About Us

Who are snowboard coach?

Snowboard Coach was the first and original independent snowboard coaching company in the UK established in 2002 by Ash Newnes who, from riding and teaching for 25 years, is one of the most respected coach's in the British snowboard scene.

Ash and the snowboard coach crew deliver a variety of riding courses in many of the indoor snow centres in the UK. We also have a full winter programme from weekly riding holidays to instructor training courses all taking place at our winter base of Arinsal in the duty free country of Andorra.

To sum it up, Snowboard Coach have the highest qualifications attainable in teaching snowboarding and also hold examiner accreditation for all the governing bodies in Great Britain.

We have been riding for the past 25 years, teaching for the past 20 years and examining and qualifying instructors for the past 14 years. So whatever you want we have the experience to help.

This isn't to show off or try to prove how good we are. It's to assure you are in good hands and you are getting what you pay for. Teaching snowboarding is our full time, year round profession.

Learn, improve and ride with snowboard coach established in 2002 ... riding since '92

Snowboard Coach Approved BASI Partner:

Snowboard Coach is also a FULLY APPROVED BASI PARTNER. This is the governing body for Snowsports within Great Britian.

This is a new accreditation that BASI are only issuing to approved companines with a proven track record of delivering a quality training product.

This means Snowboard Coach have been through a rigirous quality control process assessing everything from their training and delivery methods to their course structure and organisation. They have surpassed this stringent criteria with flying colours. Snowboard Coach have worked hard to achieve this and are proud to carry this accreditation.

When looking for any trainning courses or instructor package, this is the accredditiation you need to look out for to ensure you are getting the training you expect.

Message From Ash


Thanks for thinking about doing one of our courses.

All of the guys who teach for Snowboard Coach are personal friends who I have worked with and rode with over my 25 years of snowboarding. Not only are they some of the highest qualified instructors and coaches in the world, they are great riders and great teachers and will make you ride better than you ever done.

Take the time to read about what we do and check out our qualifications and profiles below. If you want to ask us anything, then please get in touch.

We want everyone who comes with us to enjoy snowboarding and leave feeling part of the snowboard coach family, whether it's one of our day courses in the UK or our season long instructor program in Andorra - that's what going snowboarding should be about.

I look forward to riding with you.

ASH

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We are not just a faceless company selling snowboard coach courses from an office. We live it and with over 20 years of winters under my belt, I still live it and spend every one of them riding and teaching in Arinsal and love it...

The Team


  • Qualified under the BASI (British Association of Snow sport Instructors) system, the team are qualified to teach you anything on a snowboard and have the qualifications to do so...This is a must if you want your insurance to be valid whilst under instruction or coaching. If you use anyone else ask your instructor for their proof of qualification and make sure it’s valid.

    All of the crew here have extensive experience of coaching everyone from complete snowboarding beginners through to top level sponsored riders. We have over 100 years of combined experience in snowboarding and instruction gathered from riding and teaching all over the world. We can pass this on to you.

    Please scroll through our profiles to find out more about us. We will be more than happy to talk about our qualifications or answer any questions you may have about what they mean.

    Snowboard Coach Team
  • Ash Newnes

    Ash is one of the most well-respected coach’s in the British snowboard scene. He has been riding since the early 90’s when neon was in the first time around. Before getting into teaching Ash was a K2 team rider spending the majority of the time riding in various resorts around the world, including New Zealand, France, USA, Andorra and Canada. He started teaching in 1997 and loved it. Since then Ash has gone on to gain the highest qualifications achievable. He is one of only a handful of riders who holds full Equivalence to legally work in France as a Snowboarder. He has worked and rode many a ramp night at Tamworth and started the Snowboard School at Milton Keynes where he left in 2002 to start Snowboard Coach.

    Ash now trains instructors for ALL the Snowboard Governing bodies in Great Britain – The British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI), Snowsport Scotland (SNSC) and the Irish Association of Snowsport Instructors (IASI). He also holds full worldwide accreditation from the International Association of Snowsport Instructors (ISIA) and IVSI, the highest levels attainable for instructors and coach’s.

    Over the years Ash has appeared as a rider and been a contributing writer to all the UK Snowboard magazines such as Document, Whitelines and the legendary Snowboard UK (RIP) as well as The Times and Daily Mail newspapers.

    He has also been on Radio 1 and Blue Peter and many other BBC/ITV programs. He is also the Snowboard Coach for Channel 4’s show “The Jump”.

