High Mountain Guide UIAGM
Paul Verdier - 'Polo'
UIAGM Splitboard Guide / Snowboard / Splitboard & Ski Instructor
Paul Verdier (Polo) is a French alpinist, UIAGM high mountain guide and snowboard / splitboard / ski instructor. Born in the famous spa town of Evian Les Bains just down the road from us here in Chatel. Polo grew up skiing and climbing in the Chablais region.
"Our go to guide for 4000m+ summits."
In his youth Polo competed at the highest levels in ski jumping and other Nordic disciplines whilst always harbouring the dream of becoming a UIAGM guide.
His mentor during his period as an aspirant guide was none other than Rider Social guide Jean-Yves Fredriksen. Learning from one of the best in the business saw Polo qualify with distinction in 2013 from ENSA in Chamonix ( French National Ski & Mountaineering School)
"Eiger and Matterhorn in Europe."
Over the last 8 years Polo has led Rider Social trips across the world and has become one of our best pure splitboard guides. His solid understanding of the routes and terrain best suited for splitboard touring and the ‘spirit’ of what we do has seen him become another group favourite.
Polo leads our worldwide trips with Norway, Georgia and Romania being a few of his favourite destinations. He is also our go to guide for 4000m+ summits. His enthusiasm for splitboarding and ability to find the best snow has recently attracted support from both Jones & Spark R&D.
In the summer Polo guides clients across technical Alpine traverses and also to climb mountains such as the Eiger and Matterhorn in Europe.