Simone is our Italian smiling ball of fun and energy. He started snowboarding at 12 years old in the Aosta valley, Italy and then spent his next years all over the Italian Alps learning to snowboard and eventually becoming a fully qualified snowboard instructor.
His love for snowboarding was born out of his passion for surfing, looking for a way to ride sideways everyday, all year round. His favourite place to ride is the Portes Du Soleil and the Dolomites. If you are heading out off piste this winter keep an eye out for this guy, he loves powder and freeride.
If you happen to be on the Italian coast in the summer you might see him teaching surfing (yes there are waves in the Mediterranean sea) and windsurfing.
From: Sicily, Italy
Spoken Languages: English, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Sicilian & French!
Number of years snowboarding: around 20
Number of seasons instructing: 10
Number of seasons you’ve worked for MINT: 9
Favourite type of lessons to teach: Every lesson is different, I love them all!
Favourite country/resort to snowboard (outside of Portes du Soleil): Marmolada in the Dolomites, Italy
What board do you ride: Ride Burnout 149 or Burton Skeketon Key 151 (when the snow is deep & soft)
Favourite mountain pocket snack: Cereal bars
How you spend your days off when not teaching: If it is sunny then, of course, snowboarding! If the weather is bad then netflix, meditation & beers
Favourite Run in the Portes du Soleil: Star Wars ending at the Happy Hours bar to finish the day. It is a long run with tons of side hits
Favourite lunch spot in the Portes du Soleil: Changabang for a quick burger or Mamos to have a big lunch
Your dream snowboard holiday: Norway or Japan