Training, and Skills
ALI’s staff are the most important part of the professional service we provide. Staff are chosen for their interest and subsequent skills
in the outdoors, as well as their love of working with people, particularly youth.
Careful selection and continuous training ensures that each program can meet its aims safely and effectively. ALI staff are certified or equally experienced in the activity they are running on program. Staff are chosen according to guidelines as set out by the following government and industry bodies:
- NSW Department of Education and Training
- NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services
- ACT Department of Education and Training
- ACT Department of Environment and Heritage
- The Adventure Activities Standards
- Relevant peak industry bodies such as Australian Canoeing, the Professional Association of Climbing Instructors (PACI) and the Australian Professional Snowsport Instructors (APSI)
Our management team
Managing Director and Owner
Andrew started ALI in 1994 with a vision to provide an opportunity to challenge young people to grow through experiences in the Snowy Mountains in both summer and winter. He has built the company over the last 26 years to be one of the leading outdoor education providers for schools in Australia. Andrew has a passion for skiing, mountain biking, and travel and enjoys living in Jindabyne.
Nathan first worked with ALI in the winter season of 2003 as an ‘on snow’ program coordinator and was involved in a number of summer and winter programs over 10 years before stepping into the role of GM. Nathan loves going for a ski, riding a mountain bike or going for a canyon up in the Blue Mountains. He also loves to go camping with his children!
Partnerships & Communication Manager
Miff has been with ALI since 2009,originally based in the Jindabyne office, has since returned to Sydney and is enjoying the close proximity to new and existing schools and groups. She looks after all winter bookings, new summer and winter enquiries, and is happy to visit schools to chat about programs we offer. Miff makes regular visits to the Jindabyne office, especially during winter, getting on snow as often as possible!
Bungarra Site Manager
Leigh has worked as a chef for over 15 years all around Australia. Before moving to Jindabyne in 2012 Leigh ran one of North East Victoria’s most successful motels for 5 years. Completing a Diploma of Hospitality in 2011, Leigh has relished taking on the responsibility of running Bungarra Alpine Centre. His favourite outdoor pursuits include fishing, biking and skiing.
Summer Operations Manager
We first met Andy as head of School Group Ski Lessons at Thredbo. We have worked closely with him through the ALI/Thredbo winter partnership for many years. We are proud to be offering Andy a Cert IV Outdoor Education traineeship and having his involvement in our summer programs.
Our program & office staff
Ruth and her family have moved to Jindabyne from the Central Coast and before that bonnie Scotland! Previously, she was heavily involved with sport development in Scotland, particularly Snowsports. She worked as a Snowsport Development Officer for the Highlands and went on to be a Director of Snowsport Scotland. Having always had a passion for the outdoors and how outdoor experiences can help young people grow, Ruth’s welcoming and friendly manner will be your first point of contact for office visits or phone enquiries.!
Kat and her family moved to the mountains over a year ago and she brings with her plenty of experience in local government and ski resorts, working in event management and administration. When she isn’t at work she’s enjoying everything the mountains have to offer including snowboarding and skiing through winter, water skiing and water sports over summer, and developing her new found passion for mountain biking.
Winter Hire & Equipment Manager
Higgsy has been leading and guiding groups in Vic and NSW for over 15 years and has certifications including Advanced Certificate and Cert II in Sport & Recreation, Industry Instructor/Guiding Certificates in skiing, swift water rescue, raft/canoe/kayak guide, climbing and ropes courses, bushwalking and cycling. His favorite outdoor pursuits include telemarking, heading to the backcountry and mountain biking.
Bike Guide Extraordinaire & Occasional Hike Guide
Vanessa has over 10 years experience as a Mountain Bike Guide and work in the outdoor retail industry. Her favourite outdoor pursuits include mountain biking & LOTS of skiing!!!
Outdoor Activity Guide
Sarah has developed a passion for mountain biking since moving to the mountains 10 years ago. She enjoys sharing her skills and knowledge with those new to riding with her patient and caring nature .Her love of the outdoors is infectious and during summer you will find her riding the local trails and in winter snowboarding and skate skiing!
Paddy has been working as an outdoor guide for over 10 years, spending several year as a canyon guide in the Blue Mountains and freelancing. Starting as a casual guide with ALI he has since become full time and shares his passion for the snowy mountains with groups, across the range of activities available . His favourite outdoor pursuits include canyoning, rock-climbing, back country skiing & kayaking and all general larrikin activities.
Mountain Bike Guide & Assistant Hike and Campsite Guide
Emrys has been working with ALI since 2007 and during the last few winter seasons has been working with Disabled Winter Sports Australia to assist participants in their snow experience. Emrys loves being outdoors and doing anything active, especially wakeboarding, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing and riding her dirt bike – she’s a pretty busy girl!!!
Casual Summer Guide
Rex spent 24 years teaching Science and OE at several large private Schools in Sydney before joining ALI in 2011. His qualifications in outdoor pursuits and experience hiking and skiing across the globe make him a great asset to the team. He’s always happy to share stories of his adventures, ranging from the arctic circle in Sweden , hiking in Europe, skiing wherever there is snow to surfing & kayaking adventures here and abroad.