Vittorio Caffi

Director

The founder and director of the Ski Cool Vittorio Caffi has began skiing when he was 6 years old, since then he never gave up: as soon as he can, he is on the snow.

He worked a few years as a ski patroller in Italy, once he became ski teacher he taught in Italy, France, Switzerland and Austria. Before starting Ski Cool St. Moritz, Vittorio spent six seasons teaching ski in St. Moritz.

Among is ski licences, he is qualified as a BASI ISTD, he holds the Swiss ski “patent”, the French Carte Professionelle, the Irish top qualification and he is fully certified as a ski teacher in Italy as well. He is qualified to teach using the UPS system. He has been active at the highest level in ISIA  (International Ski Instructors Association) since 2004 as an Adviser, Vice President and eventually President. He has been in the charge of the ISIA Technical Commission since 2010 until 2017.

He is as well an architect and a CAD teacher at university. Vittorio enjoys as well as cross country skiing, hiking on the mountains, cycling, inline skating and swimming.

Vittorio speaks Italian, English, French and a few words of German.

Alina Zaitseva

Head of Marketing and Communications

Alina Zaitseva

Head of Marketing and Communications

Alina is Ski Cool’s Head of Marketing and Communications. She is very active person, who is responsible for the marketing and communications in the company, as well as taking care of the lessons’ and projects’ administration and coordination.

She is Russian born Latvian, who lived in France, USA and London where she has completed her Masters and was working for one of the London’s companies that operates in Business Development industry, but from 2011 she is based in St.Moritz, Switzerland.

Alina started skiing 6 years ago and is planning to achieve instructor’s qualification in the future. Apart from skiing she is enjoying surfing, cross-country skiing, hiking, yoga and sailing. She loves to travel, visit art exhibitions; one of her biggest passions is cinematography and jazz music.

She speaks Russian, Latvian, English, French, Italian a bit of German.

Tomass Marnics

Trainer

Tomass is Russian, who originally comes from Latvia. He lives the majority of the year in Switzerland. He has been professional athlete all his life. First his passion was judo, after that he was a member of the Latvian national team in beach volleyball. Since 2003 he’s been professional extreme kayaker; he is the member of the Adidas Sickline Team, which is the only one professional kayak team in the whole world.

Tomass began skiing when he was 5 and since that time he skied in such destinations like Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Slovakia, USA, Japan and Canada. Tomass worked as a trainer for NRLI (National Russian league of instructors- 2013-2017) for many years and he was as well official representative of NRLI in ISIA Technical Commission (International Ski Instructors Association). He also holds ISIA card and he is qualified United States Ski Association alpine ski coach. He is UPS method certified ski teacher and holds BASI (British Association of Snowsport Instructors) qualification in cross-country skiing.

He studied psychology in university, which helps him to find a right contact with the people. Speaks Russian, Latvian and English. Learning Italian.

Tomass is very stable and strong in his mind and this is a big part of his success in extreme sports.

Lorenzo Pernigotti

Instructor

Lorenzo grew up in Torino (Italy), a city surrounded by the Alps, but has Russian origins too. The proximity with the mountains allowed him to get to know them really well and consequently to fall in love for them.

Skiing has always been part of his life since he was a kid and growing up he experienced skiing from any side perfecting his technique in a ski racing team and proving it on steep north faces around the alps.

After his studies in Canada and England he returned to his hometown were he accomplished the university degree in Management of the Mountain Environment.

His eclectic ego made him also interested in sea and sailing. In fact when he is not working as a ski instructor in St Moritz, he runs his own tour operator organizing sailing cruises and working on board as a Skipper. During the free time however, he keeps coming back to the mountains to practice mountain sports such us: rock climbing, paragliding, mountaineering, freeride skiing and many more.

He fluently speaks: Russian, Italian and English.

He has an international snow sport instructor license by ISIA (International Ski Instructors Association)

Una Leitane

Instructor

Una Leitane

Instructor

Una is from Latvia and she is qualified with the NRLI(National Russian league of instructors).

In her non-skier life she is an artist. She is painting pictures and does create illustrations for childrens’ books.

Una speaks Latvian, Russian, English and a bit of German.

Sviatoslav Rimdenok

Instructor

Slava has ski instructor qualification that has been done with Slovakian national ski association (SAPUL). He tried alpine skiing for the first time in 2003 (although had a several years of taking part in the cross country ski competitions as a kid).

Slava’s another passion is world of IT – this is where he spends most of his time as systems engineer. Skiing, snow and mountains are the main things that attach him to Switzerland. The mother tongue is Russian, but he speaks English and German as well.

