Meet the team



Co-Director & Head Instructor 

Paolo has more than thirty year’s experience in the skiing industry, teaching and coaching in the United States, Europe and Australia. He holds a diploma of sports psychology, sports nutrition and is a qualified fitness trainer. Paolo provides a holistic approach to snow sports, incorporating mental and physical health and fitness.  He is a member of APSI (Australian Professional Snow Sports Instructors) and ISIA (International Ski Instructors Association). 

Since first witnessing the indoor slopes in action in the Netherlands, Paolo has been focused on bringing them to Australia.  Paolo is the definition of dedicated - first in pouring his heart and soul into the physical build and fit out of Vertikal, meticulously crafting every detail of the ski centre to re-create snow “culture” here in Canberra, and second, in his genuine interest and drive to get the best out of his students.   Have a spare hour to talk about Ted Ligety's spectacular racing technique? Paolo’s your man.  After all, Paolo was born with a tiny pair of skis on his feet.


Favourite snow destination – Kitzbuhel, Austria

Favourite après scene – 5 schnapps down lounging in front of an open fire

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Charlotte is a corporate communications professional with more than ten year’s experience in both Australia and the United States. A life-long skier and snow lover, Charlotte raced at intervarsity level, and has skied in resorts throughout Europe, north America, and Australia/NZ. Charlotte oversees the day-to-day operations of the Centre.  If you see a big yellow Labrador then you know Charlotte is on site. 


Favourite snow destination – Saalbach, Austria

Favourite après scene – Furry 80s après boots



manager & ski instructor

Claire is a professional ski instructor and coach with vast experience teaching children and adults.  Claire’s energy and enthusiasm with children in particular, makes her critical to Vertikal as her love of skiing is evident in her teaching methods.  Her superior customer service skills are truly a natural gift.  She is a specialist baker and has created a to-die-for hot chocolate menu for Vertikal. Come in and meet Claire, and ask her about her fascination with vintage ski wear.


Favourite snow destination – Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Favourite après scene – Dancing in ski boots with a plate of nachos