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Meet The Team

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Halsbury Ski is run by a dedicated team of school ski travel specialists, who have over 80 years’ experience in crafting tailor-made school ski trips and know the resorts we offer well. They are also a team of linguists, speaking five languages between them, which allows them to liaise closely and effectively with local suppliers to ensure that trips are hassle-free for group leaders.

John Pinca

Head of Ski

Based in Italy all year round, John is responsible for maintaining good relations with our hoteliers and ensuring that guests’ needs are met and even exceeded. Having dedicated the last 20 years of his life to school ski travel, John uses his vast experience to source new products for us and to ensure that we are able to provide our customers with competitive prices. John is half-Italian and speaks both Italian and French fluently, which means that he has been able to enjoy the very best of British and European culture. John first learnt to ski over two decades ago, in the tiny Italian resort of Monte Pora. He loves the freedom of being outdoors that skiing brings and thrives on the mountainous scenery and clean, fresh air.

“What do I enjoy most about working in school ski travel? Seeing the enjoyment from the kids, especially those that have never seen a mountain, let alone know what snow is really all about.”

Gail Biggins

Ski Specialist

Gail has been arranging school ski trips for over 10 years and has skied many resorts across France, Italy, Austria, Bulgaria, the USA and Canada – so she’s well placed to advise you on the most suitable destination for your next school ski trip. For Gail, who first learnt to ski over 25 years ago, what she enjoys most about skiing is that it allows you to get out into the Great Outdoors, get active and spend quality time with friends and family – and she thrives on helping group leaders to provide young people with the opportunity to experience this.

“The best bit about my job is going out and meeting people, building relationships and knowing that students are going to have an amazing time. It’s great to be part of giving them those new experiences and skills.”

Beth Hall

Ski Specialist

A skier since childhood, Beth has visited many of the world’s top resorts, from the Alps to New Zealand. One of her favourite resorts is Prato Nevoso, which she has visited several times. Beth cites the friendly atmosphere and sheer variety as two of the reasons why she keeps heading back to the Italian resort. Beth’s role involves meeting Group Leaders at their school to discuss their next ski trip, and deliver presentations and parents’ evenings. Beth has worked in group travel since 2001 and she thrives on the opportunity to work with schools to provide young people with experiences that will stay with them forever.

“My first ski experience was with my family in Chamonix. I remember it being truly terrifying, yet exhilarating. I continued to learn in New Zealand at the weekends on my ‘gap year’. There is something quite special about the mountains that left me wanting more.”

Giulia Decimi

Ski Operations Manager

Giulia grew up with the snowy peaks of the Dolomites a fixture of her morning walks to school and still associates the mountains with happy family holidays. She is always keen to take any opportunity to travel to the slopes, especially if it involves accompanying groups, as she loves being out in the field, seeing the fruits of our ski team’s labours. Having started out as a ski rep for Halsbury, Giulia’s time with us has seen her take on a number of roles within the company. As Ski Operations Manager, she is responsible for coordinating all the team members within the operations department and ensuring that communication flows smoothly between them. Giulia is also on call whilst our groups are away to help provide assistance with any problems or questions that may arise.

“I fell in love with the idea of building memories for future generations, making them aware of the cultural differences between countries and the importance of the environment that surrounds us, so I started out as a ski rep and now, here I am!”

Audrey Algrain

Ski Trip Coordinator

Audrey moved to England from her native Paris over 10 years ago and speaks three languages fluently. Having worked as a French teacher in a local sixth form college, Audrey worked as a group leader for us during school holidays, before joining us full-time in 2009. For her, the school travel industry is incredibly rewarding and she has seen first-hand what a great experience school trips are for students! As one of our Ski Trip Coordinators, Audrey will take on all the administrative tasks involved in organising your trip; from booking your hotel and transport to arranging your après-ski activities.

“It’s really rewarding working in the school travel industry, making sure that groups have a great time on their trips. It’s such a fantastic experience for children!”

Tracy West

Ski Specialist

Tracy’s first experience on skis was on a college trip to Andorra and, although she didn’t get very far around the mountain, she knew she’d found her passion! She’s worked in school travel for around 30 years and has worked on various aspects of school ski trips, including operations, customer service and product development. All this means that Tracy has an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience to share with you to help you make your next ski trip completely unforgettable.

Part of the reason that Tracy loves skiing is the feeling of being in the mountains and breathing in the fresh air. But her favourite thing about skiing is that there really is something for everyone, regardless of your ability. And she can’t wait to help you share that with your students.

“For me, the most exciting part of my job is meeting the students and hearing all about their fun experiences on the slopes! I believe that school travel is wonderful for the development of young people.”

Oliver Brown

Ski Specialist

Oli first learnt to ski on a school trip to Valloire when he was 16. He fell in love with skiing right there and then and has been addicted ever since!

Having now skied more than 35 resorts across Italy, France, Austria, Switzerland and Canada, Oli is well placed to help you find the perfect resort for your school ski trip. He’ll work closely with you to ensure that your school ski trip leaves your students with lifelong memories and a passion for skiing and the mountains.

“Remembering how much I enjoyed my first skiing experience on a school trip, it’s great to see new skiers get the same buzz as they master new skills and explore the mountains.”