Introducing one of our Euro ski coaches…

Academy PROfiles blog series number 6 with Gabriele Nicotra!

Gabriele NicotraBorn and bred in Italy, but living all over Europe, Gabriele brings some Euro-flair to the Niseko Academy team…

Gabe, how many seasons have you been coming to Niseko?
“I was only here from last year (2013-2014), but I see many more to come with the Academy.”

What do you like to do when you’re not skiing?
“I have another professional career that I’ve been doing for 15 years as a Sound Engineer and Tour Manager for music tours around the world, so sadly I don’t really have a lot of free time. But I do love cooking, watching movies and taking pictures. Oh yeah, and hiking in the backcountry (especially if I get to ski down)!”

What’s your best tip for a first time visitor to Niseko?
“Try to get access to a car, as some of the best gems (restaurants, bars and Onsen thermal baths) are not always easy to walk to.”

What’s your favourite “niche” to teach?
“Anyone who is looking for a fun time on the mountains, be it for their first ever ski lesson or shredding some of the finest Japanese powder in the backcountry!”

After Niseko, where’s your next favourite place to ski/ride?
“My home resort of Tignes in France, as it has an incredibly vast terrain choice around it and beautiful sunny days, especially in the spring!”

Gabriele in Action


About the Academy PROfiles

We’ve got a rather interesting group of coaches here at Niseko Academy (artists, musicians, sound engineers, photographers, the list keeps going), and we’d really like to tell a bit about who they are. Most ski and snowboard coaches out there have multiple strings to their bow after all – but our team have some pretty multi-coloured strings!

This mini-blog series will give you a little background on our coaches; what they love, their experience on the snow and some tips on visiting Niseko.


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