The Telegraph travel 26/11/2016
Val d’Isère is often said to be a resort best suited to intermediates (which I am) and experts (which I am not). The blues are reputed to have a reddish tinge; the reds shade towards black. It certainly felt that way after a first morning when I utterly failed to find my ski-legs above Le Fornet, Val d’Isère’s easternmost ski hub. Two embarrassing wipeouts on the (red) Signal run left me feeling despondent, and even a session of patient coaching from a kindly Scottish instructor called Murray Howie had failed to lift my spirits. Thankfully Murray had a plan: let’s head to Solaise, he said. You’ll be able to sort yourself out there.
see full article here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/articles/skiing-in-val-disere-why-so-popular/
Doug September 16
Excellent course Murray :-) Really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it - you picked up on my faults straight away and gave me plenty stuff to work on. Good work managing a group of mixed ability and keeping it interesting and challenging for everyone throughout! Many Thanks. Doug.
Gary December 2015
Oscar tried synchro for the first time with Murray Howie of Murray Howie Ski Coaching and made a reasonable attempt. He had a great day with Murray and learned some new techniques. If you are in the Espace Killy and need some coaching then Murray is the man to contact.
The Press & Journal newspaper, Jenny McBain 17/12/2016
....I, meanwhile, stuck with a tried and
tested formula for navigating my way
around the Alps, that involves hooking
up with the Scottish expat community.
Val d’Isère has attracted many Scots
over the years and quite a number have
made it their home.
I booked a private lesson with Scottish
skier Murray Howie, who learned
to ski on a dry slope in Edinburgh and
nowspends his summers coaching professionals.
His passion for the sport led
him to Val d’Isère where he has established
his own company and where he
works all season. We spent a pleasant
afternoon together and I benefited
from his relaxed approach to tuition.
Murray made sure that we had time to
talk and to enjoy the spring sunshine.
His expert tips were tactfully inserted
into the conversation at easy intervals
"Murray is not only a great coach, but he makes a fantastic tour guide, as well. We were a group of six who hired Murray for a full day to guide us through the in-bounds areas at Val D'isere and Tignes. If you've never been to Espace Killy, don't bother trying to find your own way around and don't bother trying to decipher a trail map. The area is so vast that the only way to get a real appreciation for it is to have someone like Murray, with local knowledge, lead you where and where not to go. Murray is independent, not associated with the ski school programs, which are quite stale and corporate, and really, you never know who you're going to get. Not only was he a wealth of knowledge of the area, but he even threw in a little coaching as we made our way around. Hire Murray - make your visit to the area worthwhile. We did and we will do an off-piste tour with him on our next visit."
- Ham Freeman, Rhode Island USA February 2019