Name: Lewis Reid
Role: U16 Coach
BASI 4 ISTD and UKCP 1
What have you been doing the last 5 years?
In the last 5 years I have been working as Race coach and a ski instructor during the winters. I’ve done seasons in Val D’Isere, 3 valleys and Canada. I’m now moving into my 4th year with CDC, coaching the U10/12 - U16 around Europe and I’ve loved every minute of it!
When I’m not working for CDC I’m currently working for BASS in Meribel teaching holiday clients and helping to run the gab course programme that trains people to achieve their BASI 1-2.
Last summer I spent lockdown putting plans in place and have started my own company that manages and invests in real estate in the east coast of Scotland, which was something very exciting and new for me. I also help run a café/bar with my friend on the high street next to the Edinburgh Castle.
Why are you passionate about skiing?
I’ve been fortunate to of started skiing at a young age and growing up I’ve developed a real passion for it. Since I’ve started Working for CDC its increased massively. The main thing for me is the freedom that comes with it and constantly learning and pushing myself to the next level. Skiing to me is a lot more than just going down a slope, over the years I’ve met so many new friends, been able to travel to places I never thought I’d have to opportunity to go to and most of developed massively as a person.
What do you love about coaching?
The main thing I like about coaching is seeing the progression of the athletes from the start of the season to the end. Being able to be a part of the athletes journey and help them achieve their technical improvements is great. Creating that strong work ethic and team atmosphere and seeing all the hard work pay off with the results on race day really motivates me. The one thing about CDC that love and that separates us from the rest is we try and develop the athletes as a person too.
Part of the team ethos is “I never lose. Either I win. Or I learn”. The kids Learn how to deal with emotions when something doesn’t go to plan which helps them become more mature not just in skiing but in life. This is why I love coaching, as you take on a role that isn’t just about making an athlete ski faster.
Best day ever on skis?
22nd of January 2019 I passed my ems which meant I got my BASI 4. Me and my best mate Dave found out we had passed in the morning in the resort of Arêches Beaufort in France. It was something that I had been working really hard to achieve and it was finally finished. I spent the rest of the day skiing hip deep powder in the off piste with friends, finished off with a few beers!
3 words to describe yourself?
Your biggest strength as a coach?
As a coach I really enjoy the technical side of skiing and over the years I’ve tried to learn as much as possible on how to get the most out of the skis. A massive challenge as a coach is getting the information across and explaining it to the athlete so that they understand and put it into practice. Over the past few years I’ve learned that everyone is different, as a coach adapting your style or the way you communicate feedback to each individual athlete is massively important. This is something feel I’ve developed and become quite strong at.
What do you bring to Team CDC?
Since I was a kid I was always the guy that never stopped talking. I always enjoy meeting new people and I hate awkward silences. Because of this I feel I try my hardest to make sure everyone is involved and push for that fun, loud and friendly team atmosphere that CDC is all about. When we are on and off hill I’m constantly trying to make sure the kids get the most out of training which is our number one priority. Its also really important to have someone their to be a coach but also be a friend so that the athletes achieve the most out of the camps that we run. Which is what I try to bring to the table.