ABOUT THE COACHES
Racers and performance skiers get personalized coaching throughout the camp session. All our coaches have national and international experience in racing.
Our goal is to give personalized service to every one of our skiers. We go into extreme detail in each participant’s performance and skill set, providing techniques to enhance their strengths and improve their weaknesses. Our aim is for each one of our skiers to reach their optimum level of performance and accomplishment.
Our Coaches come from far and wide, with years of experience in coaching at all levels. All of our coaches have their ski coaching levels 2 or 3 from the Canadian Ski Coaching Federation or a similar level from the United States, as well as experience running their own ski programs during the winter season.
Michel Pratte put on his first pair of race skis when he was only three years old. By the age of ten, he was attending his first race ski camp. He joined the Quebec ski team and later raced for the Canadian ski team for five years. He went on to race in the European Cup and the World Cup and in 1984, began coaching the Canadian National Alpine ski team. He then moved on to coach the Women’s World Cup Canadian ski team.
Michel is passionate about his work: “Once I’m on the slopes working with the people, I’m in my element. It’s the best part of the job.”
Level 3 Coach – Level 3 Instructor
Racer, Quebec Team – 1 year
Racer, Canadian Team (Europe Cup and World Cup) – 5 years
Coach, Canadian Women’s Team (Europe Cup and World Cup Circuits) – 5 years
Head Coach, Canadian Technical Team, 1986 World Championships – Bormio
Head Coach, Quebec Team, 1987 – 1 year
Matt is a world class coach, having worked with our Canadian National Ski Team for 6 years: 2 years with the Men’s Nor Am/EC Tech team and then for the past 4 years with the Women’s World Cup Tech Team. His experience and training (he has the top level ranking of Level 4 with both the Canadian Ski Instructors Association and the Coaches Federation) along with his skill level and analytical expertise make him an incredible coach and leader in the industry.
Level 4 Coach – Level 4 Instructor
Coach, Canadian Team, Development Section and Europe Cup – 3 years
Coach, Canadian Women’s Team – World Cup and Olympics Circuits (SL and GS) – 4 years
Para-alpine Team Coach – 1 year
Jacques is one of Canada’s few Level 4 CSIA/Level 4 CSCF Bilingual coaches with 20+ years in the industry.
Jacques has experience with skiers of all ages and abilities, from kids as young as 7 up to elite provincial team racers with the Ontario Ski Team. A
head coach for 4-years Jacques managed 350 athletes under the Alpine Ontario system. He is currently the head coach for the Craigleith Masters group (50+ adults) and one of the few bilingual CSCF course conductors running Level 2 & 3 CSCF courses.
When not on the slopes you’ll find Jacques enjoying the outdoors in the Georgian Bay area including tennis & hiking with his wife,
cycling with his daughter and coaching his son’s U12 team soccer team.
“Coaching is in my blood. In everything I do I strive to be positive but honest when I coach. My level 4 taught me that coaching is so much more than just ‘technique’ – it doesn’t have to be complicated but it does have to be fun!”
Kathy is a bilingual coach Level 2 CSCF, and one of the few female Level 4 CSIA Course Conductors in Canada. Kathy was a member of the Canadian Interski Team representing Canada in Crans Montana, Switzerland in 2003.
With 30+ years in the ski industry coaching and instructing across Canada and Europe, Kathy has a lot of experience to share. She is dedicated to helping you improve your skiing skills, both in and out of the course.
Mont Tremblant is home for Kathy and when not on the slopes you will find her training on her bike, swimming, running and waterskiing.
“For me the best part about coaching and improving someone’s skiing is all about sharing the passion and making it better.”
CSIA Level IV
CSIA Level IV Course Conductor
CSCF Level II, Development Certified
Past Demo Team Member Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance
Coach High Performance Team (CSIA)
• Entraîneur-Chef Club de compétition Val St-Côme, St-Côme
• Niveau Entraîneur Avancé de l’Institut National du Sport (en cours)
• Niveau 3 du Programme National de Certification des Entraîneurs
• Niveau 3 (International) de l’Alliance des Moniteurs de Ski du Canada
• Niveau 3 de la Fédération des Entraîneurs de Ski du Canada
• Niveau 2 Officiel Alpin
• Niveau 1 Moniteur de planche à neige
Jean-Fred is a really dynamic coach who is absolutely passionate about skiing. He started skiing when he was 4 years old, raced until he turned 18 and then started coaching in Mont Ste Anne, Qc. Jean-Fred has 6 years of coaching experience and has been a Pratte International Ski Coach for 3 years. Jean-Fred enjoys sharing his passion for skiing and helping skiers become better and faster while having the most fun!
• U-14 Head Coach in Mont Ste Anne (4 years)
• Certified Level 2 CSCF Coach
• Coach of the Year in 2012 in Quebec Region
Having fun on snow since 1995!
Melody brings a wealth of experience to the Pratte Coaching team. She has worked as a FIS coach internationally and locally. Melody currently calls her coaching home Craigleith Ski Club where she leads the U16 program. Off the slopes Melody works as a qualified teacher and private tutor. She is available to help children out when they attend the Pratte Ski Camps.
Melody is a certified Performance Level Coach with the CSCF and a Level 3 CSIA Ski Instructor.
Melody’s coaching philosophy is “Dream, Believe, Achieve.” She believes that all athletes have the potential to exceed their perceived abilities. With a world class environment Melody has the tools to inspire and develop the best in all athletes.
Antony has been skiing since he was 4 years old. He was selected on Skibec Regional Alpine Ski Team for 4 years and he raced 2 years at FIS level (2006-2007). Antony is a passionate skier who’s been coaching young athletes of the Stoneham Élite Ski Club since 2008.
He has been on the coaching team of the Pratte Ski Camps since 2009, coaching at Whistler, Zermatt, and Colorado. Antony has a lot of fun skiing with the kids and helping them to improve their ski!
Other than skiing, Antony is a tennis coach at Herisset/Bordeleau Tennis Academy in Québec City since 2008.
Antony just finished is Baccalauréat in Business at Laval University in Quebec.
• U14 Head coach at Stoneham Ski Club
• Level 3 de la Fédération des Entraîneurs de Ski du Canada (In progress))
• Level 2 (International) de l’Alliance des Moniteurs de Ski du Canada
• Coach of the Year in 2013 in Quebec Region
• 2012-2013 coach of the year in Stoneham, Québec
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING SPECIALIST
Stefan was a member of Canadian Alpine Ski Team from1999-2002 and knows how important strength & conditioning are for an athlete to succeed. That’s what seven fitness certifications, including: CrossFit, Can-Fit Pro, NCCP, and several years on the Canadian Alpine Ski Team competing on the speed team will teach you. When Stefan hung up his skis in 2002, he decided to use his expertise to help other athletes. Stefan is the Founder and President of SXS Fitness Inc. and has trained several athletes who have gone on to make the Canadian Alpine Ski Team.
Stefan’s expertise includes sport-specific strength and conditioning including:
• Strength Training for Performance
• Speed, Agility, Quickness
• Core stability and Balance
• Mobility and flexibility for Movement Efficiency
• Injury prevention
• Performance Fitness Testing
• Crossfit Level 1
• Can-Fit Pro – Personal Training Specialist
• Can-Fit Pro – Certified Pro Trainer
• First Aid & CPR
• CSCF Level 3
• CSIA Level 2