Our Coaches / Guides

Brian Findlay - rides two planks with training heels!

A local resident of Niseko, Brian is integrally involved in Hokkaido's winter tourism industry. Not only is he a member of the Niseko Winter Guides Association, but he pioneered the first foreign license instructor training academy in Japan - Niseko Instructor Training Academy.

Brian's done over 34 seasons around the world (12 in Japan) as an instructor, guide and ski patroller (he's the only non-Japanese person to work in the Niseko Patrol team). He is ISIA qualified with the NZSIA  and has spent 17 years of back to back winters trotting the globe in search of the ultimate locations. Brian speaks good Japanese from working as the only foreign instructor in several Japanese ski schools (or some would say thanks to his lovely Japanese wife) and is 100% committed to his life as an ex-pat ski bum in Hokkaido.

Biff Russell - does lunges with granola in his pockets!

Biff "we don't need no training heels" Russell splits his year between a sleep-out in Wanaka and a cabin in the woods of up-state New York. Instructing and coaching since "god was in short pants" he has accumulated 36 seasons between both hemispheres.

With ISIA stamps for both Alpine and Telemark, he is a Nordic Downhill Examiner for PSIA, certified by NZSIA, and a NATO Clinic Leader. Years ago, as one of the original "Belleayrians", Biff left the comfort of the Catskill Mountains in search of the best snow he could find. Travels took him all over the world and after spending the '09/10 season in Hokkaido training Japanese Telemark Instructors he believes he has found Tele Nirvana. Come explore the qualities and culture of Japan with a like minded band of knee dipping tree fairies.