for people. Passion for you.


Snowminds Destinations


The Team


Our team consists of a wonderful bunch of passionate people who all have one thing in common; We have all experienced at least one season as a ski instructor and LOVE skiing and snowboarding! The entire Snowminds team works for one purpose; to pass on the same unforgettable experience as an instructor that we have all had ourselves! We know that you can only enjoy your experience to the fullest if you are in safe hands and are surrounded by likeminded people. Therefore, we see it as our most important task to support you both before, during and after your winter season, where the common thread is security, community and experiences of a lifetime!

Christoffer Vorre

Christoffer co-founded Snowminds in 2012. He began as a ski instructor in 2004 and completed 4 seasons in Austria. Since then, Christoffer has traveled around the world many times over to discover and create new opportunities for skiers and snowboarders. As a living descendant of Odin, Christoffer can always be found in the action.

Ottar Í Hjøllum

Ottar is our Faroese co-founder. He has completed many seasons in Austria and enjoys designing and delivering new products and opportunities for our skiers and snowboard instructors everywhere.

Thijs Kennis

Thijs has been a ski instructor since 2008. With 10 seasons as ski instructor in Austria, Switzerland and Africa, Thijs is a living legend. With the gained experience and development as a skier, Thijs is responsible for our instructor courses.

Matthew Barnes Felthaus

Matthew is from England, but now living in Copenhagen. He first became a ski instructor on a gap year in Canada and fell completely in love with the mountain lifestyle, ski instructing and the associated travel! This led him to pursue a career in the ski industry, gain his CSIA level 4 certification, ski all year round for 17 seasons and teach skiing in 4 different continents. He loves to share his passion for the snow and help other people.

Karoline Farver Albersten

Karoline has been part of the Snowminds family since 2016 when she had her first season in Canada. After that she has worked 7 seasons as a ski instructor in Japan, Australia and Switzerland, as well as been Team Leader in Austria and Switzerland. On a daily basis, she works with customer service team!

Emil Walbum

Hey my name is Emil! I'm from Denmark and I did a season in Revelstoke, Canada. I'm a trainee at Snowminds where my main focus is to help all current, and potential new instructors, to get an unforgettable and awesome season, just like I had!

Line Nørfjand Holm

Line was part of Snowminds' first training course in 2012 in Austria. She could not put the ski life behind her ever since and instead recruits future instructors for us at Snowminds.

Trine Størup Mortensen

Trine started her Snowminds adventure back in 2013. Afterward, she did seasons in Austria, Canada, and Japan. She's also been a Team Leader, Course Manager and studied international marketing. Trine makes sure that all our marketing is updated, our social media is fresh, and our website is working.

Mathilde Lundberg

Mathilde with an E is from Norway! She did a season in Austria, as well as being a Team Leader there. Mathilde is responsible for the Swedish and Norwegian team together with Matilda with an A. Every day at the office she gives the best of her abilities to create the best experience for you!

Martin Weinkouff

Martin is one of the original co-founders of Snowminds Store, our signature gear brand. He is true Snowminds, having worked as both a Snowminds ski Instructor and Team Leader in Canada and Japan.

Jacob Noer

Hey! My name is Jacob and my journey started back in 2016, where I went to Canada and fell in love with the life as an instructor. I've done four seasons so far in Japan, Australia and Austria, but it doesn't end here! I'm planning on finishing my APSI level 4 and that's why I'm doing another season in Australia this summer. At the Snowminds house I'm in the customer service team, where I talk to all of you lovely people, who reach out to us every single day. Besides that I'm helping out with the website.

Renée Carolin Lauridsen Hägele

Servus, my name is Renée and I have since my first season in 2013 been a ski instructor in Austria, Lesotho, Australia and Japan. Snow and nature are some of the best I know and therefore I have been studying sports management and trained as an outdoor instructor. At the Snowminds team, I have the pleasure to be a 'product manager', where I'm in charge of all our Austrian courses and the team leader academy


*Wruff* My name is Balka and I'm the Snowminds' office doggo. I love to catch (snow)balls, run through puddles, chase my tail and have my tummy scratched. At the Snowminds house, I'm responsible for keeping the sunspots company and keeping the office floor clean from food and crumbs that might fall down.