The best part in teaching, according to Slava, is to have fun and see the client being excited about the progress she/he is making.

Stefano Belingheri

Trainer

Stefano comes from Italy where he did grow up and have achieved great results in alpine skiing while racing and taking a part in many different ski competitions. He is an Italian national ski trainer as well as trainer of San Marino Ski Instructors Association and trainer of Ski Cool StMoritz.

Stefano speaks Italian and a little bit of English.

Pavel Gognidze

Instructor

Pavel Gognidze

Instructor

Pavel started skiing 20 years ago and has since introduced his whole family (including 2-year-old son) and numerous friends to the sport.

He is qualified with the NRLI (National Russian league of instructors) and he is also UPS qualified instructor.

Aside from skiing, Pavel is coaching and playing football, and is a fan of yachting, basketball, cross country skiing and water skiing.

When he is not skiing, he works in the football industry, operating several compagnies in his home town of Riga, Latvia.

He speaks Russian, Latvian, English and some French.

Diana Vaisla

Instructor

Diana Vaisla

Instructor

Diana is from Latvia, she started to ski when she was 6 year old did train also in a Latvian ski team during her childhood. She was working as a ski instructor in Latvia, Slovakia and Switzerland. She also did work as an assistant coach at the Ski Sports Club ‘Virsotne’ in Latvia; is qualified with LSSIA (Latvian Ski and Snowboard Instructors Association) and speaks Russian, Latvian and English.

Enrico Lombardo

Instructor

Enrico Lombardo

Instructor

Enrico is qualified as Italian ski and snowboard teacher. He holds Swiss and Italian Citizenships. When he is not skiing, he is a keen rugby player. He has his own fiscal analysis company in Sicily.

He speaks Italian, English, French and a bit of German.

Rolands Rapa

Instructor

Rolands Rapa

Instructor

Rolands is from Latvia, he is skiing since 5 years age and did spend a lot of time skiing in Europe, Kamchatka, Uzbekistan and India. Ski instructor since 2011 with B (second) Level Certificate issued by Finnish National Association of Ski Instructors. Roland has been working in Latvia and Switzerland, speaks Russian, Latvian and English.

Juris Jaunzemis

Instructor

Juris Jaunzemis

Instructor

Juris has begun to ski in Latvia when he was 7 and since that time he skied in such destinations like Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Slovakia and USA. Juris is certified with 2 class ski instructor Caucasus (former Soviet Union); Level 2 ski instructor LSSIA (Latvia) and has worked as a ski instructor in Latvia, Slovakia and Switzerland. Juris is speaking Russian, Latvian and English.

Nichole Masland

Instructor

Nichole Masland

Instructor

Nichole is originally from Australia, but does spend many Winter Seasons in the Swiss Alps. She is qualified with Level 3 APSI (Australian Professional Snowsport Instructors) Ski and Level 1 Apsi in Snowboard.

She does speak English and a little bit of German.

Worked and skied in Australia (Perisher) for the last 9 years and Switzerland (St Moritz) for 8 years.

Dmitry Dyachenko

Instructor

Dmitry is originally from Latvia, has NRLI (National Russian League of Instructors) level B qualification in skiing. He started to ski at the age of 7; he works as a ski instructor in Latvia and Switzerland. Dmitry speaks Russian, Latvian and English.

Vents Balodis

Instructor

Vents Balodis

Instructor

Vents is coming from Latvia, started to ski when he was 5 years old that did lead to the Master’s degree in Sports pedagogy. He has attained level 1 ski instructor training course organaized by LSSIA (Latvian Ski and Snowboard Instructors Association).

Vents work as a ski instructor for 20 years now in Latvia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Andora, Italy andAustria.

Speaks Russian, Latvian and English.

Danute Fibiga-Daukste

Instructor

Danute comes from Latvia, she started to ski when she was very little and now is a mother of two skiing athletes as well. She has Level B with NRLI and Level C with LSSIA. She works as a ski instructor in Latvia and speaks Russian, Latvia and English.

Eleonora Tonelli

Instructor

Eleonora is a snowboard instructor from Italy. She has been very active in this field for the last 7 years and did snowboard in such destinations as Austria, Norway, New Zealand, America and many other places in Italy.

She is willing to pass her passion to the other people teaching snowboarding in the beautiful Swiss Alps.

Eleonora speaks Italian and English.

