Welcome to my website Ski Hemsley - formerly known as MH2ski. I'm Martin Hemsley, a fully qualified British ski instructor based in Méribel, France with over 20 years’ experience in teaching and guiding skiers around the magnificent Three Valleys ski area, with a passion for both skiing and ski teaching.
I first put on skis at the age of 18. I was at a dry slope, at the Bowles Outdoor Centre in Tonbridge before my first-ever skiing holiday in Bulgaria. I soon realised how much fun could be had on skis.
For many years of precious holiday time, I travelled the world every winter, searching for the snow and the mountains to satisfy my love of the sport. In spring time I was often found to be sulking for weeks after my last skiing trip each winter.
This was all rectified when I handed in my notice at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), sold my house in West Sussex and embarked upon the long and challenging journey to become qualified as a ski instructor. I now hold the highest instructing qualification available, BASI ISTD Level 4, and have gained full French equivalence.
The Three Valleys ski area was one of my favourites as a holiday maker, so it is no surprise that I have based myself there. I taught in Courchevel for three winters, but am equally as happy teaching in Méribel where I have now spent more than twenty winters. I also first met my wife Harriet in Méribel, which makes it even more of a special place to me.
I'm told that my love and passion for ski teaching, and for being in the mountains, is infectious. I love meeting new clients each winter but also welcoming back many regular clients who can’t wait to get their annual quota of skiing in the mountains with me. I am genuinely happy and proud to teach people of all levels and see their confidence grow. When out skiing myself, I'm always accompanied by my camera so that I can regularly update the Ski Hemsley blog.
During the summer months I live in Leamington Spa in Warwickshire. After many years working as a driving instructor, my summer career is as a professional photographer, specialising in weddings and portraits. My hobbies include cycling (both road and mountain biking), hill walking and cooking. One thing never changes though, I still sulk at the end of each winter.