Claire Bruijn

Hi! My name is Claire and I'm from The Netherlands. I did my first season in La Tzoumaz, Switzerland, after finishing my Bachelor's. I had a great season and love skiing! I want to make sure others have an amazing and unforgettable experience. Making memories and new friends is what it's all about.

Morten Lund

Morten has done seasons in Kimberley, Canada and Tomamu, Japan. He works primarily with the Danish instructors each day and helps the new instructors so they have a good start and a cool overall experience.

Sara Winfeld

Sara is from Denmark, and is certified as an instructor in Austria, where she has been a Team Leader on the Austria courses. Now she is working in the Snowminds House in Copenhagen. She loves skiing and snowboarding and thinks it's the coolest thing to talk to all our new and experienced instructors, and help them along the way!

Anna- Luisa Hagl

"Servus" from Anna. Anna is from Germany and works primarily in the product development team where she strives to create excellent products and experiences for our instructors! In January 2020, she attended a Snowminds instructor course in Austria and was able to experience the amazing Snowminds vibes on a course!

Miriam Kuhlmann Mikounis

Miriam started her winter adventure in 2017 with a season as a ski instructor in Austria! Since then, it has been 3 seasons in her second home, Lofer, where she returns every winter. Miriam works with our webshop, Snowminds Store, where you can find her packing orders, managing the logistics, and finding a lot of cool gear for our instructors!

Frederik Hansen

Frederik was on season in Austria in the 18/19 season. He started as a student assistant at Snowminds in the beginning of 2021 working to pass on the good vibes further, with daily tasks in the accounting team.

Dan Storm

Konichiwa from Dan! Dan is Danish and Japanese, and did a ski season in Japan. He studies at CBS and helps out with accounting at Snowminds as well as arranging the Japanese tours.

Maria Støckler

Hey! My name is Maria and I'm from Denmark. I did a season in Bad Gastein and I really enjoyed every minute of it. At the moment I'm studying and working in the customer service team, here at the Snowminds house in Copenhagen. I guess we can all agree, that skiing is simply the coolest and best thing to do. Therefore, I always look forward to help you to get the perfect season in the snow!

Mikkel Noordhuis

Mikkel is our Finance and Accounting Manager and all around team player. He hails proudly from Amsterdam - not to be confused with Rotterdam, another city in The Netherlands.

Sofie Møller

Hi! My name is Sofie and I am from Denmark. I did a season as a ski instructor in Austria in 18/19. I'm an intern in the marketing team at the Snowminds house, where I mainly work with the communication to all of our instructors.

Nanna Tams

Hey! My name is Nanna and I'm from Denmark. I did my first season in St. Anton, Austria 18/19 and ever since it's been difficult for me to let go of the whole ski universe. I'm an intern in the marketing team at the Snowminds house. I cant wait to share all of my experiences from a winter season with you!

Jose Hartkopp

Hi! My name is Jose and I'm an intern at Snowminds. I study multimedia design and therefore I'm helping out with all the graphic tasks, that needs to be done. Ever since I tried skiing for the first time, I have loved it and I would at any time choose a ski trip over a summer trip.

Cecilie Mønster Svendsen

Hi! My name is Cecilie and I'm from Denmark. I've been a part of the Snowminds family since summer 2021. I'm working as a marketing assistant, and when I'm not at the Snowminds house I'm studying 'Brand Design' at Copenhagen School of Design and Technology. I did a season in Schladming, Austria in 18/19. It was an unforgettable experience, which is why I strive to be a part of creating these amazing experiences for all of you adventurous people out there.

Niels Van Den Akker

Hey! My name is Niels and I'm a Dutchie ;) That's how I get called at the Snowminds house. I started my internship at Snowminds in february 2022. Together with Claire we take care of your upcoming season!

 Do you want to be part of Team Snowminds? Send us an email at [email protected]


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