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Thomas Platt Snowboard Instructor

Cumbria, UK
AST Level 1 Avalanche Safety QualifiedBASP Outdoor Emergency First Aid QualificationCASI Level 3 Snowboard InstructorCASI Park Level 1 Snowboard InstructorJLPT N4 (Summer 2022)
Snowboard Instructors

Personal Statement

I am a hardworking, reliable and motivated individual. I work well on my own and within a team environment. I enjoy a challenge and always interested in new experiences. I would describe myself as a relaxed individual with a good sense of humour and easy to get along with. I have good people skills and I am confident and polite when dealing with the public.

As part of my gap year in January 2015 I travelled to Fernie in Canada to take part in an eleven-week snowboard instructor course with the organisation Nonstop, this is where I gained my CASI Level 1, Level 2 and Park Level 1 qualifications. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

During my seasons as a snowboard instructor at Thredbo (Australia) and NZSki (New Zealand) I gained a lot of insightful experience into the snow sports industry and many professional connections and lifelong friends. As a result, during my second year studying Meteorology at University I realised that I wanted to dedicate all my time and resources to furthering my snowsports instructing career and left to pursue this pathway. This led me to Grouse Mountain (Canada) where I worked for two seasons as a snowboard instructor in the winter and a zipline adventures guide in the summer. I was promoted to Lead Snowboard Instructor and gained my CASI Level 3 qualification in my second season. I then continued to do volunteer work during my third year at Grouse Mountain whilst I remained in the country due to travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I continue to be fully committed to a mountain sport orientated lifestyle. I am currently working towards my CASI Level 4 snowboard instructor qualification or equivalent and intend to continue to develop in the profession aiming to ultimately obtain my Level 4 instructor-evaluator’s certification or equivalent.

Ever since spending two weeks snowboarding in Niseko in 2017 I have wanted to return to Japan. Because of this I have made an effort to become familiar with the Japanese language. This awoke a new passion in me and after thoroughly enjoying a mix of professional and self-teaching over the last year and a half I am on track to complete the JLPT N4 test this summer in 2022; with intentions to continue until I am awarded JLPT N1 standard!


Canada Snowboard Intro to Comp, Snowboard Coaching Certification (Status: Trained)

CASI Level 3 Certified Snowboard Instructor – 2019

CASI Level 2 Certified Snowboard Instructor – 2015

CASI Level 1 Certified Snowboard Instructor – 2015

CASI Level 1 Park Snowboard Instructor – 2015

AST Level 1 Avalanche Safety Qualification – 2015

BASP Outdoor Emergency First Aid Qualification – (05/07/2015)


Other Interests and Achievements

I am a keen bass player and whilst in the Vancouver, Canada in 2021 I was the bassist in the band Collision Course and released both a music video and EP on Spotify. I still really enjoy playing bass in my free time and take the opportunity to play local gigs and jam with friends whenever I can.

In the summer of 2012, I embarked on a trip to South Africa where I aided an organisation called Re-Build. Through teamwork, our task was to build, from scratch, a habitable home for a family in need in the suburbs of Johannesburg. We also had the opportunity to help at a local school organising football matches between the kids and ourselves. This was one of my most memorable experiences of the trip. Being part of a community that all pulled together to achieve a seemingly unrealistic outcome made this trip one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

In addition to my snowboarding instructor qualifications, working internationally as an instructor has given me the opportunity to live and experience the culture in incredible locations such as New Zealand, Australia, Canada, French Alps and even Japan! This has helped me realise that a mountain orientated lifestyle is definitely the direction I want to take with my life and will continue to pursue doing so.


Robert Green – Sticklebarn General Manager

Great Langdale
LA22 9JU
Email: Robert.Green1@nationaltrust.org.uk

Phone: +44 15394 37356

Colin Wilson – Snowsports Manager
6400 Nancy Greene Way
North Vancouver
V7R 4K9
Email: cwilson@grousemountain.com

Phone: +1 604 980 9311
Sam Adams – Snowsports Administrator Manager
Friday Dr
Email: Samantha_adams@thredbo.com.au

Phone: 1300 020 589
Will Coley – Rep Management
NUCO Travel
Beech House
2 Gately Road
United Kingdom
Email: reps@nucotravel.com

Phone: +44 161 402 3600
Kris Biddis – Warehouse Manager
Anderton’s Music Company
58-59 Woodbridge Road
United Kingdom
Email: krisb@andertons.co.uk

Phone: +44 7854 128 493


2014 A-Levels at Alton College

A Levels:
Mathematics – B
Geography – C
Physics – D

2012 GCSEs at Perins School

Biology – A*
Mathematics – Higher – A*
Physics – A*
Chemistry – A
English Language – A
English Literature – A
Geography – A
Drama – B


December 2018 - April 2021 Lead Snowboard Instructor, Mountains Zipline Guide at Grouse Mountain - Canada

• Keeping our tour groups to tight timing schedules while all the while ensuring their enjoyment and most importantly their safety.
• Performing on-the-go safety checks and keeping diligent communication on the condition of the equipment and apparatus used throughout the tour.
• Maintaining a balance of a fun and social disposition whilst also being assertive when explaining safety measures and preventing people from acting in a way that may endanger themselves or others.

December 2017 - March 2018 Resort Rep at NUCO Travel

• Looking after large groups of students and ensuring their safety when socialising and skiing in the mountain environment.
• Organising events for large groups such as races, competitions and social activities including the oldest existing organised ski racing event in record; the snow games, since 1922!
• Keeping guests informed on the weekly schedule and doing all I can to sort out any issues they may have throughout the week.

May 2017 - September 2017 Snowboard Instructor at NZSki - Coronet Peak & The Remarkables
June 2016 - September 2016 Snowboard Instructor at Thredbo Resort - Australia

• Providing a professional yet friendly high quality product to large variety of clients.
• Being responsible for client’s safety and ensuring their enjoyment and needs are fulfilled at all times.
• Adapting to difficult situations and maintaining control in high stress situations.

Septmeber 2021 - Current Front of House Team Lead at Sticklebarn

• Welcoming and engaging with the public and ensuring their needs are met with an enthusiastic energy.
• Managing multiple tasks at once to ensure the smooth operation of the FOH team.
• Remaining organised and calm in a high-paced work environment.

August 2019 - August 2021 Construction Labourer at Pond's Pools Spa

nsuring safe practice in potentially dangerous sites and when using dangerous equipment.
• Being responsible for communicating with clients in a polite and accurate manner to ensure they felt respected and well-informed about the work we were carrying out.
• Executing high quality standards of work whilst also keeping to a tight schedule.

September 2014 - December 2017 Warehouse Dept & Shop Floor at Anderton's Music Company

• Maintaining a high pace and standard of work using teamwork to meet demanding deadlines.
• Assisting customers in finding the right product for their needs through polite customer service and great product knowledge.
• Making sure stock was organised properly and ensuring the area was maintained as a safe working environment.