Rachel Adcock first clipped on a pair of skis aged 6 and a lifelong passion was to follow as Rachel and her family enjoyed regular holidays in Europe. At the age of 13, Rachel joined the Dragon Ski Club in Wales and started race training. Within one year she was competing on a national stage, and taking part in FIS (International Ski Federation) races in ski resorts in France, Austria and Switzerland.  

After A-levels, Rachel decided to take a gap year and a ski instructor course was the obvious choice. After copious amounts of research, emails, phone calls and family meetings, she booked a place on the SnowSkool ski instructor course in Banff

Rachel quickly attained her CSIA (Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance) level 1 ski instructor qualification and then went on to pass her CSIA Level 2 ski instructor qualification with flying colours. In the final week of the programme, Rachel surprised no-one by passing her CSCF (Canadian Ski Coaches Federation) level 1 Ski Race Coach qualification.

After the SnowSkool course, Rachel landed a job at Selwyn Snowfields, Australia. She spent three-and-a-half months (between July and September) teaching ski racing to Under 15s in a country more renowned for its beaches than its ski hills!

In October, Rachel enrolled at the University of Newcastle to read Medicine. The first club she joined was NUSSC – Newcastle University Ski & Snowboard Club – and was an instant hit. Rachel became a committee member in her second year of University and was promoted to Club President in her final year of University.

After graduating, Rachel was elected as President of BUSC (British Universities’ Snowsports Council) with a remit to promote snowsports throughout Universities in the UK and to organise the Main Event – a 2500 person two-week ski & snowboard extravaganza in the Alps!

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