    Ash Newnes

    Ash Newnes

    qualification

    since

    • British Association Snowsport Instructors (BASI) - Snowboard Instructor Trainer

      2003

    • Irish Association of Snowsport Instructors (IASI) - Snowboard Instructor Trainer

      2006

    • Snowsport Scotland Instructor Trainer

      2003

    • BASI Freestyle Coach

      2005

    • International Snowsport Instructor Association (ISIA) accreditation

      2002

    • BASI Level 4 - Full International Snowboard Teacher Diploma (ISTD)

      2003

    • IVSI - International Coach Accreditation

      2007

    • Jeunese D' Sport - Full French Equivalence

      2007

    • Child Protection Course Trainer

      2007

    • IASI Level 4 Snowboard Instructor

      2006

    • BASI Level 3 Snowboard Teacher

      2002

    • SNSC Snowboard Performance & Freestyle Coach

      2002

    • BASI Level 3 Mountain Safety Leader (Off Piste)

      2002

    • BASI Level 2 Snowboard Instructor

      1997

    • Sports Coach UK - Sports Injury management and Prevention

      2003

    • Sports Coach UK - Coaching Young Performers

      2003

    • Sports Coach UK - Sports Psychology

      2003

    • Enhanced CRD Criminal Record Disclosure

      Anually

    • First Aid Provider

      Every 3 years

  • Chris Skinner

    Chris has been riding since the late 90’s and coaching since 2001. He has trained in both the Canadian and British system and ridden all over Europe as well as Canada and North America. With over 13 full seasons of coaching behind him, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to every session he runs. He has known Ash since 2003 and spent the 2008 season with him training in preparation for his BASI level 3 course – the highest riding level. Chris passed this top level course in 2009, along with only one other person.

    Since then, Chris has been with Snowboard Coach working closely with Ash and the rest of the Snowboard Coach crew and heads up the BASI Snowboard Level 2 program in Arinsal every winter.

    Chris is also a Level 2 Freestyle coach and a qualified mountain safety leader.

    In the summer months, when not helping out in the UK on day courses, Chris can be found either with his head in a laptop, reading up on JavaScript and other programming nonsense or surfing and swatting up on his Spanish in Central America.

    Ash Newnes

    Chris Skinner

    qualification

    since

    • BASI Level 3 ISIA Snowboard Instructor

      2009

    • BASI Level 2 Freestyle Coach

      2010

    • International Snowsports Instructor Association (ISIA) Accreditation

      2010

    • BASI Level 3 Mountain Safety Leader (Off Piste)

      2009

    • Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology

      2006

    • BASI Level 2 Snowboard Instructor

      2008

    • CASI (Canadian) Level 2 Snowboard Instructor

      2004

    • CASI Level 1 Snowboard Instructor

      2001

    • PSIA (American) Level 1 Alpine Ski Instructor

      2001

    • First Aid Provider

      2016

    • Full Criminal Record Disclosure

      Annually

  • Lyndon Boddey

    Lyndon has been involved in sport since he learnt to walk, competing up to national level in swimming and gymnastics before he left school. He studied percussion at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the same time discovered snowboarding, riding at Milton Keynes and the High Wycombe ‘diamonds of death’.

    In 2002 he attended his first snowboard instructors course with Ash and hasn’t looked back since. He worked his way through the BASI system in record time whilst teaching and snowboarding throughout Europe and the USA, amassing a wealth of experience in both instructing and coaching.

    Not one for sitting still, within this hectic snowboard schedule he managed to learn to skydive and become Rookie British Skydive Champion. Since these early beginnings Lyndon has gone on to gain the highest qualifications possible and like Ash, he is one of only a handful of people who has gained his full French Equivalence through snowboarding.

    Lyndon also trains instructors for The British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) and Snowsport Scotland (SSS). His time is spent working with Ash on the Level 2 Instructor Program and our Freestyle Coaching programme in Arinsal, Andorra. When not on the snow you’ll find him running a busy creative design agency in the UK.

    Lyndon Boddey

    Lyndon Boddey

    qualification

    since

    • BASI Snowboard Trainer

      2009

    • First Aid Course Trainer & Examiner

      2016

    • Snowsport Scotland Instructor Trainer

      2003

    • BASI / UKCP Freestyle Coach Trainer

      2010

    • BASI Level 4 - Full International Snowboard Teacher Diploma (ISTD)

      2003

    • International Snowsports Instructor Association (ISIA) Accreditation

      2007

    • Jeunese D' Sport -Full French Equivalence

      2007

    • BASI Level 3 Snowboard Teacher

      2007

    • BASI Level 3 Mountain Safety Leader (off Piste)

      2007

    • BASI Level 2 Snowboard Instructor

      2005

    • BASI Level 2 Alpine Ski Instructor

      2007

    • BASI Level 1 Snowboard Instructor

      2004

    • Full Criminal Record Disclosure

    • BASI Safeguarding Children Accreditation

  • Olly Bowley

    Olly is the newest member to the SBcoach family. Olly first put a board on in Snozone Milton Keynes over the summer of 2003 at the age of 12. He has loved snowboarding since that point. His first experience of mountain riding was over that winter, where he fell in love with the idea of becoming an instructor. He continued riding whenever possible and as his experience grew, so did his passion for the sport.

    Olly became a level 1 instructor, in the autumn of 2009. This is where he met Ash and Lyndon who were delivering the course. He soon discovered this was the life for him, as he enjoys teaching others to enjoy snowboarding as much as himself. He then spent two years working as an instructor at Milton Keynes Snozone. Whilst there, Olly worked on improving his skills, attending many Snowboard Coach training days, in order to gain his BASI level 2. He then did the 13 week Snowboard Coach training prior to taking his level 2, which achieved in the winter of 2012.