Anda Sproge

Instructor

Anda Sproge

Instructor

Anda is from Latvia, she is snowboard and ski instructor who did participate in snowboard competitions in Latvia and FIS boardercross races in Europe and World Snowboard Championship in Whistler, Canada. She works as snowboard/ ski instructor and as snowboard coach in Latvia and as snowboard/ski instructor in Switzerland.

Anda has a Latvian Academy of Sport Education qualification as a snowboard coach and has achieved Level C skiing with NRLI.

She speaks Russian, Latvian and English (learning Italian and German).

Eugene Derkach

Instructor

Eugene Derkach

Instructor

Eugene was put on skis in the Carpathian Mountains by his parents when he was 6, and the passion has never stopped since. Having taken his sports hobby further and obtaining his instructor qualification, he enjoys teaching and inspiring people to ski!

Currently Eugene is a B-category qualified instructor with the NRLI.

Eugene is a Russian born Latvian, has lived and studied in the UK for 4 years, and since 2010 resides in Zurich.

He is fluent in Russian, English, German, Latvian, and knows a bit of Swedish.

Baiba Paeglite

Instructor

Baiba Paeglite

Instructor

Baiba is originally from Latvia. She started to ski when she was 6 years old and at the moment she holds BASI (British Association of Ski Instructors) Level 2 ski instructor qualification in skiing. Baiba did ski a lot in Italy, Austria, France, Switzerland, Slovakia, Georgia and have worked as a ski teacher in such destinations as Latvia, Switzerland and Austria.

Baiba speaks Russian, English, Latvian and a bit of German.

Federico Gandolfi

Instructor

Federico is originally from Italy, where he started skiing at the age of 3. He spent the last 4 years chasing winters between Canada, New Zealand, Italy and Switzerland, also competing in freeride events. He is a qualified Canadian ski instructor and is an experienced and deeply passionate person with a true love for the sport; he speaks fluent English and Italian, as well as some basic Spanish and he can’t wait to take you for a ski in the beautiful Engadine.

Yuri Shiron

Instructor

Yuri Shiron

Instructor

Yuri has graduated from the Latvian Academy of Sport Education.

His skiing career started 25 years ago. Currently he is qualified with the NRLI (National Russian league of instructors) and he is also UPS qualified instructor.

In the past he was a member of National Latvian Cycling Team and still participates in non-professional cycling competitions, including MTB.

Dimitri Sliwtchuk

Instructor

Dima was born in Magadan (Russia), grew up in Ukraine and does live in Germany. In his professional life he is an radio engineer and apart from his ski/snowboard career he is working as Rope Access Technician. Dimitri loves skiing, but is a true snowboarder in his heart and even in Summer is dreaming about the fresh powder. He is a ski and snowboard qualified instructor and holds various licenses such as Tiroler skilehrerverband TSLV, Deutsche Ski Lehrerveband DSLV. Has more than 7 years of work experience in snowsports and did teach in such destinations – Hintertux, Solden, Zell am See, St.Anton, Zermat, Bukovel, StMoritz. Dimitri speaks German, Russian, English, Ukranian and Polish languages.

Nadia Rodionova

Instructor

Nadia Rodionova

Instructor

Nadia comes from Latvia, but she is based in Zurich, Switzerland. She did fall in love with skiing since she started it and that is why she decided to become a qualified instructor. She is holding a ski teacher license from the NRLI (National Russian league of instructors). As a ski teacher she has a wide experience with children, but also with nervous adults.

In her non-skiing life, she does work in the Beauty & Health industry as a cosmetologist. Nadia did study Company Management in University and has a big experience in customer service that helped her a lot to develop her communication skills.

Her hobbies are ice skating, hiking and a bit of dancing.

She speaks fluent Russian, Latvian, English, German and a little bit of Norvegian

Viktors Priverts

Instructor

Viktors is Russian, although he's resident of Latvia. Very outgoing, active, fun and communicative guy who has been skiing since his childhood. Being father of three he loves teaching skiing to little kids, where he always finds special approach to each and every one of them in order to make skiing fun and extraordinary.

He is certified with the NRLI (National Russian league of instructors).

Viktors speaks Russian, German and a bit of English.

Costanza Lapiccirella Brass

Instructor

Costanza is Italian who started to ski since she was 3 years old and the passion of the snow and the mountain has never abandoned her since.

She loves to be with people, smile at life, laugh and joke but especially loves skiing.. Costanza holds BASI (British Association of Ski Instructors) ski instructor qualification and she did ski a lot in Canada, Argentina, Italian Dolomites and of course St.Moritz.

Costanza speaks fluent Italian and English.

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