BASI Level 2 Instructor
SSE Level 2 Instructor
SSE Moguls Coach
Managing to negotiate a couple of weeks a year away from home every year to instruct in the alps!
– When did you first ski?
I was a late starter. I first clipped in at the age of 24 after being pestered to give skiing a try by Maestro Garnett.
– When did you start instructing?
2001 on plastic at SSV.
– On or Off Piste?
– Snow dome or plastic?
– Current equipment, skis and boots
Skis: Rossingnol Experience 88s and Head i-Magnum Supershape
Ski Boots: Salamon 120 Xmax
– Kit wish list (what skis do you like the look of etc)?
Recently technically refreshed!
– Favourite ski location/resort
A close one between Val d’Isere/Tignes for the vast and varied ski area and Courmayeur for its charm and Bar Roma! The best bar in the alps.
– Favourite Ski run
“Competitione” Courmayeur. A long, long unpisted red run with waste/chest high bumps from top to bottom. Awesome!
– Ski Heros
All the Sharks that have progressed from plastic to podium.
– One last run before you die?
See favourite ski run.
– Favourite food
Home Made Curry
– Personal Statement
Go as far as you can see; when you get there you’ll be able to see farther.
– Favourite musician / group / band
Courteeners, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Blossoms, Miles Kane and lots of 90s indie stuff
I have been coming to Sharks since March 2013 – so not long ! I started skiing when I was four, but since starting at Sharks my skiing has improved immeasurably and I am now training to be a ski instructor myself. I love coming on Saturday mornings because we have such a good laugh and I always feel like I learn something. Sometimes I even get up at 6am to get the train there! I have been club captain since February and have really enjoyed it so far. I think it’s amazing how my family and I have been welcomed in to Sharks and hope to make other new families feel as included as we do.
Qualifications- SSE level 1 instructor
Achievements- Elected as Club Captain and breaking both arms when trying to stop at the Ski Village!
First Skied- 2005
Started instructing- late 2014
On or off piste? – Though I love waist deep powder, there’s nothing better than carving down the piste in the morning on a crisp day with a blue sky!
Current equipment- Dynastar Omeglass PRO skis, Salomon boots, Anon Blitz helmet and Leki everything else!
Favourite resort- Reberty
Favourite ski run- Pian de la Sal, Champoluc
Ski hero- James Woods (Team GB member, ex Shark member AND he went to my school!)
Last run before I die- The main slop at the Sheffield Ski Village (if we can get it up and running again!)
Favourite Food- some sort of spicy pizza
Favourite bands- Arctic Monkeys, The Fratellis, the Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian and Green Day to name a few!
Personal statement- I started skiing at the age of 7 and joined the Sharks Ski Club soon after. I love representing Sharks in a variety of ski competitions including Slalom, GS and Moguls and trying new ways to challenge myself in order to try and improve my all round skiing ability – after all I think the best skiers will try all of the different disciplines. More recently, after an amazing 10 years at the club, I have joined the Sharks instructor team and I am currently enjoying passing on all the wisdom given to me by one of the best ski clubs around!
Level 2 and Race Team Manager and Committee Member
Level 3 Coach
Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Cliff Wilson as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii.
SSE Level 3 Development and Moguls Coach, BASI 2. First started skiing age 13 on a school ski trip and was then lucky that my older brother got a job in Switzerland for 5 years so spent the winter holidays in the Swiss alps. I first got involved with Sharks about 13 years ago when my eldest daughter Tori, wanted to carry on skiing after coming back from a family ski trip. We started skiing on a Saturday morning at Sheffield Ski Village and after drinking coffee and reading the paper for a few months I made the mistake of asking Norman if I could help in any way. A Level 1 instructor course followed and my career in instructing began by helping Maddie Holding, then the Club captain, with Whales and Tigers.
I like to mix up my skiing and love a hooligan razz down the piste with my fellow blue jackets, blowing away the cobwebs at the end of the ski day but I can also often be seen peering over the edge to see what the off piste has to offer. As a family of 5 skiers our garage has more than a passing resemblance to Ellis Brighams with a wide variety of skis to choose from. My current main pair are Salomon Q98’s, I got them to replace a pair of Scott Missions that I loved but sadly trashed at New Year. The jury is out on the Q98’s at the moment they do a lot of things well but are a bit soft when pushing on. There may be a pair of Head Magnums on the shopping list for an end of season bargain hunt!
As for a favourite ski run and resort, it would take a lot to beat dropping down the black from the top of Grand Montets in Chamonix and finishing off the day with a great live band and a load of beers in Chambre Neuf. One last run before you die….I’ve been lucky enough to have done a couple of Heli Skiing trips and getting dropped off on the top of the Candian Rockies for a blue sky powder day does take some beating.
Skiing heroes – Ingmar Stenmark – so good they had to change the rules to stop him winning!
Roberto “La Bomba” Tomba – living proof that red wine and pasta make an awesome skier!
Katie and Molly Summerhayes – fantastic skiers, great kids and I get the claim to fame that I’ve coached Olympic and World Champions. Doesn’t get better than that.