    Since then Olly has clocked up over 2000 hours working at Hemel Snow Centre and Milton Keynes and working and training with Snowboard Coach in the UK and Andorra.

    Olly didn’t stop there and has trained hard and recently achieved his BASI Level 3 – the highest attainable. His ultimate goal is to become a BASI Trainer.

    Olly takes our day riding courses and private sessions at Milton Keynes and Hemel during the summers and our joins Ash and the crew in Arinsal during the winters where he helps with Riding weeks and the instructor training programme.

    Olly Bowley

    Olly Bowley

    qualification

    since

    • BASI Level 3 Snowboard Instructor

      2016

    • First Aid Provider

      2015

    • BASI UKCP Level 1 Freestyle Coach

      2014

    • BASI Level 2 Snowboard Instructor

      2012

    • BASI Level 1 Alpine Ski Instructor

      2011

    • BASI Level 1 Snowboard Instructor

      2010

    • Full Criminal Record Disclosure

      Annually

    • BASI Safeguarding Children Accreditation

  • Andy Bridgman

    Snowboarding for over 20 years, Andy passed his first BASI Snowboard instructor course when he was 18 and completed his BASI Level 2 shortly after. Since then Andy has been away for many seasons working as a ski and snowboard technician as well as completing a degree in Sports Science which he passed with First Class honours.

    During this hectic schedule Andy also worked his way through the BASI Snowboard system and thanks to training from Snowboard Coach has gone onto gain the level 3 qualification and has gained full worldwide ISIA accreditation.

    Andy is now Head of the Snowboard School at Tamworth Snowdome and runs our Snowboard Coach program alongside this. Andy is also a BASI Adaptive Trainer and will be running our Adaptive/Disability Instructor training programs in the UK and in Arinsal, Andorra on selected weeks during the winter.

    With his background in sports science Andy enjoys the technicalities of snowboarding, combined with an in depth understanding of physiology, biomechanics and sports psychology. This comes across in his teaching as he can really make you understand why we do what we do on a board.

    Andy Bridgman

    Andy Bridgman

    qualification

    since

    • First Aid Course Trainer/Examiner

      2016

    • BASI Adaptive Snowboard Trainer

      2015

    • BASI Level 3 ISIA Snowboard Instructor

      2010

    • International Snowsports Instructor Association (ISIA) Accreditation

      2012

    • BASI UKCP Level 1 Freestyle Coach

      2010

    • BASI Level 3 Mountain Safety Leader (Off Piste)

      2009

    • BSC First Class (Hons) in Sports Science and Psychology

      2008

    • BASI Level 2 Snowboard Instructor

      2002

    • BASI Level 1 Alpine Ski Instructor

      2011

    • Full Criminal Record Disclosure

      Annually

  • Gary Ashby

    With nearly 18 years of snowboarding under his belt, Gary is now one of the most qualified coaches in the UK. He has over 12 years of teaching experience gained in the UK & Europe, combined with numerous seasons away. He started teaching in 2004 and worked amazingly hard on both his riding and teaching skills, both of which have helped him work his way up through the BASI system, achieving the highest snowboarding qualification in 2008.

    Gary is involved in running the Snowboard Coach Program up north coaching freestyle, advanced riding, and running instructor training. Gary has coached people at all levels, from beginners through to people going on to complete BASI level 1 & 2 instructor courses.

    During the winter Gary is a guest coach the Level 2 Instructor Program in Arinsal, Andorra.

    When not snowboarding, Gary is usually found road or mountain biking. On some occasions he can also be found crying in a corner of his new house he is renovating after spending nearly £2,000 on 3 radiators.

    Gary Ashby

    Gary Ashby

    qualification

    since

    • BASI Level 3 Snowboard Instructor

      2008

    • BASI Level 3 Mountain Safety Leader (Off Piste)

      2012

    • BASI Level 1 Freestyle Coach

      2014

    • First Aid Provider

      2015

    • BASI Level 2 Snowboard Instructor

      2006

    • BASI Level 1 Alpine Ski Instructor

      2009

    • BASI Level 1 Snowboard Instructor

      2004

    • Full Criminal Record Disclosure

    • BASI Safeguarding Children Accreditation

  • Frazer Waller

    Frazer has been a friend since 2000 when he first took a photo of the Snozone Snowboard Instructors headed up by Ash. They have stayed friends ever since.

    Frazer has joined the crew on many a winter away, and is also a qualified snowboard instructor as well as a damn good photographer. The majority of the photo’s on the site and in our brochures are his handy work….the good ones anyway.

    When not riding his board, Frazer is a very accomplished freelance snapper. Not only has he worked with a wealth of snowboard, ski, skate, bike related athletes and brands, he has created photo works for the likes of Harley Davidson, Bridgestone and Aston Martin.

    Off camera, Frazer is never at home...Climbing, skating, biking - not only does his photograph it all, he does it all.

    If there is one person who will get you up in the morning to do something different...it’s Fraz

    Frazer Waller

    Frazer Waller