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.



The Team


Our team is made up of people with one thing in common: We all love to ski and snowboard and share that passion with others. We know it helps, when embarking on a adventure, to know you are in safe and experienced hands. That’s why it’s our #1 job to support you every step of the way. Rest assured, we got your back.

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 is our Course Manager in Austria. He has been a ski instructor since 2008. With 10 seasons as ski instructor in Austria, Switzerland and Africa, Thijs is a living legend.

Jacob Skytte

Jacob, aka Skytte, started with us in 2013. After seasons in Austria, Africa and Japan he managed to teach on 3 continents within one year. He’s the ultimate mountain man, especially with his impressive beard.

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 HQ.

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.

Maria Opstrup Matthiesen

After a season in Austria, Maria joined the Snowminds team in Copenhagen. With Danish and German parents, Maria is responsible for managing Snowlingo, our German language course.

Martin Weinkouff

Martin is one of the original co-founders of Powderstore, our signature off-piste clothing company. He is true Snowminds, having worked as both a Snowminds ski Instructor and Team Leader in Canada and Japan.

Matilda Nikamo

Matilda is our super awesome Swedish and Norwegian Market Manager. With her experience from working in Canada and Austria she handles recruiting efforts for our instructors from Sweden and Norway in the best way possible!

Giovanni Thijs

Giovanni is our very own Günther! With 4 seasons as an instructor in Austria and as many as Team Leader he knows everything about Wienerschnitzel. When he's not off driving his van he is delivering legendary service to our dutch instructors.

Steffen Lund Olsen

Hi! My name is Steffen and i'm 'Director of Sales & Marketing, i have a HD in Economy and Processes at CBS. I had a season as a skiguide and i got 6 years of experience in the business. I'm always smiling and in a good mood. It's very important to me that i can help!

Trine Størup Mortensen

My name is Trine and i started my Snowminds adventure back in 2013, when i became an intern. Afterwards i went on seasons in Austria, Canada and Japan. I've also been a Team Leader and studied marketing. I'm currently making sure that our sociale media is updated, and our website is working.

Julie Holm Svendsen

Hi! My name is Julie and i've had one season in Whistler. I'm our travel- and coordination expert. I'm booking all our flights for the instructors and working on the ski holidays to Japan and Canada with Magnus.

Matthew Barnes Felthaus

Hi there! I'm Matthew. I am from England, but now living in Copenhagen, I 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 me to pursue a career in the ski industry, gain my CSIA level 4 certification, ski all year round and teach skiing in 4 different continents. I love to share my passion for the snow and help other people :)

Frederik Riber Larsen

Hi. My name is Frederik and I'm from Amager. I study Spanish at Copenhagen Business School, which is why I created the Spanish course, which I'll be attending next year. I love getting experiences, making a difference, speaking Spanish and snowboarding!

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