Our experienced team will help you through the entire process, from your first enquiry to the moment your team return home. But who are we?

Keith Sharkey ISSC MD

Keith Sharkey, MD

Keith, our MD, has been skiing for over 40 years – 10 years as a party leader himself, followed by over 30 years as a school ski tour operator. Experience of both sides has helped Keith to create a school ski tour operator that focuses on making the process easier for teachers.

Having skied for around 40 years, it’s great to see the sense of achievement in all of the young competitors who manage to complete the course and attain a good time!

What’s the best bit about your job?

Seeing the faces of students and teachers who’ve had a great day skiing.

Beth Hall, ISSC Race Adviser

Beth Hall, Race Adviser

Beth will be your first point of contact when it comes to booking your team into the ISSC. If required, she will be delighted to meet with you in school to discuss the event programme.

For some, the ISSC will be the first time they’ve skied in a competitive environment and I love to see the young racers have so much fun and build their confidence over the week and gain further independence. Many also use this experience to progress further into ski racing with their schools or as an individual.

What’s the best bit about your job?

The positive feedback – I just love hearing how the pupils get on. And working with group leaders to give pupils experiences that will stay with them forever.

Phil Brown ISSC Chief of Race

Phil Brown, Chief of Race

Phil is the owner of Impulse Racing, who can provide students with specific race training. In terms of his experience and credentials, Phil has been coaching for nearly 30 years, acting as head coach for numerous UK clubs.

The ISSC is great because it’s a schools’ event which is recognised by the National Schools Snowsport Association, of which I’m Programme Director.

What’s your greatest skiing achievement?

Attending the World Alpine Championships as a national team head coach. I’ve also coached the British children’s ski team and taken skiers to the European Youth Winter Olympics and the World Student Winter Games.

James Babb ISSC Race Coordinator

James Babb, Race Coordinator

James’ first ski trip was to Pamporovo over 30 years ago and he hasn’t stopped skiing since! Having been working in school ski travel since 2001, James has a deep understanding of the specific needs of school groups when it comes to ski trips.

The ISSC is an amazing opportunity for skiers to pit their skiing skills against other skiers of their age, in a fun and friendly environment. I wish I had had that opportunity when I was at school!

What do you love about Les 2 Alpes?

I love Les 2 Alpes because there’s such a great atmosphere in the town – it’s buzzing! The racing that the schools take part in is exciting and there’s a real build-up to the start of the racing.

Dave Reilly ISSC Race Coordinator

Dave Reilly, Race Coordinator

Dave started instructing school groups more than 30 years ago in Switzerland before becoming a Schools Holiday Company Rep, then area manager in Kitzbuhel. Later, he worked as Alpine Manager with a few different companies before joining Halsbury Travel nearly a decade ago.

As a former teacher, BASI trained skier and Alpine manager with a vast amount of experience in the ski industry, as well as having participated in different ski competitions, I can offer a range of organisational skills, which ISSC customers will find helpful.

What do you love about Les 2 Alpes?

It’s a fantastic, compact resort with all day and evening facilities in walking distance. The glacier provides a snow-sure environment and the race and training pistes are varied and ideal. And, of course, Halsbury, together with the local lift company and piste control can develop our cooperation to move the ISSC forwards, providing a great event for new racers and a start of season completion for more experienced racers.

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Alex Chapman, Race Coordinator

Alex is a BASI Level 4 ski instructor and owner of TipTop Ski Coaching. Alex has been working in the ski industry for over 15 years and thrives on helping skiers to improve their technique so they can get more out of the mountains.

The ISSC is a fantastic opportunity for all schools and children. The racing element is not only an excellent way to improve your skiing, but also great fun! There are plenty of activities to do after skiing and lots of professionals available to talk to about future opportunities within the ski industry. 

What do you love about Les 2 Alpes?

I love the skiing here, there is terrain to challenge everyone without travelling miles and miles!

Krissy Sinclair ISSC Hotels Contractor

Krissy Sinclair, Hotels Contractor

Krissy first ventured out on skis at the age of 2 and grew up skiing and racing in the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland. Having competed herself in school and Scottish championships, Krissy is able to offer insight into the students’ experience of ski racing.

The atmosphere at the ISSC is incredible and the event is very inclusive for all abilities. The race training is top class and the resort facilities are outstanding, making it an essential date for all budding ski racers.

What do you love about skiing?

I love being in the mountains, whether it’s skiing or mountain biking. Skiing is in my blood as my grandfather was an incredible skier from Styria in southeastern Austria.

John Pinca Hotels Contractor

John Pinca, Hotels Contractor

John first learnt to ski over 25 years ago in the tiny Italian resort of Monte Pora. Based on the French-Italian border, John has a close working relationship with all our hoteliers to ensure that our groups are always very well accommodated.

I’m really excited about ISSC continuing in Les 2 Alpes – I’ve been working with the team in this resort for nearly 25 years and, in fact, they were one of the first resorts I’ve ever worked with, so I’ve established a great relationship with them.

What’s your favourite skiing memory?

It has to be meeting Alberto Tomba (‘La Bomba’) in Madonna di Campiglio when he won the 3Tre.