About EA Mountain
Bike Training

We are EA Mountain Bike Training. We are a small group of passionate mountain bikers, skiers and snowboarders from around the world. Our mission is to empower and enable the next generation of mountain bike & snow sport instructors.

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The EA Mountain Bike Training

EA Mountain Bike Training is a natural concept progression and flow in partnership with EA Ski & Snowboard Training. Where Mountain Bike Instructor Training & the Summer Season is the main focus vs Ski / Snowboard instructor Training & the Winter Season. Currently offering a Mountain Bike Instructor Internship Course in Revelstoke, Canada and will be offering a Mountain Bike Instructor Training Course in Queenstown, New Zealand. Both beautiful and scenic places for an overseas adventure experience or gap year during a Summer Season.

Read more below about EA Ski & Snowboard Training and it's foundations as a leading Instructor Internship provider and facilitator.

EA Ski & Snowboard Training began in 2006 when two ski instructors; Eryn and Jonny were teaching in the USA. They noticed how difficult it was to break into snowsports instruction, a job which had given them so much enjoyment teaching skiing and snowboarding around the world. So they decided to fix this problem by setting up a course combining an instructor training course with a guaranteed job offer to teach in the same season.

The concept of the Instructor Internship was born and has changed the nature of the industry ever since. Over the years we have built partnerships with the top resorts around the world and now offer ski instructor internship courses with 26 Ski Schools in over 5 Countries. Added to that no other company can match EA’s global resort networks spanning Canada, USA, Japan, New Zealand and Switzerland. This means more open doors for interns and trainees.

We love snow and all things slide-able. Our MISSION is to keep providing the best ski and snowboard courses in the world, so YOU get more from your season (or seasons!) in the snow.

EA Ski & Snowboard Training remains focused on offering the best winter experience on the planet and making it easy for people to become instructors. There are lots of shiny options on the market but only with EA Ski & Snowboard can you be sure you will get the goods when it comes to becoming an instructor.

Meet The Team!

Jonny Bekingsale

Founder & Managing Director

Jonny’s love of mountain biking began at an early age, undertaking many skiing and travel adventures with his family. Jonny got into the world of mountain biking while studying at University.

Although Jonny is now primarily office based he loves getting out of the hill with his family and visiting the resorts where we run our training and internship programs.

Eryn Cutler

Founder & Managing Director

Eryn grew up in New Zealand and has a strong connection with the outdoors.

He has worked as a Qualified ski instructor, kayak instructor, outdoor guide, assessor, and manager for most of his life. Eryn loves mountain biking the Queenstown trails!

He is now most passionate about sharing outdoor learning experiences, and ensuring Educating Adventures provides great experiences around the World.

Chris Hazeldine

General Manager

Chris hails from the UK but now lives near Queenstown, New Zealand. A keen mountain biker Chris enjoys riding a bit of everything from XC to enduro, with Bike Glendhu being his favourite spot alongside local haunt Sticky Forest.

He’s now enjoying sharing his passion for mountain biking with his young son. Chris oversees EA from day to day, with the mountain bike programs being one part of his role.

Ray Shimmin

Training Consultant

Ray is an avid skier and keen traveller from the United Kingdom. Having grown up skiing in Italy, France and the USA, Ray soon found himself on the road exploring different corners of the world.

Three winter seasons later, Ray has a wealth of knowledge about the snowsports industry - he is the man to help you fast track your instructor dreams!

Kang Ahra

Training Consultant

Kang has experience as an Outdoor Educator, Sea Kayak guide, Hiking guide and Ski Instructor. He sidetracked for a few years and worked in the Cooperate world. However, he couldn’t ignore his true passion for snowsports.

Kang has 8+ seasons working as a qualified ski instructor in places like Japan, Switzerland, the USA and New Zealand. And continues to follow his passion and strive to get his Ski Instructor Trainer Certification.

Julie Anderson

Training Consultant

Julie grew up biking in New Zealand and has spent a summer working at one of NZ’s famous bike parks in Cardrona.

Julie has a wealth of knowledge of the ins and outs of what it’s like being taught by a mountain bike instructor.

Richard Timoney

Training Consultant

Richard started off skiing as a teenager exploring Europe and the French Alps in particular, before moving to Canada and doing multiple seasons in the Rocky mountains in British Columbia where he fell in love with the ‘steep and deep’ terrain.

He has also skied in Japan, the USA and New Zealand along with multiple backcountry ski missions so is in a great position to help you achieve your dreams of becoming a snowsports instructor!

Isabella Henderson

Customer Success Manager

After her own working holiday in Canada, Izzie moved to the South Island in 2021 and has fallen in love with the endless trails and sunshine on offer in the Southern Lakes region.

When she is not supporting instructors who are new to the industry, you will find Izzie hiking to alpine lakes, skiing, or riding trails around Queenstown.

Sahnya Shiels

Operation Co-ordinator

Sahnya grew up in Ireland but learned to ski during her first ski season in France. After the season she spent two years working in Australia before missing the snow and heading back to La Plagne for a second season in France. 

Before coming to New Zealand, Sahnya spent two years managing a water sports centre in the UK. Outside of work Sahnya can be found paying outside, skiing, climbing, hiking and mountain biking.

Simon Hankins

Marketing Manager

Simon is a 6th gen kiwi who is based in Queenstown, NZ. He has spent many a year crafting skills in web design, web dev, web SEO, graphic design, IT & marketing. He is our behind the scenes tech ninja working on all things digital & visual.

Why choose EA?

Guaranteed paid job offer

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Internationally Recognised Certification Through PMBI

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Choose from 2 countries

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World-class MTB training

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