My name is Sandy Miller, and I was born in the UK in a place called Grimsby. From a young age sport has been a really big part of my life, even influencing what I studied at university (Physical Education, Sports Science and Mathematics).
After university I knew that I wanted to teach, but I also knew that I did not want to be in a traditional school setting, so I headed to Scotland for a year to gain experience and qualifications in outdoor pursuits. This is where my love of the mountains really blossomed.
For a few years after this I lived a fairly peripatetic lifestyle, with winters spent ski instructing in the Alps and the summers freelancing as an outdoor pursuits instructor, and manager, for companies throughout the UK.
In 2007 I married Emma (who is Swedish), and since 2009 we have been settled in the Verbier valley.
We now have 2 young daughters, Matilda (born 2013) and Sofia (born 2015), and introducing them to the mountains, and all the wonderful and fun experiences that they can give you, is really special.
Aside from looking after Matilda and Sofia, and getting out into the mountains, I love to read, knit and crochet hats, and when time allows in the evening to relax on the sofa and watch a film.
I am a highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic mountain professional, and I am passionate about helping people get the most out of their time in the mountains.
As a ski instructor I hold the Brevet Federal International Equivalence and IASI Level 4, and for hiking and trail running I am a UIMLA International Mountain Leader. These are all the highest qualifications of their type. I also hold the Fell / Trail Leadership in Running Fitness qualification, as well as a degree in Physical education, Sports Science and Mathematics from Loughborough University.
PERSONAL SKIING EXPERIENCE
I started skiing at the age of 15 on a school trip, and I loved it right from the start. Over the years my focuses within skiing have adapted and grown, but my love for the sport has not changed.
These days I spend a lot of my time on skis teaching and sharing my love of the sport, which is a fantastic privilege and something that I would never take for granted.
Aside from teaching I love to spend my time on skis either off-piste (especially touring when time allows), or exploring the mountain with my family.
Since 2001 I have been teaching, training, leading and managing people in the mountains, both in summer and winter. I have worked with a very wide range of client groups in terms of just about every possible variable, and I have helped to organise, implement and manage a number of different outdoor and ski based projects. In total I have done 17 seasons of ski instructing.
I have also spent a lot of time coaching people towards their own qualifications, in particular as the coach on a GAP course for 8 winters training people for their BASI levels 1 and 2. Other qualifications that I have helped people train towards include the Summer Mountain Leader, the ISIA Mountain Safety and the European Mountain Safety.
PERSONAL HIKING / TRAIL RUNNING EXPERIENCE
I cannot remember when I first started hiking, but the first summit I remember reaching was Snowdon when I was 6 years old (via the Pyg Track). It was also about this time that I started going for runs with my brother down the country lane where we lived. As such running and the mountains have been in my life since a very young age, and even now, all these years later, I still love to run, and to explore the mountains on foot, and I still feel a sense of wonder and awe in this magical environment.
In recent years this has led me to enter a number of mountain running races. These have included trail, ultra and sky running events, with my best results so far being a win in the 2016 Taranis Arga Trail, a 10th place in the Trubelstock race at the 2019 Trail des Patrouilleurs, and 13th place in both the 2018 SwissPeaks 170 and the 2019 Trail du Besso.