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Bad news for some British ski instructors…?

The plight of Simon Butler and his counterparts at Three Valleys tour operator Le Ski have been widely reported in the UK media for some time now. Today ski instructor Simon Butler appeared in court in Bonneville, accused of teaching illegally in France. He was found guilty and fined €30,000. If the fine is unpaid, he’ll face a 200 day jail sentence.

It’s a judgement that could have widespread implications for the winter sports industry as a whole, not just the British instructors out there. We’d love to hear from any local ski schools, French and English for their view on the situation.

We understand from the team at PlanetSki that Simon Butler has lodged an appeal as he believes he is in possession of the correct qualifications required to work as a ski instructor in France. By all accounts the judge actually told him to go and work in Switzerland instead.



  1. Nick Telfer

    June 17, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    My understanding of the situation is that Butler is a fool whi thinks he can flout the reulations and get away with. In all my conversations with British and other fopreign nationals in Tignes the opinion is that he deserves all he gets and only tarnishes the image of British Ski instrucors abroad. I didn’t know he was in the Trois Vallées I thought he was in St.Gervais or Megève::
    Nick Telfer; former BASI Grade III ski teacher in the very early days

  2. admin

    June 17, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Hi Nick – Simon Butler is/was operating in Megeve, it’s his counterparts at Le Ski that we mention as being based in Three Valleys. Thanks for your insights, it’s really interesting to hear what instructors think of the situation.

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